Monday, January 11, 2010

Aloe Vera Juice & a little about me

One of the first pieces of advice that my father gave to me when I told him that I was really sick was to start drinking Aloe Vera juice every day. My father has ulcerative colitis; a form of IBD (inflammatory bowel disease). He was diagnosed around 5 years ago & was prescribed a lot of pills. In an attempt to help my dad in any way, my mother read some alternative medicine books to see what they had to say about colitis. At least one of the books suggested Aloe Vera juice because of it's natural healing properties.

Before my father started drinking it, he asked his specialist what he thought. His specialist said "Yes, its very good. One of my patients was almost cured from it." Almost cured. Wow. Now, the medical community has not found any cure for IBD, so this is a big statement.

So ever since, my father takes a shotglass full of Aloe Vera Juice every morning & he swears it has made a difference.

Where I come in:

My life changed in January of 2009. I had always experienced many health issues growing up, but never anything really major. It seemed normal to me to feel the way I did. It didn't seem normal to everyone else. Well, in January of 2009 I got sick. Really sick. I thought to myself - ok there's something going on here...this isn't normal. I looked up some of my symptoms online & BANG. There they were in front of my face. Every symptom led to 3 things: Crohn's Disease, Colitis & Celiac Disease. It never occured to me that I could have what other members of my family had (1 has Crohn's, 3 have Colitis).

So I went to the doctor & pushed for tests. They found stuff. Scary stuff. So far: a hyatial hernia, an ulcer, acid reflux disease & I honestly forget the other thing... (who would want to remember?). I have all the symptoms of Crohn's Disease, but it seems that the specialists in this city are rather busy (grr). I also have recurring eye infections, other recurring infections or ailments & I am always using up my sick days from work.

Now my life isn't horrible, but it takes more "fight" in me to get through the day without any sort of medication (besides Prevacid).

Anyway, the bottom line is that while I'm working toward getting healthy, I'm making a commitment to taking a shot of Aloe Vera Juice every day.

The Juice:

Aloex Aloe Vera Juice is the juice that my parents introduced me to. My mom bought it in the health section of the Superstore. I'm sure you can find different brands in health stores as well as the health section of any grocery store. You might even find it in pharmacies. I'm positive that it's amazingly healthy for everyone to drink but if you're not sure, check with your doctor first.

The Taste

I won't lie, it's gross. Thats all I can say. It tastes a bit like what you might imagine paint thinner to taste like. But you get used to it. Sorry for the bad news. Try different flavours & see what you might prefer :P

Thanks for reading my story!

If anyone is interested, here is the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of Canada Website

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