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Best Natural Cure for Tummy Troubles

Updated on August 16, 2011

Aloe Vera

After seeing Aloe Vera calm my cat’s stomachaches and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), I decided to try it for myself. I tend to get a stomachache after eating and also during times of stress. The doctors tell me to take over the counter medications for upset stomach, however I do not like the idea of being to dependent on over the counter medications. I am afraid that such products may contain harmful chemicals that will cause me additional problems down the road. So, I was intrigued by the naturalness of Aloe Vera as a possible solution.

I began with the Aloe Vera juice. Plain Aloe Vera juice tastes pretty pungent. It is best to get the kind with no preservatives. All you have to do is drink 2 to 3 Oz’s per day in order to feel some improvement. If you develop diarrhea, than you are taking too much. They have many different types of Aloe Vera drinks such as ones that are mixed with fruit juices and the tasty cans that are found at Asian food stores ~ these contain sugar and will not necessary help with your stomach problems.

The juice is hard to keep on hand as it has to be refrigerated. So, you can’t always just grab some juice when you feel a stomachache is coming on. I switched to the Aloe Vera capsules to make it easier for me to remember to take them, as I could carry them around with me and take them as needed. I take at least 2 of the 250mg capsules on a daily basis. Make sure you are taking the dietary supplement capsules or digestible gel caps and not the external kind. It took me about a mouth of regular use to feel as if the Aloe Vera was preventing or helping decrease the frequency of my stomach aches. The directions on Aloe Vera capsules indicate that the product is for constipation so be mindful of how your body reacts to the capsules to determine the dosage for yourself.

My Aloe Vera Bottle

Any Downsides?

Personally, I have not seen or experienced any negative effects of taking the Aloe Vera. I did visit a doctor to make sure I did not have a more serious issue with my health. Always make sure you don't have a serious health issue that requires immediate treatment like surgery before deciding on a natural cure for any health problem. In addition, if you are on any medication you should make sure that it does not conflict with the Aloe Vera. My best advice is to listen to your own body because only you know if a natural approach to your stomachaches is appropriate.

As with many natural remedies, Aloe Vera is not cheap. The cheapest capsules I found at Whole Foods are around $10.00. I buy mine from several online vitamin sites that are cheaper when they have sales. If you find some Aloe Vera on sale, you can buy several and stock up.


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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is totally new to me. I used to grow the Aloe plant. Thank's.