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This week, The Weekly Beet reports on the healthiest shooter around! Mary Kent shoots wheatgrass, revealing why we could all use a bit more green in our lives!
It's grassy. It's green. And, it's seriously powerful! Wheatgrass, which comes from the common wheat plant, Triticum aestivum, has created such a craze that people are shooting the stuff globally! The question we want to know is have you ever shot it? I remember the first time I experienced a wheatgrass shot occurred many years ago as I was strolling along the aisles of New York's Union Square Farmer's Market. In the distance, I spotted a white tent with tables lined with trays filled with spikey green hair! For those of you who have never met wheatgrass, it looks like fuzzy green stuff that really should be on the top of a cute, little Chia Pet. Curiously, I ventured over and inquired as to what these people were selling! A guy, who grinned a grassy green smile at me, was eager to pour me a shot from what looked like a contraption made by Willy Wonka (the Champion Juicer)! I was handed my first shot of wheatgrass and immediately gulped the entire sippy cup. And, for those of you who have never tasted this emerald green cocktail, I can attest it is possibly the most potent green juice on the planet. The tasting power of this astro-turfy grass combined with a kick of sweetness at the end makes for the weirdest elixir I have ever ingested! After the shot, I immediately felt a wave of nausea run through me. The grassy, green guy indicated the wheatgrass was definitely stirring up some toxins within me, but would soon pass. After the nausea did in fact go away, I literally felt slightly drunk and quickly went home to take a nap. But, when I woke up all I remember was feeling alert, energetic, and my eyes were completely sparkling. The saving grace of wheatgrass is that it contains loads of chlorophyll and every single amino acid, vitamin, and mineral (some in only trace amounts) necessary for optimum human nutrition. So, it's no wonder this superfood was mixing up some magic from within!
A pioneer in using wheatgrass for healing diseases, Ann Wigmore healed herself from drinking the juice and became so passionate, she created an institute that now teaches people how to sprout their own wheatgrass, as well as incorporate raw food into the diet. Wigmore, who believed that wheatgrass cleanses the body, neutralizes toxins, slows the aging process, and prevents cancer, believed in the powers of chlorophyll to cure any illness. She went further to advocate that keeping a food in its natural, uncooked state kept enzymes activated, which is an essential part in aiding digestion. Here are some fascinating facts we found that one shot of wheatgrass can give us! One shot contains:
- Loads of chlorophyll, or what Wigmore calls 'the blood life of the planet'
- More vitamin C than one ounce of oranges
- Twice the vitamin A in one ounce of carrots
- 20 amino acids
- All the B vitamins including B-12 and B-17
- Vital minerals including calcium, zinc, selenium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and sulphur
And, here are the green benefits of what wheatgrass juice can do for the body:
- Increases red blood count.
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Cleanses the blood and digestional track.
- Purifies the liver of toxins.
- Activates the body's metabolism, aiding in weight loss.
- Restores alkalinity, which is essential when
- Neutralizes heavy metals in the body.
- Improves blood sugar levels.
- Restores vitality and energy.
- Lessens the effects of radiation.
The list of what wheatgrass juice can do for the body goes on and on. My advice is to definitely try it! It can be bought at any health food store or any juice bar. In the beginning, start slow and have a shot every few days to allow your body to adjust to the detoxification
that will happen once you're on the juice! Wheatgrass is incredibly strong so have an orange slice to cut the taste. And, if you want to start sprouting and juicing your own wheatgrass, then click here!
Go shoot some grass, wheatgrass that is! Don't miss a Beet. Stay tuned for next week.
PS. Mary Kent is holding a shot of wheatgrass and orange slice chaser from Sprout! Earrings are from Christina Jervey Jewelry. Dragonfly clips are from Carter and Holmes Orchids! Large painting in the background is done by the lovely Catherine Cazelet. Smaller paintings are done by MK.
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My Favorite Quote: "A shot of wheatgrass might make you pass out. It happened to me!"
- Mary Kent
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