Aloe Vera: Benefits & Uses of The Hero Herb | Dr. Michael Hayley #047

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Aloe Vera: A juicy medicinal succulent that you can implement into your diet and/or your herbal regimen.


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About Our Guest: Dr. Michael Hayley

Helping people discover the health-promoting benefits of pure, raw Aloe vera is more than a job; it is Dr. Haley’s mission and vision.

Dr. Haley’s health principles are based on science, tradition, and in line with the scriptures.

Dr. Haley owns and operates Stockton Aloe 1, makers and distributors of pure aloe vera drinks and personal care products. He also maintains his private chiropractic practice in Florida. 

Dr. Haley is an expert on phyto-nutrition and superfoods and teaches in the area of organic chemistry and nutrition.

He focuses on a deeper understanding of Aloe’s potential use in a variety of health and wellness needs.


In This Episode We Discuss:

Michael using Aloe Vera to mitigate a huge rope burn from sailing

The Ayurvedic Wisdom on Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has several ayurvedic uses & beneifts.

The name for Aloe Vera in Sanskrit is “Kumari” - meaning "young maiden", which reveals its affinity for the female menstrual cycle and its rejuvenating powers for maintaining youthfulness, particularly for women.

Ayurvedic Energetics of Aloe Vera

    • Rasa (taste) - bitter, sweet,
    • Virya (energy) - cold
    • Vipaka (post-digestive effect) - sweet
    • Gunas (qualities) - guru (heavy), snigdha (unctuous), picheela (slimy).
    • Doshas: VPK - (as the gel and juice); dried gum powder (kala bola) aggravates V

It is considered to be a special herb because it has an affinity for all 7 dhatus, and regulates all three doshas.

Health Benefits of Aloe Vera

Female Hormones and Menstrual Health & Aloe Vera

  • The gel and juice are helpful when there is excess bleeding or clots.
  • Kumari purifies the liver which directly affects raktavaha srotas (blood channels) and the flow of pitta in the blood.
  • This blood cleansing effect also affect the artava srotas, the menstrual channel, as it is responsible for regulating the uterus.
  • Helps promote the onset of menstruation (Artavajanana).
  • It is rejuvenate and building for the female reproductive system.
  • Its cooling and unctuous properties make it very effective for treating the hot and dry symptoms of menopause (source: Bhavaprakasa).

Kumāri āsava - A classical Ayurvedic formulations great for gynaecological conditions.

Digestion & Aloe Vera

As it is a cooling and demulcent herb that directly clears pitta and heals mucous membranes it is a specific for hyperacidity, acid reflux, peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis, IBS, IBD, Chron’s, GERD and any bleeding from the intestines. It reduce the inflammation in the gut.

A lot of people are discovering Aloe Vera because they are on anti-acid medications such as Protein Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), which can burden one with with adverse and addictive effects.

Very helpful in conditions with bleeding stools.

Aloe Vera also contains digestive enzymes.

It stimulates peristalsis.

Microbiome & Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera can help regulate bacteria levels in the intestines indicates use in Candida albicans and as a remedy for improving gastric and intestinal function. (Source: Bland 1985, Murray 1992, Bone 2003).

Aloe can help cool and accelerate healing in leaky gut.

A certain fibre in Aloe Vera promotes micro-biome health.

Kala Bol (Ayurvedic Laxative Preparation Using Aloe Vera)

The solid gum obtained after boiling the whole aloe leaf juice. It is a strong purgative. Becomes a black thick paste after boiling like guggulu.

Boil on coal for some consistency, then low flame for some consistency, then on heat for some consistency.

Put in thermal in cow dung cakes.

Use short term and always consult an Ayurvedic practitioner.

Aloe Vera for Liver Health

  • Jaundice.
  • Viral hepatitis.
  • Reduces inflammation in the spleen and liver (plihayakrdvrdhhihara).

Aloe Vera for Blood Sugar and Diabetes

Inner part of the gel promotes liver to release bile.

Aloe Vera can help to regulate blood sugar in diabetics and lipid levels in hyper-triglyceridaemia. (Plaskett 1996).

This may be because Aloe Vera Gel promotes the liver to stimulate bile release.

Malose, the sugar molecules in Aloe Vera lowers and stabilises blood sugar levels.

Skin Health and Aloe Vera

Helpful in eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, shingles, acne, and other ailments.

The gel contains polysaccharides that are specifically healing for the skin and mucous membranes (Murray 1992).

It has an affinity for bhrajaka pitta and enhances the quality of the skin;

used topically to treat psoriasis, ulcers, eczema, dermatitis and mouth ulcers.

One of the best Ayurvedic herbs for healing burns, scars, wounds and stretch marks.

Good internally for hot, inflamed condition; eczema, hives, ulcers, acne.

Face-lift action and anti-ageing.

Helpful for dark and white spots.

Granti (helps removes tumours), Cancer and Aloe Vera

Acemannan - acemannan causes macrophages to secrete more tumour necrosis (death to) factor.

Aloe Vera for Eye Health

Netra rogaghana - “destroys” eye diseases according to Ayurveda.

Applied topically it is very soothing for eye inflammation and eyelid swelling.

Vishpota - removes pustules.

Visa hará - reduces and pacifies poison.

Aloe Vera for Animals and Pets

The increased use of Aloe Vera in veterinary clinics.

Horses are using it for digestion - demonstrated by the calmness of the horses and improved bowel motions.

Different Parts of the Aloe Vera Plant

  • The inner gel part of the leaf is different to the rest of the plant.
    • This is a much safer part of the plant to ingest, potentially in your daily diet.
    • This is 95-97% water plus a balance of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, photo-chemicals, acemannan  a D-isomer mucopolysaccharide
  • The outer sap has an irritation and laxative effect.
    • This part of the leaf tastes very bitter.
    • This has a strong laxative effective.
    • You need to be cautious with amounts to take.
    • The is what is used for kala bol Ayurvedic strong laxative preparation.
  • Whole leaf gel is also available, which includes both of those components.

Other Forms of Aloe Vera

  • kala bol.
  • Arogyavarhini vati and kaishore guggulu are two other Ayurvedic preparations that contains Kumari.

How to Take Aloe Vera

  • Honouring your digestive power and fire (agni).
  • Mix with ginger, turmeric, cumin to make easier to digest.
  • Blend (slow speed) to make a drink.
  • Cut it up and use on food.

Various Species of Aloe Vera

There are over 250 species.

Common species to use includes:

  • Aloe indica/vera/barbadensis–Herba/ Succinum
  • Aloe arborescens.
  • Aloe vera barbadensis miller - king of Aloe.

Growing and Harvesting Your Own Aloe Vera + Preparations

  • How to purify Aloe Vera - let it bleed then soak it for a few minutes. The water will turn yellow.
  • Removing the bitter taste and strong laxative affect.
  • How to tell an Aloe Vera plant is healthy.

Preserving Aloe Vera

  • Freezing.
  • Fresh is best.

Aloe Vera Products

  • Additives and natural additives.
  • Preservatives and hidden chemicals.
  • Processing methods.
  • If a product says 100% Aloe Vera with no preservative or additives, that may be true, but they have possibly removed some of the good components.

References:

  • Bhavaprakash
  • Ayurvedic Medicine, Sebastian Pole

Resources

Quality & Pure Aloe Vera Products

Aloe Vera Products by Hayley Nutrition: (Juice, cosmetics, plant) - Discount code: VITALVEDA

Stockton 1 Aloe Vera - Aloe drink, personal care, supplements, plants.

Vital Veda Facebook Community - reach out to find someone with a spare Aloe Vera cutting or offer yourself if you have.


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Gut Health for Mental Health + Microbiome Wisdom | Kriben Govender #032

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An exciting area of modern science is exploring the connection between the gut microbiome and mental health. It so happens the brain and gut are intimately connected by a bi-directional communication pathway that has been dubbed the gut-brain axis.

There’s plenty of evidence that stress and violence will negatively affect one’s microbiome, mood, immunity and bodily functions.

According to Ayurveda, 85%-99% of health concerns originate as digestive imbalance - "manda agni"

The collective of micro-organisms that dominate the human body, the microbiome, play a very large role in gut health, mental health, and basically all biological functions.

We are 90% bugs. Most of the cells in our body are microbial.

We need to get more familiar with the microbes that dominate our gut.

About Kirben Govender

Kriben Govender, is a Food Scientist, Registered Nutritionist and Founder of Nourishme Organics, a company specialising in Gut Health and Mitochondrial health-focused products and Allele Microbiome – a provider of cutting edge Metagenomic Stool Testing and Deuterium Testing. 

With more than 20 years of Food industry experience in the field of Research and Development, Quality Assurance and Procurement, Kriben intimately understands the food supply chain and the interaction between diet and the gut microbiome. He has personally visited more than 100 food processing sites across the world. Kriben is an expert in the art of making fermented foods like Kefir, Kombucha and fermented vegetable etc and was a Judge in the 2019 RASV Australia Food Awards.

He is the host of one of Australia's leading Nutrition Podcasts - The Gut Health Gurus Podcast  where he frequently interviews health experts from around the world.

In This Episode We Discuss

Kriben’s current anxiety and gut issues that are manifesting in the stressful times of COVID-19.

Kriben’s struggle with anxiety and depression

Then corporate work further exacerbating his stress.

Taking a nuclear anti-biotic that altered the composition of his gut microbiome and changed his mental health overnight.

He was suicidal and ready to end his life, then learned about the relationship between mental health and the gut microbiome through the gut-brain axis.

What is the Microbiome

The collective of microbiome - Bacteria, yeast, viruses parasites.

The gut-brain axis is a bi-directional communication pathway.

  • Most of the communication is going from gut to brain via the vegas nerve into the brain.
  • Stress can alter the micro-organisms in the gut.

There is no such thing as a good and bad parasite or virus. It is all about harmony and balance.

 Some when out of balance can create disease.

The Important Purpose of Viruses in Nature

  • They are the only things that can quickly change our genome.
  • COVID-19 in problematic because it is novel - we have never been exposed to it and have not developed herd immunity to it.
  • Viruses are natures
  • Scientists have been using Corona viruses to implement gene therapy protocols for many years.

Mitochondria

  • Ancient microbes
  • Modern mitochondrial insults - nnEMF, chemicals, air pollution, artificial lighting, unclean water, over consumption of sugar.
  • Damaged mitochondria leads to poor immunity.

GABA in the Gut

  • Gamma-Aminobutyric acid - an amino acid produced by the brain.
  • Chief inhibitory neurotransmitter.
  • Reducing neuronal excitability - relaxation, reduces stress, increases calm, balances mood, alleviates pain and helps with sleep. - “The brakes of the brain.”
  • Responsible for the regulation of muscle tone.
  • Food sources - Kefir, yoghurt, whole grain, walnuts, almonds, citrus, berries, spinach, broccoli.

Seratonin

A study showed 95% of serotonin production occurs in the gut.

5-hydroxytryptamine receptors or 5-HT receptors, or serotonin receptors are derived from the gut.

Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) inhibits 5-HT re-uptake (reabsorption of the neurotransmitter - important because it allows for recycling of neurotransmitters and how their release lasts).

Dopamine

Responsible for cognitive functions such as decision making, attention, memory, motivation, and reward.

A study showed how Dopamine is produced in the gut by showing a "considerable urinary excretion of dopamine metabolites indicates that large amounts of dopamine are produced in unknown locations of the body."

Microbes affect how people metabolise these compounds, regulating the amount that circulates in the blood and brain.

Enteric Nervous System

  • Second brain. Located in the gut. A nervous system the size of a cats brain. All your nerve plexuses end in your gut.
  • Modulated peristalsis, going to the toilet.
  • Everything starts from umbilicus.

Butyrate / Butyric Acid and Leaky Gut

  • From butyric acid - a health beneficial short chain fatty acid.
  • It got its name from the latin word for butter, butyrum.
  • Your gut bacteria produces butyrate from prebiotic fibres in plant foods. Specifically clostridium butyricum.
  • While is was first discovered in butter, ghee is the highest source of this superfood.
  • Reduces anxiety and depression. Provides neuro-protective effects.
  • Helps digestion by maintaining integrity of the GI mucosa and gut lining.
    • Can plug a leaky gut.
    • Intestinal permeability - in a healthy barrier, tight functions are relaxed allowing water and nutrients to pass through.
    • It is the main energy source for colonocytes, the cells which make up your gut lining. - Unlike other cells in the body which use glucose (sugar) as the main energy source.
    • Colonocytes help provide an oxygen-free environment in which beneficial gut microbes thrive.
  • Inhibits growth of unwanted bacteria in the gut and interfered with the growth of toxic bacteria.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Encourages growth of the beneficial bacteria like Bifidobacterirum.
  • Supports and regulates healthy bowel motions.
  • Supports the health of intestinal mucosa during inflammatory bowel conditions.
  • Supports health cholesterol.
  • Increases cellular energy production.
  • Reduction in fatty tissue and hunger levels.

Triggers for leaky gut

Improve tight junctions in the gut lining

Flavanoids (fresh fruits), omega 3 fatty acids, sea-weed, glutamine (fermented veggies, broccoli, bone broth collagen peptides), sulforafan (broccoli and broccoli sprouts), vitamin D (sun), Vitamin A (cod liver oil, sardines), Zinc (oysters), Butyrate, sulforaphane, some probiotics (MegaSporeBiotic), and Kefir.

Circadian Medicine

  • Light signalling.
  • Reduce artificial blue light, especially after sunset, since that increases cortisol and reduces melatonin.
  • Use blue light blocking glasses. Both Kriben and I recommend RA optics (discount code: VITALVEDA)
  • Download iris tech to shield your computer screen from blue light.
  • Your digest fire (agni) is resulted by the sun. Have a good lunch and light dinner.
  • The light hitting your skin while you eat has an effect on digestion. - Beware of the light your are eating under - eat under natural light, and not under artificial light. This particularly effect blood glucose.

General Principles for Eating:

  • Whole foods, avoid packaged foods.
  • Fresh foods. Avoid left overs.
  • Eat local foods. Foods that are grown and sourced locally.
  • Relax and eat.
Dylan Smith eating with his hands

Kefir

  • Countless health benefits.
  • Two types: Milk Kefir and Water Kefit (vegan).
  • How to Make: Simply add 1tsp of kefir grains into a glass of 250ml milk, leave for 24 hours and strain. Then pass the yoghurt through a sieve, and keep the kefir grains for next time.
  • What are Kefir grains - symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. Scientists can’t replicate the grains in labs. People replicate and share the grain amongst each other.
  • They replicate. Kriben hypothesises they found the the kefir grains in a stomach (biofilm) of a goat. Water kefir grains come from a type of cactus.
  • Around 15 strains of bacteria in water kefir.

Microbes are sensitive to Sattva (pure state of mind and consciousness)

  • There’s plenty of evidence that stress and violence will negatively affect one’s microbiome, mood, immunity and bodily functions.
  • Sattvic bugs. - sattvic lifestyle.
  • Spiritual people.
  • We are 90% bugs. Our consciousness impacts that.

Rhythmicity

  • Very emerging science, funnily enough, a key Ayurvedic recommendation for health and to balance vata.
  • Consistent and regular waking times, sleeping times, light exposure, eating times, bowel motions.

Resources

Nourish Me Organics - Shop, podcast, blog and more Discount code on kits: VITALVEDA

Blue Light Blocking Glasses by RA Optics - discount code: VITALVEDA

Iris - Computer software for Eye protection


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