Saturday, June 11, 2011

Waiting for grass to grow

Waiting for my hair to grow. It's like watching grass grow -- nothing happens for a very, very long time. With grass, after a week, you suddenly have an overgrown scraggly lawn that needs immediate mowing. For my hair, it might take a good while longer. No sprouts so far.

In the meantime, detoxing the body is an important post-chemo chore. Detoxing means loading up on fresh, organic food and anything packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Yogurt, broccoli, beans, salmon, almonds are good staples.

One good food to supplement the diet, whether you're detoxing from chemo or just trying to stay healthy, is wheatgrass. It’s hard to locate wheatgrass unless you live near an organic juice bar. The grass is not sold in supermarkets or health food stores, and seeds are not sold in regular gardening stores. But you can purchase seeds over the internet at places like www.sproutpeople.com or other websites and, let me tell you, there is nothing that tastes healthier than freshly-cut and juiced grass.

Apparently, wheatgrass is full of chlorophyll which makes the grass itself bright green, and the juice that it produces is the same color. Wheatgrass has been said to help increase the body’s immune system and has a high amount of iron that increases production of hemoglobin and incorporates all the important amino acids. An ounce of wheatgrass also packs a good load of vitamins A and C.

It is not hard to grow. All you need is a few containers to soak the wheatgrass in for 24 hours until it sprouts, then good quality organic soil to line a shallow growing container for it to create roots and grow. We have several large plastic lettuce containers around the house for the grass. It’s ready in a week.

Our kitchen is starting to look like a greenhouse, with wheat grass in various stages on the floor. For whatever reason, no one in my house has been sick in a month. While that could be due to warm weather and sun, I like to think that the wheatgrass has something to do with it.

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