Wheatgrass, as the name suggests, is the grass of young wheat plants. It is also a powerful health food supplement that is packed with highly concentrated vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and enzymes. Nutritionally, wheatgrass is a complete food that contains 98 of the 102 earth elements.
Wheatgrass and wheatgrass juice are excellent ways to get dark greens in the diet. Pound for pound, wheatgrass is more than twenty times denser in nutrients than other choice vegetables. Since it is considered a vegetable in the grass stage, wheatgrass is safe for people with wheat allergies. Juicing unlocks even more nutrients from wheatgrass, making them more concentrated and usable to the cells of the body.
Dr. Ann Wigmore, proponent of a "living foods diet", has embraced the benefits of wheatgrass in her teachings and writing. According to Dr. Wigmore, wheatgrass has an exceptional ability to both nourish and detoxify the body.
One of the ingredients with major benefit in wheatgrass is chlorophyll, which has the ability to draw toxins from the body like a magnet. Considered the "blood of plants", chlorophyll can soothe and heal tissues internally. The chlorophyll in wheatgrass is high in oxygen and light energy, which can provide the brain and body tissues with an optimal environment in which to function. The chlorophyll in wheatgrass also has antibacterial properties, which can stop the development of harmful bacteria in the body.
Wheatgrass juice has external benefits as well. It can be used as a scalp treatment to restore luster to hair, as a skin cleanser and astringent, and as a sinus treatment.
Wheatgrass juice can also be added to bath water to stimulate circulation, and it can be applied topically to help heal cuts and bruises. In addition, gargling with wheatgrass juice can ease a sore throat.
A major benefit of taking wheatgrass juice is that it is easily digested with little energy. Wheatgrass provides crude chlorophyll from a living plant, which is the most effective way to gain the full therapeutic benefits of chlorophyll. Just an ounce of wheatgrass juice per day provides a host of benefits, while a therapeutic program to treat a specific condition or illness may include two or three ounces. It is a complete food with no side effects. Many people grow their own organic wheatgrass and use juicers to make their own juice.
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Juicing requires that fruit or vegetables be squeezed or shredded and spun using a machine to separate the liquid from the solids. Usually the solids are discarded or recycled into soups and stews.
Easy Assimilation - In whole fruits and vegetables (or even in drinks that contain pulp), some enzymes, phytochemicals, vitamins A, C and E - along with minerals like iron, copper, potassium, sodium, iodine and magnesium - are trapped in the indigestible fiber and cannot be assimilated by the body. But once "liberated" from the cellulose in the pulp, those nutrients can be taken into the cells of the body within 15 minutes (as compared to the hour or more it takes for nutrients to be assimilated from food or drinks with the pulp intact). This saves the energy required for digestion and allows the body to rest while detoxifying or cleansing, before or after physical activity, or while recovering from an illness.
Water Supply - Our cells consist mostly of water, which is essential to their proper function. That is why we require at least 8 glasses of water a day. Raw juice - unlike coffee, soft drinks and alcohol (which take water from the body in order to metabolize) - supplies the water you need to replenish lost fluid, while providing all the necessary vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytochemicals. In addition, juices promote the alkalinity of body fluids, which is vital for proper immune and metabolic function
Cleansing Action - Because the fiber is removed by extraction, raw juice has a laxative effect which helps to rid the body of toxins. Detoxifying the system and cleansing the digestive tract and colon helps clear the mind and balance your moods. Cleansing also causes your metabolism to become more efficient and, if a whole-food diet is followed, the body will revert to its natural weight.
The Spark of Life - The living “green power" that is present in all living plants is available to the body when raw fresh juices are consumed. This "life force" is a natural, vital quality that is lost in processing and when fruit and vegetables are stored.
Antioxidants - Herbs, fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants, which counteract the free radicals that can cause cellular damage, aging and susceptibility to cancers
Natural Sugars - The sugars in fruits and vegetables come bundled with the goodness of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other phytochemicals that aren't found in refined sugar. They deliver the same energy as pastries, candy and soft drinks, but without the chemicals and fat.
Chlorophyll - Found only in plants, chlorophyll has a unique structure that allows it to enhance the body's ability to produce hemoglobin, which in turn enhances the delivery of oxygen to cells.
Juicing plays a major role in ensuring a healthy diet by making it easier to consume the recommended five to eight daily servings of fruits and vegetables. One large glass of pure, raw, fresh juice per day will help to improve the immune system, increase energy, strengthen the bones, clear the skin and lower the risk of disease. For maximum benefit, it is wise to consume a wide variety of juices from different types of organic herbs, fruits and vegetables.
Be sure to incorporate juices into a well-balanced, high-fiber, whole food diet. Extracted juices should not completely replace whole fruits and vegetables since their fiber is important for eliminating toxins and preventing some forms of cancer.