Wheatgrass Juice – Not the Powder!

Many people are on the juicing bandwagon these days and are making all sorts of juice cocktails.

Wheatgrass Juice

Wheatgrass juice is in a league of its own and is best consumed as juice and not the powder you see sold in most health food stores.

It is very similar to aloe vera benefit-wise except that you only need to start on 1-2oz a day to see results from drinking it.

 

What is Wheatgrass Juice?  

It is the baby grass of wheat and is gluten-free.  You can normally buy it at health food markets and even some health food shops. The juice should only be taken on an empty stomach and can take some getting used to.

Personally, I like it flash-frozen straight from the field.  This bumps up the price to £54 a packet for 28oz of individual 1oz parcels. Quite expensive if you are on a tight budget.

Trays of the grass are easier on the pocket and are between £7-10 a tray.  Each one yields about 9oz of juice.

You will need to have a juicer that can juice wheatgrass as it is quite stringy – even more so than celery.

The good thing about wheatgrass juice is that you should see the effects on your body within a week as it is so powerful.

Personally, I found wheatgrass:

  • Toned my skin
  • Restored elasicity
  • Contributed to weight loss
  • Enhanced my vision
  • Made my hair thick and bushy
  • Made my nails strong

 

What is Wheatgrass Made Of?

It is one of the few grasses that has a complete protein profile.  All essential amino acids are included.  Chlorophyll – plant blood – is similar to our own haemoglobin and serves as a blood enricher.  This means that it can raise low blood counts of invalids back to a healthy level. All minerals and vitamins are included.  Wheatgrass is a complete food.

As the taste is quite acquired, you may have to lick a slice of lemon afterwards to take the wheatgrass juice taste off your tongue.  The good thing is that the benefits outweigh the taste.

The sicker you are the more juice you will need – up to 8oz daily. As wheatgrass juice is powerful, you should drink  2 oz in the morning on an empty stomach and 2 oz in the afternoon.  The same in the evening.

Depending on your weight.  I am 12 stone – 75kg and take up to 4oz a day when drinking this.  Mind you if you are relatively quite heavy for your height  and not a body builder – you may feel a little queasy as your liver is being cleansed.

In that case, prepare yourself at least a fortnight beforehand.  Have  a salad at least once a day….A 5-8 veg salad with avocado rather than  mayo.

You only need to take wheatgrass when you are in need of an extra boost of nutrients and trying to reverse symptoms of illness.

Wheatgrass Powder

Powdered wheatgrass is not as potent as the juice as it is missing the full chlorophyll juice factor.

It is possible to grow wheatgrass at home, however that would take another blog post or two to describe and you might get bored with all the details so I will spare you!

For those of you who do want to try growing wheatgrass at home – you can try the soil-free method as well as the soil method. You will need trays and wheatgrain (seeds). There is also the option to buy special equipment to grow wheatgrass at home.

 

Food Combining – Mixing The Right Foods

I first found out about Food Combining from a book bought from the Nutricentre Bookshop near Regents Park.  In their library, you could pick up a book and read through the pages to see if you could learn health tips.  I did.  Food Combining For Health turned out to be one of the best of my nutrition library.

What is Food Combining?

This term was made up by Dr William Hay who broke down in health after 16 years of practice as  a doctor. He developed a dilated heart and high blood pressure.  Since the medicine he used was not helping  much, he turned to nature and decided to eat foods in their natural form and in smaller quantities.

This became a system called ‘The Hay System’.  It was very simple – only eat protein and vegetables in the same meal, or carbohydrates and vegetables together, but not carbohydrates and protein together.

For example;

Most people eat rice with meat curry or chicken and chips.  There’s nothing wrong with this except we get a little bloated sometimes…! The food combining method would be rice and a vegetable curry, or chicken and avocado salad.

Dr Hay’s symptoms cleared up using this simple method.

What Has Food Combining Got to Do With Eczema?

This is the interesting part. You see, eczema is an inflammatory skin condition and when food is combined as is mentioned above, the inflammation dies down.  In fact, this method is useful in treating many inflammatory conditions like arthritis, sore gums, bloating and even brain fog.

In the book, written by Doris Grant and Jean Joice,  there is a section on eczema and an excerpt of how a 10 year old boy who had eczema all his life

A Library Staple – Food Combining for Health

was cleared of it in ten days with only shadows of scars remaining.  Ten days after 10 years of having it!  Yes – I could not believe it either so to see if it was true, I turned to the sections on foods to buy,  menus and meal planning. And found out through experience with this method that Dr Hay was right and the system works.

Throughout my 30s I remained a size 10 – 125lbs.  I am older than that now, and realise that if I wanted to get to the right size all I have to do is the food combining.  Plus toning exercises.

Since the book can explain it much better than I can, I suggest you buy it on Amazon as the Nutricentre bookshop has closed down after more than 20 years in business.

There are, as mentioned previously, many meal planning ideas in Food Combining for Health and how it can work for you, than I have put down here.  It makes for a very good read and you will not be disappointed.

I would like to add that the recipes can be adapted to your taste using the vegetables, carbohydrates and protein of your choice.

If you have any questions or comments about  Food Combining, please feel free to ask here…

 

Candida – The Skin Rash Villain

If you have rashes, brain fog or  you are bloated and tired – candida may be the culprit.

Candida Yeast Infection

So what is Candida? It is a fungus that normally lives in your gut and can multiply out of control when the balance of microbes in your intestines is upset.  For example, these days people love a plenty of sugar and sugary foods.  This can cause candida overgrowth

When this happens, your ability to digest foods is weakened.  So is your immune system.

All is not lost however, as MSM (Methyl Sulphonyl Methane – I know lovely tongue twister isn’t it?   can bring candida, the skin rash villain, back to its normal levels in the gut.

MSM is a sulphur supplement, sulphur being one of the major minerals that our body needs.  It is stored in every cell in a body and if you are deficient in it you may find that you suffer from the following:

  • slow wound healing
  • scar tissue
  • brittle nails
  • brittle hair
  • digestive problems
  • arthritis
  • acne
  • rashes
  • depression
  • memory loss

Sulphur is the eighth most abundant substance in the body by weight and it is very important for us to absorb it from our food.

 

Eggs Contain Sulphur

Unfortunately, most of our food

is  lacking in this substance due to depleted soil, therefore we have to supplement it with MSM which is totally natural.

Of the many roles that sulphur plays in our body, structure and cell-function is one of them.  Sulphur is a required element found in most body tissues: hair, nails, skin, blood vessels and organs.  This element is also involved  in the  healing of these tissues damaged by injury.

The rate of cellular renewal from the fastest to the slowest is this:

  • Epithelial cells – make up the tissues that cover the outside of the body (skin) and line the digestive, urinary and respiratory tracts.
  • Connective tissue – including fat cells and fibrous cartilage which maintains elasticity and flexibility
  • Muscle, nerve and bone cells – nerve and bone cells can take up to 7 years to replace themselves.

 

So What Has MSM Got to Do With Candida?

Plenty…MSM can help heal a host of issues, but for now, let’s focus on its function regarding candida overgrowth.

MSM  discourages the overgrowth of candida by competing  binding receptor sites at the mucous membrane surface in the intestinal tract.

Starting doses of MSM (which is normally in powder form) of 20-30g should be taken for the first week.  Fortunately it is non-toxic and can be taken in higher doses. The second week, one should up the doseage to 50g taken 3 tmes a day.  Mind you, don’t take MSM at night time as it increases your energy.

MSM  should also be given bearing in mind the, and weight and age of the individual taking it.

It should also be taken alongside time-release Vitamin C and also a great multi-mineral supplement, like Dr Schulzes Superfood.   This should ensure maximum absorbency of the MSM by your body.

Possible side effects:  One may experience headaches and fatigue for the first few days due to the detox process.  If this happens, just drink more water.  Don’t worry – this is just a part  the healing process.

To make MSM Water:  Add 1/2 teaspoon of MSM to every 12 oz of water. Mix this in a jug at room temperature so the MSM powder dissolves.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to comment below.

 

 

Less is More…

Coconut Oil

By now, you should have got the drift of how to clear eczema. Single ingredient oils like olive and coconut or balms such as shea butter, are gentle on the  skin and and also feed it. After using different lotions and potions for myself (even natural herbal ones!) I realised less is more… 

 

Steroid creams are a definite no-no as they only suppress the symptoms and with long-term use can even thin your skin. However, for those of you who can’t live without them, all you need to do is mix a little of it  with a simple oil that suits you, and lessen the quantity of the  cream little by little.

You will only need to do a bowel cleanse twice or thrice a year.  Parasite cleanses should be done after your bowel cleanse.  Then your body is ready for a liver flush.

Your body will thank you for the internal cleansing and you will find yourself with more energy and cleaner blood and skin. After each cleansing, you will notice things you were allergic to no longer affect you.

Your diet should stay simple by  only eating what you fancy after your skin is clear.  And only once a week at that as you may find your skin getting itchy again.

Avocado Soup

If you have scars, it is best to take wheatgrass juice 1-2oz daily in the morning on an empty stomach.  One hour before bedtime, drink an avocado soup or smoothie. This will feed your skin at night and you should wake up with much less wrinkled skin.  Also remember to get at least 7-8 hours sleep at night as this is when your skin is repairing itself.

Lessen Your Stress

If you live in the city, it’s so easy to get caught up in the rat-race as you go about earning a living. Everything has to be organised and you may feel like a hamster on a wheel trying to get so much done in 24 hours.

One good friend of mine organises her life by writing a diary for business and a journal for her thoughts about her prayer life.

 

Write In Your Diary

She is one very organised lady and I admire the fact that she never gets stressed about  anything even though she has had her fair share of misfortune.  Therefore, none of us has the excuse of not finding the time for organising our lives the week before the week before!

To lessen your stress, you only need to buy 2 day-to-a-page diaries. One for your personal thoughts and one for business/work/social appointments and outcomes.

This may seem like a lot of writing at first, but you will notice that this is much better than holding a lot of important information in your head and trying to organise your life from your memory.

If you find writing a chore, you can ask a good friend to help you.  The simpler the better.

Just set your goals each month and put them in order of importance.

An example could be to find a good school for your child and getting all the relevant information about the school like;  calibre of the teachers, distance from your home, does it provide healthy meals, etc.

All of this may seem unrelated to clearing your eczema, but a clear mind, free of stressful emotions, also leads to a stress-free life and also clear skin.

My hope is that as you persist in helping yourself recover, you will blossom personally as a result.  Smiling each day or even having a good laugh from your favourite Disney cartoon like Tom and Jerry!

Friendship and Relating to Others

We all have friends and family who we appreciate for their acts of kindness.  However, some friendships  and how we relate to others should be closely  reviewed from time to time to enable them to become richer and produce good fruit.

 

Who is a good friend?

A good friend is a person who listens well and understands your potential to receive healing.  Even if you only have one or two, they will encourage you to be kind to yourself and speak peacefully with your family and friends.

They will also encourage to pray for the people around you who have less understanding about who you are.

Forgiveness is the key to richer friendships.  This means you should both  have the ability to say “Sorry” and mean it…Also, you should both be able to forget.

Whether you are young or older, you will find great peace when  you do so.

There are 3 ingredients to good health – Faith, Hope and Love.

Faith is believing and trusting yourselves to forgive each other by God’s grace

Hope is longing for each other’s improvement with God’s word

Love is letting go of the past and seeing the best in each other and also praying for each other.

Early on, I learnt the Lord’s Prayer –

Our  Father who art in Heaven

Thy kingdom come thy will be done

On earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our sins

As we forgive others

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory for ever, Amen

 

I think on these words more and more each day and find more understanding of the Person who said them.

God made us all to be kind to one another with our words, and also actions.

If you are having a hard time with your skin…and are actively in the process of healing, then you will find great peace in being at peace with  God, yourself, family, friends and others.

Here is a little prayer I say each day – do feel free to join in –

Dear Lord – I confess with my mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in my heart that God has raised him from the dead.

Thank you for saving and healing me

Thank you so much! You are awesome!

Every day is a new day to show how much you love me…

Amen

 

Feel free to think about  these words for 5 minutes or more…

You will find that as the days pass on you will not only be feeling better, but it will seem as if little problems are solved easily as well…And that is another subject that God can handle to your good.  Believe you me!

If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them here…