Whether it is “Jingle bells”, “Happy birthday to you”, “Here comes the bride” or any other celebration in your life, some of us know that on the other side of the happy times comes the inevitable feeling bloated, uncomfortable and lacking in energy. Brain fog descends and it is hard to focus on those important tasks or our love ones. Maybe you also have the bad luck of having your skin looking dull and blemished as well. Our sleep can get affected as we can’t find a comfortable position for a restful nights sleep, or we are up and down to the toilet all night with that “dodgy tummy”.
Aloe Vera juice is fantastic for calming and soothing your digestive system before or after your celebrations, and it is a gentle liver tonic as well. For those who avoid certain foods Aloe vera can be support for your digestive system before and after those “slip ups” or “can’t resist” moments in your festive season. Recovery time will be different for each person depending on personal health factors. With your digestion operating at optimal levels again you will be absorbing the nutrients from your food better, which means your energy reserves get topped up, your mental focus is easier, and your skin will have the nutrients to rejuvenate and glow.
Aloe vera is used for healing on the inside and outside of our bodies as it contains a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, nutrients and enzymes. It has traditionally been used for thousands of years as the essential ingredient for supporting digestive health, but it also helps with balancing acidity levels in our system, supports our immunity, and aids in cleansing our system of toxins. Aloe vera helps to maintain friendly intestinal bacteria, and helps us to digest proteins and fats. No wonder it is the most documented plant in history, called “the healing plant” by ancient medics and writers, hailed worldwide for it’s amazing healthful properties.
Aloe Vera juice can be taken on its’ own, in water, or you can add a dose to chamomile or peppermint tea. Normally it is recommended you take your dose first thing in the morning and last thing at night on an empty stomach for addressing any ongoing digestive issues, but if you feel uncomfortable after a meal take a dose then. Pregnant women often find a dose of Aloe vera soothes upper digestive tract discomfort. Aloe vera is safe for under 6 year olds- just check with your natural health consultant for the dosage.
By Karin Spicer, Naturopath and Medical Herbalist
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