When I’m feeling a little sluggish and bloated I find it pretty difficult to function. It’s usually about this time when my IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) kicks in and I need to do something about it. I don’t like to rely on man made chemicals to support me when I feel like it, so will always turn to natural remedies which more often than not give me positive results within a few days allowing me to carry on.
About a month ago I was plagued by one of the many colds that was charging its way through the residents here. Having a cold stresses me out as I don’t seem to be able to sleep when I’m blocked or chesty so ends up with me being a miserable wreck until it’s over and the stress then brings on my IBS.
I suffer with IBS in a few ways.
- I get terrible indigestion
- I get horrendous abdomen pain
- I get pain around my appendix
- I find it difficult to go to the toilet since my intestines are inflamed
So what I did originally was to drink peppermint tea. Peppermint tea is supposed to relax the muscles, reduce the bloating and abdominal pain. However the problem I have with peppermint tea is the persistent heartburn I have whenever I drink it so I try to avoid it whenever I can. This doesn’t really help when I have to take capsules like Colpermin to ease the twisting sensation I feel in my bowel since the capsules repeat on me and the scent also comes out in my breath (which I can also taste). But if I take these at nighttime, I’m ok since it’s gone by the morning.
Ordinarily my usual remedy would work, but the last time I had it the pills just weren’t enough. What I did find however was an article in the Daily Mail claiming that Aloe Vera juice would reduce the symptoms of IBS as well as reflux, digestion problems, skin problems and various other ailments.
Previously I had tried Aloe Vera juice and to be honest, it was absolutely disgusting. I can pretty much stomach strange flavours – snails, frogs legs and the like but the plain Aloe Vera juice was, and still is in some forms, totally revolting.
However, I’ve found that Aloe Vera juice by Taj Foods is simply amazing! It’s really tasty. It doesn’t need to be mixed with anything (which the majority of Aloe Vera juices do) because it’s already flavoured naturally and has the addition of Aloe Vera pieces (this adds fibre content to your diet). They come in 6 different varieties – Original, Strawberry, Lychee, Mango, Pomegranate/Cranberry and Passion Fruit. I’ve been drinking the Original and Strawberry but the Strawberry is just a little too sweet for me. It’s not one of my favourite flavours anyway but Andy tried it and seemed to prefer it to the Original, which is the one I love.
They’re low in sugar so although not ideal for diabetics, if you count the sugar into your diet, you can use them. I don’t drink the whole bottle, and tend just to have 250ml per day so one bottle (500ml) lasts me 2 days but it definitely helps my IBS because since I’ve been drinking it I’ve not had any bloating or abdominal pain.
After a few days, if drinking it, I also noticed my skin was a lot clearer (more so than when I had a capful of pure Aloe Vera juice from Holland and Barrett) so for that alone, it’s worth every penny. Please remember though, Aloe Vera drinks are not suitable if pregnant, lactating or for giving to children under the age of 3.
I love them so much now that the pure Aloe Vera juice I had, has been disposed of and these now have pride of place in my fridge.