Step 3: Reducing Esophageal Inflammation and Pain with Aloe Vera
As a result of reflux, your esophagus and LES become inflamed. This inflammation is perpetuating a destructive cycle. As your LES becomes more inflamed it swells, increasing the gap in the open LES. This allows more reflux to occur. As more reflux occurs, the LES becomes more inflamed; and the cycle continues. There are several all-natural remedies to break this cycle and reduce inflammation of the esophagus, so that the LES may close properly. However, none is more effective than Aloe Vera Juice (AVJ).
Aloe, The Amazing Healing Plant
Aloe is one of the oldest healing plants known to mankind. It is even described in the bible for its healing properties. Hundreds of Scientific Research Papers describe the activities of Aloe Vera taken internally or applied externally to the skin or hair. These Research Papers include, but are not limited to the following nutritional uses: A natural cleaner, powerful in penetrating tissue, relieving pain associated with the joints and muscles, bactericidal, acts as a strong antibiotic, virucidal when in direct contact for long periods, fungicidal, anti-inflammatory, instrumental in increasing circulation to area, breaks down and digests dead tissue, and moisturizes tissues.
Aloe has been used topically for cuts, burns, insect stings, bruises, acne and blemishes, poison ivy, welts, skin lesions, eczema, and sunburns. Aloe also has a history of traditional use by Native Americans for stomach disorders and intestinal disorders including constipation, hemorrhoids, colitis and colon problems. Additionally, numerous constituents within aloe vera have demonstrated enhancement of immune system functioning within the body.
This plant has been traditionally used through the centuries; for both internal ingestion as well as for topical purposes. Historically, the aloe plant has enjoyed wide use for its enhancement of normal gastrointestinal functioning. It has been used by many for constipation, intestinal colic, and inflammatory conditions of the small and large intestine and for digestive disturbances. Topically, aloe has demonstrated benefits in assisting in the healing of minor cuts, wounds and burns. More recent research and clinical use has shown even wider applications for this amazing plant including enhancing immunity, balancing blood sugar and providing pain relief.
With the impressive elements found in Aloe that work in synergy with one another, it's no wonder that Aloe Vera is so effective in the nutritional assistance and supplementation of the human metabolism.
There are over 100 active biologic constituents found within aloe. The plant is a rich source of many natural health-promoting substances including:
- Vitamins/Minerals - Vitamin C, A, E, B vitamins, B-carotene, Zinc, Calcium, Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, and Phosphorous.
- Enzymes - At least five different enzymes have been identified and likely more are contained within.
- Amino Acids - Twenty-two amino acids are found within aloe.
- Plant sterols - These plant based compounds are potent anti-inflammatory agents.
- Gibberellin - A growth factor which assists in healing.
- Polysaccharides - Including B1-3 and B1-4 Glucomannans known for their immune stimulating effects Based on its constituent make up, aloe has a wide array of applications.
Applications of Aloe
- Wound healing - Numerous studies have shown improved wound healing in both diabetics as well as non diabetic individuals using Aloe Vera. Aloe stimulates epidermal growth factor (responsible for enhancing skin growth), and enhances fibroblast function (cells responsible for collagen formation). This results in the "healing and sealing" of wounds and makes topical Aloe an important product for assistance in the healing of minor burns, cuts, scrapes and even skin ulcers.
- Immune modulation - Research has indicated that Aloe has the ability to stimulate macrophages. Macrophages help the immune system to "see" dangerous microorganisms and tumor cells and assist in their destruction. The long chain polysaccharides (B1-3 and B1-4 Glucomannans) have direct immune enhancing and modulating properties. These properties include increasing immune cell production and stimulating and improving white blood cell activity. Aloe thus provides excellent nutritional support for an optimum functioning immune system.
- Enhancing GI functioning - Dr. Jeff Bland studied the effects of Aloe on the GI (gastrointestinal) tract. He found improved bowel regularity, increased protein absorption, decreased unfriendly bacteria and yeast and increased water content of the stool. In this study the use of aloe also resulted in an overall improvement in an individual's energy and sense of well- being in addition to enhanced bowel functioning.
- Anti-inflammatory - Aloe has shown biologic anti-inflammatory properties over a wide range of animal experiments. The sterols in Aloe have strong abilities to inhibit acute inflammation, similarly to cortisone, without any of the side effects. It is believed that aloe works in a manner similar to aspirin in blocking prostaglandin effects but this remains to be proven.
Analgesia (Pain Relief) - A number of the smaller chain polysaccharides found within aloe have anti-inflammatory activity, as do the plant sterols. Numerous pain conditions, such as arthritis, involve inflammation. Aloe may reduce joint and muscle pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Application to Reflux and GERD Sufferers
Specifically as it relates to the natural treatment of reflux and GERD:
- AVJ heals burned tissue. In much the same way Aloe Vera heals sunburn, AVJ heals the damage to the esophagus caused by reflux.
- AVJ is an astringent that constricts blood vessels. When AVJ comes in contact with the inflamed tissue of the esophagus and LES, it acts to decrease blood flow and decrease inflammation. Reducing inflammation will also help the closing action of the LES valve.
- AVJ is highly alkaline, the opposite of acidic. This will act to neutralize any acid remaining in the lower esophagus.
AloeCure is a soothing, comforting health drink used to coat the esophagus and stomach. Specifically created to resolve reflux and stomach pain, AloeCure is organically made in the tropics using the highest quality aloe juice.
George's Aloe Vera Aloe Liquid (One Gallon)
Lily Of The Desert - Aloe Vera Juice Whole Leaf
Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Benefits:
Alternative to Aloe Vera
Aloe vera juice is delicious and satisfying but if you'd prefer to take another path here is an alternative. One option is to substitute AVJ by chewing gum, however, the step will not be as effective as ACJ. Chewing gum stimulates the production of saliva. Saliva is essential in the digestion process. The digestive functions of saliva include moistening food, and helping to create a food bolus, so it can be swallowed easily. Saliva coats the esophagus, and is alkaline, neutralizing the acid in the esophagus and preventing it from touching the lining of the esophagus. Chewing gum also induces swallowing. Swallowing is a simple and effective way to speed up stomach emptying. It starts a process known as peristalsis. This is a wave-like series of contractions that begins in the esophagus and moves throughout the digestive tract; pushing any stomach acid out of the esophagus, and stomach contents (including this acid) into the small intestine. We suggest chewing a stick of unflavored gum as mints have been identified as reflux triggers in between meals.
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