Aloe vera soothes in­di­ges­tion and eases bowel prob­lems

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ALOE vera is an ex­tra­or­di­nary plant and is pos­si­bly the most widely used heal­ing and beau­ti­fy­ing plant in his­tory. It looks like a cac­tus, but it ac­tu­ally be­longs to the same lily fam­ily as onions and gar­lic.

Man’s re­la­tion­ship with this plant dates back to around 4,000 BC when it was used to help the nat­u­ral heal­ing of bat­tle wounds.

How­ever, it was the Greek and Ro­man au­thors – Dioscorides and Pliny around 60 AD – that have pro­vided us with the most de­tailed doc­u­men­ta­tion of aloe vera’s wide ar­ray of ap­pli­ca­tion. They com­mented that the plant was used ex­ten­sively to ben­e­fit both ex­ter­nal and in­ter­nal health.

There are over 280 dif­fer­ent species found, but its aloe bar­baden­sis which has the best and most clearly re­searched health pro­mot­ing prop­er­ties. From its sooth­ing ef­fect on dry and chafed skin to its set­tling ef­fect on di­ges­tion, aloe vera has been used widely for pro­mot­ing op­ti­mum health.

More­over, two of the most al­lur­ing leg­endary Egy­tian queens, Ne­fer­titi and Cleopa­tra, re­lied on aloe vera to main­tain their un­lined and youth­ful com­plex­ion by both drink­ing the juice and bathing in it.

Aloe vera is a po­tent wound heal­ing rem­edy as well as a skin beau­ti­fier. In fact, it also pro­vides amaz­ing heal­ing prop­er­ties when taken orally, es­pe­cially for in­di­ges­tion.

In­di­ges­tion is a com­mon health prob­lem for people in the mod­ern era. The per­son who has in­di­ges­tion prob­lems may ex­pe­ri­ence dis­com­fort, stomach ache, bloat­ing, belch­ing, gas, flat­u­lence, nau­sea or vom­it­ing af­ter a meal or even af­ter a light snack. There are var­i­ous rea­sons caus­ing in­di­ges­tion:

* Un­healthy diet – eat­ing too fast or too much, ir­reg­u­lar meals, too much of oily, spicy or pro­cessed food

* Stress­ful life­style – stress from work, house­hold, traf­fic and so­cial * Ex­cess al­co­holic drinks * Smok­ing * Con­stantly feel­ing tired When ig­nored, in­di­ges­tion can lead to se­ri­ous health prob­lems such as gas­tri­tis, ir­ri­ta­ble bowel move­ment (IBM) and heart­burn.

Aloe vera helps to re­lieve in­di­ges­tion prob­lems by restor­ing the bal­ance of the di­ges­tive sys­tem in sev­eral ways:

> Soothe the stomach and in­tes­tine to re­duce the ir­ri­tat­ing re­ac­tion

> Main­tain healthy bac­te­ria en­vi­ron­ment in stomach for bet­ter nutrient ab­sorp­tion

> Has an anti-in­flam­ma­tory ef­fect to set­tle stomach up­set and pains

> Im­proves the reg­u­lar­ity of bowel move­ment for bet­ter waste elim­i­na­tion

One has to be care­ful when con­sum­ing aloe vera be­cause of the aloin com­po­nent be­tween the leaf skin and in­ner gel.

Aloe vera pro­vides amaz­ing heal­ing prop­er­ties when taken orally, es­pe­cially for in­di­ges­tion.

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