I was very much intrigued with the sprout of health drinks in the market. I see ampalaya ( bitter gourd ) shakes, barley drinks that my friend Dee‘s mom religiously prepares for her kids in the morning, and the latest recommendation of Dee to me, wheatgrass.
Reading up on wheatgrass piqued my curiosity big time. Wheatgrass happens to be the young grass shoots of wheatberry, that contains high concentrations of chlorophyll, active enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, etc. Wheatgrass has a rich concentration of chlorophyll that gives the body more oxygen, and boasts of so much benefits, according to Fat Free Kitchen,
* Wheatgrass energizes and reduces fatigue.
* It is a appetite suppressant.
* Wheatgrass juice improves metabolism.
* It improves digestion.
* Wheatgrass juice enriches the blood, removes blood disorders, & lowers blood pressure
* Wheatgrass juice is antibacterial and helps cleanse the liver
* It prevents tooth decay
* It is good for skin problems and improves complexion, treats acne, and removes acne scars.
* Wheatgrass juice keeps hair from graying & removes dandruff.
* It boosts the immune system, calms the nervous system and promotes regularity & helps fight constipation.
* The chlorophyll present in wheatgrass will wash drug deposits from the body, neutralize toxins in the body, help purify the liver, and prevent ageing. The chlorophyll also stabilises blood sugar levels.
I’ve also read from various websites that wheatgrass neutralizes body odor, bad breath, regularize bowel movement, and even give an insomniac a good night’s sleep. I’ve also read from various forums that wheatgrass helped alleviate their back pain. Goodness, just too much benefits that it just sounds too good to be true! But with the promising results, I was very much enticed, no, I caved into temptation and tried wheatgrass!
Want to know about my adventures?
When I did some research about Wheatgrass, I stumbled upon the brand Easy Pha-Max. Easy Pha-Max is wheatgrass in powdered form. Easy Pha-Max boasts of its Indoor Organic Aeroponic Cultivation (IOAC),
Aeroponic farming means that our wheatgrass is grown in the air without the use of soil or water as a base as in traditional farming or hydroponics. This allows the roots to grow and stay sterile making it possible for the company to process and include the roots of wheatgrass in every sachet of wheatgrass powder.
I immediately ordered a few boxes of Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass Powder ( sachet of 30′s for P 990.00 ) and Wheatgrass with Honey ( 15 sachets for P 590.00 ) , just in case I could not tolerate the taste of wheatgrass.
As I received my order, I immediately scheduled my wheatgrass drinking time. Wheatgrass is said to be consumed with an empty stomach , so as to immediately go to our bloodstream. Another reason for such is that wheatgrass is said not to mix well with food. With that, I chose my drinking times to be early in the morning, and during bedtime.
I began drinking Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass with Honey in the morning, to start my day. I drink this with cold water as it is suggested for the powdered wheatgrass to be mixed with lukewarm or cold water – the enzymes would die if you use hot water with it. The taste is really, really nice. It’s like green tea, sweetened with honey. My dad loves the taste so much that he calls it, “Starbucks drink.” haha!
The Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass Powder, on the other hand, is a sachet with 2 grams full of wheatgrass ( Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass With Honey is 18g of honey and 2g of wheatgrass , for reference ) , and as I mix it with water, it just tastes…like grass. The taste was neutral, not disgusting, but I’m just not totally fond of it. I choose to drink this for bedtime, as I do not need something sweet at night.
Trying Fresh Wheatgrass
Okay, with all the powdered wheatgrass I was trying, I could not help but want to taste the real thing. I’ve been researching about growing fresh wheatgrass, but with my busy lifestyle, I can only dream of that. I heard that Bizu offered wheatgrass shots for 75.00php for a shotglass, so with my dinner being just the restaurant beside Bizu, I made a promise to myself that I would visit Bizu a few minutes before I go home to try to get a dose of fresh wheatgrass.
As I cheerfully asked for a shot of wheatgrass, I was very curious on how they made the wheatgrass drink. I see the girl from Bizu get a tray of wheatgrass that was displayed outside, cut half of it, placed it on a metal bowl, washed them, and finally, placed them in the tube that extracts the juice.
Finally, a shotglass’ worth of wheatgrass. That was about the time when I carefully asked, “how does it taste?” The answer given to me by the Bizu girl was, “sweet.” as she smiled to me. With a nervous Sophie peering in the frothy drink in the shotglass, I told myself, “cheers,” and started drinking it.
Halfway during drinking straight, my tastebuds started to be curious as I dared taste fresh wheatgrass. Turns out – it’s way, way better! A burst of freshness, that I could never quite explain with words just washed over me. It was fresh, frothy, pure, and the yummiest of all the greens that I’ve ever tried! I just loved the aftertaste, as I lingered in it for quite a while, even after eating the slice of orange that came with the wheatgrass shot. It just tasted so…healthy, like I was being cleansed from the inside!
Going back to the restaurant, friends heard about my rave, and even smelled my very fragrant breath ( hahaha! ). With that, I marched back to Bizu with two new followers who were game to try wheatgrass as well! Boy, these two were pleased and weren’t disappointed at all!
With that experience, I would definitely go back to Bizu, from time to time, whenever it’s near a resto I am dining in for a delightful wheatgrass shot. I’ve even contemplated buying trays of fresh wheatgrass and buying that expensive juicer!
As for fresh wheatgrass, I have researched that there were places selling fresh wheatgrass trays, and even juicers. The juicers, on the other hand, don’t come in cheap – they are priced from 6,000 php ( as told by a friend, being sold in S&R) and as high as 10 to 12,000 php. The more affordable ( hmm still not quite!) ones are manual ones, while the automatic ones are priced higher.
I think I’d be needing more research and more convincing ( to myself, haha! ) that I should be getting that juicer. It would be a very, very happy day if that day comes!
Wheatgrass Benefits – My Experience
Amongst the benefits of wheatgrass displayed in various websites, here are the benefits that I have personally experienced with it.
Wheatgrass as a laxative?
With all the promising benefits and detox claims of wheatgrass, one would think that bowel movements will be more frequent as more waste is eliminated. In this case, I did not feel that wheatgrass acted as a laxative at all. It regulated my bowel movements, but it was no match for psyllium husk’s way of “easing the bad stuff out.”
If you ask me, wheatgrass made me release more “gas.” ( if you know what I mean! )
Wheatgrass and Sleep
One significant difference that I have noticed over the course of my wheatgrass intake was that my sleeping habits were getting better. Before, I would be all aggravated and tortured that no matter how stressed I was, I wouldn’t get sleepy, and the vicious cycle goes on ( I wake up late, stay up late, wake up late, be all stressed, and cranky, etc ) . A week of taking wheatgrass helped me sleep better as I get really sleepy when it’s already bedtime. I would immediately drift to sleep as I finish my work and blogging early, and wake up quite nicely.
My mom also agrees, and asks me to make her a glass of Wheatgrass with Honey every night, as she loves how deep and good her sleep is whenever she’d drink this.
Wheatgrass and Acne
I’ve been reading ( decrypt : googling, and googling ) that wheatgrass can alleviate acne and even psoriasis. My personal interpretation is that with wheatgrass giving our body such an abundance source of oxygen, there’d be no room for anaerobic bacteria ( the bacteria that thrives in the skin because of lack of oxygen ) or the detoxification of the blood would be related to acne. In my case, I felt that my skin improved with my wheatgrass intake – I didn’t feel my skin to be really, really oily anymore, and acne breakouts were significantly lessened. My sisters noticed the difference too – it’s because I wasn’t complaining!
I also tried spraying a mixture of wheatgrass and water to my scalp with the hopes that it would alleviate my seborrheic dermatitis.
Wheatgrass and Well-Being
With all the detoxification and burst of oxygen, all the promises of health by wheatgrass still has me wishing and hoping that one day, I’d come out a healthy person. Honestly, I see myself as someone who gets tired easily, and well, a weakling. I seriously need exercise, but I’m still finding the time to do so. With that, I rely on supplements for now. While wheatgrass still doesn’t make me feel more energized, the reason that after 3 weeks, I am reordering my Easy Pha-Max supplies is because I was able to see short-term results, with my improved sleeping habits and acne relief. I am still very optimistic as I will continue drinking wheatgrass for a few months to see if this is the drink for me.
So, any wheatgrass stories? I’d more than love to hear from you!
*An update of my wheatgrass drinking can be found here.