Why You Need Aloe Vera If You Have Heartburn or Indigestion

Why You Need Aloe Vera If You Have Heartburn or Indigestion

No one likes a tummy ache nor the heartburn or indigestion that can accompany it. Beyond the discomfort and disruption to your lifestyle and routines, problems with your gut and digestion are a big deal for overall health. After all, you need a smooth functioning digestive system to optimally absorb your nutrients, fuel your body with those essential nutrients, maintain your energy, aid in detoxifying your body and experience normal bowel movements.

In addition, the line of communication between your gut and your brain is a two-way street and a path that scientists have identified as being critical for physical, mental, and emotional health. The messages that are transmitted via this avenue help to keep your gut environment in balance and thus keep your tummy in prime condition.

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That's where aloe vera comes into the picture.

People have been enjoying the health benefits of the aloe vera plant for about 5,000 years. Yet it's only been in recent decades that researchers have extensively studied and reported on why this succulent is so helpful. Aloe vera is rich in nutrients-more than 200, in fact-including vitamins A, C, and E as well as B vitamins, calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, zinc, and much more.

Of course, your food choices are a major factor in whether you will experience indigestion or heartburn. Avoiding or limiting your consumption of foods known to cause or contribute to these digestive issues, such as spicy foods, alcohol, fatty foods, and many processed foods, can go a long way to maintaining a healthy gut.

How does aloe vera help heartburn and indigestion?

Aloe vera has an ability to enhance digestion and improve absorption of nutrients. One reason for these benefits is the presence of two specific enzymes: amylase, which metabolizes sugars and starches; and lipase, which helps break down fats. These processes help keep your stomach and intestinal environments in balance.

The presence of a polysaccharide called acemannan is a major component in assisting digestive health. Acemannan is a unique compound among all aloe plants and is mainly responsible for the health benefits of aloe vera. It is found only in the inner leaf of the plant, which is why it's important to only purchase products that contain the inner leaf of the aloe vera. [Editor's Note: Our partner Lily of the Desert grows and harvests their own aloe vera and makes products that include whole leaf aloe vera juice and a specific stomach formulation.]

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Another way aloe vera helps keep your stomach in balance is by working to harmonize pH levels throughout the body. This assists in reducing irritation and inflammation and promotes the healing of cells that have been damaged by acid reflux.

One more benefit of aloe vera for digestion is that it promotes a healthy intestinal flora by supporting the beneficial bacteria (probiotics) that live in the gut. Probiotics are living microorganisms that need to be nourished to thrive, and aloe vera provides nutrition for these gut bacteria.

How do I use aloe vera for heartburn and indigestion?

You can take aloe vera in several forms. One is to drink it as a juice (organic is recommended). Choose aloe vera juice that has been made from the inner leaf only or a whole leaf product that is verified to be free of aloin. You can also find aloe water and aloe powders.

Use aloe vera products as recommended by the manufacturer or by your healthcare provider, based on your specific needs and health situation.

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Andrea Donsky, B. COMM is an international TV Health Expert, Best Selling Author, Nutritionist Podcast Host, and Founder of NaturallySavvy.com—a recipient of Healthline’s Best Healthy Living Blogs for 2019. As a pioneer and visionary in the health food industry, Andrea’s passion is to inspire people to make healthier choices. Andrea has combined her background and expertise as both a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and an entrepreneur ("She Boss!") to educate the public on living a healthy lifestyle through the creation of her businesses, books, articles, podcasts, videos, talks, and TV and radio media appearances. Andrea founded Naturally Savvy Media Inc. in 2007 in order to share her passion for healthy living, and love for natural products and companies. Among her numerous publications, Andrea co-authored Unjunk your Junk Food published by Simon and Schuster, a book that journalist, author and mother Maria Shriver endorsed: “Unjunk Your Junk Food has certainly made me more aware about the food that my children eat and the effects it has on our body and mind."</P. Andrea also co-authored two e-books entitled Label Lessons: Your Guide To A Healthy Shopping Cart, and Label Lessons: Unjunk Your Kid’s Lunch Box.