The Benefits and Side Effects of Wheatgrass
I was working on creating a few goals for the next week when I suddenly got really nauseated. I kept powering through it thinking it was some weird wave of my body digesting the smoothie I had just consumed.
And then it hit me.
I felt like I had food poisoning. I could barely sit up straight, and the color drained from my cheeks. After reviewing what it could be, I suddenly remembered. I had a wheatgrass and ginger shot with my green smoothie this morning for breakfast. While applying Peppermint and DigestZen essential oil to my feet, I had Chris look up if this was normal.
Here is what I found:
- Wheatgrass should be consumed on an empty stomach – not with a meal
- It’s ideal to consume wheatgrass first thing in the morning
- Work your way up slowly- stick with a .5oz or 1oz shot to begin with, and then head to 2oz
- If you have an allergic reaction to mold, grass or wheat (celiac) – best to stay away. This can cause a severe allergic reaction.
- The more toxins you have to release, the more nausea you may experience.
So you may be asking, “Why would I try wheat grass now? Thanks for the scare tactic!”
Rest assured, the benefits out weigh the potential nausea. Plus, if you follow those little tips you should be A-OK.The Benefits of Wheat Grass:
- Wheatgrass helps your liver release toxins (hints the nausea). It is perfect to add in when you are cleansing or detoxing
- 1 oz of wheatgrass is equivalent to over 2lbs of leafy greens
- Gives a huge energy rush, and helps sustain your energy
- Wheatgrass is a mineral powerhouse with over 90 minerals, including high concentrations of the most alkaline minerals: potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium
- Wheatgrass has more vitamin C than oranges and twice the vitamin A as carrots
- It contains 19 different amino acids, one of the building blocks of protein responsible for strength, repair and rebuilding inside your body
- Wheatgrass; because it is a sprouted wheat, is very alkaline to the body, helping balance your pH levels
- Contains several different enzymes that help break down fat
- One of the best sources of chlorophyll. The chlorophyll helps rid the body of toxins, strengthens immunity and improves the micro-flora ecology of the digestive tract
- It can help improve skin, aid in digestion, help fight off colds and flu, and keeps blood sugar level
Wheat grass quotes (yes they exist)
According to ‘The Wheatgrass Book’ (Wigmore, 1985), just 140g of fresh wheatgrass offers the same nutritional value as over 3kg’s of fresh green vegetables!
Because it is also high in saponin, wheatgrass offers excellent support to the lymphatic system, helping to carry away hundreds and thousands of toxins from the cells of the body. Kulvinskas (Survival into the 21st Century, 1975) wheatgrass helps to ‘detoxify the body by increasing the elimination of hardened mucous, crystallised acids and solidified, decaying faecal matter…It is the fastest, surest way to eliminate internal waste and provide an optimum nutritional environment’.
[Wheatgrass] can double your red blood cell count just by soaking in it. Renowned nutritionist Dr. Bernard Jensen found that no other blood builders are superior to green juices and wheatgrass. In his book ‘Health Magic Through Chlorophyll’ He mentions several cases where he was able to double the red blood cell count in a matter of days merely by having patients soak in a chlorophyll-water bath. Blood building results occur even more rapidly when patients drink green juices and wheatgrass regularly.
Have you tried wheatgrass?
How does it make you feel? What are your favorite benefits?