Healthy, and supple skin is a sign of a generally healthy body. Experts tell us that even at the subconscious level, good skin is one of the key points which attracts us to a member of the opposite sex. It is no surprise then, that acne, or any other skin disorder can be a real setback to a person’s self-esteem.
Modern medicine has given us many drugs and treatments which can improve the way your skin looks. Many of these are very effective, but for various reasons you may prefer a natural, dietary based approach instead. It may be that your health practitioner has advised against taking drugs or artificial supplements of any sort because they interfere with a medical condition or existing medication you are taking. Whatever the reason, effective natural alternatives are available.
One of the best-known of these is wheat grass juice. In recent years this juice has become immensely popular as a detox tonic, as well as being used as part of many weight loss diets. The juice, made from very young weak shoots, is extremely rich in antioxidant compounds, nutrients, and vitamins. Many people have reported drastically improved skin conditions after drinking the juice for several weeks.
The most common way of obtaining wheat grass juice is to buy a ready-made from juice bars, health food stores or even at a local gym. Although it is convenient to buy the juice ready-made, this can be quite expensive in the long run. Each shot of juice is likely to cost between five dollars and seven dollars, and this clearly adds up to a lot of money if you are drinking the recommended minimum of one shot daily. A much more affordable alternative is to buy a compact hand juicer, and then juice your own wheat grass shoots at home. It’s not hard to make – all you need to do is crush young wheat shoots, releasing the liquid inside the young plants.
A hand juicer is in many ways superior to an electric juicer machine when it come to making wheat grass juice. Because the juice is only made in small shots of about 30 mL, it is not appreciably slower to use a manual juicer. It takes about two minutes to make a shot of juice, and although you might be able to do this slightly faster with an electric model, you need to factor in that it will take you longer to clean up the electric machine. A hand juicer as such in comparison is fast and easy to use, and has only very few parts to wash and then reassemble.
You can either grow your own wheat grass on a sunny windowsill or bench, or buy ready to juice from a local grower. There are usually growers located close to all major centres, and they supply the cafes and juice bars who normally sell the juice by the shot. You can expect to pay about four dollars per 12 inch square tray of wheat shoots, each of which will make about four shots of the juice. If you have the time, then growing your own is a lot of fun, especially if you have kids – with a bit of creativity you could easily turn this into a great after school project. Just remember that the shoots need to be about 3 weeks old before juicing, so there will be a bit of a delay at first!
When you are ready to juice, start by drinking no more than one shot of juice daily. As you get used to the strong taste, you can work your way up to 2 or even three shots per day. Over a period of 2 to 3 weeks you should notice a significant improvement in any skin condition you may have, as well as improved levels of energy and a general feeling of well-being.