First of all we need to understand what Aloe Vera Gel contains:
It contains 75 known ingredients. It has a cocktail of nutrients and these include vitamins, including vitamin B12 which is usually found only in animal foods.
Also contained in the Gel is vitamins A, all of the B Group which includes Folic Acid and vitamins C and E. The majority of these vitamins are needed to be taken daily so Aloe can do the job with a daily serving.
The plants grow in areas rich in minerals so contain calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, chromium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc.
Amino Acids are the building block of proteins. We need twenty and Aloe Vera has 19 of them needed by your body. Many of these we can not make for ourselves and have to be eaten in our food.
Sugars, which include long chain polysaccharides which boost our immune system.
Enzymes which break down food and help digestion.
Plant sterols which are powerful anti-inflammatory agents.
Saponins which have an anti microbial effects against bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeasts such as Candida and ‘Thrush’.
Lignin which allows Aloe to penetrate and take all these nutrients with it.
Anthraquinones which are strong pain killers and are also anti bacterial and viricidal.
Salicylic Acid which is anti inflammatory and helps to break down dead matter on the skin.
All of these elements work together enhancing each others effect and this is known as Synergism.
It is also an Adaptagen which means it can help in many ways to bring a balance to the body.
It speeds up the healing process and thereby minimizing scar tissue as there is less chance of infection incurring.
Most importantly these nutrients and substances are ready available to our bodies as they are not man made (synthetic) or manufactured. They don’t need more nutrients that would be needed to break down a synthetic product. This will be readily absorbed by the body and continue being effective.
Aloe Vera works in two areas:
1. On the skin, or epithelial tissue, inside the body and outside. Consequently, all the linings and membranes can be effected by properties of the Gel as you swallow it.
1. The second area is on a disordered immune system.
Let us consider the skin outside of the body which we cover it in oils, tonics, alcohols, deodorants, perfumes, creams, lotions, dyes and a host of other “cosmetic” chemicals that are lethal to many forms of organic life.
The environment is its worst enemy. We take it for granted until something goes wrong. Skin needs to be moist, soft, flexible with a slightly acid reaction. Free from blemishes and disease. It’s texture is smooth and fine grained.
A good complexion is generally revealed by a healthy colour as well as fine texture and elasticity. You probably already know this but no harm in telling you again! The skin ages more quickly through excessive exposure to sun, wind and cold.
The epidermis or outer skin has no blood supply to bring it nourishment and so relies on the dermis and hypodermis for its nutrient supply. This in turn is dependent on your diet and how well you absorb nutrients from your food.
When we were young our skin had the great ability to get rid of dead tissue. The older we got we needed more help to remove dead cells and brighten the skin.
This could be done with an abrasive topical agent. DO THIS GENTLY as the epidermis needs careful treatment or complications set in.
Most people are used to a slightly greasy feel to their skin but skin pores get clogged with creams and this promotes infection as the natural oils cannot escape.
Between the ages of 25-35 dead skin cells become more obvious and will reflect poor treatment and bad nourishment. Then your skin will thin, wrinkle, liver spots appear and veins become more visible.
By 40 most women PANICK and try to undo 20 years of neglect and most skin products claim to help. However, if you consider the properties of Aloe Vera Gel and the lignin that it contains it is possible if you use a skin care product with Aloe Vera as the main ingredient you can indeed nourish you skin.
There is a very good account of Aloe Vera in the section on “Care and feeding of the skin” in Bill Coates book The Silent Healer.
He explains this in great detail how Aloe Vera actually can penetrate into the deeper most hypodermis feeding the dermis and epidermis with its cocktail of nutrients.
How Aloe Vera Gel affects the ‘Skin’ internally
People with skin conditions and internal skin conditions can all benefit from using Aloe Vera Gel. The skin is the largest organ in the body it is known as epithelial tissue and this refers to being layers of cells lining the surface of the body. This changes from the outer skin as we know it to mucous membranes in the mouth and nasal passages. It continues to change as it lines the trachea, bronchial tubes and genitals, oesophagus, stomach, bowel and anus.
This is why the properties of Aloe Vera Gel can have an effect on many areas if taken orally. It will be able to help heartburn, as it helped my husbands, my mothers hiatus hernia, my dermatitis as well as my asthma and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I have found it invaluable in everyday life as first aid to treating various burns, bites and stings.
Disordered immune system
When Aloe Vera Gel is taken orally it will pass into the small intestine and acting like a detox and will cleanse out the absorption system and so enabling the villi (small finger like projections in the small intestine which absorb nutrients, but over the years these get clogged up with chemicals and other substances from the food we eat ) to absorb nutrients better. In my own mind I think my IBS was eased because of this detox process. As long as I drink a small amount of Aloe Vera Gel daily my IBS does not return.
Aloe Vera Gel feeds the immune system with its nutrients and anti- oxidants. It gives the body a chance to protect itself from attack and put itself right if necessary. If you include Aloe Vera Gel as part of your diet you will develop a feeling of well being and feel less stressed as I did.
Its anti- oxidants are able to fight the destructive ‘free radicals’ that bring harm to our bodies. They are produced through our own bodies metabolism and pollutants in the environment. They are thought to cause various diseases, inflammatory conditions and also speed up the aging process.
Conditions resulting from a disordered immune system such as arthritis, asthma, ME (Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome) and lupus have improved after taking Aloe Vera Gel on a regular basis.