I am quite excited for today! Launching my wheatgrass juice venture in pursuit of awe-inspiring wellness!
I took an avid interest in the connection between wellness and wheat grass juice about 2 months ago. I had heard things like: detoxifier, cancer-fighter, and superfood; fountain of youth, immune system booster, and energy enhancer; therapeutic and even a life-force (containing high energy vibrations through bio-electricity) –how couldn’t I be intrigued.
Since then I have talked to people I know that incorporate this into their daily lifestyle and have tried to soak up every bit of information as I could. The stuff just seemed so darn amazing!
I have been reading a book by Ann Wigmore (wheat grass enthusiast, you could say) and doing my research on the extravagant list of benefits that wheat grass juice provides.
And today is day one of consuming ‘the good stuff’.
So here goes nothing. I’m swigging 2 ounces, down the hatch.
From what I’ve learned, 2-4 ounces is ideal to fulfill the purpose of wellness for a healthy individual; 4-8 ounces is supreme for more therapeutic measures (cancer patients, etc)
Well, I think I might have actually liked it! Quite smooth –even good in a “I just slurped liquid grass” kind of way. I mean it tastes very fresh. When I got a whiff of it from the glass, it did smell very similar to the “fresh cut lawn” aroma.
Thankfully, it did not meet my expectation to texture. I was ready for thick and maybe even a little chunky. Not the case! It’s thin enough to just toss right back, or even sip if you so choose. And it was an almost pulp-less juice.
So, let me tell you why I’ve decided to embrace this as a daily habit in my ever-evolving wellness lifestyle.
Wheat grass juice is a powerful raw, living food. The grass comes from the common wheat plant; it is harvested when the plant is young, vibrant and full of rich green CHLOROPHYLL and it has accumulated it’s maximum amount of ENERGY. In the terms that I’m consuming my wheat grass, it is juiced and immediately flash frozen in order to maintain the awesome life force and energy contained in the juice.
One ounce of wheat grass juice has the nutritional equivalent of 2+ POUNDS of the best raw, organic veggies. So my 2 ounce shot just drenched my system in the amount of nutrients I would have gotten from eating 5 pounds of greens –I’ll take that! Especially on days where it seems I lack in that department.
Here are some of the stats on the awesome nutrients I’m referring too.
103 vitamins, minerals and amino acids
98 of the 102 earth elements (minerals)
17 amino acids (the building blocks of protein), including all 8 of the essential ones! –the one’s our body doesn’t have the ability to make, so we must get them from our diet. The protein that occurs in wheat grass is in a form (polypeptide form) that is a simpler, shorter chain of amino acids that our body is able to use more efficiently. It is a complete, vegan, source of protein (right up there with quinoa on that one!) 20% of wheatgrass itself is attributed to protein.
Very high in the phytonutrient, chlorophyll –70% of the wheatgrass plant is attributed to chlorophyll. Due to this high content, wheatgrass juice cleanses and builds our blood. It brings oxygen to the blood and aims to eliminate free radicals. Chlorophyll is the first product of light within photosynthesis, causing it to contain more healing properties than any other element.
It is rich in Vitamin A (twice the amount carrots contain, relatively) and potent with Vitamin C (more that oranges, relatively)
It touts the full spectrum of B vitamins
Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Sodium and Potassium are all part of Wheatgrass’ make-up and they occur in a nice, balanced ratio
The dosages of many of the nutrients listed above are LARGE when you are downing a 2 ounce shot –you could consider them therapeutic dosages since they are above and beyond our daily requirement by a landslide.
These almighty nutrients can aid in the prevention of DNA destruction and protect us from the effects of pre-mature aging and cellular breakdown.
Wheatgrass juice dominates the spectrum of living juices and research shows that living foods and juices are the only entity that can restore the electrical charge between our capillaries and cell walls –boosting immunity and youthfulness
Wheatgrass juice is a powerful detoxifier, neutralizing toxins and environmental pollutants due to the astronomical antioxidant power and an ensemble of beneficial enzymes that protects us from carcinogens. It especially detoxifies that liver –thank-you very much, we winos need that!
Wheatgrass juice is a life force of energy! Consumed fresh, or fresh-flash frozen, it is a living food and is endowed with bio-electricity –now that sounds glorious!
So day one –I’ll keep you updated :)
Sources: Why Suffer, Ann Wigmore; www.dynamicgreens.com; http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/10-amazing-benefits-of-chlorophyll/