The idea of detoxing is very popular right now, as we learn more about how toxins and environmental pollutants can (and do) accumulate in our bodies. Every once in a while, it’s good to “detox” and clean ourselves up.
There are various approaches to a good detox, and we’ll focus on the idea of a juice cleanse for the moment. Not only do healthy juices bring a load of nutrients and antioxidants to the table, they also increase your water consumption. It’s a win-win.
So, the basis of a juice detox is to help cleanse the blood of impurities by flushing your body with extra fluid while also boosting up that liver function (where all blood cleaning happens). Also, adding antioxidants to your bloodstream can also help remove free-floating particles (known as free radicals) that come from exposure to pollutants in our environment.
Wheatgrass Juice for Detox
How does wheatgrass juice help with a detox program? Like all healthy green juices, wheatgrass brings your body a lot of necessary nutrients that are available for immediate absorption. That allows your digestive system to have a rest from breaking down the tougher fibers in whole vegetables. It’s one of the best features of juice.
Nutrients in wheatgrass include iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium, as well as vitamins A, C and several of the Bs. All this nutrition is beneficial, and your body doesn’t have to work to get it.
On top of the nutrients, the antioxidants in wheatgrass juice are a big part of a detox routine. In particular, you get a dose of chlorophyll with every shot of juice. It’s an antioxidant as well as a known blood-cleanser. You’ll also get flavonoids in your wheatgrass juice, and though you’ve probably never heard of them, they are another potent class of antioxidants.
How to Detox with Juice
The basic idea is simply to drink more wheatgrass juice while you’re doing a detox. The best way is to add a shot of fresh juice to a larger volume of mixed juices. Start off your day with big glass of blended juice, and away you go. A more extreme juice fast is another option, where you take a break from eating completely and have nothing but juice for a day or more. I’d suggest you talk to a doctor before going this route for any longer than a single day.
Any juice will do but a healthy mix of green veggies (like wheatgrass) rather than just your usual fruit juices will be better for you and provide a more varied mix of nutrients for your body. Remember that you want a cold-press juicer! Regular juicers are unable to actually juicer wheatgrass and those fast spinning juicers kill nutrients due to the high speed and heat build-up.
Other Ways to Detox
If you are trying to detox with wheatgrass juice, why not add a few other practices to your routine for added cleansing impact:
- Reduce or eliminate all processed foods
- Eliminate chemical toxins in your environment
- Drink more water
- Get plenty of sleep
- Short fasts
The bottom line is that a daily shot or two of wheatgrass juice can help you detox, so you’ll feel better and stay healthy.