One sunny morning, a very long time ago, a group of seven hunter-gatherer men left their encampment for a three day hunting trip. Last week's hunt had been a disappointment to them. It was just too soon to meet up with the winter migrations, but this time the signs were right, and they looked forward to bringing home something substantial to feed the 37 members of their tribe.
It wasn't that they were starving... there were plenty of tidbits to be found, gathered by the women and children, like seeds, berries, fruit, nuts, and mushrooms, but they wanted stick-to-the-rib meat, something with a bit of fat too, like a deer, pig, or musk ox. The four dogs who traveled with them were famished, as meat was their main sustenance.
Dogs and men had traveled together from as far back as they could remember, and each learned to coexist with the other for a common cause. They incorporated a cooperation that has been enduring, even to this day...
After a few hours of walking they took a break along a stream-bed and filled their canteen skins with fresh cool water, and there, on the north side of a rocky hill they found a familiar clump of wild wheat grass glistening bright-green in the morning dew.
All of them, man and dog, ate that grass until they were full. Some swallowed it whole and others would spit it out after chewing.
They didn't know who first thought to eat this grass, but they knew it was safe. Not only did they see all animals eating it, from birds, turtles, insects and lions, but their mothers approved it as well. You see, when they were children, they walked with their mothers on long winding paths through the woods, protected by young boys with spears, and they showed them both the benefits and poison of plants. In those days, mothers cared what their children ate, and they knew that just a small shinny red berry, plump in the sun, could make them sleep forever... Today, our children grow plump without sun, playing video games and eating GM corn flakes.
Though their dogs preferred meat, they observed them feeding on this particular grass when they were feeling bad, and they did the same. It was long before pharmaceutical lobbying, insurance speculation, and specialist physicians trying to protect themselves from lawyers. It was a time when love and empathy was the motivation, and intellect was the guide. What would Obama Care look like if those were the main motivations?
But then, one thing they knew, Wheat Grass gave them a new-found energy that lasted for days. An energy they would need for the arduous journey ahead... and they learned that at mother's knee.
On the way back, after a successful hunt, one of them thought to pull out a clump of sprouts and bring it back to camp... and that was the beginning of agriculture...
My journey to find the perfect diet has led me on a merry chase. I have gone from pizza to pasta, Crown Royal to zero-coke, Monster drinks to coconut water, along with fighting a sedentary, couch potato mentality... I have also traversed from the Atkins's diet to the Palio Diet, cutting out all milk-products, soy, all grains, sugar and fruit juice, cokes and all artificial sweeteners, even fluoride, (and exercised to failing every day)... but recently have discovered an amazing gift of nature, wheat grass...
Nothing I have ever studied has come even close to the benefits of eating freshly-sprouted and cut wheat-grass, nothing... take a look....
Self Nutrition Data...
The good: This food is a good source of Protein and Potassium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Zinc, Copper, Manganese and Selenium.
LOL! But wait! Look at what Hippocrates Health Institute has to say...
Benefits of wheat grass
Some of the superior qualities of wheat grass and the juice that can be extracted from its blades include the following:
- Increases red blood-cell count and lowers blood pressure. It cleanses the blood, organs and gastrointestinal tract of debris. Wheat grass also stimulates metabolism and the body’s enzyme systems by enriching the blood. It also aids in reducing blood pressure by dilating the blood pathways throughout the body.
- Stimulates the thyroid gland, correcting obesity, indigestion, and a host of other complaints.
- Restores alkalinity to the blood. The juice’s abundance of alkaline minerals helps reduce over-acidity in the blood. It can be used to relieve many internal pains, and has been used successfully to treat peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis, constipation, diarrhea, and other complaints of the gastrointestinal tract.
- Is a powerful detoxifier, and liver and blood protector. The enzymes and amino acids found in wheat grass can protect us from carcinogens like no other food or medicine. It strengthens our cells, detoxifies the liver and bloodstream, and chemically neutralizes environmental pollutants.
- Fights tumors and neutralizes toxins. Recent studies show that wheat grass juice has a powerful ability to fight tumors without the usual toxicity of drugs that also inhibit cell-destroying agents. The many active compounds found in grass juice cleanse the blood and neutralize and digest toxins in our cells.
- Contains beneficial enzymes. Whether you have a cut finger you want to heal or you desire to lose five pounds…enzymes must do the actual work. The life and abilities of the enzymes found naturally in our bodies can be extended if we help them from the outside by adding exogenous enzymes, like the ones found in wheat grass juice. Don’t cook it. We can only get the benefits of the many enzymes found in grass by eating it uncooked. Cooking destroys 100 percent of the enzymes in food.
- Has remarkable similarity to our own blood. The second important nutritional aspect of chlorophyll is its remarkable similarity to hemoglobin, the compound that carries oxygen in the blood. Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara, president of the Hagiwara Institute of Health in Japan, is a leading advocate for the use of grass as food and medicine. He reasons that since chlorophyll is soluble in fat particles, and fat particles are absorbed directly into the blood via the lymphatic system, that chlorophyll can also be absorbed in this way. In other words, when the “blood” of plants is absorbed in humans it is transformed into human blood, which transports nutrients to every cell of the body.
- When used as a rectal implant, reverses damage from inside the lower bowel. An implant is a small amount of juice held in the lower bowel for about 20 minutes. In the case of illness, wheat grass implants stimulate a rapid cleansing of the lower bowel and draw out accumulations of debris.
- Externally applied to the skin can help eliminate itching almost immediately.
- Will soothe sunburned skin and act as a disinfectant. Rubbed into the scalp before a shampoo, it will help mend damaged hair and alleviate itchy, scaly, scalp conditions.
- Is soothing and healing for cuts, burns, scrapes, rashes, poison ivy, athlete’s foot, insect bites, boils, sores, open ulcers, tumors, and so on. Use as a poultice and replace every two to four hours.
- Works as a sleep aide. Merely place a tray of living wheat grass near the head of your bed. It will enhance the oxygen in the air and generate healthful negative ions to help you sleep more soundly.
- Enhances your bath. Add some to your bath water and settle in for a nice, long soak.
- Sweetens the breath and firms up and tightens gums. Just gargle with the juice.
- Neutralizes toxic substances like cadmium, nicotine, strontium, mercury, and polyvinyl chloride.
- Offers the benefits of a liquid oxygen transfusion since the juice contains liquid oxygen. Oxygen is vital to many body processes: it stimulates digestion (the oxidation of food), promotes clearer thinking (the brain utilizes 25% of the body’s oxygen supply), and protects the blood against anaerobic bacteria. Cancer cells cannot exist in the presence of oxygen.
- Turns gray hair to its natural color again and greatly increases energy levels when consumed daily.
- Is a beauty treatment that slows down the aging process when the juice is consumed. Wheat grass will cleanse your blood and help rejuvenate aging cells, slowing the aging process way down, making you feel more alive right away. It will help tighten loose and sagging skin.
- Lessens the effects of radiation. One enzyme found in wheat grass, SOD, lessens the effects of radiation and acts as an anti-inflammatory compound that may prevent cellular damage following heart attacks or exposure to irritants.
- Restores fertility and promotes youthfulness.
- 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 wheat grass. 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 wheat grass regularly.
Now these are pretty fantastic claims... but they are not the only one saying it. On The Chalkboard, there are fifty reasons to use wheat grass to supplement your diet... You will find that in this link...
Wheat grass benefits to create an alkaline body. A body where cancer can not grow...
- 30mls of freshly squeezed wheat grass juice (a wheat grass shot!) is equivalent in nutritional value to 1kg of leafy green vegetables
- Wheat grass contains over 90 minerals, including high concentrations of the most alkaline minerals: potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium
- It contains the essential enzymes: Protease (assists in protein digestion), Cytochrome Oxidase (a powerful anti oxidant), Amylase (facilitates digestion), Lipase (a fat splitting enzyme), Transhydrogenase (strengthens the heart muscle) & Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) (found in all body cells and is known for its ability to lessen the effect of radiation and slow cellular aging)
- Just one teaspoon of Wheat Grass powder, weighing a mere 3.5 grams, is nutritionally equal to an entire spinach salad weighing a full 50 grams – it packs a punch!
- Wheat grass has more vitamin C than oranges and twice the vitamin A as carrots!
- Wheat grass juice helps your body to build red blood cells which carry oxygen to every cell. By increasing the oxygenation the body you can help offset smog and carbon monoxide and increase your endurance during physical exercise
- It also contains 19 amino acids, the building blocks of protein making this one of the most powerful wheat-grass benefits
Amino Acids in Wheat grass Include:
- Aspartic Acid
- Cystine 8
- Glutamic Acid
A complete protein.
Wheat grass greatly benefits as a powerful antioxidant, preventing damages caused by free radicals to the cells of your body.
There are large amounts of beta-carotene in wheat grass which protect the cells from damages of free radicals.
Oxidation damages to the cells can cause many health problems including:
- Heart disease
- Muscular degeneration
- Bowel inflammation
- Becoming susceptible to colds and flu
Antioxidants help strengthen the body’s immune system as well as improving overall health and well being. They help reduce the risks of diseases.
Red Blood Cells and White Corpuscles
Wheatgrass boosts the formation of red blood cells and white corpuscles.
As an alkaline food supplement it balances body’s PH, restoring favorable alkalinity.
Lowers Blood Pressure
It also dilates the blood pathways and reduces blood pressure.
Cleansing & Detoxification of Liver & Colon
Wheat grass powder detoxifies liver, cleanses colon and removes toxins from your body.
Relief from Pain and Inflammation
By lowering and helping eliminate general inflammation, this amazing supplement causes significant relief from common body aches and pains restoring the natural body’s ability to thrive and stay healthy.
Stimulation of Thyroid Glands and Metabolism
Wheat grass stimulates the thyroid glands, therefore speeds up the metabolism.
This helps overcome obesity, indigestion, and other problems relating to slow metabolisms.
Helps with Digestion and Blood Related Problems
I have decided to incorporate Wheat Grass into our diet, Maddy and I, and will try to grow enough to entirely supply our needs. In the next essay I will explain how. Since my family did not share the benefits of this amazing food with me, I will have to depend on YouTube. LOL! And I have included a good video above... Love and good health to you!