So a coworker sent me a link to "Hungry for Change" and I watched it this weekend. In the video, it was recommended to eat certain things to remove the toxins from your system. These include parsley, cilantro, chia seeds (soaked until they turned into a gel), and aloe vera.
A local grocery store actually carries aloe vera leaves, so I bought one. Now I'm not so sure what to do with it. An internet search turned up a couple of references to using aloe vera juice as a detoxifier, but nothing on how to eat the actual leaf.
Anybody have any experience with preparing and eating aloe vera? Or do I install a handle and turn the sucker into a hack saw (dude's seriously sharp -- and has already gotten a taste of my blood...so I need to eat it or get it out of the house quick before it finds my cats)?
There's no reason to believe that it would cause you to purge some sort of toxins. "Toxins" as a term is useless unless you can actually name some of the toxins and why they are toxic.
Use it if you like it and it doesn't cause any symptoms, but don't think that it's going to have any particularly positive health outcome.
So what I ended up doing was slicing the top of the aloe vera leaf off to reveal the gel. I used a spoon to scoop the gel into my Vitamix, where I proceeded to mix the gel with 100% bing cherry juice. The resulting mixture tasted like...wait for it...cherry juice. So I am pleased.
I have been ingesting aloe vera juice in the past, I just thought that raw aloe vera might be better...since it's all natural and raw and paleo-like in that aspect.
After reading extensively, I couldn't find any claims of damage by ingesting aloe vera. I found a lot of claims of positive effects of ingesting aloe vera, but no studies to back it up. So I am going to continue to ingest it.
Because what does not kill me makes me stronger. Right? Seriously, right?!? If anyone can link any studies that show aloe vera can be harmful, please do. Really.
Typically the juice is used broadly as an immunostimulant and it is being examined because of its efficiency towards cancers in people on top of that. Topical ointments are developed with the aloevera base for the therapy of herpes. All these uses also aid in the therapy of skin psoriasis and in many cases gingivitis and oral plaque.
Aloe-vera juice has many different tested anti-bacterial and anti-fungal attributes. It is usually used in herbal supplements given to help stop ringworm or tinea inducing fungus. This complete concentrations of active substances for example C-glycosides besides other lectins allows aloe-vera. It actually is a well known anti inflammatory,aloe vera plant provides numerous health benefits, de-oxidizing and wellness restoring agent. Concentrated lotions are actually on the market to cure injuries, stings and lacerations, burn, eczema and acne breakouts. The sap as well as gel of this herb is usually consumed for stopping acid reflux disorder, vaginal yeast infections, Crohns disease, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, symptoms of asthma, hay fever as well as guard our body system from free-radicals.
The benefits of natural aloe-vera are well recognized today and now we can strongly recommend its intake, but always speak to your health care provider first. Sometimes some people will react diversely to aloe-vera.
It is popular for "detoxes" because it can make you poop. The people who are all about detoxing think we are being poisoned by having food moving through us too slowly. Just eating a clean diet that supports your liver, and maybe adding liver support herbs will allow your body to remove what it needs to at a safe and sane speed. Dumping too much stuff into your system at once the way detox flushes are designed to do can just end up poisoning you for a bit before some gets put back to where it was safely out of the way in your adipose tissue, and some goes down the toilet (but I doubt much more than you would purge in daily clean living, plus you feel like crap for a few weeks).
Aloe is likely safe for most people, I've used it therapeutically a few times to heal inflammation in my upper gut to prepare for adding betaine supplements.
It does appear to possibly be bad for some people's liver though. Your liver is how you remove stuff from your body, so be nice to it. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20191055
There does seem to be some promise of getting toxins stored in fat tissues out via exercise, temperature cycling hydrotherapy, saunas, and far infrared saunas, and they are sweated out in addition to being filtered by your liver, so the impact on your internal organs is reduced. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21951023
Peel it and scrape the gel out of it, and use the gel. This is a great way to treat sunburns BTW. It smells a little bit like b.o., surprisingly. Not sure how to eat it; might be easier to buy aloe vera juice at the health food store.
I'm not sure about the leaf, but have you considered drinking the juice? Trader Joe's sells a big vat (gallon, maybe) of the juice at a pretty cheap price. My doula wants me to drink this for toning the uterus. I'm not completely sure if this is really beneficial, but there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with it.
That being said, I'd love to hear from someone with regard to the benefits of this.
I drink 2 oz of the juice mixed with water after exercise:
Drinking aloe vera juice is like drinking a vitamin and mineral cocktail, it contains Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, E, Folic Acid and Niacin. Minerals in aloe vera include Calcium, Sodium, Iron, Potassium, Copper, Zinc, Manganese, Magnesium and Chromium.
Another benefit of Aloe is that it contains 19 amino acids, and 7 of them are essential amino acids ( not produced by the body ).
I drink Georges 100% aloe juice I buy from Vitamin Shoppe... I buy 100% Aloe Vera gel for my skin.
Aloe-vera relates to the Aloes kind of northern Africa. The particular plant lives on the exotic environments of Asian countries and African countries. It can be cultured largely for the therapeutic attributes built in. The particular sap from the plant is utilized in many different makeup products and herbal supplements. It has got a therapeutic and aloe vera gel stress-free impact on dried-out skin and it's utilized in the relief of all forms of diabetes.
Right now, it's well known as a therapeutic herb and growing tactics give full attention to improving succulence. This is certainly to guarantee the surviving of the herb even amongst lower rain fall. This herb demonstrates inability to winter and low temperatures and is protected from pest and aphid strikes. Typically the herb performs very well in drained and sand terrain and requires a good amount of sunshine.
Aloevera juice has many tested anti-bacterial and anti-fungal attributes. It's actually used in medications implemented to prevent ringworm or tinea creating fungus infection. The particular complete levels of active elements including C-glycosides as well as other lectins enables aloevera. It's actually a famous anti inflammatory, anti-oxidant and overall health restoring agent. Using aloe vera gel for hair has many amazing benefits. Specialized lotions and creams are actually designed to treat injuries, stings and lacerations, burn, eczema and acne breakouts. The sap or even gel from the herb is usually consumed to stop heartburn or acid reflux, candida albicans, Chron disease, joint disease, bronchial asthma, hay fever and also shield our body from free-radicals.