Henry Miller once said, “The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself”. I have to wonder, could Henry Miller have been referring to wheatgrass?
Wheatgrass is an incredible blood builder. Used to boost your immune system and oxygenate your cells, wheatgrass helps to prevent disease and creates a stable and healthy inner environment.
Sprouted from the wheatberry (same origin as wheat), the mature blade of grass is gluten free. The seed of the grass is what contains the gluten, and the seed is not pressed when making wheatgrass juice. Extremely alkaline in your body, wheatgrass is a great source of beta carotene, B vitamins, and is loaded with Vitamins C, E, and K. Known as a complete food, wheatgrass contains 90 minerals, 17 amino acids, 80 known enzymes, and is 70% chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is considered the blood of plants, as it’s nearly identical in composition to hemoglobin (aka, our blood). The difference lies in that wheatgrass contains magnesium as the central atom, while hemoglobin/blood contains iron. Other than that they are molecularly very similar which makes wheatgrass an incredible blood builder. Wheatgrass is known to heal tissue and help cleanse and purify our liver, your largest internal organ that works to detoxify the body and cleanse the blood. Because of chlorophyll’s antibacterial qualities it can be used inside and outside the body for healing.
Here’s a list of some of the AHHH-MAZING health benefits that this vibrant green grass/juice has to offer:
*effective is combating acidosis due to it’s alkaline nature and tissue cleansing ability
*Chelates heavy metals to help move them out of the body
*cleanses the colon and heals intestinal walls
*purifies and rebuilds our blood increasing blood cell count
*cleanses the liver and oxygenates our cells
*can aide in inflammatory disorders such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (due to it’s alkaline nature)
*it’s anti-oxidant qualities help to neutralize free radicals. Helps reduce harm from air pollutants we breathe.
*Can help eliminate bad breath and body odor
*contains a long list of amino acids – the building blocks of protein. (some reports say it contains as much as 50% protein/amino acids)
*beneficial in fighting and preventing cancer. The flavonoid compounds are powerful anti-oxidants and anti-cancer agents.
*creates an unfavorable environment for yeast and bacteria to grow, aiding Candida
*detoxes lymphatic system
*regulates blood sugar levels – good for diabetics
*found to be beneficial for hypertension (high blood pressure)
*builds immune system
*helps prevent tooth decay and treats bleeding gums
*WEIGHT CONTROL – RELIEVES YOUR BODY OF CRAVINGS!!!
The easiest way to enjoy all these health benefits is to take it as juice. One or two ounces a day is all you’ll need to give you a blast of energy and supply you with it’s many healing benefits. If you are new to wheatgrass juicing START SMALL! Take one ounce of juice for a week before going up to 2. This is a powerful detoxifier and for that reason can make you feel nauseas if you take too much before your body is ready for it.
Ever take a shot of wheatgrass, nearly gag, then get a headache? You’re not alone. Wheatgrass is incredibly detoxifying and headaches are a common side effect of detoxification as your body releases toxins back into your blood and lymph to be carried out of the body. That said, it also shows you just how detoxifying this little grass is! You can soften the detoxification effects by mixing wheatgrass into a smoothie or following it with another substance like juice or an orange. You may have heard that taking a piece of fruit cancels the effects of wheatgrass, but that’s highly untrue. While it may diminish some of it’s alkalinity due to a possible interaction with a higher acid substance, you will most certainly still receive the vast array of minerals, vitamins, and enzymes that wheatgrass has to offer.
Green Coco Cocktail:
A delicious, sweet, energizing green drink that will have you feeling refreshed, fueling with electrolytes, fiber, amino acids, minerals, and blood building qualities that both wheatgrass and coconut have!
1 fresh young thai coconut
1 -2 ounces of wheatgrass juice
Crack open your coconut and drain the water into your favorite cocktail glass. Add in one or 2 ounces of wheatgrass juice.