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“Wheatgrass juice is the nectar of rejuvenation, the plasma of youth, the blood of all life. The elements that are missing in our body’s cells – especially enzymes, vitamins, hormones, and nucleic acids can be obtained through this daily green sunlight transfusion”. – Viktoras Kulvinskas, Author of Survival into the Twenty First Century
Why should I drink wheatgrass juice?
Wheatgrass has the following properties:
* Detoxifies the liver
* Cleanses the colon
* Leads to a tangible energy boost, called Rocket fuel by Steve Meyerowitz
* Boosts the immune system
* Purifies blood as Chlorophyll has similar molecular structure to haemoglobin - a component of blood
* Very rich in chlorophyll
* Contains 97 enzymes, vitamins, phytochemicals and minerals
* Made famous in the US by Dr Ann Wigmore in treatment of cancer
* Experience less colds as your resistance to infection increases
* Available in powder form for convenience e.g. when travelling
* Easy to grow at home
* Juice with a manual or electric juicer
* Have a regular 1oz shot of wheatgrass juice from a juice bar or at home
Are We Really so Unhealthy?
Two of the most salutary trends in modern nutrition are the malnutrition of affluent society and mass dehydration - both lead to poor health. We are increasingly dependent on refined foods, low quality, mass produced meat, fruit and vegetables, we are subject to massive media exposure of the high sugar drinks and fast food outlets. There is an increasing need to add fertilisers to improve yields from impoverished soil, and to use growth hormones and antibiotics in the production of meat. Other factors such as the tight margins demanded by supermarket giants all conspire to reduce the nutritional value of our foods. The poor quality of our tap water does little to encourage us to drink the recommended daily quota.
Our reliance on high energy sugar drinks and stimulants such as tea and coffee combine to dehydrate our systems still further. The results can include a reduction in the efficiency of our immune systems, a lowering of reserves through the poor nutrient content of our diet and a propensity to infections?
SO?.. WHY DRINK WHEATGRASS JUICE?
Wheatgrass earned its reputation from people with terminal illnesses who took it at the eleventh hour after conventional medicine left them with no hope. In the 1970s Dr Ann Wigmore opened the Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston, nourishing terminally ill patients back to health with fresh squeezed wheatgrass. (See her story below)
Dr Charles F Schnabel (1895~1974) chemist and agriculturalist, knew from his work with his farm animals and his research in the laboratory that wheatgrass boosts nutrition, builds good blood and strengthens immunity. More recently, there are many studies demonstrating the efficacy and nutrition of grass foods, using both clinical evidence and testimonials.
In the US there are numerous healing centres where wheatgrass plays a key role in the diet. There are courses run in the UK by proponents of wheatgrass and raw, living foods ~ see Resources at the end of this article.
Wheatgrass has long been used like a herbal medicine ~ for its therapeutic and nutritional properties. Although wheat is the most popular, barley, oats and rye are equally potent.
So what's it good for? blood purification liver detoxification colon cleansing
As a food wheatgrass is very nourishing and restorative with a complete range of nutrients.
Therapeutically, the fresh juice can be drunk or applied rectally using an enema implant.
For disease prevention, you can make powdered drinks, take it in tablet or capsule form or drink the fresh juice as part of a long term health maintenance programme.
If you have an intolerance to gluten, do not be put off. The grain metamorphoses completely into a vegetable with none of the allergic proteins common to the glutenous grains.
"our food is our medicine and our medicine is our food" said Hippocrates, the father of medicine.