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We at The Wellness Way consider the aloe vera plant to be the “Plant of Immortality.” We weren’t the first to give it that nickname, though. The Egyptians were calling aloe that over 6,000 years ago. They were on to something! The way we talk about this medicinal plant at The Wellness Way, you would think Doc owned stock in the company. He doesn’t, but maybe he should! It’s so great nutritionally and clinically to have aloe juice in your diet that it should be called the Plant of Performance. It performs!

Many people with a mainstream medical mindset might use it for its anti-inflammatory properties, but it’s a great building block to prevent inflammation in the first place. Why wait until you are sick when it has so many great qualities?

Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) is a succulent that you can easily grow in your house, no matter where you live. It just needs a little sunshine and not too much water. Be careful not to over-water it. If you care for your aloe plant, it will care for you. The aloe vera leaves contain a clear, jelly-like substance known as aloe gel. There are so many uses of aloe vera gel that you will soon be slathering yourself in aloe like you were Queen Cleopatra.

In this article, we’ll talk about some of the great uses of aloe and why we love it. We can only cover some of them because this juicy plant is known to aid in many areas. 

Staying Hydrated

Speaking of juicy… Aloe is very hydrating. The clear inner gel is 99% water! Many people are underhydrated, so adding aloe to your diet can be very beneficial. Staying hydrated is huge for everyone. It helps your body stay balanced, allowing cells to function along with all those organ systems in the body.

Staying hydrated is especially important for athletes. Aloe is not only hydrating, but it also has some great electrolyte minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, and sodium. These are so important if you are working out, so you can replace those electrolytes you are sweating out.

Aloe juice is better than Gatorade and has less sugar. On its own, aloe juice doesn’t taste that great. Combine coconut water and aloe juice with some pineapple juice for flavor, and enjoy a great post-workout drink.

Aloe Plant

Active Components

Aloe has 75 active components. It’s full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Vitamins and minerals are building blocks for a healthy body, and antioxidants rid the body of free radicals. You will also find enzymes, sugars, fatty acids, sterols, and hormones that help the body and have anti-inflammatory impacts.

There are 12 anthraquinones only found in the aloe plant. These phenolic compounds work as laxatives and aid in digestion. Aloe also has 20 of the 22 amino acids the human body requires and seven of the eight essential amino acids. Essential amino acids are amino acids that the body doesn’t make, so it’s necessary to get them from the diet to function. [1] Aloe has seven of them!

While aloe is 99% water, it has massive components that heal and build up the body.

The Plant of Immortality Performs: 8 Great Uses of Aloe Vera

There are hundreds of excellent healing properties of aloe, and these are just a few that many people can benefit from. We could go on for days on all the benefits of aloe vera, but we will keep it to 8 uses.

1) Aloe Supports Intestinal Growth and Repair

Vitamin A is great for gastrointestinal repair and all the healing qualities of aloe are going to be great for building a healthy gut. Aloe also inhibits the growth of candida. Add this great food to your diet in a smoothie.

2) Aloe Improves Bowel Movements

Not having enough bowel movements is detrimental to human health. If we can get people to poop regularly, we can change their lives. That, along with its anti-inflammatory qualities, is one of the reasons we recommend aloe to new patients. Pooping once a day is not enough. If that’s all you’re pooping, you’re dealing with constipation. Aloe has a laxative effect, so take a shot 15 minutes before a meal to prepare your digestive tract for smooth digestion. If you’re dealing with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), aloe can be very soothing.

When you drink aloe juice, it works from your mouth to the exit point. In the stomach, it can soothe ulcers and reduce symptoms of heartburn. All the microbes throughout your digestive tract can also use it as a prebiotic. So, it’s terrific for feeding normal flora. You have a ton of normal flora on your skin, which is another reason why putting aloe on your skin is so beneficial.

3) Aloe is Awesome For Your Hormones

Aloe has four plant sterols, including cholesterol. Don’t let that scare you off. Cholesterol is needed for cellular repair and is a building block for steroid hormones. Your body needs cholesterol to build hormones!

Plant-based cholesterol, along with plant-based zinc and amino acids, does wonders to increase your testosterone for the guys and all the needed hormones for the ladies. You, ladies, have many required hormones, so don’t skimp on the cholesterol.

4) Aloe is Great For Beauty

There is no such thing as anti-aging; there is only aging well. You are getting older no matter what you do, so age well! Doc likes to use coconut oil and aloe on his skin to keep him looking good. The antioxidants, fatty acids, and anti-inflammatory qualities are great for your skin. Remember that cellular repairing cholesterol? It helps with skin repair too!

Aloe contains glucomannan, which is a rich long-chain polysaccharide that’s actually listed as a growth hormone. With cholesterol, zinc, and a growth hormone that stimulates the fibroblasts in our body to help with collagen production, aloe is the ultimate lotion. Topical aloe vera has become popular in dermatology and skincare products because it stimulates growth hormone and collagen production, reducing wrinkles. [2]

Dietary aloe vera supplementation may also benefit the skin. In a 2009 study, researchers gave women over 45 aloe vera twice daily for three months. The women had increased collagen production and reported fewer wrinkles over that short time. [3]

5) Aloe Supports Skin Repair

For all the reasons it’s good for skin care, aloe is also an excellent over-the-counter remedy for healing bug bites, sunburn, cuts, rashes, and other forms of inflammation. Aloe is also antibacterial, so applying it topically works amazingly well for wound healing. It also provides fast relief for pain and itching! Studies have shown that it helps with a variety of skin conditions, including first and second-degree burns, eczema/dermatitis, chronic psoriasis, and inflammation. Its antiviral properties may make it suitable for herpes infections as well. No wonder it’s a part of so many ointments and lotions!

6) Aloe Can Help With Blood Sugar Balance

There have been studies that show that aloe juice can help balance blood sugar levels. It’s estimated that 33% of American adults over 18 have prediabetes, and that increases as you age to almost half of those over 65. [4] Aloe can be a way to help control blood glucose and avoid developing type 2 diabetes, a very damaging disease.

7) Aloe is Great For Shaving

It does a wonderful job as a shaving gel and is very soothing. If you accidentally nick yourself, it’s there to help with the healing.

8) Aloe Works as a Mouthwash

There’s even an oral use for aloe vera! Doc thinks it tastes like dirty water. But even if it tastes terrible, it’s fantastic for the mouth. Combine aloe juice with a few drops of essential oils like clove, peppermint, or lemon for a health and flavor boost. Aloe massively reduces gingivitis, as it stimulates fibroblasts in gums. It has excellent anti-inflammatory qualities that soothe the oral tissues. That’s why it’s in toothpaste!

Change Your Life

Now that you know the massive health effects of aloe vera, it’s time to incorporate it into your life. It’s one of the greatest building-block, medicinal herbs on the planet and it’s so easy to get. It’s easy to grab at your local grocery store. Or better yet, grow your own. It is an easy house plant.

Not all aloe vera products are equal. Those bright green aloe brands at your local big-box store aren’t what you are looking for. There have been claims that those have no aloe in them. [5] If you are buying aloe vera juice, find a brand with a good organic, whole-leaf, and preservative-free option low in gut-irritating aloin like our favorite, Lily of the Desert.

Aloe juice is an amazing food that should be a regular part of your diet. If you have not started anything in your health venture – this should be the first thing. Use food as your medicine. We forget food is designed to build a healthy body, it’s not just there for its taste! Give your body what it needs. This message today could change the direction of not only your life or someone you love. One of the simplest things to get them back on the road to recovery and to see them live a better and healthier life is to incorporate aloe.

How do you incorporate aloe into your life?

Resources

  1. ALOE VERA: A SHORT REVIEW – PMC (nih.gov)
  2. Skin Ageing: Natural Weapons and Strategies – PMC (nih.gov)
  3. Dietary Aloe Vera Supplementation Improves Facial Wrinkles and Elasticity and It Increases the Type I Procollagen Gene Expression in Human Skin in vivo – PMC (nih.gov)
  4. National Diabetes Statistics Report 2020. Estimates of diabetes and its burden in the United States. (cdc.gov)
  5. ‘Aloe vera’ products sold by Walmart, Target and CVS contain zero per cent of the plant | Daily Mail Online

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Disclaimer: This content is for educational purposes only. It’s not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your Wellness Way clinic or personal physician, especially if currently taking prescription or over-the-counter medications. Pregnant women, in particular, should seek the advice of a physician before trying any herb or supplement listed on this website. Always speak with your individual clinic before adding any medication, herb, or nutritional supplement to your health protocol. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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