Healing With Aloe From The Inside Out
Aloe is a rising star on the superfood front. It is a powerful plant for sure! When I used to hear aloe I would automatically think of all the childhood sunburns I soothed with aloe. But, it is also a powerful soother for the soft tissue in our GI tract. It helps to relieve intestinal damage. It’s got nourishing properties unparalleled by anything else in the plant world. It’s almost as if aloe vera was made for the human gut. I can’t believe the results that taking aloe juice gave me, and from my experience it’s one of the most transformative supplements for a healthy gut.
Why Aloe Juice Worked for Me
Aloe provides soothing relief from digestive distress. It nourishes the intestinal lining and promotes easy elimination without pain or excess acidity.
When I was 23 I was diagnosed with IBS. I will spare you the intimate details, but my let's just say my bowels were running my life. Luckily at the time, I had a physician that did not want to put me on medication straight away. He suggested I start drinking aloe vera. He didn't explain all the details of the healing benefits at the time, but I was grateful not to be on medication and was willing to do whatever it took to be free from pain and free from the toilet.
There are two parts to an aloe vera leaf: Gel and leaf "juice" (not to be confused with aloe juice in stores). The gel is what most people are familiar with. It’s the odorless and clear liquid at the innermost part of the leaf. Aloe latex, or "juice", seeps from the leaf when cut. It’s yellow in color and has a bitter taste. When ingesting aloe, the gel is the safest part of the plant. The latex has laxative properties and can cause serious health complications if used too often. If you are not making your aloe fresh from the plant, make sure when purchasing it is a reputable source to avoid adverse effects. (source:https://www.naturalhealers.com/holistic-health/aloe-vera-ultimate-guide/)
Aloe vera is rich in enzymes that help break down food and increase assimilation. This basically eliminated the issues I was having with poor digestion. Aloe vera has prebiotic compounds that help feed healthy bacteria in the gut. It’s also helpful for acid reflux issues as it nourishes and soothes the esophageal lining.
The best part about aloe is that it isn’t just another isolated supplement, it’s a food. It’s loaded with nutrients like vitamin A, C, E, B12 and folic acid as well as minerals and contains nearly all the essential amino acids.
It’s easy to use this common houseplant. You can buy the gel directly, or start growing your own organic aloe. It’s one of the lowest maintenance plants you can get (which is the only reason mine’s still alive). Once your aloe plant has reached a healthy size you can cut a leaf off, split it open and add the gel to your smoothies or water. If you are in need of daily supplementation like I was though, I would suggest getting a bottle of the gel.
Holistic health doesn’t get much easier than aloe vera.
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