When my tummy decides to give me a fit on occasion, I often forget how amazing aloe vera for IBS can be. This incredible plant has been used for centuries for all types of medicinal health purposes, including IBS. This spiky, cactus looking plant often gets touted as a remedy for burns and inflammation, but what about using aloe vera for IBS? Haven’t tried it, you say? Let me give you a few reasons to reconsider.
Just like people use aloe vera to relieve inflammation from burns and blisters, using aloe vera for IBS can help reduce inflammation in a similar way. It helps to soothe the inner lining of the intestines and can help reduce inflammatory responses there as well. An unhealthy diet or stress can cause inflammation in the intestines, along with digestive disorders like IBS. You can use the gel of aloe vera or the juice in a smoothie, or just use it plain.
2. Treats Constipation
Aloe vera is also wonderful for treating constipation. It helps to create smooth sensations through the stomach, which can help relieve a clogged colon.
Aloe vera contains properties that help keep things flowing, so to speak, without causing harsh spasms on the colon like laxatives or harsh fiber supplements do. Aloe vera is like a gel, and it mimics this same consistency in the colon without any harshness at all.
If you suffer from gas and bloating, try adding aloe vera to your routine. It can help dispel gas and also help prevent it for a few hours. You’ll also need to eat an IBS friendly diet, but aloe vera can help treat gas that comes from nervousness associated with IBS.
Aloe vera is also a great source of potassium, which is a natural diuretic. It can help improve bloating associated with gas or poor digestion.
6. Vitamin Rich
Many people with aloe vera have nutritional deficiencies associated with lost nutrients due to IBS. Whether because of diarrhea or poor nutrient absorption, problems with your digestion can cause many nutritional difficulties. Aloe vera is rich in Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), folic acid, Vitamin B6, and is one of the few plants that contains vitamin B12. It is also amazingly a good source of minerals like zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, and manganese. Not to mention, it’s full of omega 3 fatty acids, which many people with IBS fall short in. Since the IBS diet limits so many healthy foods like nuts, seeds, nut butters, and most oils, omega 3s can be hard to obtain through diet alone. Aloe vera is a great source to get those nutrients outside of fish.
One cool thing about aloe vera is it acts like a moderator in your system. An adaptogen, if you will. Whether you have constipation or diarrhea, aloe vera treats both. It can help either or, depending on which one you suffer the most from. This means you’ll have no harsh movements, or won’t find yourself uncomfortable from constipation.
Many people with IBS also have yeast issues such as candida, or intestinal parasites or worms that can all lead to IBS. These issues can be hard to treat through diet alone, making aloe vera a top go-to food to heal your gut. It helps to detoxify the colon and eliminate toxins that can lead to all types of fungal infections.
9. Good Bugs
Aloe vera also helps promote healthy digestive flora content in the gut. It can help decrease bad bacteria and help good bacteria grow, acting as a prebiotic. It is crucial for people with IBS to eat a diet rich in good sources of probiotics to help decrease symptoms and keep their immune system high.
Aloe vera has a very neutral taste. The easiest way to consume it is through the gel that can be bought online or at any health food store. Be sure when you purchase aloe vera to buy whole, pure aloe gel, not just juice alone, which is diluted. One key thing to look for on the label is that it contains the entire inner filet, which is the gel of the leaf of the aloe vera plant, not just an extract. Do you use aloe in your diet if you have IBS?