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6 Amazing Health Benefits Of The Aloe Vera Plant

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Aloe vera is a wonderful medicinal plant full of nutritional benefits. It is a succulent plant and part of the lily family. Different parts of the Aloe vera plant can be used for many different internal and external applications.

The Aloe vera plant contains over 200 biologically active, naturally occurring components, which include polysaccharides, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and minerals. It also possesses anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties that can assist the immune system in cleansing the body of toxins and pathogens.

Perhaps you have your own Aloe vera plant in your home as I do for those small emergencies such as scrapes, cuts, and burns, but did you know that Aloe vera can actually be even more beneficial to your body when taken internally?

The Aloe vera leaf is filled with a clear gel, which is made up of approximately 99% water. Humans have used this wonderful plant therapeutically for thousands of years. The Aloe Vera plant was known to the Egyptians as ‘the plant of immortality’ and to Native Americans as the ‘wand of heaven’, Aloe vera has a wide variety of benefits. Here are my top Six benefits of an Aloe Vera plant.

1. Aloe Helps in Detoxification

The main benefit of consuming Aloe vera, is that the gel contained in the leaf, which is full of amino acids, vitamins, minerals and trace elements move through the intestinal tract absorbing toxins along the way which gets eliminated through the colon. Aloe can also help to eliminate waste from your digestive tract, which will also help in the detoxification of your body.

 

2. Boosts the immune system

Aloe vera is full of immune-boosting polysaccharides, which can help boost the immune system. Too much inflammation in the body can cause problems within the immune system and can cause conditions such as asthma, eczema and other conditions. The juice from the Aloe vera plant can give a powerful boost to the immune system and help to prevent these conditions.

3. Improves The Air Quality in Your Home

Aloe might be one of the best plants to keep in your home for a multitude of reasons, but one of the best reasons is the fact that it can help to remove harmful pollutants from the air that are often found in most household chemical cleaners.

 

 

4. Aloe Vera is Great for Your Skin

Because of aloe’s well-known benefits for the skin, Aloe is a very popular ingredient in many cosmetic products. Due to aloe’s high water content (over 99% water) it is a wonderful way to hydrate, moisturize and rejuvenate the skin. Aloe can help to increase the elasticity of the skin making it more flexible through collagen and elastin repair. Aloe is an emollient, which helps to soften and soothe the skin. It will also help to supply oxygen to the skin cells, increasing the synthesis and strength of skin tissue.

5. A Great way to Boost your Vitamin and Mineral intake

Aloe vera juice is packed full with vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3 (Niacin), B6, B12 and folic acid. Some of the 20 minerals include calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, iron, copper selenium and potassium.

6. Weight Loss

By improving your digestion, and detoxifying your body Aloe vera can have a secondary effect of promoting weight loss because when you start to improve your digestion, which is a main way that we all detoxify – through our bowels. This will help to lighten your toxic load on your body and can also give you more energy.

To get the best benefits from Aloe vera, taking more is not necessarily better; it is recommended to use it when it is actually needed. This way, it will ensure the effectiveness of the Aloe plant. Aloe vera juice does have a quite strong taste, so if you cannot drink it straight you can always mix it in your healthy smoothie or add it to a green juice.

 

Please always consult your doctor before undergoing any complementary or alternative treatments for any health problems.
 

Me standing beside a giant Aloe vera plant in Antalya in Turkey

Aloe Vera Plant Antalya Turkey

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6 Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

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Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

The term ‘bucket list’ has become quite popular in recent years. It has been used in pop culture references and as a casual topic of conversation when someone wants to do something. Chances are, you have heard someone say, “Oh, that’s on my bucket list!” But, a bucket list is more than just a fantasy, an out of reach dream or an excuse to say that you want to do many things, only to never follow through on them.

There are actually many benefits to creating a bucket list, if you just put in the time, the thought and the dedication into it. Making a bucket list is a perfect way to set your life goals and to stay focused on making them a reality. Still not 100% convinced? Let’s take a look at six reasons why you really should create a bucket list. Maybe, by the end of this article, you will be ready to put together one of your very own.

1. It Gives You a Purpose

While putting together a bucket list won’t tell you what the meaning of your life is, it can help to give you a purpose to your life. A bucket list should be more about the major goals that you have for yourself, rather than a bunch of fun little things that you might want to do. A bucket list gives you something to get out of life and allows you to stay focused while you are doing it.

Have you ever been bored, wondering what you’re going to do this weekend to fill up your free time? A bucket list can give you that answer, encouraging you to always work towards the things that you truly want to do and experience in life.

2. It Brings Your Goals to Life

As stated above, a bucket list should be about exciting goals that you have for yourself. But, it is also an opportunity to hone in on those goals. Many people have ambitions and even make goals or resolutions for themselves each year only to be forgotten a few days later. But, when you have a specific list of goals written down, it can help to make you more motivated and focused to achieve them.

Goals are incredibly important to have, and the fact that your bucket list can make those goals clearer and more tangible is really important.

3. You Will Create Lasting Memories

Memories are one of life’s greatest treasures. As you start to accomplish the things on your bucket list, you will also be making wonderful memories each time. Since you are doing the things you really want to do, those memories will bring you comfort, a sense of achievement and give you something positive to look back on and share with others.

Bucket list Create Lasting Memories

4. It Will Pull You Forward

Have you ever been in a “funk” in life, or maybe you have had bouts of feeling down or depressed that have kept you from doing the things you typically enjoy? No one wants to stay in that kind of mindset for long. Because a bucket list can help to give you a sense of purpose, it can also give you the motivation to pull yourself out of a funk. It can call you to do something new, something different, or something that even challenges you. Sometimes, that’s all a person needs to be pulled out of a tired or depressed state.

Additionally, doing something on your bucket list will help to distract you for a while. That can be a great solution for someone who has anxiety or tends to focus too much on the negative things in life. Sometimes, a distraction can be a welcomed reprieve.

5. You Will Experience Life-Long Learning

When you commit yourself to having new experiences, you are also committing yourself to learning something new. So many people think that learning stops when you finish school, but you can learn so much more simply by living and trying more new things throughout your life. People who embrace this type of lifestyle are called “lifelong learners”. The reality is this; you will never be able to learn everything there is to know. But, because all of us have such a short time on this planet to figure things out, the more experiences we participate in, the more that we will learn and grow. Not only can a bucket list help you to learn things about different cultures, skills, situations, people and personalities.

It can also help you to learn more about yourself. Closing your mind off to the idea of lifelong learning will cause you to become stagnant with your thoughts and your growth. As a human being, you should have a desire to continue to grow and achieve as much as you possibly can throughout your life. Working through your bucket list can help you to achieve that.

Bucket List For Life long Learning

6. You Will Never Run Out of Things to Do

If you sit down to make a bucket list, you might write down anywhere from 10-100 things that you really want to do. But, it doesn’t have to stop there. Chances are, as you start to work through some of the things on your list, you will come up with more ideas.

Experiencing new things, and even challenging things, is a great way to get inspired and motivated to continue on that trend. A bucket list can truly be never-ending as you come up with more exciting new ideas and goals for yourself.

Building Your Bucket List and Bettering Your Life

There are so many additional reasons why you should create a bucket list for yourself. Remember, a bucket list is a very personal thing, and the experiences you put on the list should be things that you truly want to do or accomplish. Don’t make them  so unrealistic that you will never plan on committing to. Instead, promise yourself that you will immerse yourself in those experiences.

A bucket list might be something you create to accomplish things before you pass on, but in creating one and diving into new experiences, there is a good chance you will feel more alive than ever!

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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