Aloe vera contains important amino acids, enzymes, minerals, and vitamins. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that have great benefits for the digestive system. It helps to rid the body of toxins and food buildup. It is also a laxative, encouraging regular bowel movements.
Ingesting the clear gel from the inside of the Aloe vera leaf can help to heal the lining of the intestinal tract if it is damaged. When this gut lining is damaged, toxins can go into the bloodstream causing inflammation and triggering an immune response in the whole body. Aloe vera is a great help for constipation due to its excellent laxative properties. It increases water content in the intestine, helps to stimulate the secretion of mucus and contains enzymes that help to break down food so it can be properly absorbed.
How to add it to your diet:
1. Aloe vera comes in different forms but one of the best ways to add it to your diet is as a juice which you can buy at a health food store or online. Drink a cup of Aloe vera juice before eating a meal to help reduce acid reflux and aid digestion.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of the gel to a cup of water, coconut water or fresh orange juice, blend in a blender and drink each morning on an empty stomach. (You can even make your own gel by buying an Aloe vera plant, cutting open the leaf to expose the gel and scraping it out).
Note: Ingesting Aloe vera in high doses can cause diarrhea or stomach cramps. It should not be consumed if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. If you’re on any medication, check with your doctor before using it.