Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Wheatgrass, The Ultimate Live Food
Wheatgrass contains all the elements of which the body is composed of including revitalizing and rebuilding materials according to Dr. Ann Wigmore, one of the pioneers who has promoted the value of wheatgrass and founder of the Hippocrates Health Institute.
Sunlight Isn’t so Bad After All
Wheatgrass contains raw chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is condensed sunlight and is as close to the molecular structure of human blood as anything on the planet. From an external source comes a raw material that the body can instantly convert into fresh blood. We're only as healthy as our blood is. Therefore, the more you rejuvenate your blood, the more you slow down your aging clock. Our bodies get loaded down with toxins from the products we use, foods we eat and water we drink. These toxins get into our bodies and cannot escape because the pores of our skin are clogged with animal fats, oils, waxy residues, alcohol, and chemicals. Consequently, all you need to keep your system clean and functioning the way nature intended is about a 1/2 glass of wheatgrass juice a day.
Lots and Lots of Vitamins and Minerals
Especially high in calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium, as well as trace minerals such as zinc, and selenium which are important for the cardiovascular and immune system. Wheatgrass is a wonderfully balanced source of nutrients and is loaded with all the B-vitamins as well as biotin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, and abundance of lecithin. Protein is in the form of poly-peptides which are simpler, shorter chains of at least 20 amino acids that enable faster, more efficient assimilation into the blood stream and tissues.
Ailments of All Sorts Can Be Helped
Dr. Wigmore has a long list of stories and testimonials from guests who improved their health with the help of wheatgrass. High blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, gastritis, stomach ulcers, pancreas and liver troubles, asthma, glaucoma, eczema, skin problems, constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticulitis, colitis, fatigue, female problems, arthritis, athlete's foot, anemia, bad breath/body odor, and burns. In addition, wheat grass has served as a wonderful first aid for red eyes, wax in the ears, congested nasal passages, bleeding gums, tooth pain, sore throats and inflamed mucous membranes.
I have been drinking wheatgrass juice for almost a year now and can attest to clearer skin, hormonal issues lessening considerably, energy sustaining all day and appetite changes. I now crave more whole, fresh foods. My favorite mixture is juicing a handful of wheatgrass, spinach and parsley, then juicing a couple of carrots, one whole cucumber and a stalk of celery. Very tasty and sweet!
This is a lifestyle change that is definitely worth pursing. Wheatgrass is easy to grow and www.sunorganic.com and www.sproutman.com offer all kinds of organic sprouting seeds to get you started. Wheatgrass, Nature's Finest Medicine written by Steve Meyerowitz is also a must read.
Growing Wheatgrass at Home
Soak one cup each of hard wheat berries and kamut seeds mixed together up to 12 to 24 hours in a large glass jar with warm water and put into a dark space. You want to see the seeds sprouting just a little bit. Kamut is a sweeter grass but mixed together tastes great. Then drain the water and pour the seeds into an 8 or 10 inch round plastic saucer (the kind you use under plants) and cover lightly with potting soil. Then cover with a wet newspaper for the first couple of days till they sprout further. Expose to sunlight, but sprinkle regularly. Within 7 to 10 days your wheatgrass reaches a height of 6 to 7 inches. It is ready to cut and juice at that height. Bon Appetite!