Panchakarma, an intense ancient Indian detox treatment, the Ayurvedic practitioner instructed me to take several ounces of whole leaf Aloe Vera gel every morning.
It is thought that the gel contained in the leaves of the plant helps to absorb toxins as it moves through the digestive system. The gel is known to have strong laxative compounds which aids in bowel movement and elimination, another important component of detoxification. When ingested, the gel is also believed to soothe and cleanse the digestive tract, aiding in digestion.
Detoxification, cleansing and improved digestive function are all associated with weight loss and healthy weight maintenance.
Aloe Vera is a succulent that has been grown as a medicinal plant and used in both internal and topical herbal health remedies for thousands of years, some of which are described in this infographic entitled "12 Health Benefits of Aloe Vera".
As usual, certain research support some of the health claims relating to the use of Aloe Vera - particularly its use as a topical skin treatment for certain conditions. Other studies suggest that internal use (ingestion) of Aloe Vera may have some side effects and risks. Before taking Aloe Vera orally, it is recommended that an individual learns about the possible risks, side effects and cautions and/or consults with a qualified health care provider.
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Infographic Source: JuiceUpYourLife