Saturday, December 7, 2013

Aloe: It’s Not Just For a Sunburn

Whenever anyone mentions aloe vera, all I can think of is a trip to the Bahamas I took with my 2 best friends our senior year of high school. It was a little cloudy so we didn’t bother with sunscreen and boy did we pay for that stupid decision! Aloe is well known for its abilities to soothe sunburned skin, but it has a lot of other wonderful benefits as well.
Aloe is a great natural skin treatment. Aloe vera gel nourishes and hydrates your skin. It also promotes skin regeneration, which is excellent for aging skin. Plus it feels amazing! Similar to how soothing aloe is on your skin, it can also ease internal inflammation when ingested. The polysaccharides contained in aloe have been shown to be beneficial to the digestive tract, so it can be helpful for people who have IBS and other digestive disorders. I have struggled at times with minor digestive issues and have definitely found that taking aloe regularly does help. Other benefits include stabilization of blood sugar, lowering of cholesterol and it’s a great immunity boost. Aloe vera contains a number of vitamins like A, C, E, folic acid and even B12, along with being mineral rich. I have been told that it is also a fabulous hair treatment, but have yet to try it.
So what kind to get? There are numerous aloe juices on the market, however most of them are not of high quality - they are mostly water and fillers containing very little of the actual juice. Also I have found the taste to not be very good. There are a lot of juices that are said to be whole leaf, which sounds like a great thing, but the only part you want is the aloe vera gel. The whole leaf contains a brown sap called aloin, which is very bitter and studies have shown that it should not be ingested. You can find juices that have extracted the aloin out, but again you want to make sure the juice is of good quality and made with pure aloe vera gel.
I have recently discovered a dehydrated aloe vera gel, which can be reconstituted in juice or water. It is 100% aloe vera and because its so concentrated, you only need to use a very small amount.
Aloe Vera 100 Drink from Good Cause Wellness.
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