Aloe Vera Juice Side Effects
Although aloe vera juice side effects are generally minimal, there are certain groups who should not be eating or drinking aloe vera. These include the elderly, women who are menstruating or pregnant, nursing mothers or young children.
Similarly, if you are suffering from a medical condition – especially, diabetes, heart disease or thyroid problems - or are on medication of any kind or are recovering from major surgery, you should avoid taking aloe vera in any form - juice or gel, freshly prepared or commercially produced - before consulting your doctor.
Generally, any side effects from drinking aloe vera are caused by either long term usage or over-consumption.
Remember, you should always consult a health professional before adding aloe vera to your diet.
It is important that you look out for these potential mild side effects if you decide to include aloe vera in your daily diet.
- Mild allergy leading to itching or rash
- Delay wound healing as aloe vera acts as a blood thinner
- Abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Although I know from experience the abdominal cramps can be acute and painful, the diarrhea is more dangerous as it can lead to reduced absorption of any drugs you may be taking.
- Diarrhea can also lead to electrolyte imbalances and loss of potassium. Potassium loss leads to muscle weakness, which in turn can lead to dangerous heart arrhythmia, an irregular heart beat.
- Lowered blood sugar levels - consequently anyone taking medication for diabetes must consult a doctor before adding aloe vera to their diet.
- Long-term consumption may cause dependency - this can lead to constipation as bowel movement is hindered once the aloe vera is no longer taken.
You should also avoid aloe vera during your monthly period, especially if you experience heavy periods, as it can lead to excessive blood-loss.
Eating aloe vera while you are pregnant can be very dangerous as it may lead to uterine contractions and induce miscarriage. If you are breast-feeding, aloe vera can affect your baby causing severe, painful intestinal cramps, diarrhea and vomiting as it passes through your milk.
So remember, consult your doctor before adding aloe vera to your diet or embarking on any weight loss program.
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