It really does taste like a cocktail made from your lawn!
But the power of wheatgrass and what it cures in the body is magical…!
It’s been so long since my last post! I work for Vitamix as a Demonstrator now, so I’ve spent most of the summer preaching the good news about fruits and vegetables to anyone lucky enough to pass my booth at your friendly neighborhood Costco. And one ingredient that I love to encourage my customers to include in their “green smoothies” is wheatgrass. Now a days you don’t have to stand in line at your local health food store or smoothie shop to grab a shot of this green elixir, you can purchase it in powder form or frozen cubes and have it around all the time. It’s economical, easy to store if you’re not interested in growing your own, and it tastes great when added to your juices and smoothies! I for one seem to always get extremely nauseous when I do the shots. I even had an embarassing situation at my sister’s house, where I got so sick I threw up all over her bathroom. Yeah, that really was embarassing. Luckily she was very cool about it. After doing my research I learned that the nausea is caused by a fungus that grows at the bottom of the grass near the soil. Humidity and dense roots due to over seeding are usually the culprits. When I buy the frozen cubes at Whole foods by a company called Evergreen, I don’t get sick at all.
So here are just some of the magical benefits of Wheatgrass!
- Wheatgrass is used as a concentrated form of nutrients. It is high in Vitamins A, C, E, iron, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, and is full of chlorophyll. These nutrients keep the immune system strong!
- The chlorophyll in wheat grass closely resembles hemoglobin, the compound that carries oxygen in the blood. Drinking wheat grass is like getting a liquid oxygen infusion in our blood. That oxygen helps stimulate digestion, promotes clearer thinking, and protects the blood against anerobic bacteria. Cancer cells cannot exist in the presence of oxygen!
- Increases red-blood cell count and lowers blood pressure. It cleanses the blood, organs and intestinal tract of debris. Wheat grass also stimulates metabolism and the body’s enzyme systems by enriching the blood. It reduces blood pressure by dilating the blood pathways throughout the body.
- Is a powerful detoxifier, and liver and blood protector. The enzymes and amino acids found in wheatgrass protect us from carcinogens. It chemically neutralizes environmental pollutants found in food or water, and is used for the removal of drug deposits, heavy metals like mercury and nicotine, and cancer causing agents. Place blades of grass in water to neutralize the fluorine or to clean fruits and vegetables contaminated with pesticides.
- Restores alkalinity to the blood. Wheat grass is full of alkaline minerals that help reduce acidity in the blood. It has been used to successfully treat many internal pains such as: peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis, constipation, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal disorders.
- Fights tumors and neutralizes toxins. Recent studies (more like individual accounts not clinical studies) have shown that wheatgrass has a powerful ability to fight tumors without the toxicity that pharmaceutical drugs have. The juice cleans the blood and neutralizes and digests the toxins in our cells! It also delivers oxygen to the blood that fights against cancer cells.
- Acts as a disenfectant. Is soothing and healing for cuts, burns, rashes, poison ivy, athlete’s feet, boils, insect bites, sores, ulcers, and if rubbed into the scalp will help alleviate itchy scaly scalp conditions.
The list is long. Wheatgrass is used in virtually every type of alternative method of healing. However, there has not been a lot of medical testing of wheatgrass to back up the health claims made by many. As long as its all natural and can be grown in your kitchen certain government entities are not going to give their blessing. My advice is always: do your own research, trust your instincts, and do what works for your body. As for this Diva and her house, we’re drinking the grass!
The Healthy Diva!
Resources: amorganics.com, mercola.com, hippocratesint.org