If hay is for horses, is grass only for cows? Not if you are talking about wheatgrass! Wheatgrass has been used for health purposes for years, growing more and more in popularity recently. But, did you know that it provides many benefits to the skin as well as to the internal system?
What exactly is wheatgrass?
It’s the thick green grass that eventually bears “fruit” in the form of the wheat berry, or the grain more commonly referred to as wheat. Wheatgrass is grown extensively in the “breadbasket” regions of North America.
What are some of the health benefits?
There are hundreds! For a more extensive list, visit this great site: hippocratesinst.org
Here is a list of some of my favorites:
- wheatgrass contains enzymes that aid in digestive health
- wheatgrass contains many of the same nutrients found in dark green vegetables, in a concentrated form – making it a great supplement for days where you aren’t getting enough of your veggies.
- wheatgrass contains antioxidants to prevent oxidative stress and free radical damage
- wheatgrass contains chlorophyll, an ingredient proven to aid in detoxification of the blood and tissues
- wheatgrass brings the body into a more alkalized state – which is where you want to be in order to fight off disease and illness
- wheatgrass helps to balance mood and metabolism, giving you more energy throughout the day
How can wheatgrass supplementation boost skincare health?
Internal Supplementation: By supporting digestion and elimination health, wheatgrass allows the body to properly detoxify itself so that the skin is not as prone to breakouts. The antioxidants found in wheatgrass neutralize free radicals, helping prevent premature aging of the skin and cellular damage. Although the skin is slightly acidic on the surface, keeping the body in a more balanced or slightly alkaline state keeps skin clear and bright.
Topical Use: When applied to the skin directly, freshly juiced wheatgrass can aid in cleansing and fighting harmful bacteria, calming histamines that cause itchiness, and soothing inflammation (associated with rashes, sunburn, etc.) This makes wheatgrass a great ingredient for a facial mask or scalp treatment. I often recommend that if clients are juicing themselves at home, to apply any leftover juice directly to their skin or add it to their bath for added benefit. BIEN TIP: if you have any areas of skin that are open from breakouts or injury, please note that the are can become temporarily stained green from the juice.
What is the best way to take wheatgrass?
The very best way is to drink freshly squeezed wheatgrass juice – a 1-2 oz serving – at your local health food store or juice it yourself at home. This ensures that you are getting the highest quality product and ingesting it before the enzymes start to die. If this is a possibility for you, then the next best way is to take wheatgrass in powder or tablet form. Certain companies do a phenomenal job of responsibly growing and gently processing the wheatgrass so that you get the most from it. One of our favorites at bien-etre is PINES . You can even muscle test yourself , with a partner’s help, to make sure you are getting the proper amount for you (see our article on muscles testing.
What if I’m allergic to wheat?
As always when dealing with allergies, you want to double check with your doctor. However, if your wheat allergy comes from sensitivity to wheat gluten, chances are wheatgrass will not bother you. That’s because it is the actual grass processed before it produces a wheat berry (grain) associated with gluten sensitivities.
Can I take wheatgrass during pregnancy?
Wheatgrass is great for prenatal car as it provides the body with nutrients like antioxidants, chlorophyll and folic acid. Again double check with your physician and make sure you are not taking more than the recommended dosage.
Here are some great wheatgrass resources for further reading:
Wheatgrass : Superfood for a New Millennium
Wheatgrass Nature’s Finest Medicine: The Complete Guide to Using Grasses to Revitalize Your Health
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