Thursday, June 25, 2009

Growing Wheat Grass - The Power House at Home

Growing a Powerhouse of Energy at Home

In my previous post, I had given a detailed description of Wheat grass and its advantages. In this update, I am about to provide information on growing wheat grass at your home. Growing wheat grass at your own backyard or apartment is not a big deal. It can be done with a little effort and expenditure. The entire process involves a period of 10-12 days. The wheat grass gets ready for the juice only after 10 days or when the crop grows about 7-10 inches in size. Here are few simple techniques of growing wheat grass at home.


Step1- Basic Preparations:



Planning is very essential to grow wheat grass at home. Plan to extract the juice daily for a period of 21 days. For this you need seven plastic trays/tubs. Make small holes at the bottom of the trays so that the water poured on the plants does not stay in them. Fill the trays with mud (preferred organic mud) and arrange them in order under the direct sunlight at your back yard or balcony. If there is no backyard or balcony, then put them near the windows getting sunlight. You can even use artificial light of 100 W or more of florescent bulbs to grow the seeds. Sunlight is preferred against the florescent lights because the sun rays possess numerous healing powers in it.


Step2 – Soaking of Seeds in Water:


Take your seeds and rinse them off thoroughly before use. Place the seeds inside a clean container and cover them with clean water. Let the seeds soak in the water for 12-15 hours. This soaking process infuses the dry seed with moisture and softens their shells allowing easier sprouting. Bad seeds (i.e. prone to mold) will typically float to the surface and should be discarded if found. A great time to soak the seeds is right before you go to bed as the seeds will be just about ready when you wake up. Do not soak all the seeds at a time. Divide the quantity of seeds for seven trays for seven days respectively. This enables you to extract the juice for a period of seven days continuously without a miss.

Step3 – Sprouting of Seeds:



After soaking the seeds for 12-15 hours, it’s time to get them ready for sprouting. Take a clean cotton cloth and pack the seeds into it and keep it aside. Keep the pack always wet by sprinkling water from time to time. In many metro cities, you can find a special bag of cloth for sprouting. If you use this bag you don’t need to sprinkle water frequently. Let the seeds remain in the cloth pack for another 10-12 hours. After completing the prescribed time, remove the seeds from the pack. You can now see tiny babe sprouts of the wheat seeds. The seeds are now ready for sowing.

Step4 – Sowing of Seeds:



Since the trays are readily arranged in a row, its time to sow the seeds in the first tray. Spread the sprouted seeds all over the mud in the tray, but be sure that the seeds do not overlap on each other. Now cover it up with a light layer of mud over them and sprinkle some water. Continue the same process for another six days in six trays as planned before. First three days are very crucial. Sprinkle water regularly early in the morning and evening. If the tray is kept under a florescent light, spray water only once a day either in the evening or morning. After 48 hours, you'll see baby wheat grass sprouting everywhere. By this point the seedlings would've attached roots to the soil and are on their way to growing. Sprinkle the water daily or every other day depending on the environment humidity. After about a week the wheat grass will grow to be around 7-9 inches tall. This is optimum time to harvest.


Step5 – Harvesting the Wheat grass:




After completion of 10 days, the grass in the first tray is ready to harvest. Take a good scissor and cut the wheat grass at around 1/2 inches from the soil. After cutting the grass sprinkle water regularly. The grass grows up again. Cut the grass again after 10 days to extract the juice. Repeat the process with the grass in other trays as well.


This is how you can grow the wheat grass at your own backyard or an apartment. When you try it for the first time you may not get the 100% desired result. Don’t get disappointed by that and learn by your mistakes and you will succeed at some point of the time. In my next update I am going to explain “who should drink the wheat grass juice and why?” So, keep watching the space for more updates.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Wonders of Wheat Grass - The Green Blood




In my previous update, I had given a brief description of wheat grass – the green blood. In this post, I have come up with detailed description and advantages of wheat grass juice or green blood.



Nature originally designed the foods on the earth in such a way that they would not only nourish her earthly children, but would keep them at a peak of health. Our mistake seems to be that we alter this grand design by cooking, therefore destroying the food before we eat it. Don't kill your food by cooking it.The body can act as its own physician when provided with the proper tools (living organic nourishment), used in the way nature intended—unprocessed, uncooked. Sprouts have become a familiar item in salad bars and in the produce sections of grocery stores for their known nutritional value. Another method to increase the nutrients is to grow the seeds in shallow beds of soil and drink the juice of the sprouted grass. Wheat, oats, rye, and barley are most commonly grown this way.


You'd think that people would realize that grass is for cows! But, why on earth did people start drinking grass juice? Most grasses are good for man and wheatgrass is the perfect food for man. Wheatgrass juice is not very sweet for taste buds. In fact neither grass made into juice tastes really delicious—but the fact is that they of all the health foods out there really deliver health—and fulfill all the claims made about them.


Wheatgrass is the young grass shoots of the wheat seeds grown mostly as lawns, used as pasture for grazing animals, cut and dried as hay. The basic constituent of wheatgrass is chlorophyll - ‘concentrated sun power’. Although chlorophyll is present in all green plants, wheatgrass is considered its best source. The magic of the chlorophyll contained in Wheatgrass was found by Dr. Ann Wigmore – The discoverer of this health tonic. The green liquid (juice) extracted from freshly sprouted leaves of wheat grain contains high concentrations of chlorophyll, active enzymes, amino acids, vitamins and other nutrients. The high magnesium content of chlorophyll is known to activate as many as 30 enzymes. It is one of the richest natural sources of vitamin A and vitamin C. It is also an excellent source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulfur, cobalt, zinc, and protein.


During the last ten or twenty years there has been a tremendous explosion of information in the scientific literature to support the use of natural medicine.


Wheat grass therapy teaches that it is the nature, which cures the patient and not the physician. With the progress of civilization, we are perhaps violating the laws of nature and that is why there is an increase in disease. To be optimally effective, Wheat Grass Therapy must be combined with exercise, a stress free life and proper diet.




Naturopaths termed wheatgrass as 'Green Blood' as there is a lot of molecular structural similarities between haem (found in hemoglobin) and chlorophyll, found in wheatgrass. Wheatgrass juice is immediately absorbed into the bloodstream and gives immediate energy. On an empty stomach, it is assimilated into the blood in about 20 minutes. The energy lasts throughout the day. It is practically a fountain of youth and was found to have numerous health benefits.



According to Dr. Ann Wigmore, the potent germicidal quality to guard against bacterial attacks makes it an effective prescription for cases of Pyorrhea (as a gargle), skin disease (applied as a poultice), tuberculosis, ulcers and intestinal inflammation.



Experts point out that wheatgrass loaded with numerous minerals and vitamins purify the blood and boost the functioning of the lungs and the kidneys. The high therapeutic measure of Vitamin E strengthens the heart, the blood vessels and improves sexual performance and fertility. The health benefits of wheat grass juice are endless. As a detergent, it has excellent detoxifying, cleansing, alkalizing, and deodorizing properties, especially of the bowel and blood, absorbing waste products and encouraging excretion from the body. This wonder grass is known to assist skin allergies, and stimulates regeneration of healthy tissue for wounds, burns and slow healing ulcers.



Anemia is highly prevalent in India particularly amongst the adolescent girls and pregnant women. Wheatgrass juice is the best medicine to increase hemoglobin than any other drugs. The chlorophyll of the wheatgrass is easily absorbed into the body and is converted into hemoglobin as both wheatgrass and chlorophyll have similar molecular structure. It is also useful for Thalassemic patients. In a Pilot study conducted by the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh in 2003 has proven that Wheatgrass Juice reduces Transfusion requirement in patients with Thalassemia. There was a decrease in amount of transfusion as well as the increase in interval between transfusions.



Dr. Jeff S. Volek, Ph.D states that this plant fiber suppresses appetite, helps you lose weight, reduces the insulin surge from food and lowers cholesterol levels thus aiding in reducing obesity. Studies conducted by Dept. of Family Medicine, Israel Institute of Technology have shown that Wheatgrass juice is effective and safe in the treatment of active distal Ulcerative Colitis.



Anecdotal reports describe tumor regressions by including wheat grass therapy along with a healthy eating regime. Wheat grass may prevent the metabolic activation of some cancers, therefore is said to have anticancer properties, and may also be used to minimize the effects of radiation exposure.



Cosmetic houses are now looking at sunbeams in a different light. Dr. Li Smith quotes in her book ‘A chest of Remedies for Health and Beauty’ that the juice, taken regularly as a drink and/or applied to the skin, can really make a big difference to health, appearance and well-being by improving complexion, treating acne and removing acne scars. Why because, wheatgrass affects the skin and other organs on a cellular level.



Wheatgrass juice is the nectar of rejuvenation. It also improves the texture of the skin, and heals the dryness associated with aging. Wheat grass juice also keeps hair from graying, and removes dandruff. For lustrous and bouncy hair, rub the juice into the scalp; wait for ten minutes, shampoo and rinse.



I hope many of you have understood the essence of green blood by now. I request all of you to refer this wonderful medicine to the people suffering from low hemoglobin / iron levels. In my next update, I will explain in detail about the process of wheat grass germination at your own backyards and apartments. So, keep watching the space for more updates.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Wheat Grass - The Green Blood

Hemoglobin:


Today we see plenty of people suffering from deficiency of Hemoglobin. To begin with, let’s discuss in brief about Hemoglobin, Deficiency of Hemoglobin, Effects and causes of low Hemoglobin count and its cure.


Hemoglobin is the iron - containing oxygen transport metallo-protein in the red blood cells. Lack of Hemoglobin count in our red blood cells leads to Anemia. Anemia is caused by too low count of red blood cells or low count of Hemoglobin in red blood cells. You need iron for many processes inside your body, especially for the production of oxygen carrying pigment in your body called Hemoglobin.


Iron is absorbed from the food and drink you eat by your small intestine. The iron is carried into the bone marrow – where the blood cells are produced. It combines with proteins to make Hemoglobin. Spare iron can be stored in Liver. Iron will be lost from your body through urine, dead skin cells, faeces and through bleeding.


Iron deficiencies or anemia leads to breathlessness, tiredness, dizziness, feeling cold all the time, even when it’s warm and most other people are comfortable, a rapid, week pulse, palpitations, headaches, memory loss, irritation etc. In some people with anemia can develop thin skin and spoon shaped or brittle nails. It can also cause painful cracks at the sides of the mouth and a sore tongue. Occasionally, in women over 40%, iron deficiency can be a symptom of a condition called Plummer Vinson Syndrome, which causes difficulty while swallowing due to small web like growths in the Esophagus (the pipe that runs from your mouth to your stomach).



Wheat Grass or Green Blood:




On average, men need 8.7mg of iron a day and women need 14.8mg a day. You can usually get all the iron you need from your diet. Because of various reasons people lack iron deficiency. Many people take various medicines for iron deficiencies. But they do not realize that our nature has enough resources to refill our iron deficiencies. There are plenty of fruits and vegetables which possess iron. But when the vegetables are cooked, 80% of iron, minerals, vitamins and other enzymes get evaporated while cooking. Always take raw food like fruits and juices to gain iron, minerals, vitamins and enzymes. Where as, numerous people in India and around the world cannot afford serving medicines, fruits and juices every day due to their economic conditions. Innumerable people in India die due to iron deficiencies unable to afford those costly medicines, fruits and vegetables every day. But 90% of us do not know that there is a valuable and affordable natural medicine available for one and all. And that is….Wheat Grass! Yes, you heard it right! Wheat Grass! It is the most powerful medicine in Naturopathy. It is termed as a substitute for natural red blood cells. The wheat Grass possesses all the compositions that Hemoglobin possesses. It is also known as “Green Blood” because of its close structural similarity to Hemoglobin. Wheat Grass contains many nutritious and prophylactic ingredients. It is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Laetrile (Vitamin B17 – which has been marked as anti-cancer effect) and several other useful enzymes. Green Blood is also found useful for Heart and Cardio Vascular System, Respiratory System, Digestive System, Teeth and Gums, Joints, Brain and Nervous System and Skin diseases. Wheat grass therapy has also been used with great success in kidney, ear diseases and in several cancers.


In western countries like America, it is sold in the restaurants and cafes. It is not very popular in India. It is not well promoted in our country. Thanks to the efforts of Mantena Satyanarayana Raju, Green Blood is now finding its place in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. No one else has promoted in such a large scale before in India.


Today we have discussed about the Hemoglobin, causes and effects of its deficiencies and Green Blood or Wheat Grass which we discussed as a substitute for red blood cells called Hemoglobin. In my next update I will come up with more details on wheat grass and the process of germination in our own yards and apartments and the way of administering the germination process in detail.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Five Elements of Nature in our Body

Five Elements of Nature Air, Water, Earth, Space and Fire along with various other forces of Nature sustain life and maintain equilibrium in this Planet. Imbalance in any of these Elements of Nature leads to chaos. An invisible equation operates within and outside these Five Elements of Nature to maintain the equilibrium on this Planet.

These five Elements of Nature viz. Air, Water, Earth, Space and Fire exists in our body too. Like Nature, imbalance of any of these Elements of Nature in our body too leads to the destruction our health or life. Let us examine in detail, how these Elements function in our body.

(1) The Air:




Air occupies first place in our body. No living being can imagine surviving without the presence of air. A human body consists of two respiratory organs called Lungs. The principal function of Lungs is to transport oxygen from atmosphere in to the bloodstream and release carbon dioxide from bloodstream to the atmosphere. Any irregularity in the respiratory organs leads to death. I believe everyone agree to this point. Therefore, avoid smoking of cigarettes or any other form of harmful tobacco to keep your lungs healthy and last longer. Perform breathing exercises of Yoga called Pranayam every day under the guidance of an able instructor. Pranayam gives ample exercise to your Lungs, thus keep them healthy.


(2) The Water:




The second vital Element of Nature in our body is Water. Water occupies 68% space of our body in different forms of fluid. If the body is put to work, the water level of the body gets reduced. You need to refill the required amount of water to keep yourself healthy. Our body informs us about the requirement of water by different means. 99% of us do not understand its indication until our throat gets dry. Drying of throat and mouth is the last indication by our body to refill its water levels. Urinary inflammation, change of urinary color into red or yellow, bad urinal odour, too much of sweat from body, frequent headaches, drying of throat and mouth etc are the symptoms or indications by our body to refill its water levels. 99% of us drink water only when our mouth and throat dries up. Dr. Mantena emphasize on drinking 5 to 6 litres of water a day because the body loses 2 litres of water a day even by sitting idle without any work. People whose work involves physical activity should drink a little more water than prescribed 5 or 6 litres. But there should be a process of drinking water. If the water is not taken in a procedure, it will do more harm than the good. Do not drink water immediately before eating food, while eating food and after eating food. Drink water half an hour before and two hours after every food you take. Drink as much of water as u can after two hours and before half an hour of eating food. Drinking water during and immediately after eating food dissolves our digestive gases creating problems of indigestion as well as the nutritional enzymes of our food will be excreted from the body along with urine instead of reaching our blood cells.

(3) The Earth:



Third important Element of Nature in our body is Earth. Here Earth is referred to our food from soil. The earth provides us the food to survive. Take all the nutritious and healthy food on this planet, it comes out of soil. There is no better food for humans than the food derived from soil. All the vegetables and fruits are grown from the soil of the Earth. Therefore, soil food is the God made food for human beings. When our ancestors in the past moved out of the jungles in search of their livelihood, they got away from the vegetables and fruits. In order to survive, they had to switch over to animal food in the absence of vegetables. But today, thanks to the development of infrastructure, every fruit and vegetable is available at our yard steps. Still we are ignoring the God gifted food like vegetables. Eating more volume of vegetable curry with less volume of rice is always recommended because the vegetables possess the substance that cleans our intestines. Eat Healthy and Live Healthy.

(4) The Space:



The fourth important Element of Nature in our body is Space or Vaccum. You need vaccum for everything in your body. Need vaccum to eat food, need vaccum to transfer the food to bloodstream etc. Naturopathy suggests eating less and living healthy. You may wonder how? Well… the logic is simple. Identify that food which contains more proteins, vitamins, minerals and all other enzymes and eat them in less number. There is a proverb in Telugu, “Okka saari tine vadu Yogi! Rendu saarlu tine vadu Bhogi! Moodu saarlu tinevadu Rogi” which means a person eating once is a Yogi (master in Yoga), person eating twice is a Bhogi (the one who enjoys all the fruits of sacrifice) and the person who eats thrice is a Rogi (a patient). There is a popular belief in India that the volume of food for humans is predetermined by the God in the Heavens. Once the determined volume of food is consumed by him, he will be taken away from Earth. The digestive system of a body too needs rest. The less you eat, the more it relaxes. This helps in increasing the resistance levels of your body which in turn keeps you away from diseases. Our ancestors had experienced and proved this fact. If you look at the Yogi’s and Sadhu’s living in penance at Himalayas, there were evidences that they lived for and above 100 and 150 years of age. Many Saints have sacrificed their soul and entered into Jeeva Samadhi at their will. If we look back to our grand parents we still find them healthy and doing all their work themselves. That is because they ate less and ate well. Creating a vaccum in the stomach is always beneficial for the body. Dr. Mantena Satyanarayana Raju recommends fasting at least once a week to keep the body clean and healthy. According to him the body has an automatic self cleaning mechanism. Once the body is kept on fasting for a day or two, it cleans itself and relieves you from diseases on its own. Fasting increases the resistance capacity of your body which in turn keeps you away from diseases.

(5) The Fire:



Fire is the fifth and final Element of Nature in our body. Fire refers to as Energy or Strength. We need the fire power to work and stay fit. The absence of fire in our body leads to ill health. The God has given this wonderful Element within our body, which increases the more you spend. You get more energy the more you work. If you observe the people whose work involves severe physical activity are comparatively stronger than the people who work at offices under Air conditioners. In India, among large sections of the community there is a misconception about health. Many feel health is actually connected to wealth. Therefore, people who look big in size are considered healthy because they afford to eat all the expensive and healthy food. But the fact is totally different. Physical activity of our body is must to gain strength. It can be done either by way of exercises or by any other work which involves physical activity.


As long as the man maintains equilibrium of these five Elements of Nature in his body, he remains safe and healthy. The moment he creates an imbalance in any of these Elements, he suffers. When ever there is imbalance in any of these five Elements of Nature we see havoc like Earth Quakes, Storms, and Drought etc. When ever a human tried to disturb the nature of these Elements, he paid for it weather it might be his planet or his body. In order to stay fit and healthy do respect and follow the rules of the body. Perform regular Pranayams to keep control of respiratory system, Drink 5 to 6 Litres of Water a day in the above prescribed manner, Eat healthy and hygienic food derived from the mother soil, Eat less and Keep on fasting atleast once a month to create vaccum in your stomach and work hard physically to gain strength. Those who follow these simple things need no doctor through out his life. In this journey, I will share all the secrets of Dr. Mantena Satyanarayana Raju’s theory of Natural Ways of Living. Keep watching for updates….

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