Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Detoxifying Properties of Wheatgrass

Fifty million years ago, our guardian angel, the grass, arrived to our planet - to make life possible, and to prepare the Earth for the human race.
~Edmond Bordeaux Szekely

Einstein laid the groundwork for nearly all natural health care models when he showed the world that everything, including the human body, at its most fundamental level, is vibrating energy that follows natural laws. Health is the result of cooperating with these natural laws of our being, and science supports the premise that there are no nutrients in animal-based foods that are not better obtained by plant-based foods.

The Standard American Diet (or SAD) for most Americans consists of ultra-high level fat content foods with high levels of preservatives. Toxins from red and white meats, water, air and other environmental factors can leave your insides feeling worn and run-down. An average American will eat 4-6 meals/day and have a typical bowl-movement once a day. This leaves anywhere from 5-8 meals of food sitting in your system at any given time.

Natural plant based foods are the Holy Grail. Their chemical and biological composition creates a symphony of sustainability, proper functioning, and internal healing that is in direct contrast to the stresses and illnesses placed on the body by animal based and heavily processed foods.

Dr. Ann Wigmore founded the Hippocrates Institute, developed the Living Foods Lifestyle (raw, plant-based nutrition), and introduced wheatgrass to America over 40 years ago. She did extensive research and found that it was possible to heal the body of serious dis-ease by taking in the proper nutrients and eliminating toxins from the body. Her research showed that live foods and wheatgrass promoted a considerable rate of recovery for many suffering from advanced levels of dis-ease.

Wheatgrass juice has the amazing ability to detoxify the body almost immediately after consumption. When beginning a wheatgrass detox, start slowly, drinking only one ounce of juice per day. As the body begins to eliminate toxins, old drug deposits and poisons, it can be much like experiencing the flu. Headaches, muscle aches, fatigue, nausea, occasional vomiting, dizzy and spaced-out feelings, and nerve symptoms can develop depending on your level of toxicity. These symptoms usually begin to ease up after the first week. After the detox phase, the chlorophyll in the grass juice begins to build and refine the tissues.

Dr. Ann Wigmore's detox protocol is as follows:

~Begin with one ounce of juice per day.
~Drink the juice 1 hour before meals and at least 2 hours after.
~If detox symptoms are not happening, after about a week increase the amount gradually... over a period of weeks.
~The maximum recommended amount is 4 to 6 ounces per day. Most find 2 to 3 ounces to be energizing and detoxifying.
~She also recommends that during the initial two weeks, in order to alleviate detox symptoms, daily enemas and a colonic should be taken once per week. Anytime a live juice or live food regime is initiated, the body becomes strong enough to eliminate toxins at the cell level, and the blood stream and lymphatic system begin to carry them out. The organs of elimination include the bowel, kidneys, lungs, and skin. It is important that the bowels be kept clear with either enemas or colonics. Toxins that sit in the bowel tend to reabsorb into the bloodstream. This is what causes symptoms such as headaches and nausea. Ingesting fiber, such as ground flax seed, is also helpful.
~Drink plenty of water... at least one quart for every fifty pounds of body weight. When toxins are eliminated via the kidneys, skin and other detox problems are less likely to develop.
~Toxins in the body tend to find a way out, and it is best if we keep them moving out through the proper channels. Living food (raw plant-based nutrition) also assists in removing toxins naturally.
~People who are extremely ill and begin wheat grass should do it under the direction of a health practitioner.
~It is also recommended that while going through detox, one should cut down on the amount of animal protein eaten. Try to focus on fruits and vegetables (raw), and fruit and vegetable juices. This allows the body to use all its energy to eliminate rather than using this energy to digest food.
~After a short period of time, many people notice that the juice makes them nauseous. This is a typical reaction and might be the body's signal to slow down a bit or change from wheatgrass to barley grass juice.
~Dr. Wigmore found that after several weeks or months on the juice, the body begins to heal present and past illnesses that have been suppressed.

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