Aloe Vera isn’t just for your sunburn, it also soothes an irritated gut! Considered to be an ancient superfood, it is commonly used for cuts and sores and can provide relief to an upset or irritated digestive system. The system of Ayurveda has long used Aloe Vera for its overall health properties, and its natural soothing powers have famously been used by sun lovers everywhere. When used in conjunction with your healthy diet and exercise regime, aloe vera can assist you to get the nutrients you need to maintain a healthy gut.
Aloe Vera is a succulent plant, with cactus-like form. The precious aloe vera gel is encased inside, and it is the complex carbohydrates (polysaccharides) it contains that are used for digestive and skin health.
Aloe vera can be used as digestive support when consumed in the right way. You’ll find aloe vera in liquid form, as a tonic, or in gel form. As a juice, it contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which are needed for the body to function as it should. Aloe Vera is also used in many cosmetic formulations and has great topical use. Not only for sunburn but also as a moisturising agent, in skincare products and hair care formulas!
If the intestines do not have enough water, it is difficult for them to move waste through the tract. A lack of water can contribute to constipation, and this is where aloe vera can shine, by providing the moisture the intestines need for peristalsis (the wave-like muscle contractions it needs to move waste).
Enzymes in aloe vera may assist to break down sugars and fats, so your body can absorb the nutrients it needs. These same enzymes also provide an anti-inflammatory effect in the body. Always consult your medical practitioner when using supplements. Aloe Vera may not be useful for everyone, as it acts as a natural laxative.