Aloe Vera : The Plant That's Fit For Pharaohs

Aloe Vera’s use can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians, where its leaves are depicted on stone carvings from more than 6,000 years ago. The succulent leaves were traditionally presented as a burial gift to deceased pharaohs such was its esteem, with the gel like juice being used as a topical ointment or an oral laxative.

Times have moved on nicely since the time of the pharaohs, seeing Aloe Vera being used around the world as an alternative therapy for diabetes, asthma, epilepsy and osteoarthritis. The oral consumption of Aloe Vera is growing with our understanding, but the topical application to skin has been practiced for millennia. The cooling sensation that Aloe Vera offers is almost instantly apparent, with its application to burns, sunburns and psoriasis standard practice for many.

Whilst the gel of Aloe Vera is used in many lotions and cosmetics, the green leaf can be used to produce Aloe juice or a dried substance known as latex. Aloe latex is consumed orally for its strong laxative capabilities, but regulations are not clear and consequently you should seek the advice of a doctor prior to its consumption. Juices can be used to support digestive health whilst topical application comes with several soothing, conditioning and hydrating benefits. As with any alternative therapy, do be sure not to exceed recommended dosages to avoid toxicology and chronic secondary effects.

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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