Wheat grass comes in a variety of forms, including raw, powder, extract and tablets. Although this plant lacks substantial clinical data, it is usually marketed as a dietary aid to detoxify the body and promote weight loss and general health. The wheat grass detox diet requires consuming this plant daily to promote the removal of toxins and impurities in the body. Wheat grass has a high nutritional content, which includes the nine essential amino acids, vitamins and essential minerals -- so much that it would require 2.5 pounds of vegetables to reach the similar content of 1 ounce of wheat grass, according to Dr. Rajeev Sharma in his book, Improve Your Health With Wheatgrass and Grains. Consult your physician prior to taking wheat grass, especially if you have a gastrointestinal condition.
Drink fresh juiced wheat grass alongside other fruits and vegetables, such as berries, bananas, spinach and apples. Use pleasant-tasting items high in antioxidants to mask the flavor of wheat grass and encourage removal of toxins. The wheat grass detox diet calls for a 1-ounce "shot" of wheat grass before each meal.
Take the recommended dosing amount set forth by the manufacturer of the dietary supplement if you choose this method over raw wheat grass juice. Dietary supplements are available as tablets, capsules, tinctures and liquid extracts, according to the American Cancer Society. Since there is a lack of scientific data, there is no way to determine a viable dosing to improve marketed health benefits.
Avoid only using wheat grass in this detox diet. Despite its high nutritive value, you will need to supplement your detoxification process with whole foods, such as whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean meat; wheat grass is not a means to replace meals. Doing so could lead to constipation and food deprivation.
Facilitating a proper detoxification process requires regular exercise and a healthy diet. Never use a cleanse as a long-term means of weight loss and maintenance.
Wheat grass is not considered a drug by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is therefore not evaluated for safety. Contact your doctor before taking this dietary aid.
- American Cancer Society: Wheatgrass
- Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology: Wheat Grass Juice in the Treatment of Active distal Ulcerative Colitis: A Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial
- Improve Your Health with Wheatgrass and Grains; Dr. Rajeev Sharma
- Food as Medicine; Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.