How Aloe Vera Juice Improved My Gut Health

How Aloe Vera Juice Improved My Gut Health

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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.

 

By | 2017-06-28T16:54:51+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Categories: Wellness|6 Comments

About the Author:

Wendy Neal is a holistic health coach who helps people who have recently been diagnosed with food allergies or sensitivities to take the stress and overwhelm out of transitioning their diet, so they can be confident and worry-free that what they eat won’t make them sick.

6 Comments

  1. Nicole June 29, 2017 at 9:14 am - Reply
    This is great! I never knew the benefits of aloe vera juice for the gut. I, myself, don't have many digestive issues, but my children and my husband do. Thanks for sharing this!
    • Wendy Neal June 29, 2017 at 9:18 am - Reply
      Thanks Nicole! Maybe aloe can help your husband and children with their digestive issues.
  2. Reeni @ Simply Reeni June 29, 2017 at 12:53 pm - Reply
    I love aloe vera and how many great ways you can use it! I have tried the aloe vera juice before and need to remember to do this more often! Thanks for sharing!
  3. Jennifer July 5, 2017 at 3:17 pm - Reply
    I had no idea you could use it for this! I've only used it for sunburns. :) will keep this in mind! Thanks for sharing!
    • Wendy Neal July 7, 2017 at 7:55 am - Reply
      You're welcome Jennifer. I didn't realize either until my doctor suggested it :)

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