FOOD/HEALTH

Aloe Vera – The Plant That Promotes Healing

“Nature’s Solution for Digestive Health”

Aloe VeraHave you been suffering from digestive problems such as bloating? Has your doctor diagnosed irritable bowel, gastritis, peptic ulcer, diverticulitis or any similar gastrointestinal GI problem? It is important to note that for many of the digestive disorders there is a link between the physical illness and stress. Digestive problems can be initiated or exacerbated by stress situations.

Mental conditions which are associated with digestive illnesses are anxiety, depression, panic disorder, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Other conditions associated with digestive disorders are: food sensitivity, bacterial gastroenteritis, overgrowth of bacteria, altered level of the body chemicals called neurotransmitters, hypersensitivity to intestinal distension due to gas or stool, hereditary/genetic causes. Let’s look at three (3) common conditions:

Symptoms of IBS include:

  • Cramping pain or discomfort in the abdomen
  • Loose stools which can alternate with constipation
  • Passage of mucus
  • A sensation that a bowel action is incomplete
  • Bloating of the abdomen

Symptoms of Diverticulitis are:

oLeft-sided severe abdominal pain of sudden onset

oChills and fever

oNausea or vomiting

oLoose stools or constipation

oBlood in the stool. Significant bleeding will result in;

  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Fainting spells

Abdominal Bloating

There are many illnesses that can cause the abdomen to feel tight and uncomfortably distended. Most of the causes are related to illnesses of the gastro-intestinal tract but there are a few which are not GI related. Here are some of the illnesses:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Gall stones
  • Gastro-intestinal infections (E.coli, H.Pyloric)

Management and Treatment

If you are having symptoms of IBS, diverticulosis or abdominal bloating then it is important to consult with your healthcare provider who will do a physical examination, diagnostic test and initiate treatment with medication to relieve abdominal pain and discomfort.

The cross–cutting conservative management to prevent and control these GI illnesses requires a change in life-style especially the diet. Other life-style changes are: stress management, physical exercise, smoking cessation, and limiting alcohol intake.

Dietary supplements include:

üFiber supplement

üProbiotics

üAloe Vera gel/drink

The Pure Aloe Vera Gel/Drink

The aloe vera drink has been described as a liquid dietary food, Aloe Vera Gel contains over 75 different nutrients, including 20 minerals, 18 amino acids, and 12 vitamins. As a result of the vital nutrients contained in the gel substituting it for a meal will provide you with most of your dietary requirements.

There are so many nutrients in Aloe Vera Gel, one thing is certain – it has a profoundly positive influence on the health and lifestyle of many and is preferred by those who are serious about maintaining a healthy digestive system and high energy levels. The Aloe Vera Gel/ drink is safe, soothes pain and calms the GI tract. Other benefits of the gel are:

o   Liquid dietary food

o   High energy drink

o   Mild laxative effect

o   Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties

o   Promotes healing of irritated skin and mucosa

To make your own aloe vera drink, peel the skin (which is quite bitter) and cut up the gel in to small cubes. Blend and flavor with orange, lemon, strawberries mango or any of your favorite fruit. Lightly sweeten to taste and enjoy. Keep the drink refrigerated.

Readers Bureau, Contributor