To flu shot, or not to flu shot? That is the ‘cold season’ question. It’s that time of year again, when one errant cough or sneeze can send you running for your hand sanitizer and zinc lozenges. If you act fast, you can help your natural immune system fight off an impending virus. But stress too much and you’re in trouble: stress increases the cortisol in your body, wreaking havoc on your body’s first line of defense.
Ready to just hunker down and hibernate? Fear not! There are many ways to strengthen your system from the inside out, better equipping it for interaction with a sniffling co-worker. And at the top of our list? Wheatgrass juice.
Nature’s Immune Support
Your best defense is a strong, healthy body and immune system, and lucky you, wheatgrass juice is an all-encompassing tonic for your immune system. If you weren’t familiar with wheatgrass during its rise to fame in the 1990s (hello, juice bars!), then here are some quick facts to get you up to speed:
Wheatgrass is the young, tender shoots of the wheat plant called Triticum aestivum. It is harvested 6-10 days after sprouting and contains a myriad of amino acids, vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, magnesium, and zinc. Health professionals argue these nutrients provide valuable immune support, regulate nerve and muscle function, and in some cases may even shorten the duration of a cold by up to 50%.
Take a cue from Mother Nature, herself: the greener the better. Chlorophyll, better known as the pigment that keeps your houseplants looking lively, is a powerful oxygenator. Increased oxygenation is beneficial for plants and humans alike, aiding in the production of all-important red blood cells for the latter. The more oxygen your red blood cells have, the better they can do what they do best: keep your organs healthy, regulated, and ready to fend off any environmental stressors or potential viruses.
Wheatgrass is chock full of chlorophyll, and is believed to help purge drug deposits from your system. If you do have a bad cold and require a less-than-natural prescribed medicine, all the more reason to up your dose of this healthy green. Chlorophyll is also touted as a great natural remedy option for scratchy throats. Some say drinking or gargling the green juice can help fight bacteria buildup and soothe more sensitive areas.
If you haven’t thought about pH levels since middle school science class, you’re not alone. If you don’t remember, ‘pH’ is the scale used for measuring the acidity of a water-based solution. Since humans are made up of 60% water, it is unsurprising that one of the keys to maintaining good health is keeping our system at a stable and alkaline 7.25-7.35 pH. Many diseases and cancers thrive in an acidic environment, so it’s widely believed that maintaining an alkaline one is beneficial. Wheatgrass is an alkaline-forming food that can act as a powerful agent in helping you regulate and maintain a healthy pH.
Get Your Green On
Wheatgrass juice is a raw food, ideally consumed fresh and first thing in the morning. If your busy schedule or routine doesn’t allow for time-consuming juicing, there are still plenty of ways to take advantage of its health-boosting properties. Frozen wheatgrass, delivered in portioned packets, is a fast and simple alternative to juicing yourself. Even simpler, still, are our wheatgrass juice capsules, made from gently dehydrated organic wheatgrass powder and ready to toss back with a glass of water. If you’re traveling this fall season, it doesn’t hurt to throw a bottle of capsules in your carry-on. The more regularly you consume wheatgrass, the more likely it is to help you fight off those cold season nasties. So grab your grass and get out there!
Note: If you suffer from grass or wheat allergies, consult your medical professional before using, but wheatgrass inherently contains no gluten.