Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wheatgrass juice

Few weeks ago I had a chance to spend a couple of days with a wonderful lady who used to teach raw food classes for five years in Florida and to show her around my beautiful city. Of course we had a lot of discussions on healthy nutrition and not so much on the architecture :) She said that from her own experience the key superfood to a healthy life is a wheatgrass juice. Simple as that. An early pioneer in the use of wheatgrass juice and living foods for detoxifying and healing the body, mind, and spirit was a Lithuanian holistic health practitioner, nutritionist, whole foods advocate, health educator, author and co-founder of Hippocrates Health Institute Ann Wigmore.

So what is this magical elixir? It is a powerful concentrated liquid nutrient. Two ounces of wheatgrass juice has the nutritional equivalent of five pounds of the best raw organic vegetables. Wheatgrass has as twice the amount of Vitamin A as carrots and is higher in Vitamin C than oranges. It contains the full spectrum of B vitamins, as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium in a balanced ratio. Wheatgrass is a complete source of protein, supplying all of the essential amino acids, and more. It has about 20% of total calories coming from protein. This protein is in the form of poly peptides, simpler and shorter chains of amino acids that the body uses more efficiently in the blood stream and tissues. Wheatgrass is also a very powerful detoxifier. The wheatgrass juice must be consumed fresh - within fifteen minutes of juicing for the best results as nutrients quickly begin to oxidize (break down) shortly after juicing. The juice should always be taken undiluted and on an empty stomach so the nutrients can be absorbed more efficiently.

Among other things wheatgrass juice is particularly high in chlorophyll. Wheatgrass cleanses and builds the blood due to its high content of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the first product of light and therefore contains more healing properties than any other element. Drinking wheatgrass juice is like drinking liquid sunshine. Chlorophyll carries high levels of oxygen (among other things) which is especially powerful in assisting the body to restore abnormalities. The high content of oxygen in chlorophyll helps deliver more oxygen to the blood. This marker is a key indicator of health recovery for abnormalities, ailments and disease. Oxygen is vital to many body processes, especially for the brain which uses 25% of the oxygen supply.

In Riga you can have a shot of wheatgrass in Raw Garden for only EUR 2,30 (you can also buy a tray of wheatgrass for EUR 9 there and juice it yourself) but sure it is far less expensive to grow your own wheatgrass. Harvest time is crucial and that is typically around one week after you germinate the seeds at what is called the “jointing stage.” Nevertheless you have to buy a special juicer to juice it which is quite expensive but all worth it I guess.

I am drinking a shot of wheatgrass juice a day for two weeks already, I love it, I have no problem with the taste of it, I feel great and energetic. Though I have to mention that I have been doing dr Alejandro Junger's Clean Program for more than a month already (and don't seem to be willing to give up on it) so wheatgrass juice is an additional value and probably I didn't feel the effect of detoxification so drastically as I would if I had not been "on the clean path" for some time in advance already.

So hopefully a wheatgrass juice shot a day will keep the doctor away! :) Cheers and stay healthy!

Information sources: Hippocrates Health Institute
                       "Green for Life" Victoria Boutenko

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