Aloe vera for Gastritis

Aloe Vera is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory agents in nature and can be hugely beneficial for people suffering from Gastritis. It has been used throughout history to treat all types of issues, such as skin problems, constipation, stomach complaints, diabetes, and arthritis.

Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice

  • Promotes good bacteria – It helps balance the stomach’s pH levels so good bacteria can thrive in your gut.
  • Anti-InflammatoryAs Aloe vera is an anti-inflammatory it helps by reducing inflammation and protecting the stomach lining mucosa.
  • Helps with constipation – Latex, the sticky yellow layer found just under the leaf is the part that helps with constipation as it’s a natural laxative. It can prove very effective but shouldn’t be used long term.
  • Vitamins and minerals – When you have Gastritis, and your diet is limited it can mean you might be lacking certain vitamins and minerals. Aloe vera contains vitamins B, C, E and Folic Acid It also contains vitamin B-12, in fact it’s one of the only plant sources of this important vitamin.

Best Aloe vera juice for Gastritis

When I was suffering from Gastritis, I kept getting Aloe Vera recommended to me, so I decided to give it a go. I didn’t use it during a flare-up as I was too worried about making things worse. But I used it as my stomach was healing and a little calmer.

Choosing which one was the tricky part, there are literally thousands of options online, and knowing which one to choose that would not aggravate my Gastritis further was difficult.

One brand kept coming up time and time again, especially amongst people with stomach issues like Gastritis and this was Georges Aloe vera juice.

The thing that makes Georges different is that the creator George Warren discovered that you could remove the aloins (this is what gives Aloe vera juice its bitterness) but still keep all the amazing qualities and goodness it provides.

It’s the only one I could find that didn’t contain preservatives, added sugar, flavours and importantly no citric acid, in fact, it literally tastes like you are just drinking plain water.

Another plus point is that it doesn’t require refrigeration, which is helpful if fridge space is tight. Although I personally like it icy cold so prefer to chill it.

How much Aloe Vera juice should I drink daily?

As the George brand of Aloe vera has no taste and can seem like you are drinking water it can be easy to think it’s not that strong and overdo how much you have. But beware it can be powerful stuff and have unpleasant side effects if you have too much.

I started off with a small amount and built up the dose I had gradually. (My stomach doesn’t like quick changes!)

I started with 1oz twice a day and then moved up to 2oz twice a day after 7 days. I didn’t suffer any issues doing it this way. I take it on an empty stomach half an hour before food.

How long will Aloe vera juice last once opened

I emailed the manufacturer this as I had quite a big bottle and wasn’t sure I would get through it all. I was told it will last for about 5-6 months, so I had plenty of time to use it.

How to make Aloe Vera juice

I must admit this juice is available everywhere and so I don’t tend to make my own very often. But if you want to try it’s easy enough, and of course, fresher juices are often better for you as the nutrients haven’t had time to break down.

You just need to get yourself an aloe vera plant, which you can find in most Garden centres or wholefood stores. They are super easy to care for, I don’t have green fingers at all, but I have managed to keep my Aloe vera plant alive for a couple of years.

If you want to give it a go, follow this method.

Method

  • Wash the Aloe Vera leaf
  • Then cut off about 10 cm
  • Slice the edge off one side of the leaf and then open the leaf up (so you have 2 sides)
  • Then gently scoop the gel from both sides out into a cup.
  • Make sure you don’t scrape or eat any of the green leaf as this can be toxic
  • Add 300ml of still water or coconut water
  • Then use a blender.

Aloe Vera juice drinks

Some people enjoy having their daily Aloe vera drinks with a little more flavour and there are various drinks you can make that will still be tolerated by many Gastritis sufferers.

These are my favourites:-

  • Mix the Aloe vera juice with coconut water and a small amount of papaya juice if you are ok with that. Papaya juice is full of antioxidants and has enzymes that help with digestion. Serve over ice.
  • Aloe vera juice with watermelon juice. This is one of my favourite mixers. Watermelon tends to be tolerated well by people with Gastritis as it is very alkaline.

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