Monthly Archives: June 2013

Grass!!! Wheat & Barley Grass – What, Why & How

Wheat & Barley Grass

Young cereal grasses — like wheat and barley grass — are recognized by their bright emerald green colors. At the early grass stage of their growth, wheat and barley are closer to vegetables than grains in their make up. It isn’t until the wheat and barley plants mature that gluten is formed which is why the young grass is so much better for you than anything made with cooked wheat or barley products.

Many people include barley or wheat grass in their diet because of the wide variety of benefits, such as prevention of cancer, lower blood pressure and cholesterol and an expedited immune system response.

The use of barley grass for medicinal purposes dates back to 7,000 BC, when records first show that the grass was grown as a crop. It was then used to treat a variety of sicknesses, including blood and liver problems; it is said that ancient gladiators chewed on the grass to boost energy and stamina before fights. The understanding of barley grass benefits has evolved and can now be found in several forms.

High concentrations of chlorophyll—the green pigment found in some plants that gives the green food group its name—acts much like human blood’s oxygen carrier, hemoglobin. Chlorophyll inhibits the growth of disease bacteria when introduced into the diet, and this effect may create a wide array of barley grass benefits. Barley grass does away with atoms with an odd number of electrons created through normal body functions that can cause damage to healthy cells.

The nutrient profiles of these grasses changes quickly as they grow. As the plant grows, the chlorophyll, protein and vitamin content of cereal grasses declines sharply and the level of cellulose (indigestible fiber) increases. Over a period of several months, the green leafy cereal grasses become amber waves of grain bearing the kernels we harvest to make into unhealthy inflammation causing flour we are all accustomed to.

Barley vs. Wheat Grass

Some claim that barley grass is easier on the digestive system than wheat grass. Barley grass is also said to contain an exceptionally high amount of “organic sodium” and is known to alleviate arthritis symptoms more effectively than wheat grass juice.

However, there is no evidence that barley grass is any better or worse than wheatgrass in terms of its likelihood of producing adverse effects, its nutritional properties, or its health effects.

There is very little nutritional difference between wheat grass and barley grass, although it is important to note that barley grass acts as a free radical scavenger that also reduces inflammation and pain, and wheat grass is richer in inflammation reducing antioxidants. It is also thought to be able to help the body attack cancer cells.

ImageYou can get these two cereal grasses in powder or tablet form. The dried grasses are a bit easier to handle than fresh, which must be juiced. However, fresh grass juice contains healthful enzymes not found in dried grass powder and is likely to be higher in just about every phytochemical found in the grass. This is why numerous healthy food and specialty store around the world now offer grass shots on their menus.

With that said, not everybody can go out and spend $2.50 (on average) for a 1 or 2 ounce shot of wheat grass whenever they want which is why so many people are resorting to the practice of growing the grass fresh for themselves.

The Wheat & Barley Grass is always greener… Where you grow it!

Growing wheat and barley grass is the easiest and most affordable way to keep plenty of the super green food on hand.

Growing wheat and barley grasses at home is pretty simple and can be mastered easily by anybody who cares enough to try it. The technique starts like many other sprouts and once the seeds begin to show signs of growth it’s time to hit the soil!

First, place seeds in a large bowl. Cover completely with cool water (60 to 70 degrees F). Stir the seeds around in the water to mix. Let soak for about 8 to 12 hours or overnight.

Next, drain the seeds. Use a mesh colander or any other fine strainer you may have to keep the seeds from draining through the holes of the strainer. Rinse the seeds with cool water and drain.

After that, put the seeds in direct sunlight or where the temperature is about 70 degrees F for anywhere from 8 to 12 hours.

Then, rinse and drain the seeds again. Set out for another 8 to 12 hours. Repeat this step at least one to three more times until the seeds have sprouted tiny roots approximately 1/8 to 1/4 inch long.

While your seeds are germinating, fill your seed trays half way with organic potting soil. Spread some azomite or another trace mineral (or worm castings or whatever vegan nutrients you want) over the soil and add another layer of organic soil. Use a tray that has drainage holes in the bottom. Water the soil thoroughly so it is soaking wet; if needed mix the water down into the soil with your hands or a spade.

Once the trays are prepped, spread your germinated seeds over the top of the soil. Spread as evenly as possible. Do not push the seeds down into the soil. Cover the tray with another seed tray (make sure the cover has drainage holes to allow for air circulation) or newspaper or even some bounty paper towel.

Put your grass sprouts in an area with low lighting and a temperature of around 70 degrees F. The cooler the better but longer growing times may be needed, if it’s too hot or humid, mold will grow easily around the base of the grass stems and within the root system.

Water the grass enough to keep the soil moist but not saturated, usually once or twice a day. Using a mister type spray bottle is a great way to evenly water the grass without wetting it down to much while still incorporating plenty of fresh air. Continue misting once a day once the seed roots have buried themselves in the soil.

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Remove the tray top when the grass gets to about 1 to 2 inches tall, usually after 3 or 4

After about ten days or once the grass reaches about 7 to 8 inches, harvest as needed to juice or harvest it all and keep it in a green veggie bag in the fridge. Cut the grass right above the above the soil. The first harvest is always the most nutrient and flavor rich grass. Most people compost the soil and roots after harvesting but you can let it keep growing if you like. Two or three harvest are usually as good as it gets, any more after that and you’re just growing empty grass. days. Be sure to keep the tray in a well-lighted place and keep the soil moist.

Wheat & Barley grass Juice!!!

Once you’ve harvested your grass it’s time to get juicing! The best way to extract the vital juice from your young grass is with a wheat grass juicer like The Healthy Juicer. The Healthy Juicer is the most popular wheat grass juicer because it is compact and is one of the most inexpensive of the wheat grass juicers. This is the perfect juicer to have in addition to a regular juicer that doesn’t do leafy vegetables very well. The Healthy Juicer is portable, requires no electricity and is easily cleaned and stored without taking to much space in the cupboard. This juicer is known for being really efficient, easy to travel with and easy to clean and put together. Probably the best choice for most based on quality, price and ease of use.

Whatever reason you’ve decided to use wheat or barley grass, the benefits are numerous and your body will thank you sooner than later.

More on Wheat Grass –

Myths about Wheat Grass

Best Wheat Grass Juicers

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Gratitude

It is enough that a human being is alive!”, a wise man once cried.

There is a story — maybe an urban legend, but full of truth nonetheless —

One evening, A famous violinist was in New York to play a concert. As a child, the violinist had been stricken with polio and getting on stage is no small feat for him. He wears braces on both legs and walks with two crutches. He crossed the stage painfully slowly, until he reached the chair in which he seated himself to play.

As soon as the already tired musician appeared on stage that night, the audience applauded and then waited respectfully as he made his way slowly across the stage. He took his seat, signaled to the conductor, and began to play.

No sooner had he finished the first few bars than one of the strings on his violin snapped like a gunshot. At that point it was still close enough to the beginning of the piece that it would have been reasonable to bring  the concert to a halt while he replaced the string to begin again. But that’s not what he did. He waited a moment and then signaled the conductor to pick up just where they had left off.

He now had only three strings with which to play his soloist part. He was able to find some of the missing notes on adjoining strings, but where that wasn’t possible, he had to rearrange the music on the spot in his head so that it all still held together.

He played with passion and artistry, spontaneously rearranging the symphony right through to the end. When he finally rested his bow, the audience sat for a moment in stunned silence. And then they rose to their feet and cheered wildly. They knew they had been witness to an extraordinary display of human skill and ingenuity.

After the standing ovation, the man signaled for quiet. “You know,” he said, “sometimes it is the artist’s task to find out how much beautiful music you can still make with what you have left.

We have to wonder, was he speaking of his violin strings or his crippled body? And is it true only for artists? We are all lacking something, and so we are all challenged to answer the question:

Do we have the attitude of making something of beauty out of what we do have, incomplete as it may be?

If you’ve lost your job, but you still have your family and health, you have something to be grateful for.

If you can’t move around except in a wheelchair but your mind is as sharp as ever, you have something to be grateful for.

When you open up to gratitude, you see clearly and accurately how much good there is in your life. Gratitude affirms. Those things you are lacking are still there, and in reaching for gratitude no one is saying you ought to put on rose-colored glasses to obscure those shortcomings. But most of us tend to focus so heavily on the negative in our lives that we barely perceive the good that counterbalances them.

There is no limit to what we don’t have and if that is where we put our focus, then our lives will inevitably be filled with endless dissatisfaction. When you live charged with gratitude, you will give thanks for anything or anyone who has benefited you, whether they meant to or not. Say, “Thank You!” when the driver in the car next to you lets you merge without protest, or when the water flows from the tap, or the food is exceptable?

When gratitude is this well established, it is a sign of a heart that has been made right and whole. Gratitude can’t coexist with arrogance, resentment, and selfishness. So be grateful for everything you have, everything from your next breath to the sun, clouds, rain and stars. Just be grateful. When, and only when, we are grateful for each and everything that we have, the universe will give you exactly what you need.

For you, I am grateful. Thank You.

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Why Men Aren’t Really Men Anymore

Paul Hudson recently shared Why Men Aren’t Really Men Anymore on Elite Daily.

The question, “Why aren’t Men Really Men Anymore?” is very simply answered. “Real” men are trained by real fathers. We are 6 – 7 generations deep into fatherless children, men & women. That means, there is no example around for a young man to see how to treat a woman that he has feelings for or any other woman for that matter. Just the same, there are no “Ladies” around to show young women how to act around a “Real” man. 

So that leaves us with, like the Paul said above, toddler minded boys in adult bodies trying to re-enact porn scenes with toddler minded girls in adult bodies that have never seen how a “Real” woman or a “Real” man is supposed to be. Toddler boys looking for new mommies and toddler girls looking for new daddies. 

As a new father that grew up without one, I’ve had to take it upon myself to learn how to treat my “Lady” (and she actually is one who has helped bring my first born into this world), how to respectfully communicate with men and women alike, how to treat myself and how to be father without ever having seen what one was supposed to be like. Anyone that grew up without a dad has certain mental conditioning (or lack there of) that makes it harder to know what we’re supposed to do. Situations arise with my son that I feel I just don’t know what to do about, while other situations happen with him that make me feel like I’ve know what to do all along. 

Like a computer, software that isn’t installed isn’t there at the moment it is needed. Unless toddlers in grown up bodies take it upon themselves to download and install and update necessary applications (like for example; the difference between f*cking just to get a nut off and sharing a sexually emotional relationship with the woman of your dreams {if you think you can have sex without leaving an emotional imprint within all involved parties, it’s time for a system update}, how to tell the difference between a woman and a girl regardless of age, how to raise a young man or a young woman, how to treat your partner in front of your children and other to set the best example for yourself, your lover, your family, the people around you, and the world at large, how to move with kindness and chivalry {if you don’t know what the word “chivalry” actually means, you better google it – I’m talking to both males and females here} while still being manly and true to yourself, how to calm your mind and take care of your body while motivating others to do the same, how and what to eat to maintain basic levels of health as opposed to mediocre survival [which is what most genetically modified humans do these days], or how to love yourself, this list can go on further but I think if you’re reading this still you’ve gotten the point by now), the generations to come will end up looking like “Wall-E” – oversized garbage dumps with google vision goggles attached to our faces who can’t even see the magnificent and limitless world before our eyes. 

A side note, if you are guy that has been watching porn for more than five years, your mind is officially f*cked and it’s time to go get some p*ssy other than your hand. Every nut that gets unloaded should be planting a seed, going down the hatched, or getting rubbed into the skin of a woman you actually care about.

In the information age, it’s time learn some new information – 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wSF82AwSDiU

http://www.upworthy.com/the-earth-shatteringly-amazing-speech-that-ll-change-the-way-you-think-about-adulthood-4?c=ufb1

Paul, thanks for asking questions. “Real” men and woman ask questions and question the answers we get. If you don’t like the answers you’re getting, ask better questions.

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