With the skin being the largest organ in your body it needs nourishing not just from the outside, but from the inside out. Our body is so amazing in so many ways, and especially when it comes to our digestive system and our skin. A healthy digestive system enables our skin to be healthy.
Most of us are aware that putting aloe on your skin can soothe a burn (either from the sun or from cooking), cuts, bruises, acne and eczema. But aloe does not only help heal our bodies when applied topically, but when digested into our digestive system too. Topically we apply aloe vera. Though we don’t ingest aloe vera, instead we ingest aloe vera juice!
Aloe vera juice can be included into certain clients’ daily food consumption, such as in smoothies, to help address specific digestive troubles. Some of these common ailments cause heartburn, ulcers, intestinal inflammation and/or diarrhea, to name a few!
Looking at the health of your colon through the quality, quantity and consistency of your poop to determine your individual health status can tell us a lot of what is going on inside your digestive system.
By taking a peak at the porcelain bowl, you may come to terms that your digestive system could use some soothing support.
So, what type of aloe vera juice might you consider consuming?
Aloe vera juice should be consumed internally for best digestive results, such as the Lily of the Dessert brand (either the whole leaf or inner fillet), which is often organic and packaged in glass bottles at most health food stores.
Why is aloe vera juice so good for us?
Similar to how aloe vera soothes a burn on your skin, when aloe vera juice is consumed orally it soothes the lining of the intestines. It has been labeled a superfood after numerous research studies identified the 75 healing compounds including natural steroids, antibiotic agents, amino acids, minerals and enzymes. Some positive digestive benefits of aloe vera juice:
- Promotes the production of good bacteria in the gut
- Improves bowel regularity without causing diarrhea
- Helps to improve yeast in the alimentary canal
- Balances acid and alkaline levels in the stomach, which helps alleviate over-acidity, a common cause of indigestion, acid reflux, heartburn and ulcers
- Slows the transit time of certain foods to allow optimal protein digestion and nutrient absorption
- Suppressing internal systemic inflammation from specific anti-inflammatory enzymes within the aloe vera juice
How much aloe vera juice might you consume?
If you are trying it out by yourself, I would suggest starting slowly and building as necessary. One ounce of aloe vera juice mixed with water or in a smoothie can be a good starting point.
If you are working with a holistic health coach, nutritionist or integrative health practitioner, find out the right amount for you and progress from there. Finding out the right dosage for you is something we can do together through holistic health and nutrition sessions to ensure you are consuming the appropriate amount that will improve your digestion and elimination using protocols that will support your colon.
Be sure to take a glance before you flush each day, helping to heal so many aspects inside and out.
Hello, my name is Stacy Peterson, Functional Nutritionist and Holistic Health, Wellness and Strength & Conditioning Coach with a MS in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine practicing whole-foods nutrition and physical training to individuals around the globe.
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