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The Detoxifying Power of Aloe Vera

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The Detoxifying Power of Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is known as the oldest medicinal plant with numerous benefits. Aloe Vera was first documented by the Egyptians in 3500BC. It has become known for its potency ever since. Aloe Vera has several species grown across the world. A few of these species are extremely poisonous but others are non-toxic. It is commonly grown in homes for home remedies and as an ornamental plant.

The unique leaves of the Aloe Vera plant are where most of its power lies. It is divided into two parts which are:

  1. The yellow, bitter liquid found beneath the leaf’s epidermis- this is known as the latex
  2. The colourless, tasteless semi-solid substance found in the inner part of the leaf- this is known as the gel.

Aloe Vera is deemed a wonder plant because its benefits to health and living are almost uncountable. The uses of the plant are spread out across various industries Here are a few major uses of the plant.

Medicinal benefits:

  • It aids in digestion
  • It boosts the immune system
  • It increases energy in the body
  • It is used to treat constipation
  • It has antimicrobial properties
  • It reduces inflammation by increasing joint flexibility

Cosmetic benefits:

Aloe Vera is widely used in the cosmetic industry as an emollient and moisturizer.

Detoxification is another invaluable use or advantage of Aloe Vera. We will be discussing this property and how it is important to human health.

About Detoxification

Detoxification is an important process in the human body. It refers to the physiological or medicinal elimination of any toxic substances in the human body. It is a process mostly carried out by the liver.

Toxins are unwanted materials that accumulate in the body and can greatly affect human health. By removing toxins in the body, you are performing an internal cleansing that benefits the tissues and organs. Toxins in the body may include mercury, lead, and other unwanted substances.

Some Cause and Effect of Toxicity in the Body

  • Constipation

Constipation can be described as slow or fewer bowel movements. It leads to the hardening of stool and other complications that affect health. Constipation plays a role in the accumulation of bad bacteria, chemical compounds, yeasts, and parasites in the body. This, in turn, leads to the under-functioning of the immune system and the increase in toxins.  Sometimes after treating constipation, these elements are left behind in the body.

  • Poor Digestion and Eating Excessively

Poor digestion leads to the accumulation of waste and toxins in the body. It is caused when the body cannot properly digest certain foods. Such complex foods may include high fibre, whole grains, complex carbohydrates, and so on. 

In the same way, eating excessively leads to glycation which creates sludge and accumulates toxins in the body. 

  • Heavy Metals

Heavy metals poisoning contaminate the body from various sources. These include a factory that uses heavy metals, herbal medicines and so on.  The build-up of these metals in the body constitutes toxicity and can lead to chronic poisoning. Symptoms of this chronic toxicity in the body include aching muscles, constipation, headache, and fatigue. Detoxification is required to rid the body of this chronic poisoning. It is bad for human health and can lead to worse symptoms when it persists.

Some Symptoms of toxicity include:

  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle ache
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Skin problems

Diseases Associated with Toxicity in the Body:

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Food allergies
  • Menstrual problems

Importance and Benefits of Detoxification

  • It promotes healthy liver function
  • It eliminates waste in the blood
  • It processes fat-soluble vitamins and proteins required for healthy, radiant skin and body.

How Aloe Vera Plays a Role in Detoxification

The wonder plant Aloe Vera is also known and used for its detoxification ability. Aloe Vera contains minerals, essential amino acids, vitamins, triterpenes, polysaccharides, and so on. This composition of the Aloe Vera plant enhances its laxative property which acts gently on bowels. When egested the gel cleanses the colon in the body and detoxifies the blood. The triterpenes present acts as an antioxidant and reduces sugar in the blood. The polysaccharides promote immune and digestive functioning in the body.

Aloe Vera is mostly used in an Aloe Vera juice form or detox water to detoxify the body and for easy incorporation into a daily diet.

Aloe Vera juice comprises of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements that cleanse the body completely.

The plant also treats constipation in the body and aids digestion; these are all necessary for the detoxification process.

The channels of detoxification in the body include skin, liver, lungs, lymph, kidney, and bowels. Aloe Vera is a gentle healing plant that acts as it goes through each of these organs to give a healthier body.

Aloe Vera can be used by both adults and children for detoxification.

Aloe Vera products can be purchased to prepare the juice at home. After consumption of Aloe Vera juice or detox water, frequent stooling and peeing is expected. It is a good sign and an indication of the detoxification process.

Here is a simple recipe to make Aloe Vera Detox Water at home.

  • Obtain a pure Aloe Vera gel – 2 tablespoons.
  • A handful of basil leaves
  • ¼ cup of chopped cucumber
  • 1 cup of unsweetened coconut water
  • ½ tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of clean drinkable water

Pour all the ingredients in a blender. Blend till smooth and strain into a cup to remove any large particles. Chill if you prefer and drink.

You can use this detox water recipe or purchase Aloe Vera product for juice preparation. Make the purchase today and begin the experience of Aloe Vera’s detoxifying benefits.

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