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Wheatgrass: The King Of Alkaline Foods

Posted Jun 24 2010 12:17pm
Whether or not you've ever held the title of Fast Food Queen as I once did, you've likely ingested your fair share of highly processed and chemical laden foods. Let's face it, in this day and age, it's increasingly more challenging to eat a diet rich in whole foods that aren't filled with chemical preservatives, additives and pesticides. Just take a look at the Dirty Dozen list – even fresh fruits and veggies aren't immune.

Unfortunately, most processed foods are acidic and when we consume too many of them, our body's acidity-alkalinity balance is upset. Prolonged acidity is very taxing on our cells and organs, and ultimately leads to illness and disease. 

The King of Alkaline Foods

Wheat grass has a high alkalizing effect, which helps restore the balance between acidity and alkalinity in the body. When your body’s pH levels are balanced, you'll begin to notice an increase in energy, stamina and less need for sleep.

Ann Wigmore, author of The Wheatgrass Book , writes
“Each of us is the keeper of ten trillion little batteries called cells. Like flashlight batteries, our cells hold a charge of electricity. In order for this charge to be strong and steady we need to have a steady supply of proper nutrients. With the addition of wheatgrass and raw foods to your diet, your cells will store a maximum electrical charge, and you will have plenty of energy.”
Rich In Chlorophyll

Wheatgrass contains an abundance of chlorophyll. The structure of chlorophyll is very similar to that of hemoglobin – the protein molecule in red blood cells – which makes it possible for our body to transform chlorophyll into hemoglobin. How cool is that? Drink your wheatgrass and increase your red blood cell count!

Scientists have found chlorophyll strengthens liver functions, neutralizes toxic compounds, as well as eliminates toxins in the blood. Take that, nasty chemical additives and preservatives!

Rejuvenate Your Body

Studies and tests of wheatgrass have concluded that it
  • Stimulates the repair of damaged DNA
  • Neutralizes infections
  • Assists in wound healing
  • Promotes healthy bowel function
  • Inhibits the activity of carcinogens
  • Reduces or eliminates offensive body & breath odors
  • Has a more potent anti-inflamatory effect than aspirin
Okay, so I think we can all agree that there are oodles of reasons to consume wheatgrass. But here's the thing: try as I might, I cannot seem to get past the taste. I quiver, and shiver, and gag. You get the picture.

I've tried combining it with coconut water as well as adding it to various juices and smoothies to make it more palatable. Ann Wigmore strongly advises against this. Great. So what's a girl to do?

Well, a couple of months ago, I was introduced to the Best Organic Wheatgrass . The company name says it all. Really.

I've been drinking their wheatgrass daily for the last month, and no gag reflex. In fact, I rather like the taste! It reminds me of green tea.

So, here's the scoop. Their Easy Pha-max wheatgrass is 100% organic and uses no artificial chemicals, preservatives or other ingredients. It is the only wheatgrass powder in the world grown Aeroponically in 100% oxygen – soil free, fungus free and pollution free.
Wheatgrass is lifted out of its tray with the roots. 
One pound or 1/4 tray of wheatgrass = 1 sachet of powder

Why Is The Root So Important?

From the perspective of Chinese medicine, the leaves of wheatgrass have a cooling effect, whereas the roots produce a heating effect. Combining both characteristics neutralizes the effect produced by each individually.

The active ingredients found in the root of wheatgrass, especially cancer fighting agents and 13 amino acids not found in the blades, stimulate damaged cells to undergo cellular repair.

Bonus: by combining the roots with the blades, the taste is not as strong and nauseous as juiced wheatgrass. Score!

After harvesting, the aeroponically-grown wheatgrass is cold dried to maintain its live enzymes and nutrients when combined with water. One Easy Pha-max wheatgrass sachet has the equivalent nutrients of 17 pounds of vegetables. Four packets are equivalent to one tray of wheatgrass. Yowza!

What About Folks Who Have A Wheat Allergy?

Wheat allergies are usually a reaction to the gluten found in the wheat berry.  Wheatgrass is a vegetable, cut before the wheat plant forms the grain (berry). Easy Pha-max wheatgrass has no gluten.

So, Who's Feeling Lucky?

The lovely folks at Best Organic Wheatgrass have offered to gift one reader of In The Raw a box of organic 100% Wheatgrass Powder, containing 66 individual sachets.

But wait, there's more! Because they're so generous, they're also going to include a box of Wheatgrass With Honey. Traditional Chinese medicine uses honey to prolong life and treat diseases. Honey reduces body heat, nourishes spleen and stomach, moisturizes intestine and lungs, improves urination, detoxifies, and reduces pain.

Mandatory Entry: Have a look around Best Organic Wheatgrass and tell me one thing you learned from visiting their site. Leave me a comment below this post.
You have until Midnight EDT, June 27th to get your entries in. I'll then call on Mr. Random Number Generator to pick a winner.

Meet you back here on Monday, when I'll announce the lucky winner. I'll also have a special treat for everyone else.

Good luck!
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