Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Wheatgrass Diet

Wheatgrass Health Benefits 4: Losing Weight With Wheatgrass

In the past it has been suggested that just one ounce of wheatgrass is equivalent to over two pounds of other vegetables nutritionally. This may not be true, but wheatgrass is more nutritional than most vegetables on average. For example, dried wheatgrass contains vitamin B12, a vitamin not found in any other fruits or vegetable. This might just mean that wheatgrass should be a staple in any vegetarian's diet!

When dieting with wheatgrass juice, it is recommended that you drink at least one glass a day. One with every meal is preferable. Like any other diet, the wheatgrass diest requires that you limit your caloric consumption (if you aren't incredibily physically active that is). Wheatgrass juice is a healthy alternative to sugary sodas and other carb-rich beverages, so try the wheatgrass diet today!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Can Wheatgrass Help Me Detox?

Wheatgrass Health Benefit 3: Wheatgrass Might Assist the Detoxification of Heavy Metals, Poisons, and Drugs

Studies have shown that vegetables rich in chlorophyll, the chemical compound that gives plants their green color, might assist in the bodie's natural detoxification process. Do you know what green juice contains a lot of chlorophyll? Yep, you guessed it, wheatgrass juice.

Now the jury's still out on this, but some day you might be given a pill containing wheatgrass chlorophyll extract to help your body detoxify! In the mean time, if you need to detox for any reason, it might be worth it to give wheatgrass a shot. The health benefits of wheatgrass are worth the effort.

Can Wheatgrass Prevent Diabetes?

Wheatgrass Diabetes Prevention
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Wheatgrass Health Benefit 2: Wheatgrass Diabetes Prevention

Can this humble herb really prevent diabetes? Well there is no proof that wheatgrass has a direct effect on diabetes, but it may prevent it indirectly. To understand how wheatgrass may prevent diabetes, you must first understand the disease itself.

Keep in mind that we're talking Type 2 Diabetes here, as Type 1 is genetic and cannot be prevented currently (but maybe with future gene therapy?). Type 2 occurs when your body begins producing less insulin and becomes resistant to the insulin that it has, the best way to prevent this disease is through proper diet and exercise. Wheatgrass can help with the first part.

How does wheatgrass prevent diabetes?

Now as we all know, wheatgrass is one of the most nutritional (and low fat) foods available. If one simply substitutes a sugary soda or fatty snack with a glass of refreshing wheatgrass juice then 100's of calories and saturated fat is avoided! Fat impairs the function of insulin and wheatgrass can help you avoid it.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Can Wheatgrass Improve My Digestive System?

Wheatgrass Health Benefit 1: Wheatgrass Digestive System Improvement

"So are the rumors true? Can wheatgrass juice really improve my digestive system?"

Though these claims are scientifically unverified, all signs point to a resounding yes. Wheatgrass really does help out your gastrointestinal system. But how? Well it is thought that wheatgrass helps the digestive system keep the pH of the intestines in check. You see, your small intestine must be slightly basic to counteract the acidic stomach juices, and sometimes this ratio gets out of line. Wheatgrass works as a buffer to help your intestine stay a little above pH 7 and keeps things running smoothly. Too drastic of a pH difference will kill the "good bacteria" living in your intestines and affect your digestion negatively!

Remember, it's not scientifically verified that wheatgrass can help, but hey what's the harm in trying?

About Wheatgrass Health Benefits Blog

Hello and welcome to the Wheatgrass Health Benefits Blog. This blog is dedicated to young wheat plants, exciting right? Well believe it or not, wheatgrass really is exciting! Since its discovery by Charles F. Schnabel in 1930, wheatgrass has been the best kept secret of health since penicillin! And wheatgrass ain't no fungus either. Available in dried form or as a juice, I'll keep you posted on the health benefits of this miracle food.