Aloe vera juice is an excellent health tonic that you can include in your healthy lifestyle. It’s a helpful addition to any Candida elimination diet (or your ongoing Candida prevention plan), and also contains significant amounts of amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Aloe is gentle on the body, yet has powerful properties to get your Candida under control and stimulate your immune system. It acts as an antifungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory.
How Does Aloe Vera Work?
Aloe can be a useful tool for improving intestinal health. It contains enzymes that help break down fats, sugars, and starches, and promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the intestine.
The Candida yeast breeds in your intestine when transit time is too long, but aloe can help by alleviating constipation. The colon is another point in your body where toxins collect, and aloe’s mild laxative effect loosens the toxin buildup and flushes it though your system. Moreover, aloe vera repairs and seals your intestinal wall, which stops Candida from actually penetrating through into your blood stream.
There is evidence that consuming aloe vera juice can lead to increased numbers of macrophages. These are the white blood cells that fight off yeast infections and other pathogens.
Aloe is frequently used externally to provide relief from itching and burning sensations, or insect bites. After taking aloe for a few days, you might notice that symptoms like rectal itching begin to ease.
How Do You Take Aloe Vera?
Aloe vera juice can be found at any health food store. If you don’t like the taste, you can add a squeeze of lemon. Alternatively, it also comes in concentrated capsule form. Dosage should be a maximum of quarter of a cup a day. You can start with half the dose to make sure it doesn’t cause any stomach cramps.
Aloe Vera Side Effects
Prolonged use of aloe vera can produce symptoms such as hives or rash in some people. Those people with heart disease, kidney disease, thyroid disease, or electrolyte abnormalities should avoid taking aloe vera. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid it, and consult with a doctor before giving it to young children.
Also note that one of the compounds that aloe contains, named aloin, can lead to digestive upsets. If you have a particularly sensitive digestive system, look for a juice or gel made from the inner leaf, where the aloin concentration is lowest.
For lots more information on how to choose the right antifungal, plus how to support good gut health at the same time, take a look at my Ultimate Candida Diet treatment plan.