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Aloe Vera Is Super

Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure

Known to the Egyptians 6,000 years ago as “the plant of immortality,” the aloe vera plant is again gaining a place of distinction amongst health conscious people, and not just as a topical gel to treat wounds, skin infections, burns and other skin conditions.1-4 More and more this plant’s spiky leaves can be found popping up among the other mixed greens at local markets and health food stores. A properly prepared inch or half-inch section of aloe vera (see below) can be added to juices,  salads, soups, etc. We can attest that it is good for reflux and it is great in our smoothie.

Aloe vera is used for the treatment of reflux and heartburn. In addition, proponents of culinary aloe claim that it has benefits as a natural antibiotic and for the treatment of ulcers, irritable bowel, diabetes, kidney disease, and bladder problems.1,3 Scientific research has yet to refute or substantiate those claims.2 There are some preliminary research studies that suggest that aloe may lower blood glucose in diabetic patients and reduce blood lipid levels in patients with hyperlipidaemia.4 Yes, more research is needed, but it looks like aloe vera may be a very beneficial “superfood.”

  1. Aloe Vera Not Just for Sunburns The Food Channel Online.  Retrieved 2010-2-17.
  2. Eshun Kojo, Quian He. Aloe Vera: A Valuable Ingredient for the Food, Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Industries—A Review. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, Volume 44, Number 2, March-April 2004, pp. 91-96(6).
  3. Root, Jessica.   Forty Amazing New Uses for Aloe Vera. Planet Green: Discovery Online.   Retrieved 2010-2-17.
  4. Vogler BK, Ernst E. Aloe Vera: A Systematic Review of its Clinical Effectiveness. British Journal of General Practice 1999;49:823-828.

Aloe has a beautiful glistening texture and appearance.

It is easy to handle, is relatively tasteless, but makes a great thickener.

It isn't all that pretty when you remove it from its green covering.

Recipe: Silky Pear Smoothie with Aloe Vera


2 pears (peeled, cored, seeds removed and diced
2 tbsp brown sugar
½ tsp ginger
2 Tbsp aloe (cut in half a leaf of aloe and scrape the rich clear cream from leaf)
1 cup of yogurt
1 cup of ice

In a blender, place the pears, sugar, ginger, aloe, yogurt and ice.
Blend until it becomes smooth.

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Photos by Jamie Koufman

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  1. This is a wonderful website, I want 10 copies of the book as soon as it is available. When will that be? You are great! Hugs and kisses, Sara

  2. The book is on sale now here on line. We are in production and expect delivery at the beginning of May. JK

  3. I thought I would buy some bottled aloe vera juice since I don’t own a plant, but buyer beware. I got home, drank some, and the fire began. I spun the bottle around to find out that it contains citric acid. I must get better about reading the labels before I make the purchase. I am now in search of an aloe plant.

  4. Is vitamin C a no-no for reflux sufferers? What about others like calcium, magnesium, vitamin D? Thanks

  5. I’m starting to look at Aloa as some super herb, everywhere I look and read about it there only superlatives about abilities it poses. Great post.

  6. I have read that you must process the plant to remove aloin, a potential carcinogen. I have also read it can be removed by soaking the cut up pieces overnight until the water is red (which is the aloin). Is this true? Or is the fuss about aloin unnecessary?

  7. What to do when you can’t have dairy? I make green smoothies with leafy greens and fruits, but not dairy. Any suggestions? I try not to make it too sweet.

  8. I recently bought numeroud containers of Aloe Vera Juice from Wegmans manufactured by Lily of the Valley. I have seen the aloe fields in Aruba and learned of their medicinal quality. I was looking for an American Distributor. this product is manufactured in TEXAS. However I just read the comment on the website regarding possible acid in the aloe Vero Drink. I just read the back of the container and it reads other ingredients: Citric Acid ( PH stabilizer)
    Would I be advised to take all these back to WEGMANS?
    What products can be recommended to drink Aloe Vera on a daily basis? Thank you for your responses
    Carole Knisey cknisely3@comcast.net

  9. I just bought aloe vera gel because I am experiencing PVFMD, vocal cord dysfunction. My Otolaryngologist says its from Acid Reflux. I noticed the aloe vera gel I bought has citric acid in it (PH balance). Is this good? Should I not take it? Confused! I would also like to know if I can eat/drink dairy? Thanks so much. Really suffering from gerd, throat clearing and PVFMD (that’s the worse part of it).

  10. One more question, sorry. Is there a test I can take to see exactly what foods cause me to have acid reflux? For example, I know some people don’t do so great on bananas and oatmeal, while its great for the majority of people.

  11. I was interested in this as I was trying to find something else to drink besides boring water. I stopped because I was a bit concerned when I was searching it on the Mayo Clinic site.

    Thank you for the book very helpful.

  12. My experience has been that aloe vera leaves are not so “easy to handle” as they bleed from their skin a permanent red stain. Is it a different variety of aloe that you recommend, or have you left out a potentially important detail?

  13. Hi,

    When might you extend the foods on your pH list? As you mentioned in your book time did not allow you to assess all foods. Question: Is there a valid and reliable test we could conduct at home on foods not listed?

    Thank you,


    P.S. We love the recipes and information you have provided in Dropping Acid The Reflux Diet . . .

  14. I have heard from a friend a doctor told her son to dring George’s alovera juice. Does any one have any idea how much or how many tims a day this shoud be drunk? He no longer has reflux….

  15. Try Herbal Aloe Force made by Herbal Answers, Inc.

  16. I tried it and it was good.

  17. I don`t know about aloe vera and this post is very helpfull for me to learn something new….thanks..

  18. George’s Aloe Vera suggests 2 oz every morning and every night. It is basically like drinking distilled water. No taste.

  19. Use frozen bananas instead of yogurt and ice.

  20. Can you drink the Aloe before bed?

  21. Noelle,

    If you are allergic to dairy, try Almond Milk, Soy Milk, or Rice Milk instead of yogurt. I’ve used both almond and soy, but prefer Almond milk. Good luck!

  22. Sandy, I started to keep a log of everything I eat and noting any symptoms (both acid reflux/ LPR symptoms) to see what foods are my triggers. It is a pain with all the trial and error, but I’ve found that I can eat and what I cannot. For example, I found that I can eat a few grape or cherry tomatoes in a salad, but pizza or pasta sauce causes me to cough and triggers some of my LPR symptoms. Good luck!

  23. Sandy – Google “Nutrition Results” to see if there is an office close to you. They are a national group of dieticians/nutrionists that specialize in diseases/medical conditions caused by food intolerances. I went to them about 4 years ago and received great relief from my acid reflux along with medication by learning about foods that I had a sensitivity and intolerance to. They took 4 vials of my blood and tested it against 150 different meats, vegetables, fruits, dairy products and preservatives, etc. They put me on a controlled diet for a couple of months and then gradually introduced some of these foods back into my diet. Some foods are definately not allowed while I can eat others in small quantities. Good luck!


  24. Hi

    I received an advertisement for an Aloe Juice product along with my mail as a cure for GERD and acidity last week. I haev been looking at it however I havent tried it. Here is a link to the website which has this product

    http:// http://www.aloecure.com/index.html

    If anyone has experience with this product please post your experience.

  25. Hi just bought aloe juice could not find leaves. However in contents it states contains citric acid. Noted a comment earlier on one of bloggs, which states shouldn’t buy juice that contains added acid. So now not sure if I should use this. Can anyone please advise? Cheers Reggie

  26. Avoid those aloe juices that contain added acid. They are more difficult to find but here is a good example – http://www.amazon.com/Warren-Laboratories-Georges-Gallon-liquid/dp/B00014EB6O

  27. I’m confused – in reference to Aloe Vera – do you mean we could just buy the plant and cut off the leaves and prepare as the recipe calls for – I went to a health food store and the staff were baffled when I asked if they carried Aloe Vera leaves in the produce section.


  28. If you can find fresh Aloe Vera that is the best.

  29. I recommend buying their book. I did last weekend, and now understand much better how all thie GERD works and why it should be treated with llow acid, low fat diet.
    The authors say that the added citric acid is not a desirable ingredient if you’re trying to heal.

  30. It’s pretty easy to grow if you have a sunny window. I’ve even seen plants for sale in our local Home Depot, of all places!

  31. I have been looking into the same. For example, oatmeal doesn’t work for me, but other grains do. There is a test for celiac disease, or, the one that I’m thinking about trying is the DNA sequencing for dietary purposes. However, I haven’t found anyone who had it done, but it’s worth a look. Good luck!!!

  32. Noelle,

    Consider substituting the yogurt for the dairy-free milk of your choice. You can use less milk to maintain the texture.

  33. I purchase extra-large Aloe Vera stems (leaves) about 2″ wide from a Mexican market. But I think Asian markets also carry them. Very inexpensive. They are in the vegetable section. At home, to make the drink, I cut about a 4 inch chunk of Aloe off and store the rest of it in a freezer bag in the freezer. I get out my mixer and put about 2 cups of water and some honey in it (to taste). Then I prepare the Aloe Vera this way: cut off the side rough edges and trim any icky end of the stem first – then, going sideways (up and under), slice your knife underneath the top and bottom of the outer green covering and remove it all. Then pick up the clear gel and plop it into the mixer. Turn the mixer on low and mix for about a minute. Refrigerate the mixture in a little jar and drink 2 oz. (I use a shot glass) per day. Gargle it first if your throat needs soothing – it tastes good. The Aloe Vera in the freezer will have red edges when you take it out to make more. Just cut about 1/2 inch off the ends and no more red. You can also grow these Aloe plants in your yard and just break off a piece when you need to. (I learned the whole process from my nail lady who is Asian.)

  34. George’s Aloe Vera juice is great. It does not have citric acid in it. It suggests on the bottle to drink 2 oz. in a.m. and 2 oz. in p.m., I think. It really doesn’t have a taste at all, much like water.

  35. Aloe vera is great for people with reflux, however, it’s best to get a whole leaf and chop it up yourself. We currently don’t have any data on this product and don’t endorse it.

  36. Bryan,

    We don’t recommend drinking anything other than water and chamomile tea before bed.

  37. As long as it’s not before bed, it probably doesn’t matter what time you drink the aloe vera juice.

  38. Look for our iPhone app, to be available soon!

  39. What about Lakewood Organic Fresh Pressed with lemon juice – 99% Aloe Vera 1% organic lemon juice no citric acid added.

  40. Lemon juice is still very acidic, so you should still probably avoid this product.

  41. Any sort of supplement in a capsule is usually OK for refluxers. However, the best source of all these nutrients is fresh, whole foods.

  42. love the gala apple honeydew smoothie, but if i do not use all of the gel or fillet of aloe vera (recipe calls for 4 tbsps) can i store the extra in the fridge (how long will it keep) or should I use the freezer?

  43. Are you aware of the toxicology study done by the National Toxicology Program at NIH?

  44. Thank you so much for writing this book. I have just recently purchased the book and I have read most of it. I have been reading lots on the internet too. I understand that water is the best to drink and then we can have tea (chamomile) do you have a favorite brand name of tea that you like better? I am not really a tea person but I am willing to try it. I have migraines pretty bad so I am not to drink the pop – I have stopped drinking it then 6 – 8 months went by and I have started again which I know is very bad for me. Thank You

  45. For those who are looking for a drink alternative ( I miss hot chocolate) and can have skim milk, I have been making the following: 1 cup alkaline water with 2 T skim powder. Blend in Magic Bullet and then microwave in a 4 cup measuring cup for two minutes. This foams up just like a latte and tastes great. I sweeten with agave and a bit of cinnamon.

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  47. Is cocnut milk and coconut a good good on the reflux diet?

  48. Are coconut milk and oil good for the reflux diet?

  49. So NO to Aloe Vera Juice?

  50. What happened to the Ap that you were working on? It would be so helpful if this was available.

  51. I got this web page from my buddy who informed me on the topic of
    this website and at the moment this time I am browsing this web
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  52. I got the reflux book and am starting the diet. I have a plan to go on a cruise in about a month. What should I do in picking my food ?

  53. The LPR fits my problems perfectly. Can I use unsweetened almond milk on the beginning dropping acid diet? I can’t use banana’s , other fruits or sugar so almond milk would be nice to use to blend the aloe to drink. I need the aloe for the burning base of tongue and throat.

  54. Regarding aloe vera; do you need to find a “culinary” version or is regular aloe vera plant, that I grow, safe to eat?

  55. George’s aloe vera liquid no acid no preservatives or additives..always active aloe..read labels most bottled aloe does have acid added.

  56. Does anyone know if Flax Milk is OK.

  57. I too am curious about coconut? Are coconuts ok to eat/drink? And how about coconut oil? thank you.