When it comes to health, hair and skin care, one name that comes up often is aloe vera. While everyone is aware of its numerous health benefits, consuming it blindly and in large amounts can be harmful to your body. Excessive consumption of aloe vera can lead to several health problems. Therefore, we should seek medical advice before consuming it excessively.
Excessive consumption of aloe vera and application to the skin can cause skin allergies. As a result, you may experience a rash, redness, skin irritation and itching.
Many consume aloe vera juice in the morning on an empty stomach for weight loss. This can cause dehydration and you may experience nervousness and nausea.
Consistently consuming aloe vera for a long time can also cause diarrhea. Aloe vera has laxative properties that can worsen the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The juice also contains a laxative liquid known as anthraquinone, which can cause abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea.
Regular intake of aloe vera juice can lower potassium levels in the body. This can make you feel nervous and weak.
Deep cuts and severe burns should not be treated with aloe vera. Allergies related to aloe vera are more common in people who are allergic to garlic, onions, and tulips. Oral consumption of aloe vera is also dangerous in high doses. If you have problems related to gut, heart disease, hemorrhoids, kidney problems, diabetes or electrolyte imbalance, you should avoid it completely.
If you take any medications on a regular basis, it is important to consult your doctor before taking aloe vera. It can interact with medications and supplements such as diabetes medications, heart medications, laxatives, and steroids and cause complications.
(Disclaimer: The health tips shared in this article are based on common practices and common knowledge. Readers are advised to consult a physician before following them at home.)
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