View Full Version : Wheatgrass ?
03-20-2008, 08:23 PM
I have yet to try any of this. I want to but just haven't gotten any yet. I live in a small town and have only one grocery store and haven't had the time or a lot of money yet to do anything about getting any. I really want Alissa's book so I have to budget all of this while trying to go RAW.
Now my question. I am allergeric to timothy grass, rye grass, lambs quarters. I have a few others also but these are my grasses that I am aware of. I know these are inhaled allergens, but will consuming wheatgrass cause me any trouble? Thoughts....
03-20-2008, 09:10 PM
Are you allergic to wheat?
03-20-2008, 09:21 PM
No, I do fine with wheat.
03-20-2008, 09:53 PM
Umm... word of advice; drink this on an EMPTY stomach. And I mean empty. It's highly potent. I drank it in conjunction with a smoothie one time (after having taken it a couple of times prior), and within seconds was woozy, only to vomit about 45 minutes later. It was an awful experience, and to this day the very smell of it produces strong reactions within my body, making me nauseous. Not sure if I'm allergic, but while I'm obviously highly sensitive to it, it is also common knowledge to drink it on an empty stomach... So I'm just warning you, if you are wary of sensitivity to it!
03-20-2008, 11:35 PM
really? i drink mine in a green smoothie every single morning. sorry to hear you had a bad experience.
03-20-2008, 11:54 PM
Yeah, I'm wondering if I'm allergic, though when I told my friend of my reaction to it, mentioning that I'd downed it in conjunction with a smoothie, she gave me the "duh" reaction, emphasizing that it's a well-known fact you're not supposed to drink it with food. Which is true, as it's a highly potent cleanser, but nevertheless I HAVE seen others mix it in w/ their smoothies as you do, so... I'm still not sure whether it's really a matter of the strengh of one's stomach (I have a super sensitive stomach)... Or if I'm allergic.... I'm sensing it's a bit of both. Oh well:p
03-20-2008, 11:56 PM
i've never ever ever had wheatgrass alone on an empty stomach. ever.
and i've been drinking it a LOT over the last year or so.
this is news to me... off to do a search on google...
03-20-2008, 11:58 PM
Haha, well you're one lucky duck for atleast being able to stomach it!!:D
03-21-2008, 01:07 AM
hmmm... i found one site that said "ideally you should drink it on an empty stomach so it is absorbed completely. it takes about 20 minutes for absorbtion."
so i'll keep doing it in my smoothies. but thanks for the info zz
03-21-2008, 07:23 AM
Umm... word of advice; drink this on an EMPTY stomach. And I mean empty.
I say DON'T drink it on an empty stomach. It is potent. From my research it is one (something-or-other ~ molecule? Read it a long time ago) away from blood plasma. I think, taken with fruits or other greens, it'll absorb just fine.
Another key point here, which varies from person to person, is the degree to which they ensalivate the juice (mix it with saliva) in their mouth. You need to do this to assist the digestion of this potent juice and failing to do so may contribute to digestive upset half an hour later.
Too many people are either ignorant of the importance of ensalivation or know about it but choose to ignore it, to their eventual cost.
I'm not saying that's necessarily the cause of any one person's digestive upset with the stuff, but it is certainly one potential contributory factor which should be considered. Obviously, wheatgrass is so cleansing that the release of toxins within the body may lead to nausea, in themselves, so that's another factor - some people have more toxic deposits to be released than others do.
Going back to the original question, ragarding allergic potential of wheatgrass juice, if the wheatgrass is grown at home, it will not reach the pollenation stage so pollen should not be an issue (unless, of course, there is some pollen residue on the body of the original harvested seeds themselves). I think it's very unlikely to be an issue but I'd still take sensible precautions of going to a juicebar and trying some first, and only one sip initially. An inadvertent benefit of being at a juicebar is that their will be others there to assist you if you do develop a (highly unlikely) allergic reaction.
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