How Can Aloe Vera Make You Healthier?
Aloe vera is widely known, yet oddly it’s little appreciated for all its possible health benefits.
Although it looks like a cactus, the Aloe vera plant is actually a member of the lily and onion family. So it’s a succulent – ie. it holds water in its fleshy leaves. It’s been used medicinally for thousands of years, and has been known for its healing qualities for as long as records have been kept. Even as far back as 6500 B.C aloe vera was used and revered for its curative properties.
Still, it comes as a surprise to most people that aloe vera is not just treatment for minor cuts and burns. Of course, it’s very effective as a topical salve or ointment. However, taking aloe vera as a food supplement can offer enormous health benefits most people are completely unaware of.
To understand the benefits of aloe vera, we need to understand that a lot of our health problems come from two areas—a weakened or compromised digestive system, and a weakened or compromised immune system.
We’re not necessarily talking about clinical symptoms here; it’s often the case that people might say they’re fine, and there’s nothing to worry the doctor about, but they’re run down, or getting a lot of coughs and colds, or suffering from low-grade constipation, diarrhea and other digestive symptoms. Many people do have problems in their digestive tract and just think it’s normal, or ‘just how it is’.
It doesn’t have to be.
Our diets in the Western world are generally very high in sugar, salt and saturated fats. There’s also a heavy dependence on wheat and gluten – bread, pasta, cakes, etc. Over time, if there’s not an adequate supply of roughage in the diet, or other vitamins and minerals are depleted, it can cause problems in the digestive system.
Many people have a mild sensitivity to wheat; and over time, the walls of the small intestine can become inflamed and consequently allow toxins and tiny food particles to escape into the bloodstream. This is known as ‘Leaky Gut Syndrome‘. The result is that the immune system and the liver are constantly forced to expend their energy fighting off these toxins and particles, which they see as foreign.
As you might expect, when the immune system is occupied fighting internal ‘enemies’, it becomes compromised and can’t adequately fight off real intruders like viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. Wound healing is affected as well, because the body’s repair system is already stretched trying to repair the gut. Our immune system is an extraordinary mechanism, but it simply can’t fight everything at once.
The overall result for most people is a sub-clinical (ie. nothing to worry the doctor about) set of symptoms which might include fuzzy headaches, lethargy, increased colds, coughs and sore throats, not sleeping well, stomach upsets, diarrhea, constipation, or alternating between the two, bloating, gas, generally feeling tired, run down and under-the-weather….
Most people think this is just a sign of getting older, or something they have to live with. In fact, because this happens over a long period of time, most people don’t remember a time when they felt really great. So they consider it completely normal. It isn’t!
The good news about leaky gut syndrome and the weakening of the digestive and immune systems is that Aloe Vera can help both problems; and it can do so relatively quickly. In doing so, it improves overall health and makes you feel better, more vibrant, refreshed and generally ‘good’.
Aloe Vera gently cleanses and repairs your digestive tract, restoring the natural balance and regularity of your intestinal and digestive processes. This is much more important to overall health than many people realise. It might seem obvious, but adequately processing and digesting your food – and absorbing the vital vitamins and minerals from your food – is essential to good health. (Your food does contain lots of vitamins and minerals, doesn’t it? The vitamins & minerals they add to sugared breakfast cereals don’t count!)
When your digestive tract is healthy and is properly processing your food, then your liver and immune system can concentrate on doing their ‘proper’ job of cleansing the blood and defending and repairing your body.
By taking an aloe vera supplement every day, you’re improving your health naturally, and strengthening your immune system. And as you know, when you’re feeling good and generally healthy, it’s much easier to accomplish everything you want to during the day…
Aloe Vera can bring almost immediate results in feeling better. It’s pure, non-allergenic, and completely safe.