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Aloe Vera Detox Diet Benefits

Updated on June 6, 2021
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Hi, I'm Sam, I enjoy writing about nutrition and health-related topics, especially alternative and plant-based remedies.

Aloe Vera a Natural Medicine?

Aloe vera is one of the most widely used and accepted medicinal plants in the world. It has been used for everything from soothing sunburns to treating stomach ulcers. There are many plants on the market that are not recognized by mainstream medicine for their health benefits. Aloe vera is often prescribed by doctors, as Aloe vera's health benefits have been documented for centuries.

Aloe vera gel and Aloe vera juice have a range of wonderful health properties that make it one of the most potent and useful plants you can buy or grow yourself.

  • Stomach Ulcers
  • Acid Reflux
  • Colon Cleanse
  • Sunburn
  • Anti-aging
  • General Skin Care &Topical Use

Aloe Vera in Ancient Times

An introduction to the wide history of the Aloe Vera plant and its uses in Ancient and Classical times. The Aloe Vera history covers Egyptian, Greek, Roman and other time periods.

Humans have long known the benefits of the Aloe vera plant, and many civilizations have taken advantage of these Aloe vera benefits. Over the centuries, Aloe vera has become more and more popular, but if we look at ancient records, we can see that it was used by civilizations as early as the Egyptians. Not unlike cats and beetles, the Egyptians even eventually elevated Aloe vera to a sacred status, making it one of the most important medicinal plants in their culture.

While this plant might have been foreign to our ancestors in the West, today, Aloe vera is one of the most popular and most oft-used plants, both in natural and mainstream medicine.

But how did it get to that place in Western culture, from a plant that only grew in the hot, dry deserts of Africa, to being a staple in nearly every arid climate, with a variety of uses that span from burn relief to digestive aid? While the history of Aloe vera is not exactly filled with intrigue, it is one of the most well-documented plants in the ancient histories of many different civilizations.

Origins of Aloe vera

Egypt

The first accounts of Aloe vera appear in Egypt. Carvings on temples have clear references to the plants, where it was obviously used for its healing and soothing properties.

Because of these properties, aloe vera in Ancient Egypt was revered. For carvings of these plants to appear on the walls of temples means that the plant was frequently used by the government and religious leaders alike. It is even believed that two of Egypt’s most famous queens, Cleopatra and Nefertiti often use aloe vera as beauty aids.

Aloe vera became so widely considered as a healing and protecting plant that many Egyptians began to hang plants over their doorways, to protect themselves from evil. Those who wanted to attend the funeral of a royal family member had to bring a pound of aloe vera plants to the temple in order to be admitted. Aloe was also part of the embalming liquid the priests used to preserve the kings of Egypt.

The Bible, Greeks & Romans

Aloe also makes several appearances in The Bible. Jewish people in ancient times, as well as the Greeks and Romans they lived amongst, believed that the plant had life-giving properties. Aloe vera was often given as gifts to kings. During this time, it was also widely used as an analgesic and had a range of medicinal purposes. King Solomon was presented with it at his wedding and after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, he was placed in the tomb along with Aloe vera leaves.

Asia (China)

By the 7th century, Aloe vera had spread to Asia, with Chinese historians making not of the plant’s contributions to natural medicine.

Europe and the New World

In the 15th century, it was being grown and used in Europe, whose explorers carried the plant to the New World. While it did not flourish on the east coast of the New World, it did on the west coast and in the dry, arid deserts in the middle region of the continent.

Aloe vera continued to be used in natural medicine for centuries. It is only recently that the planet has begun to get attention from mainstream medicine. Now that cold pressing and natural stabilization techniques have made it possible to buy Aloe vera gel and other preparations.

First Use for Medicinal Purposes

Where Aloe vera was first used for medicinal purposes is up for debate. Many people believe that Egypt must have been the first civilization to make use of Aloe vera leaves and juice. There are records that suggest, however, that the people of Mesopotamia also used the plants for medicinal purposes, which would have been earlier, or around the same time as the earliest Egyptians.

Common Historical Uses of Aloe

Beauty Aid & Skincare

The most common ancient use for aloe vera was as a beauty aid. The queens of Egypt often used the aloe vera juice on their skin. Because it has a natural anti-inflammatory effect on skin, redness, puffiness, and the appearance of wrinkles would have decreased.

During this time, it was also used to soothe cuts and burns. Ancient Egyptians also treated papyrus strips with aloe vera juice as a treatment for Tuberculosis (this is not a recommended modern treatment option). Native Americans used aloe vera as an emollient and to treat cuts and burns, just like the Egyptians did. Chinese doctors used it to treat rashes and other irritations, both outside and inside the body.

Often used in Greek and Roman culture for embalming the dead, aloe vera was used for everything from soothing boils and ulcers, hydrating dry skin, taking the pain and irritation our of a sore throat, and even to curb bleeding. Aloe vera is still used for many of the same functions today.

Products like aloe vera skin care lotions and creams are becoming increasingly more popular. People mostly compliment on the hydration and skin softening properties of Aloe Vera. How many of these claims are grounded I leave up to other articles discussing the science and experiences with this legendary plant.

High in Protein and Fatty Acids.

Almost everything in our bodies is made up of amino acids. When you get a cut, burn, or rash on your skin, the body sends amino acids (the building blocks of protein), to the area to help repair the skin. Of the twenty-two amino acids that the body needs, we only produce fourteen. That leaves eight amino acids that we have to get through other sources. Aloe vera is high in these essential amino acids, as well as the kinds of fatty acids that lower bad cholesterol and aid in digestion. For a description of essential Aloe Vera compounds read this article.

Type
Compounds
Vitamine(s)
B1,B2,B6,C,A,folic acid, choline
Carbohydrates
Pure mannan, glucomannan, galactan, acetylated mannan, cellulose
Saccharides
Mannose, glucose, aldopentose, L-rhamnose
Organic
steroids, triglicderides, triterpenoid, gibberlin, potassium sorbate
Inorganic
Zinc, selenium, magnesium, sodium, calcium

Aloe Vera has adaptogen properties

“Adaptogen” is not a term that many people have heard of. An adaptogen is a substance that actively improves and builds the immune system. It doesn’t just make it more robust, it actually improves the speed at which the immune system reacts to bacteria or viruses in the body. It makes the entire body more adaptable and more able to live in this environment. It can even help to combat the allergic response.

Aloe Vera aids digestion

Because of those fatty acids that aloe contains, aloe vera is great for digestion, and a properly working digestive system is imperative to a body with a high immune system. Amazingly, aloe vera is great both for those who frequently get constipation and those that frequently have diarrhea. Why? Because unlike medicines that are formulated just for one purpose or the other, aloe works to actively calm the body’s digestive system, no matter the issue it is experiencing. Taking aloe regularly can help to maintain a healthy level of bacteria in the stomach and can even fight the unhealthy bacteria that might try to upset the stomach.

Detoxifies the body

Like chia seeds and seaweed, aloe vera has a high gelatin content. These gels are great for detoxifying the body, because they actually absorb and hold on to toxins, allowing them to be passed through your body. As the gel passes through your intestinal tract, it will absorb any remaining toxins from chemicals you might have consumed or used on your body. Because it also aids in keeping your digestive system regular, aloe vera also ensures that the toxins are regularly and completed eliminated from the body.

Creates an alkaline environment in the body

When you regularly take aloe vera, you create an alkaline system in your body. Most people consume mostly acidic foods (which is why there is such a high rate of heart burn and acid reflux disease in our society). If you temper that acid with alkaline foods, like aloe vera, you will have a system that is much less vulnerable to disease and is far less prone to problems like acid reflux and heart burn. Aloe vera creates and helps to maintain the balance that your body needs to stay healthy.

Aloe vera protects heart health

While there have not been many clinical trials about the benefits of aloe vera on the cardiovascular system, it is clear that aloe vera combats inflammation, which is one of the underlying causes of heart disease. How aloe vera combats inflammation lends credibility to the idea that eating aloe vera or taking an aloe vera supplement can help to improve heart health. This plant actually improves the body’s ability to deliver oxygen, through the blood, to the sites that need it most. By also lowering cholesterol, the plant improves circulation and decreases the strain on the heart and any inflammation that may be damaging the circulatory system.

Aloe vera soothes and improves skin

Unlike many skin products that claim to reduce inflammation, smooth skin, and help repair skin damage, aloe vera actually delivers. It’s widely used for everything from cooling a sunburn to soothing bug bites to taming psoriasis. Whether you have an occasional skin issue or a chronic one like psoriasis, having aloe vera on hand is always a good idea. It’s an analgesic, meaning that it can reduce the pain of a cut or burn, and it also hydrates the skin and decreases the impulse to itch, which can only further damage the irritated or wounded area. Even when not used on a damaged area, even just as a daily moisturizer, it can help keep skin balanced and full of life.

Aloe vera improves your immune system

One of the biggest aloe vera health benefits is a boost to the immune system. Aloe vera juice, which is rich in polysaccharides, promote white blood cell production, which are the cells in the blood that fight infection and viruses. A boosted immune system is also better for curbing the effects of free radicals and can help to reduce fever, both in adults and children.

Aloe Vera is anti-x?

Aloe vera is actually naturally antibacterial, anti-viral, antiseptic, antimicrobial, and anti just about anything that can harm your body. It is high in salicylic acid, which kills the bacteria on your skin that causes acne and infection. It kills fungus and viruses on sight, too.

Reduces inflammation inside and outside your body

If your skin has developed a rash, an application of aloe vera can help soothe that rash. If you have an ulcer (which is caused by inflammation due to stress in the body), eating aloe vera can help soothe that ulcer, too. Aloe vera’s high levels of B-sisterole cool inflamed areas and can even help to ease the pain of inflammation in joints that causes arthritis.

Aloe Vera Detox Diet Benefits

While aloe vera is not a weight loss supplement and should not be taken as such, the combined detoxifying and digestive aids can help you rid your body of extra weight and can give your metabolism and energy the needed boost to kick off a diet and exercise regimen.

Aloe vera has long been renowned for the effects it has externally like the skin, but it can also heal from the inside. The human body has a continual build up of toxic levels and although the body is able to rid itself of some, it occasionally needs outside assistance which is where an aloe vera detox diet comes into play.

Internal cleansing is the key to optimal health. Outside toxins and digestive toxins play havoc with your health and as many problems originate in the digestive tract it makes sense to spring clean it every so often.

Why detox with an Aloe Vera detox diet?

Tests have shown that toxic levels in the blood plasma are a problem and starting with an aloe vera detox diet is beneficial. The intestines which are the largest organ in the digestive system and they require regular cleaning and maintenance. The problems associated with the digestive system are yeast overgrowth, viruses and parasites and these can be detoxified and removed from the system.

Drinking aloe juice is a perfect way to clean and maintain this organ which is responsible for the absorption of nutrients from the food consumed daily.

Start your aloe vera detox diet with a small amount of aloe vera juice or gel which is sometimes made from the juice of an aloe plant only and in some cases the whole leaf is used including the flesh. The recommended dosage for starting an aloe vera detox diet is 25ml once a day.

Expect to frequently empty your bowels as the aloe vera detox diet starts kicking in and removing the toxins. Repeat a detox program periodically to keep your system clean and healthy.

Benefits of an Aloe Vera detox diet

(Relevant information supplied by Dr. Gary Null – The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Natural Healing, and Antoinette Saville and Antony J. Haynes- The Food Intolerance Bible and Shape Magazine.)

  • An aloe vera juice detox is a natural and healthy way to detox, it provides many beneficial vitamins, minerals and trace elements that the body requires.
  • Our digestive system is used primarily for the absorption of nutrients and the intestines can become clogged with toxins mainly from the preservatives in our food. An aloe vera detox diet increases bowel regularity and aids the absorption of proteins.
  • Aloe vera also assists with decreasing yeast development and also parasites in the intestines.
  • Aloe vera is packed with anti-oxidants which fight free radicals in the body, and boosts the immune system and metabolism as a result.
  • Helps with joint pain as it acts as an anti-inflammatory.
  • An aloe vera juice detox contains building blocks that assist the replenishment of new skin which occurs over each 28 day period and ultimately slows the ageing process and also helps heal minor cuts and skin irritations from within.
  • Helps to combat fatigue and exhaustion caused by a struggling digestive system overloaded with toxins
  • Aloe vera contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E and also contains Folic Acid and Niacin.
  • Aloe vera contains Magnesium, Zinc, Copper, Chromium, Iron, Calcium and many additional minerals.
  • There are 8 amino acids that cannot be made by the body and 7 are found in aloe vera. Of the 20 amino acids required by the body aloe vera can supply 19 of them in total
  • Aloe vera has anti-microbial benefits which promote cell repair and anti-bacterial properties for stemming the growth of bacteria in the system.
  • The beta-sitosterol contained in an aloe vera detox diet also helps with the reduction of cholesterol levels
  • The benefits of an aloe vera detox are that it cleans the blood of impurities and encourages the growth of new red blood cells.
  • Helps with irritable bowel syndrome and constipation including heart burn, acid reflux and every day indigestion brought on by acidic foods consumed.
  • It keeps the blood glucose levels in check, if you are a type 1 diabetic please consult your doctor before embarking on an aloe vera detox program.

There are many ways to detox aloe vera and drinking the juice daily in minimal does of 25ml per day is generally regarded as beneficial for maintenance of the digestive system, the other alternative is an aloe vera 9 day detox program.

This diet requires a person to drink aloe juice combined with a shake containing protein, Garcinia supplements and bee pollen to detox the body and not eat at all, and then for 7 days a person may eat one 600 calorie meal plus the shake.

It is claimed that a person will lose 12 lbs or 5 kg in 9 days. There is however no evidence to back up the information of a 9 day aloe vera detox program but it is purported to be effective.

Final words on Detoxing with Aloe Vera

An aloe vera detox is beneficial in whatever way you ingest the aloe juice and irrespective of some negative comments it has for many decades been used for a plethora of health issues. It is backed by doctors and laymen alike. Try a detox aloe vera diet and note the benefits you will experience for yourself.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2017 Sam Shepards

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