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What is Wheatgrass Diet?

The Wheatgrass Diet excludes all meat, dairy products and cooked foods and emphasizes "live foods" such as uncooked sprouts, raw vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds. The Wheatgrass Diet was developed by Boston resident Ann Wigmore who established the Hippocrates Health Institute which later was renamed the Ann Wigmore Institute (AWI). Wigmore's theory on the healing power of grasses was predicated upon the Biblical story of Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar who spent seven insane years living like a wild animal eating the grass of the fields. Because he recovered, Wigmore presumed that the grasses had cured his insanity. The common observation that dogs and cats nibble on grass, presumably when they feel ill, also strengthened Wigmore's belief in the healing power of grasses.

Wigmore theorized that rotting food in the intestine forms toxins that circulate in the bloodstream (aka, the intestinal toxicity theory) and cause cancer. She stated that the enzymes found in raw wheatgrass were alive and could "detoxify" the body by oral ingestion and by enemas. Wigmore believed that cooking foods "killed" them because this deactivates enzymes. It was the chlorophyll in wheatgrass that Wigmore believed it strengthens the immune system, kills harmful bacteria in the digestive system, and rids the body of toxins and waste matter.

Does Wheatgrass Diet guarantee a cure to cancer?

There is no scientific evidence to suggest that wheatgrass can cure or prevent disease. There are only anecdotal reports that describe tumour regression and extended survival among people with cancer who followed the wheatgrass diet.

Checklist for Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is generally considered safe. Wheatgrass should not be used to flush out the urinary tract if the patient has swelling caused by heart or kidney insufficiency. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should not use wheatgrass.

Ann Wigmore recommended that you use fresh wheatgrass rather than dehydrated or tablet forms. At the Hippocrates Health Institute, they recommend that you juice wheatgrass immediately after you cut it and drink it after you juice it, thereby getting the maximum benefit of its enzymes life forces. The wheatgrass juice will begin to go bad in a half hour, and be completely spoiled in twelve hours. However, the cut wheatgrass can be stored for up to seven days in a covered container or plastic bag in the refrigerator.

On a healing regime, Ann Wigmore recommended that you drink one or two ounces up to three or four times a day. If you wish, you may take a day off from drinking wheatgrass juice once in a while.

Wheatgrass is prepared by sprouting wheat berries and growing them until they form chlorophyll. According to Ann Wigmore, the wheatgrass should be harvested only when they are about 7-10 inches tall. In Singapore's climax, wheatgrass will be ready for harvest within 7-8 days.

In the entire sprouting process of wheat berries, you may encounter problems such as seeds not sprouting or not growing well when sprouted. Sometimes they may also turn mouldy. Such problems are usually due to humidity, temperature and also the poor quality of seeds and soils.

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