Although it is known for its many health boosting properties, there are some mild wheatgrass side effects that need addressing. These side effects include nausea, diarrhea, headache and sometimes, allergies.
Before we go into detail here, it is important to know that wheatgrass taken early in the morning and on an empty stomach, greatly diminishes the side effects.
The number one wheatgrass side effect is nausea. Nausea occurs typically with new users who are either not accustomed to its taste or take too much of it in the beginning. Also, wheatgrass causes nausea if it is taken before or after having a meal. Wheatgrass does not mix well with other food. A good rule of thumb is to wait at last an hour between drinking your wheatgrass and eating a hearty meal.
Though nausea can occur, it subsides as your body gets used to it. Some people claim that nausea comes from the detoxifying properties of wheatgrass.
Another one of wheatgrass side effects is headache which is often coupled by nausea. It is also considered to be caused by detoxification. The body goes through rapid toxin excretion thus causing the aforementioned symptoms. As the body gets rid of more and more toxins the headaches become less intensive until finally they totally subside.
Diarrhea is attributed to heavy wheatgrass usage. However, there are claims that, if you gradually increase the amount of wheatgrass juice in your diet, the effect is reversed and it can help in putting a stop to diarrhea.
Allergic reactions are possible for people who are allergic to wheat and they should steer clear of wheatgrass products. Allergic reactions include skin rash, throat swelling and breathing difficulties. Some people are allergic to molds and they should avoid wheatgrass because the wheatgrass that has not been grown in the right conditions is quite prone to molds.
Molds that are the most common ones to grow on wheatgrass include:
Blue fuzz- which is really not pathogenic which means it does not penetrate the grass but just stays on the surface. It is easily removed by rinsing in water;
Brown and white mold – which are pathogenic and could cause mild health issues, but are clearly visible and they attack and finally kill the plant. You know your wheatgrass is contaminated with such molds when it looks spoiled.
The right growing conditions should ensure that you grow the healthiest, most nutritious wheatgrass, mold-free and safe for your consumption.
As you can see, there are not many wheatgrass side effects and many of those are mild in nature. Nevertheless, if you stick to some basic rules when it comes to making a habit of consuming wheatgrass, the probability of these side effects occurring will be minimized.
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