If you’re looking to “reboot” your system with a detoxifying cleanse this summer, it would be smart to include wheatgrass in your regimen. Why? Because detoxification generally includes fasting, and fasting can deplete you of nutrients. Cleansing also includes eating and drinking foods that help detoxify your liver, kidneys and gastrointestinal tract. Wheatgrass does both of these things.
Wheatgrass also has powerful antioxidant properties. This was demonstrated in a 2002 double-blind, placebo-controlled study* whose results were published in the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology. Subjects with ulcerative colitis were given wheatgrass juice or a placebo. The researchers concluded “Treatment with wheat grass juice was associated with significant reductions in the overall disease activity index”, and that “Fresh extract of wheat grass demonstrated a prominent tracing in cyclic voltammetry methodology, presumably corresponding to four groups of compounds that exhibit anti-oxidative properties.”
Here are some tips for incorporating wheatgrass into your cleansing:
Consult with your health care professional before beginning any cleansing program.
Drink fresh wheatgrass juice blended with fruits and vegetables, with an emphasis on fruits like bananas, berries and apples. As much as the rest of your body will love the wheatgrass, your taste buds might not agree! Though some people do like the taste of wheatgrass, these fruits will help disguise the taste while also helping with the cleansing.
Drink plenty of water during the cleanse. Under normal circumstances you need to drink about 8 8-ounce glasses of water per day. During a cleanse you should drink 10-14 glasses per day in addition to juice. Hydration encourages the elimination of toxins from your body through sweat, urination and bowel movements.
Be sure to supplement your diet during the cleanse with whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meats. While wheatgrass is incredibly nutritious on its own it won’t fill you up. Avoiding “bulky” foods can also lead to constipation.