Looks can be deceiving. Take for instance the Aloe vera plant. To the untrained eye, a fully grown Aloe vera looks like a dull green octopus of a plant with thorny protrusions that can cut you. Yet, the ancient Egyptians referred to it as “The Plant of Immortality” partly because of its ability to thrive in the most harsh of desert environments and partly because of its amazing health benefits. You may have already known that people use aloe topically to help with sunburn, but in my weight loss journey, I found that ingesting aloe was one of the chief components in reversing my weight gain.
Aloe vera doesn’t taste good. It has a bitter taste to it, but its bitterness is the sweet salvation for your liver and gut. Most people associate liver damage with alcohol, but what many people don’t know is that consuming too much sugar can wreak havoc on both your liver and your intestinal health. People can develop nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, which not only accelerates their aging process but also makes it incredibly difficult for them to lose weight. The ancient antidote lies in the fresh aloe gel. Within those thorny, green octopus arms is the key to reversing liver and intestinal damage. I found this to be true by imbibing the bitter nectar of the gods straight from the aloe leaf. You can find a giant aloe leaf hiding in the produce section of your local H-E-B or at a comparable grocery store. Purchasing one looks kind of weird, and you might get a raised eyebrow at the checkout counter, but, hey, image isn’t everything. During my weight loss journey, I would cut off a small section of the leaf and squeeze out the gel into my mouth, usually in the morning before I started my day. As I made this a part of my daily routine, I noticed that I had better digestion, faster metabolism, and I also noticed that I started developing younger looking skin. Not only did I notice this, but friends and family members also commented on my remarkably rejuvenated appearance. Maybe that’s another reason why the Egyptians associated aloe with immortality.
Now, before you start devouring aloe gel like a wild boar, I would like to remind you that I am not a doctor. I am simply sharing my findings in my personal weight loss journey. As with anything I share, you should always consult your licensed health care professional before implementing the practices that I adopted in my journey. Your doctor should be able to tell you how much aloe you can safely ingest. I’m just a wild man who sometimes experiments with alternative remedies like a mad scientist.
That being said, I would like to point you to some of the more subtle ironic truths I discovered along the way about the wonderful benefits of Aloe vera. Aloe is, by most people’s standards, an ugly plant. Yet, it makes you look more beautiful. Aloe has thorns that seem to say it is out to harm you, but it is in reality one of the most healing plants on Planet Earth. Aloe vera is a hardy plant that requires very little maintenance to grow, but it possesses the ability to rejuvenate our often frail and high maintenance human forms. Even when you cut a freshly plucked aloe leaf, it still heals itself by slowly closing up the wound, preserving its life-saving liquid. Over 2,000 years ago, a world changer appeared on the scene. His appearance and upbringing seemed to indicate he had nothing to offer a world driven by aesthetics and affluence. Yet, he was the image of the invisible God. Some labeled him as a dangerous devil, but in him was the healing of the whole world. And though he surely possessed the ability to heal himself, when the time came, he refused that temptation so that we might partake of the immortal aloe of his blood. Let that sink in. After all, that’s what aloe does. It sinks down into your skin and into your most vital organs. So, let this healing balm sink way down… into your soul.
PAUL MICHAEL JONES is an artist who currently dabbles in music, photography and creative writing.