Aloe Vera: Another Way of Using Plant-Based Nutrition

What do you do when you get a sunburn?

If you are like me you go out to the “First Aid” plant (aka aloe vera) and cut a leaf. As the gel weeps out you slather it all over and breath a deep sigh of relief. It may be cool and sticky but it almost instantly soothes the soreness.

It is no wonder your skin heals. The plant gel contains vitamins (A, B-1, B-2 , C, D and E) and minerals (zinc, selenium, magnesium, copper and potassium). There are even  sterols, phytonutrients and amino acids for good measure.

It heals the skin quickly! Then I found out that it is even more effective healing the “internal skin” of the digestion track. Aloe naturally contains anti-inflammatory enzymes that sooth, heal and feeds all 30 (or so) feet the entire track. For people with heartburn, GERD and IBS it can be a miracle cure.  I know that when I have had a lot of spicy food and start feeling the burn, a glass of George’s Aloe  Vera Juice almost instantly stop the burn. George’s is tasteless so it goes down easy; lots better than alka seltzer or Tums!

The last serious attack of IBS I had ended with me in the emergency room. The doctor wanted to give me Belladonna. I opted for stopping at the health food store on the way home and buying a jug of George’s Aloe Vera Juice.  I drank 8 ounces each day for six months. I am happy to report that in the last 15 years I have never had another serious problem.

Drinking the juice help heal my entire system because it:

  • created an acid/alkaline balance in the stomach so that acid never build up
  • encouraged the growth of “good bacteria” through the entire system
  • kept my internal yeast grown in check
  • worked as a gentle laxative when I needed one without harsh side effects

If you are not pregnant and interested in taking aloe vera, start slowly and see how your system reacts. It can cause mild cramping and diarrhea if you overdose. Over time you can adjust the dosage as needed.

We keep a big jug in the fridge at all times as intestinal first aid.

About Genene Cote

Genene Coté -- Nutrition Advocate, Counselor and Coach who is also a Whole Food Plant Based Eater (vegetarian/vegan), cook and gardener.
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