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Posts Tagged ‘Body cleansing’

What is Wheatgrass good for?

The many benefits of Wheatgrass

Growing Wheatgrass at HomeWheatgrass juice. Every juice shop and many health food stores sell little cups of the dark green liquid that smells, and tastes, like freshly cut Summer grass clippings. Wheatgrass juice has become popular with the “soy and yogurt” set, but most people will turn their noses at the pungent smell of this concoction and stick to their coffees and sweetened teas.

They don’t know what they’re missing, because once you get past the taste, wheatgrass juice packs quite a concentrated nutritional and medicinal punch.

Wheatgrass is one of the many green plants that are grown through the process of sprouting. Sprouts are “total foods” because they contain a full range of essential dietary nutrients in combination with the enzymes that are necessary to ingest and absorb them. Humans are unable to snack on wheatgrass in it’s plant form, as the cellulose makeup makes it too fibrous for our digestive system.

In juice or powder form, however, wheatgrass breaks down through digestion very rapidly and almost immediately hit the bloodstream. The full menu of nutrients provided by wheatgrass juice is assimilated by the human body in twenty minutes or less, making it also an extremely effective source of quick energy.

Wheatgrass is nothing you have to go and buy in a store for a high price like other health food supplements, you can smply grow it at home in your own kitchen, and here is how:

Wheatgrass provides a great variety of benefits such as:

Energy Provider

Two ounces of fresh wheatgrass juice supplies the vitamin and mineral content of three pounds of organic vegetables. The same two ounces also provides a healthy energy boost equal to two cups of coffee, without the caffeine.

As a Complete Food Source

Wheatgrass is a nutritious source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, sodium, cobalt, and zinc. It is a complete meal with high levels of protein made up of thirty enzymes and is approximately 70% raw chlorophyll, an important component in muscle growth and the development of new blood cells.

For Body Cleansing and Detoxification

Wheatgrass contains many detergent capabilities and will work to drain the lymph system, carrying away many of the toxins found in cells and tissue. Muscles, tendons, and joints, sore from exertion or degenerative issues, will develop a buildup of mucous in the lymph area of the pain or injury. Wheatgrass will breakdown the mucous and allow it to drain. Wheatgrass is a powerful detoxification agent and will immediately react with toxins and mucous in the stomach before being absorbed into the blood, where it will wash away toxins stored throughout cells and fatty tissues.

Weight Loss

Wheatgrass has only approximately 10-15 calories per teaspoon and contains no fat, cholesterol, or refined sugars. It supplies close to a gram of protein per teaspoon and includes all eight of the essential amino acids, as well as thirteen of the remaining sixteen types. Due to it’s dense nutritional makeup and inherent quick energy producing capabilities, wheatgrass acts both as an appetite suppressant and a boost to the body’s systems. It is especially popular with athletes as the juice is absorbed into the bloodstream within twenty minutes of ingestion.

Preventing and Fighting Cancer

Wheatgrass contains high levels of beta-carotene which can contribute to lowering risks of certain types of cancer. For example, experiments have shown that high levels of beta-carotene can negate the accumulated effects of smoking, leading to a 40% reduction in the chances of developing lung cancer.

Okay, so wheatgrass juice isn’t the tastiest beverage around. It more than makes up for this by providing a two ounce shot of super charged nutritional and medicinal benefits. If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, then look into supplementing your diet with the superfood wheat-grass.

Nutrient Comparison Table of 1 oz (28.35 g) of wheatgrass juice, broccoli and spinach.
Nutrient Table for: Wheatgrass Juice Broccoli Spinach
Protein 860 mg 800 mg 810 mg
Beta-carotene 120 IU 177 IU 2658 IU
Vitamin E 880 mcg 220 mcg 580 mcg
Vitamin C 1 mg 25.3 mg 8 mg
Vitamin B12 0.30 mcg 0 mcg 0 mcg
Phosphorus 21 mg 19 mg 14 mg
Magnesium 8 mg 6 mg 22 mg
Calcium 7.2 mg 13 mg 28 mg
Iron 0.66 mg 0.21 mg 0.77 mg
Potassium 42 mg 90 mg 158 mg
Data on broccoli and spinach according to the USDA database.
Data on Wheatgrass juice from indoor grown wheatgrass.

Diet vs Cleanse – Healthy Weight Loss

Detoxing the Body helps to Loose Weight

Henry Gray Anatomy of the Human Body

Illustration by Henry Gray

Cleansing has always had a place among humans, throughout all ages and cultures. For thousands of years, body purification has been a part of our rituals for health and well-being. It was also used in ancient times as a way to reconnect with the divine. Diets have just been in vogue during the last 150 years or so. You can look at the word diet in different ways. It has that painful reference to cutting way back on all the foods you love. It also can refer to a set of foods you allow yourself to consume without limit.

Recently diet products and supplements have turned into diet "systems". Diet products used to just burn fat or boost your metabolism so you burned more calories. They were fat burners. Now diet systems involve a cleanse portion as well, a metabolism booster and sometimes a natural appetite suppressant like Hoodia. So, what is the best way to healthy weight loss?

Let's talk about what a colon cleanse can do for healthy weight loss. Detox or cleansing is a way to clean out all the toxins, environmental pollutants, and wastes from all the drugs, toxins and chemicals ingested into our bodies. Think about all environmental poisoning from just the pesticides, insecticides and other contaminants that are on most of our foods. Think about all the chemicals in our air and water, food additives in processed food, antibiotics and more that we absorb into our cells. These environmental toxins and stresses assault our liver, blood and colon on a daily basis.

Our liver removes many of these toxins, but in today's world our liver is overloaded it just keeps dumping toxins into our colon and blood systems because it can't take the toxic load we are giving it. Repeated exposure to these toxins, pesticides, and antibiotics can take its toll on the body resulting in suppressed immune systems, unexplained aches, depression, weight gain, loss of memory, and low levels of energy.

"The colon is a sewage system, but by neglect and abuse it becomes a cesspool. When it is clean and normal, we are well and happy; let it stagnate, and it will distill the poisons of decay, fermentation and putrefaction into the blood, poisoning the brain and nervous system so that we become mentally depressed and irritable; it will poison the heart so that we are weak and listless; poisons the lungs so that the breath is foul; poisons the digestive organs so that we are distressed and bloated; and poisons the blood so that the skin is sallow and unhealthy. In short, every organ of the body is poisoned, and we age prematurely, look and feel old, the joints are stiff and painful, neuritis, dull eyes and a sluggish brain overtake us; the pleasure of living is gone."

Dr. Bernard Jensen Healthy weight loss starts with a colon cleanse. If the colon is cleansed on a regular basis it is better able to absorb nutrients into our cells. If our colon is full of compacted old waste it absorbs very little of the actual nutrients we eat. That is why the body keeps telling you that you are hungry and calls for more food. It is a vicious cycle. Healthy weight loss that lasts, comes from fine tuning your system, starting with a colon cleanse. A good colon cleanse will eliminate most sugar and salt cravings making that healthy weight loss even easier!

To keep your body running in top shape with high energy levels you should consider a colon, liver, blood and kidney cleanse once every three months or once every season. You can also buy some "health assurance" by adding a green superfood to your diet daily. That is what I call a diet! By: Marty Meshek Marty Meshek is a natural cleansing and energy specialist. He operates the website: http://www.EnergyForToday.com dedicated to free information on natural energy boosters and the power of cleansing.