Ah, wheatgrass juice, my old friend… we meet again. =D
My husband and I love to watch food documentaries and tv shows about food and culture. Our areas of interest within the topic of “food” vary pretty dramatically though. One theme we both really enjoy though is travel and sampling of local foods from different regions. I think we’ve both got a bit of wanderlust, or maybe just some nomadic tendencies.
We recently watched a show covering the immense variety of different food offerings available in Los Angeles. The host tried high end dining, fast food, and even made a stop in to see “Mr. Wisdom” out there. He’s a Hare Krishna practitioner who offers vegan food, wheatgrass shots from grasses that he grows himself, and rejuvelac. My husband knows of my fondness for wheatgrass juice and my dislike of rejuvelac, so I think this part piqued his curiosity.
I do occasionally grow wheatgrass, but not too frequently. It’s hard to keep the cats from eating all of it, and we have three of them now! Whenever we make a pilgrimage out to our semi-local Whole Foods, I usually like to pick up some of the locally grown wheatgrass so I can juice it at home. I hadn’t intended to pick any up this time, but he actually said he might like to give it a try! So, of course, I enthusiastically picked up the big bag. =P
This morning, before work, I juiced a shot for myself and a half shot for him since he’s never tried it before. The Hippocrates Institute recommends 2 ounces of wheatgrass juice twice a day for health and healing. Because it stimulates the liver to rapidly cleanse and detox the body, it is best to start with small amounts and work up to the recommended amount.
I remember the first time I tried it, I somewhat arrogantly thought that because I ate a healthy and healing diet already that I could jump right in with a larger amount. I had a shot and a half and I felt like I was going to throw up within an hour of drinking it. It’s really potent! I have no problem with this amount now. 🙂
The Hippocrates Institute recommends drinking it undiluted on an empty stomach, but I just can’t handle the flavor straight, so I drink it with fresh organic apple and/or cucumber juice. My husband saw the shots out while I was still juicing the apples this morning and asked, “So, this is what I’m supposed to drink?” I told him he could wait for the apple juice, but he just picked it up and shot it, seemingly unbothered. I suppose I should have expected that from a guy who drinks strong black coffee without batting an eyelash. Meanwhile, my “supertaster” taste buds make me want to gag if I try to drink it straight.
Health Benefits of Wheatgrass Juice
Why is this such a healthy habit to get into? According to the Hippocrates Institute, wheatgrass contains:
- twice as much vitamin A as carrots
- more vitamin C than citrus
- the full spectrum of B vitamins
- calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, and phosphorus in balanced ratios
- all of the essential amino acids, making it a complete protein
- 20% of calories from protein
- enzymes that protect us from carcinogens and help the body to remove toxic metals
Here are some other health benefits (source: http://www.organicauthority.com/health/15-uses-for-wheatgrass-juice.html):
- stimulates circulation
- improves digestion
- treats arthritis by means of the chlorophyll reducing inflammation
- increases oxygen supply to bodily tissues, which facilitates cellular regeneration
- helps the liver to detoxify the body more efficiently
- stabilizes blood sugar
- improves complexion through cellular regeneration – in addition to drinking it, you can put it directly on your skin to heal sunburns faster, treat discoloration, and heal wounds faster
- helps to prevent cancer by cleansing and oxygenating the blood
- improves immune function
Additional Wheatgrass Resources
- http://www.superfoodliving.com/growing-wheatgrass-its-benefits-with-juice-recipe – this site has some great information that dives a little deeper into the subject of wheatgrass if you are interested to read more: history, how to grow your own, and an additional recipe.
Bottoms up! =D