Soothe the Burn of Acid Reflux with Aloe Vera
03. 18. 2016
For thousands of years, aloe vera has been used as a natural healing ointment to treat minor skin wounds, burns and irritations. But did you know that this same plant which heals and rejuvenates skin can also soothe the burn of acid reflux? The clear gel in the lining of the aloe vera can be made into a juice which is safe to digest and provides a wealth of internal benefits. Here’s how you can use aloe vera to relieve your acid reflux symptoms.
Check your local grocery store, health food store or pharmacy for aloe juice that is specifically labeled for internal use. Aloe latex has laxative properties and will promote diarrhea, so it’s important to check labels carefully. Look for juice that has been purified, as this will have all aloe parts removed and be easier on the digestive system.
Drink two to three ounces of aloe juice approximately 20 minutes prior to mealtimes. Doing this will coat the esophagus and protect against irritation from digestive acid. Studies show that aloe vera contains glycoproteins and polysaccharides, both of which help alleviate heartburn. Glycoproteins help ease pain and inflammation, and polysaccharides promote cell regeneration to aid in healing.
If you don’t care for the taste of aloe juice, you can dilute it with water or mix it with fruit juice, smoothies or shakes. Keep remaining aloe juice refrigerated in an airtight container to maintain optimal freshness.
Aloe vera juice is generally safe, but as with any natural remedy, it is always wise to talk to your doctor before adding it to your treatment regimen. Aloe may interfere with some medications or reduce blood clotting, so it is generally not recommended for individuals who are planning to undergo surgery. Mothers who are pregnant or breastfeeding should also avoid taking aloe vera internally (Source: Home Remedies For Life).