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
50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions
What are existential questions?
Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.
They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.
The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.
Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.
I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.
50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions
1. Are there limits to human creativity?
2. What makes something beautiful?
3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?
4. Who am I?
5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?
6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?
7. Are we given enough time?
8. Is privacy a right?
9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?
10. Are we alone in the universe?
11. What is love?
12. How would you define genius?
13. What do you think your purpose is?
14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?
15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?
16. Why do you think we are here?
17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?
18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?
19. What happens when I die?
20. What worries me the most about the future?
21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?
22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?
23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?
24. Does truth exist without evidence?
25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?
26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?
27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?
28. Is it more important to love or be loved?
29. What would make the world a better place?
30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?
31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?
32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?
33. What advice would you tell your younger self?
34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?
35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?
36. What is the most important goal every person should have?
37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?
38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?
39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?
40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?
41. Where do you think we go when we die?
42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?
43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?
44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?
45. Is one lifetime enough?
46. What matters most in my life?
47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?
48. What is the meaning of life?
49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?
50. What does it mean to live a good life?
I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.
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