Aloe Vera - My Favorite Ageless Beauty Super Plant - 040

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In episode 40 of the Anti-Aging Lifestyle I breakdown all the health benefits and the many uses of aloe vera.

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Some highlights from the episode:

Historical Background: Aloe vera has been around for a long time, and references to it pop up throughout our history.

Active Compounds: Aloe has an enormous amount of active compounds, at least 75 known, all with their unique benefits.

Would Healing: Aloe boosts collagen content and collagen cross-linking, while also helping to reduce scars.

Sun Damage: While aloe doesn’t have any direct SPF, it does help protect your skin from the sun indirectly by helping to scavenge free-radicals produced from sun exposure.

Anti-Acne: Aloe has natural anti-inflammatory properties that help calm outbreaks while helping to dissolve dead skin cells that clog your pores.

Hydration: Aloe boosts the hydration in your skin because of naturally occurring hyaluronic acid.

Soft Skin: Aloe will make your skin softer by helping to smooth out that top-most layer of skin.

Anti-Septic: Aloe has strong anti-septic properties which help reduce the growth of bacteria and fungi.

Where to buy: I highly recommend purchasing fresh aloe vera, whether it’s the large leaves at an Asian store or a whole plant.

Plant care: Aloe vera is extremely easy to take care of, just don’t over water it, and make sure it gets some sunlight every day. No need to leave it baking in direct sun though.

Aloe Storage: Aloe vera can stay fresh in the refrigerator for weeks at a time, just slice off what you need and keep the rest wrapped up or in a container.

Side Effects: Topical aloe vera seems to be very well tolerated. Oral consumption of aloe vera needs more research. Certain parts of the plant may not be healthy for humans in larger doses, so consume with caution until further research is done. Aloe Vera is a huge industry, so it’s just a matter of time before more research is done.

I finish the episode with Tomko Tip #40 where I give you my breakdown and thoughts on social media. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

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