Most of us would be aware of the healing properties of aloe vera when applied topically to the skin for problems such as burns.
Aloe vera is also available as a drink and manufacturers claim that it is a powerful elixir.
However, results from a small number of scientific researches shows that it may actually lead to problems of the gut.
The internet is full of pro and con articles about whether aloe vera juice is beneficial or not. I’ve given it a try, having about 30-50ml a day. I haven’t noticed any ill effects and actually think it has soothed my stomach a little. As always, everything in moderation…we’ll see what happens!
The brand I decided to try was this one
You can buy it at Coles Supermarkets. It was the most reasonably priced one I could find that didn’t have hidden nasties such as sugar and chemicals.
So, there is a lot of arguments about supplements and if they are worthwhile.
My take on it is that I think they are worthwhile. My reasons are:
-Our fruit and veg isn’t as high quality as it use to be due to farming methods, refrigeration, transport etc. (Good work to those people that only eat locally grown organic produce-you will be getting so much more nutrients then the rest of us!)
-Lifestyle….do I need to say more?! Lack of sleep, alcohol, sugar, caffeine…the list goes on.
– Stress! This depletes our bodies so much of the nutrients we need for optimal health….zinc in particular gets zapped!
-Diet….who can honestly say they are eating enough fruit and veg and a wide enough variety??? Even if you have a great diet, you can’t always be sure that your gut is absorbing the maximum amount of vitamins and minerals from your food.
I don’t think we need to go overboard on the supplements but I think you will notice a difference from taking a good quality supplement that suits you. I have tried so many different types and there were a lot that I didn’t think were very good. My opinion is that a lot are quite basic and had the vitamins and minerals that my diet was giving me as it was. I have recommended Swisse Vitamins to friends and family as they seem to be quite good but I don’t take them myself as they make me feel sick….I think they’re a bit hard on my stomach. Make sure you are careful when you take any supplements and LISTEN to your body (that’s what health is about!)
There is one product I LOVE. Vital Greens! It has so many different supplements in it, particularly herbs, that I wouldn’t otherwise be getting in my diet. I definitely notice the difference in my energy levels and skin when I take it.
Vital Greens is a nutrient and enzyme-rich, complete superfood containing 76 nutrients essential for optimal health, energy and vitality.
Includes: naturally occurring whole food source vitamins, trace minerals, antioxidants, pro-biotics, essential amino acids, omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids, digestive enzymes, cell pigments, plant sterols and fibres.
Vital Greens can be found at most health food shops. It’s a little on the pricy side but ends up equating to about the same as some generic supplements such as Swisse. It’s a powder that you mix with water (or juice, or whatever you need to swallow it!). I don’t mind the taste but I know of some who aren’t a fan!
I take about a teaspoon each morning but if I’m starting to get tired and run down I will add an extra teaspoon at night time about an hour before I go to bed.
You can buy small sample packets from some health food shops. If you can’t find any, please let me know and I can source them for you. If you give it a try, please let me know how you go!
Vital Greens Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VitalGreensAustralia
Chlorophyll is one of my favourite health products. It is the natural green part of plants which has many health benefits. It’s a natural internal cleanser and antioxidant and is a great source of magnesium.
Chlorophyll helps support healthy skin, gut, blood and oral health.
My husband and I have definitely seen the benefits of taking chlorophyll. With out giving too much away, it helps keep you regular and and cleans out any excess ‘crap’ sitting in your bowel!
This is a definite on my ‘must use’ list!