Digestion - We are not only what we eat but what we absorb! Providing the body with proper nutrients is important but not enough. We must be able to utilize those nutrients for the body to function at its optimum level. A lack of energy is one of the first signs that the body is lacking what it needs to perform. Digestion can be improved by chewing food well approximately 10-15 chews per bite. Chewing food is very important because the body has to work harder to digest the food when it is in larger particles.
Chewing also starts the digestive juices flowing. Many individuals lack the proper levels of hydrochloric acid and other digestive juices in their bodies and can encourage proper amounts by drinking concentrated whole leaf aloe vera juice before meals. The aloe vera must be in a concentrated form and be high quality non diluted to insure that it is an herbal bitter. Aloe Vera is also a carrier and supports 3-10x better absorption of nutrients when taken before meals and supplements. Signs of improper digestion besides a lack of energy are gas, bloating, constipation and burping. For more information on how to have a healthy digestive system visit the digestive and constipation articles of this website and also the Beyond Gluten Intolerance book. Recommended Aloe Life products: Aloe Vera Juice Concentrate or Aloe Gold tablets and Stomach Plus Formula for Special Digestive Needs.
Energy and Wellness are affected by several factors including:
Immune System Function
Water: Children and Adults must drink at least 6-8 8oz glasses of water per day. Water is essential; our bodies consist of 70% water. It is used to transport nutrients into the cells and toxins out and allows digestive juices to flow as well as all the excretions of the glands including enzymes, hormones and anti-bodies. For each serving of caffeine ingested per day drink 1 more glass of water. It is best to drink water in between meals or minimal amounts with meals because it will dilute the digestive juices disrupting the digestive process.
Poor Nutrition: A balanced diet with adequate protein, vegetables and whole grains as tolerated is necessary for energy. Half of an individual’s weight in protein is the proper daily amount. Many individuals consume excessive amounts of sugar or refined carbohydrates that give a quick boost of energy but will quickly disappear and bring on fatigue.
Anemia: A condition of low red blood cells, which are made in the bone marrow inside of the body’s larger bones. Fatigue and headaches are the most common symptoms. Drinking Aloe Vera Juice before meals seems to stimulate the bone marrow production of red blood cells and all lymphocytes including white blood cells. Other recommended nutrients include protein, vitamins E, C & A, zinc, minerals, folic acid, B- Complex, B-12 sub lingual, iron as needed (too much iron can be toxic)
Constipation: Toxins will build up in the colon if an individual does not have daily bowel movements. These toxins will add to feelings of sluggishness and fatigue. Individuals who are experiencing optimum digestive health will have a bowel movement after every meal. Aloe Vera naturally encourages the bowels to move when it contains the yellow sap. It should be taken daily to aid constipation and the digestive processes. Also be sure to include scrubbing vegetables such as carrots, celery, apples, cabbage and fresh beets. Supplements that support regularity include: WL Aloe Vera Juice Concentrate or Aloe Gold Tablets, Fiber Mate, Daily Greens, Probiotics, calcium- magnesium- zinc and essential fats.
Immune System Function: A symptom of poor immune function is a lack of energy. Conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and autoimmune conditions may have a viral component, and Candida Albicans Fungal condition which contributes to the illness by keeping the body in a vulnerable state and added fatigue. Increasing immune function will help to fight the viral component and therefore help the condition. Quality Aloe Vera contains polysaccharides, which stimulate part of the immune system (dose dependent)that supports the body's reaction called macrophage. When properly stimulated the macrophages will start phagocytosis by destroying invaders in the blood stream. Quality aloe vera juice should be taken daily to promote support of the immune function. Also, supportive nutrients include Ester C 1-3,000 mg, Bioflavonoids, Vitamin A fish oil 50,000 i.u., Vitamin E 400 i.u., Probiotics, Sovereign Silver, N-A-C 500 mg 1- 4 tablets or Glutathione, Single cell Algae, minerals, Essential Fatty Acids, Super Oxide Dismutase (S.O.D.),Chromium Picolinate and Wheat grass. Recommended Aloe Life Products: Aloe Vera Juice Concentrate or Aloe Gold tablets, Aloe Boost, Fiber mate, Healthy and Slim Daily Greens and Detox Plus Formula.
Blood Sugar: The pancreas produces insulin that signals the body to utilize blood sugars for fuel in energy production. If the body cannot utilize its sugars than it will not be able to produce energy. Underutilized sugar is very dangerous to have in the body and can induce fatigue, confusion, irritability and even comas. Aloe Vera may support the pancreas to help with insulin production to utilize blood sugar! It is not uncommon for individuals with Diabetes to experience a dramatic decrease in blood sugar levels within minutes of taking Aloe Vera. Support nutrients include Vitamin E, Chromium Picolinate GTF, Minerals, Protein 3-4 servings daily, free form amino acids and water. Recommended Aloe Life Products: Aloe Vera Juice Concentrate, Aloe Boost, Healthy and Slim Daily Greens.
Exercise: Daily exercise is wonderful for the body and will help maintain emotional and physical health. Just 30 min of walking or other cardio vascular exercise such as marching in place or swimming a day will help to lower stress levels, promote healthy bowel regularity and circulation of the blood providing oxygen to all the cells for increasing energy and wellness!