The Aloe Vera Experiment: Part 1. Three weeks in

Treating-Bleeding-Hemorrhoids-with-Aloe-VeraSomething odd is happening. I’m feeling a bit better. Ever since I did that juice fast three weeks ago things have been getting gradually a bit better. It is a slow, creeping up thing. It’s been at the back of my mind all week. I didn’t want to say, or even think anything earlier, because it has only been a small change; at first. But, it is worthy of a mention now, but because it is unavoidable: something’s changed, my body is waking up – I feel a bit better.

Tonight I watched a movie at home. Unknown, with Liam Neeson. (It was alright, but now where near as good as Django Unchanged. Whoaza! That new Quentin Tarantino film was A-MA-ZING. Saw that Friday night at the Cinema. Real full-on power entertainment that film. Splendid. I can highly recommend that one. Got the same German bloke from Inglorious Bastards. Another cracker from Tarantino.)

Anyway, sorry where was I? Oh yeah, I watched the Neeson film this evening. I had a snack attack. I had some raw cheese, nuts, fresh rye bread that I got at the market this morning, olive oil to dip the bread, one date, eight prunes, an apple cut into slithers, and a banana. A TV snack attack, all laid out neat and tidy on a wooden board to make it look posh like in a Jamie Oliver restaurant. And, I also had a beer!

Warm beer as the Americans would say. Only a mild bitter, but this is extremely unusual. I rarely drink anything at home. And when I do, I only ever drink, on my own that is, when I’m feeling fine. It’s a signal. When I feel like beer, it means I am most certainly feeling better, funky even. No matter what aches and pains I still have, craving a beer is always a good sign. Well, for me it is anyway.

But it’s not the juice fast. That helped. Maybe it kick-started things? But I think this is the aloe vera doing this.

And I don’t think this is the liver herbs either. Yes, I started round two of the liver Humaworm herbs 12 days ago. Only a couple of days left until I finish this round, then I break for two weeks again. That’s been ok. That’s helping. But this getting better doesn’t feel like the liver herbs either. It definitely feels like the aloe vera is the driving force behind this upturn. Let me explain:

I have been on the aloe vera gel for three weeks now. I have been drinking the stuff. I never even knew you could drink it! I thought it was something you rubbed in to your skin? Odd eh! Apparently drinking it is normal. Apparently.

I started low, 10mls morning and night. I’m up at 25mls per dose at the moment. Need to take things slow (as usual!). Heading towards 60ml per dose, but we will see how it goes. The book says to take it easy and go slow.

In that time I have had the following changes:

My BM’s are easier. Definitely easier, and more frequent too. Moved to twice a day and today was the optimum: three times. Rock ‘n’ roll!

My food intolerances have gone. Wheat was ok only in small doses before, but now seems totally fine. Nice!

I can eat fruit no problem now too. I used to give me blood sugar issues before. But seems that’s no longer a problem.

And the big one: I am hungry all the time. Even after meals. I have experienced this before, and it always meant I was getting better. Remember I am underweight, under or mal-nourished because my digestion got screwed up when I had the heart problem last year. I am eating tons of food at the moment. I am hungry all the time. I am trying to slow things down so I am supplementing my diet with regular fresh juices. Two big veggies juices today for example.

This hungry thing is important. Always a good sign for me. Means my body to coming back to life. Up-taking vitamins and minerals. I have gained 3kg since I lost 2kg doing the juice fast.

Anyway, its early days. This could just be an upwards-lull?? Who knows? Full effects of the aloe vera take 2-3 months to kick in. It is a gradual thing. But the early signs are good. And that’s important. It could be the juice fast, it could be the liver herbs, it could be all three things…in fact it probably is all three things working together…but I’m pretty sure it’s the aloe vera. I don’t actually care what is doing it, so I will continue doing everything I’m doing now, but the aloe vera is looking very promising.

This is part 1 of the Aloe Vera Experiment. I will report on any further gains.

Oh yes, and I’m happier these days too:-)

That’s all folks!

Juice Fasting!

juice_fastI managed four days of juice fasting in the end. The only thing that entered my temple was freshly juiced veggies, along with a little juiced fruit to take the edge off the intense veggieness! I also included juiced ginger in most of them too, along with lashings of lemon or lime juice. It’s a lovely detox. Fasting pauses the body’s digestive system and the body goes into detox-mode. Boom! My idea of fun!

Last year I was too sick to juice fast. I tried but side-effects were way too wild even for tough-old-me to endure. So this was a test to see if I could handle it now.

After all the different sets of herbs I’d done last year, I was hopeful that now I had detoxed enough and would be able to handle it. First few days are the toughest! Here we go!

Day 1 was fine. I was well prepared and just kept in having juices whenever I started feeling those hunger pangs start banging away.

Day 2 was difficult. I was perpetually hungry, even with drinking juice every couple of hours. The evening I was grumpy and miserable as life got difficult all over again. It was not fun at all and I wondered if I’d make it to the next day. But all this hassle is normal at the beginning when fasting, so I just kept my herbal tea, water and juice intake high and weathered the storm like a pro.

Day 3 I awoke fresh and alive! Monday morning at the office and everything was cool. All the nastiness from day 2 forgotten and I felt buzzy and full of energy. Ok, not full up, but more energy that usual. I jogged up the stairs at the station: always a good sign, LOL. There is a juice bar near my office, so I got two large fresh veggie juices and that carried me through the day.

Day 4 was also a doddle. Well into the groove when fasting is easy peasy. Strange eh? After all those hassles on the second day, and now it was just plain sailing. Funny how you get in the groove so quickly. I really did feel quite good.

I wanted to continue into day 5, 6 and 7, but I have things on in the office and at home this week and next, so this was just a little teaser to see how I handled fasting. I broke the fast on day 5. It is VERY important to do this correctly. Calm, controlled and slowwwww is the only way. Pizza is not an option! So day 5 and 6 I made the transition from straight juice to soups, smoothies and a very small about of fruit and veggies. Half an apple. A quarter of a celery stick. Tasted heavenly after 4 days of no food. Stomach shrinks too, so you don’t need to eat so much. Day 7 I moved back to my normal diet and considered myself done for now.

A week well spent! And importantly I was happy. Happy that I could fast. Last year I could not. This year I can. Progress has been made!

Oh, opps, almost forgot. I have also added aloe vera into the mix: during the fast and I continue to take it afterwards too. Drinking the stuff! I have started on a low dose as per instructions and am moving up slowly to a higher dose. Not much to report on that yet, expect if I push the dose up too high, from 10ml to 20ml per dose, then I get major pain between the shoulder blades; that’s a gallbladder signal. A good signal because liver and gallbladder are the focus of my attention. Time will tell what happens with the aloe vera experiment. I have ordered a great big book about it and will read that next. I like to get educated and I must admit I don’t know much about aloe vera: yet!

Fasting is a turbo-detox and just my style. It is full on fun and a sure-fire way to better health. Now that I know I can fast, I will plan out a longer more serious fast in the future. My record is 10 days. That’s pretty hardcore for me. Fasting is not so easy because I am a skinny chap. The last thing I need is to lose weight. So when my weight goes down too low, that’s kinda my signal to stop the fast. This four day fast saw me lose 2kg. I will not fast again until I have regained that lost weight. It usually takes two weeks to return. Which should be perfect. I restart the Humaworm kidney herbs on Monday for another two weeks of liver detoxing. Will do them for two weeks, then I do a longer fast then. That’s the plan anyway.

Tonight I am out celebrating: It is my wife and I’s 25 year anniversary together. We started going out 25 years ago when we were 18 years old. I am kinda proud of that. 25 years together:-) I am a lucky chap:-)

That’s all folks!
Take care everyone,