Aloe is a powerful plant. When I used to hear the word aloe, I would automatically think of sunburn relief. While it is excellent for that use, did you know that aloe also helps to relieve intestinal damage in a similar way? It has 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. During the past few months, I’ve been fighting multiple strains of bacteria and yeast overgrowth in my digestive tract, and I would often get uncomfortable gas and bloating. In addition, the antimicrobial supplements that I was taking to fight the pathogens were very irritating to my digestive lining. The aloe provided much needed soothing relief.
Aloe vera juice is rich in enzymes that help break down food and increase assimilation. When your food isn’t digested properly, your body doesn’t absorb the vital nutrients it needs. Taking aloe vera helped to eliminate the issues I was having with poor digestion as a result of the bacteria and yeast overgrowth.
Aloe vera has prebiotic compounds that help feed healthy bacteria in the gut. Having healthy or “good” bacteria in the gut is vital to an optimal-functioning digestive system. You want to have more of the good guys than bad guys in there for ideal gut health.
Aloe is also helpful for acid reflux issues as it nourishes and soothes the esophageal lining. One of the supplements I took during my treatment suppressed my stomach acid which made me more prone to acid reflux at night. After I started taking the aloe vera juice, I didn’t notice that issue anymore.
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 juice 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.
Since I’m lazy, I prefer to drink organic aloe vera gel from the store. I love Lakewood Organic Pure Aloe Gel because it contains a little bit of lemon juice (which is also excellent for gut health) that neutralizes the vinegar-like flavor of pure aloe. When I was going through the most severe digestive distress, I was consuming 2 or 3 ounces with each meal from a shot-sized glass. As a maintenance dose I’m now taking 1 ounce. You could mix it with water if you don’t care for the consistency of the gel.
What other uses do you have for aloe vera? List them below in the comments.