6 Reasons to Drink Aloe Vera for Psoriasis

Ever used aloe vera for psoriasis? Cool, then you already know slathering on this goopy gel provides wonderfully cooling relief. And it’s no wonder why – aloe vera is a raw, natural medicinal plant that has very real healing properties for your skin. It acts as an analgesic which instantly relives pain. It has antipruritic properties which help relieve and prevent itchiness. And its high water content hydrates and moisturizes your skin like nothing else.

The best part is that it doesn’t just feel good – it does good by promoting faster wound healing by strengthening skin tissues and improving collagen synthesis all while acting as a gentle anti-microbial, anti-septic, anti-fungal, and antiviral disinfectant on your psoriasis patches.

But as great as aloe vera is topically – did you know that much of aloe vera’s benefits for psoriasis work inside out? Yup, you should be drinking this stuff as well as splashing it on your skin. Here’s 6 reasons why aloe vera is an amazing internal remedy for psoriasis!

Aloe Vera is Packed with Psoriasis-Helping Vitamins and Nutrients

Like so many of its fellow plant foods, aloe vera contains a roundup of skin-friendly vitamins like antioxidants Vitamin A, which is important for healthy skin and nails, and Vitamin C, which boosts your immune system and helps your skin heal. It’s also packed with Vitamin E, an antioxidant which fights the free radicals that damage the skin as well as a range of B vitamins which are crucial for healthy skin.

To add to the plethora of vitamins, aloe vera gel also boasts a range of amino acids – 8 of which are essential, enzymes that boost the breakdown of sugars and fats (good news for your digestive system), and fatty acids that improve your immune system and help acid indigestion.

Aloe Vera Helps to Detoxify Your Body

One look at aloe vera tells you that it’s a very thick, gelatinous food, like chia seeds and seaweed. And that’s a very good thing for your body and skin because such gelatinous foods attract and absorb toxins as they make their way through your intestinal tract, helping your body quickly and effectively eliminate unwanted toxins through the colon.

Aloe vera’s also a diuretic which speeds up the process of, um, excrement elimination, making it a gentle way to thoroughly cleanse your insides.

Aloe Vera is a Natural Adaptogen That Boosts the Health of Your Whole Body

There’s a huge range of health conditions that aloe vera is purported to help treat – so what makes aloe vera such a Swiss Army knife of health benefits? Well, aloe vera is a natural adaptogen, which simply means that it helps strengthen your body’s major systems while boosting its ability to fight stressors (physical, emotional and environmental) that exacerbate psoriasis. And it does so in a way that suits the individual body – it’s called an “adaptogen” because of its unique ability to “adapt” their function according to your body’s specific needs.

Aloe Vera Gel Boosts Digestive Health

Our favorite thing about aloe vera is what this gooey gel does for your gut health. Digestive issues are linked to a great number of diseases, including psoriasis, and a healthy, happy gut is a key foundation of overall health. Apart from helping your intestines detoxify, aloe vera boosts digestive health by decreasing the amount of unfriendly gut bacteria and keeping your healthy intestinal flora in balance. It also plays a role in helping your body rid itself of unwanted grossness like intestinal worms.

As you know by now, psoriasis has been specifically linked to gut permeability, aka leaky gut. In short, leaky gut is kind of exactly what it sounds like – an intestinal lining that’s become porous, with holes that allow undigested food molecules as well as yeast, toxins and other forms of waste to flow freely into your bloodstream.

And aloe vera is one slimy soldier you’ll want in the frontline of your defense against leaky gut – just as it helps soothe and speed up the healing of wounds on your skin, it coats, soothes and helps heal your gut lining. It’s also been reported to be helpful for a range of gastrointestinal discomforts, including indigestion, IBS, colitis, and acid reflux.

Just keep in mind that aloe vera is not a simple food – it’s medicinal. Please use it occasionally and with caution.

Aloe Vera Promotes an Alkaline Inner Environment

Parasites, viruses, bad bacteria, and degenerative diseases thrive in an acidic environment, which is why the body fluids of sick people are either slightly more or very acidic, while the body fluids of healthy people tend to be slightly more alkaline.

That’s ’cause disease has a hard time flourishing in an alkaline environment. Aloe vera is a naturally alkaline-forming food that helps our body maintain a healthy pH level more resistant to disease.

Aloe Vera Improves Your Immune System

Remember all those bioactive compounds found in aloe vera gel? Well, many of those enzymes and sugars are anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral, like the polysaccharides that stimulate your immune system’s white blood cells to better ward off viruses and infections.

Not to mention aloe vera’s antioxidant content, which are immune enhancers in and of themselves, helping your body fight off free radical damage.

 


Ready to start drinking aloe vera? Find out how much to drink and for how long on our full guide on how to use aloe vera for psoriasis!

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