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MONTHLY NEWS NO. 218 – 29TH JULY 2016

congratulations!!

To the newlyweds

Mr and Mrs Jordaan

Mr & Mrs JordaanMay you spend

FOREVER TOGETHER

From the Catogroup

Cato ladies

 

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HUGH COLEMAN – MECHANICAL MANAGER

CONSTRUCTION

A5 Well another month closer to Xmas. It’s just crazy with 5 months to go, now we all know the meaning that time flies! We are still plodding along in the Midlands doing all types of electrical breakdowns for a local municipality. Unfortunately they are waiting for their 2016 / 2017 budget to be released so payment is a bit slow.

Our fleet of 28 odd vehicles are out working on different jobs all over the country side; thank goodness they are behaving themselves, or should I say touch wood before it’s too late.

Soon we will be welcoming Wimpie our mechanic back to work after his hit and run motorcycle accident which happened on the 23rd April. Wimpie’s arm was badly broken and after undergoing 7 operations to save his arm he has finally had a 6mm plate fitted to hold the arm together. All this cold weather is not helping him much, he says that he hasn’t slept since the last operation four days ago.

With all the bad weather around here are a few tips when driving in the rain and snow.

Anti-Freeze Tips

Minimum temperatures are expected to be in the minus degrees region for the rest of the week and this may have you wrapping yourself up against the cold, but have you considered that your engine may need some extra attention too? “Inspecting and maintaining your vehicle’s cooling system does not take much time, and could save you a hefty bill and the possibility of your car refusing to budge out in the cold” says Derek Hall-Jones, Divisional Manager: Technical Services at the AA.

Your car’s cooling system protects the engine against damage by ensuring that it operates within normal temperature range, and in order to do this you need to be sure that your cooling system has anti-freeze the and levels are not low, does not have rust, dirt and mineral deposits in it. Other advantages by using anti-freeze is that it is easy to notice if there are leaks in the cooling system, it prevents rust and corrosion and also lubricates the water pump. Not only does anti-freeze lower the freezing point of the coolant, it also raises the boiling point.

A general mixture of one part anti-freeze to two parts of water is recommended. Use a hydrometer to check the ‘ph’ value of the coolant in the vehicle’s cooling system. Be aware that some anti-freeze comes already premixed and adding water to this may throw the ratio out of balance. Also, do not to mix different brands of anti-freeze in your cooling system.

If you are doing it yourself, it is important that you start with a cold engine when checking your coolant levels as opening a hot radiator can be extremely dangerous. It may also be a good time to check for and replace leaking, brittle, spongy or cracked hoses. Also ensure that the radiator hose clamps are tight to prevent leaks at the connections.

Vehicle Checks

Make sure your vehicle is ready before driving in winter weather. You should make a regular pre-trip inspection, paying extra attention to the following items:

  • Coolant Level and Antifreeze Amount. Make sure the cooling system is full and there is enough anti-freeze in the system to protect against freezing. This can be checked with a special coolant tester.
  • Defrosting and Heating Equipment. Make sure the defrosters work. They are needed for safe driving. Make sure the heater is working, and that you know how to operate it.
  • Wipers and Washers. Make sure the windshield wiper blades are in good condition. Make sure the wiper blades press against the window hard enough to wipe the windshield clean. Otherwise they may not sweep off snow properly. Make sure the windshield washer works and there is washing fluid contained in the washer reservoir. Use windshield washer antifreeze to prevent freezing of the washer liquid. If you can’t see well enough while driving (for example, if your wipers fail), stop safely and fix the problem.
  • Make sure you have enough tread on your tyres. The drive tyres must provide traction to push the rig over wet pavement and through snow. The steering tyres must have traction to steer the vehicle. Enough tread is especially important in winter conditions.
  • Lights and Reflectors. Make sure the lights and reflectors are clean. Lights and reflectors are especially important during bad weather. Check from time to time during bad weather to make sure they are clean and working right.
  • Windows and Mirrors. Remove any ice, snow, etc., from the windshield, windows, and mirrors before starting. Use a windshield scraper, and windshield defroster as necessary. Make sure that you can see and communicate with other drivers.

If you’re driving in Rainy Weather:

  • Slow down by at least 5 or 10 miles an hour.At certain speeds, your car can hydroplane, lifting off the ground, and you will be driving on a layer of water. If that happens, don’t panic; just slow down until the car feels normal again.
  • Avoid driving through flooded areas.It will be difficult to gauge the water’s depth. This is dangerous in itself. And if water gets sucked into the air-intake valve and then the engine, the car will probably shut off.
  • Feather the brakes after you’ve driven through a puddle.And make sure you take your foot off the gas. This creates heat and friction, which will help dry the brakes.

If You’re Driving on Snowy or Icy Roads:

  • Slow down.Even if you have all-wheel drive, reduce your speed about 10 miles per hour below the speed limit. If it still feels iffy, cut back another five miles per hour until you’re comfortable.
  • Beware of black ice.It’s nearly impossible to see this crystal-clear glaze, but you can spot it when your headlights reflect off the road at night. It tends to form on bridges, which trap the cold; in the shadows of tall buildings, where the sun can’t hit it; and at intersections, due to drains. That’s why, in bad weather, you should slow down a couple of hundred feet before stop signs and lights.
  • Avoid tailgating.On the highway, leave about 100 yards (about the length of a football field) between you and the car ahead of you to give you plenty of room to stop in case that person brakes suddenly. Still, it’s close enough to use his headlights to see what’s up ahead.
  • Don’t brake during a turn.To avoid a spin-out, gradually start turning the steering wheel and feathering the brakes lightly before the curve. Then coast through the turn with your foot off the brake and off the gas, so as not to gain speed. When you have your foot on the brake, the wheels stop turning. That’s when the car loses control and goes in any direction that momentum decides to take it, like a toboggan.
  • Turn into a skid.Remain calm, take your foot off the brake and the gas pedals, and turn the car in the direction the car is skidding. For example, if you’re sliding to the left, gently turn the steering wheel to the left. This cancels out the skid. The car corrects itself and goes straight. If all else fails and you have the option to do so safely, leave the road and drive the car into a snow bank.

 If your rear wheels skid…

  1. Take your foot off the accelerator.
  2. Steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go. If your rear wheels are sliding left, steer left. If they’re sliding right, steer right.
  3. If your rear wheels start sliding the other way as you recover, ease the steering wheel toward that side. You might have to steer left and right a few times to get your vehicle completely under control.
  4. If you have standard brakes, pump them gently.
  5. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), do not pump the brakes. Apply steady pressure to the brakes. You will feel the brakes pulse – this is normal.

If your front wheels skid…

  1. Take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral, but don’t try to steer immediately.
  2. As the wheels skid sideways, they will slow the vehicle and traction will return. As it does, steer in the direction you want to go. Then put the transmission in “drive” or release the clutch, and accelerate gently.

If you get stuck…

  1. Do not spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper.
  2. Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way.
  3. Use a light touch on the gas, to ease your car out.
  4. Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car.
  5. Pour sand, kitty litter, gravel or salt in the path of the wheels, to help get traction.
  6. Try rocking the vehicle. (Check your owner’s manual first – it can damage the transmission on some vehicles.) Shift from forward to reverse, and back again. Each time you’re in gear, give a light touch on the gas until the vehicle gets going.

Until next month keep warm and travel safely.


ANDRE GROBLER – TECHNICAL SUPPORT MANAGER

electrical

A bit of news from a cold and wet construction crew.

Our project in Ladysmith is moving along nicely and the lads are doing some sterling work.

We have successfully installed and commissioned many LV and MV panels, generators and transformers thus far this year, at many different institutions and company’s and the crew have done themselves and our company proud by combining good job knowledge and sound skills producing very aesthetic installations.

We are presently working on a project installing perimeter lights and the main 11kV supply at a large container depot in Durban, and I was very impressed by the way in which the chaps set about planning and executing this project; I tip my hat to all involved and look forward to seeing the end result.

Billy is presently in Saudi Arabia installing and commissioning a panel, and we look forward to hearing of his adventure on his return.

Kevin has a rather difficult and challenging project in Germiston next month, but I have nothing but faith in Kevin’s ability and therefore feel sure this project will be a resounding success.

I digress for a moment to pay tribute to a man that has been my hero for as long as I can remember, the late great Muhammed Ali 1942-2016

We all know of the three time world heavy weight champion, we know he was probably the fastest heavy weight ever to have lived, we know he had great skills and was a master of the sweet science of pugilism, we know he had a big mouth and an uncanny way of being able to back up his mouth, we know of The Rumble in the Jungle where he conquered the giant George Foreman, who was able to annihilate all previous opponents with relative ease. We know of The Thrilla in Manilla where he fought Smoking Joe Frasier, We know he was the greatest because he told us all often enough, we know he was a man that stuck to his principals at a time when it seemed all the world was against him. We know he could float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. We know he did amazing work in raising money for worthy causes, work that is as much of his legacy as his stunning performances in the ring. But not everybody knows how he accomplished these things; but once you have read his trailing statement, perhaps you will understand, and perhaps when things get on top of you or you feel the task ahead is insurmountable; then just perhaps these words will inspire you to rise up and conquer your own giant.

Rest in peace Champ; you truly were the Greatest.

IMPOSSIBLE IS JUST A BIG WORD THROWN

AROUND BY SMALL MEN WHO FIND IT EASIER

TO LIVE IN THE WORLD THEY’VE BEEN GIVEN

THAN TO EXPLORE THE POWER THEY HAVE TO CHANGE IT

IMPOSSIBLE IS NOT A DECLARATION

IT’S A DARE

IMPOSSIBLE IS POTENTIAL

IMPOSSIBLE IS TEMPORARY

IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING

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DENISE VERMAAK – SAFETY OFFICER

5 Danger Signs That Complacency Will Derail Your Career pic 12J5 It’s wonderful to feel fulfilled at work, comfortable with your colleagues, your boss, and the company.  If you truly enjoy your work why would you even consider pushing yourself out of your comfort zone?

 

The danger is that being too complacent can derail your career.

 The definition of complacency is “a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, etc.”

If you assume that the status quo will remain in place, you are setting yourself up to be blindsided. If you stay in the safety of your complacency without a notion as to what’s happening in the company or in your industry, your safety zone can become a danger zone overnight. Changes are occurring all around you that can make your skills and competencies obsolete. Potential mergers and downsizing can be potential landmines unless you are tapped into the politics of the company and listening carefully to the warning signs that change is about to happen.

Here are five signs that your complacency can derail you.

1. You are no longer striving to do your best.

In this highly competitive job market, there are many people who would love your job. If you have been doing just enough to get by, beware. You must continue to add value and meet and exceed expectactions to keep your job.

J62. You are not staying up to date in your field and industry.

When was the last time you took a course or attended an industry conference? Do you regularly read trade magazines, e-zines, and journals? It is easy to lose your credibility overnight. The next new hire on your team can show up with excellent credentials and want your job.

3. You are not seeking or taking advantage of new opportunities.

If you don’t seek or take advantage of opportunities your skills become stale. Doing the same thing over and over gets boring. You remain invisible. Key stakeholders and decision makers don’t know the value that you contribute. How will you be able to position yourself if the company reorganizes or changes in any way?

Look for opportunities to work on new projects and maintain your credibility, expand your skill set, and increase your exposure across the company.

4.You are not maintaining or building your network of business contacts.

If you don’t build relationships at work and stay tuned to what’s happening or about to happen, you won’t be privy to critical information that can influence your position.

You don’t need to be searching for a new job to build a network of business contacts. Make it your intention to stay connected to former colleagues and clients. This helps you to find new opportunities should you need to.

5. You don’t risk sharing your opinion or ideas.

Fear of upsetting the status quo or potentially disagreeing with your boss or colleagues can hold you back from speaking up. If you don’t take the risk to voice your opinion, people assume you have none. Your credibility evaporates over time. You don’t have the respect of your colleagues or supervisor. It’s not important to agree with everyone all the time. It’s not important to be liked as much as it is being perceived as someone who contributes value and has the strength of their voice.

Are you in danger of sabotaging your career due to complacency?  Beware. It’s a competitive marketplace. It’s a fast paced business environment where the necessity of learning new skills, new technologies, and new processes is critical to both maintaining your current status and/or moving ahead.


pic 18-Spot has had a very busy July, we are very pleased to see an increase of customers coming to enjoy our lovely Pub & Restaurant, as well as own fresh meals.

We would like to thank the group of people that came to support us on Wednesday the 20th July it was a pleasure serving you, we are ecstatic that you enjoyed our hospitality and our food. We were pleased to see you back here on Wednesday the 27th July for another one of your events.

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On Saturday 23rd July we held the engagement party of Luca and Georgette; it was a great evening,

we were glad to see that everyone enjoyed themselves, thank you to everyone that came.

Thank you to the Petersen family who supported the G-Spot.

Coming up events

Annual ARB Rugby Day –

Saturday 17th September 2016

Please diarise this one:

The G Spot will open at 08h30 on Saturday 17th September in time for everyone to settle in for a light bacon and egg roll breakfast before the match between South Africa and New Zealand at 09h35. This is an annual event at the G Spot and is usually held on the Saturday that South Africa plays their first game against New Zealand (on NZ’s turf) during the Four Nations Rugby Tournament.

Breakfast: Bacon and egg rolls will be on sale for only R25 each and lunch will be the annual complimentary lamb on the spit with rolls, courtesy of ARB and the G Spot.

Bucket Specials: (6 beers per bucket)

Hansa, Black Label and Castle – R70

Castle Light – R80

Drinks Specials:

Double Klipdrift and coke – R25

Three Ships – R12

Bonus: Jägermeister Promotion Girls will arrive at 10am


There will also be hampers and prizes to give away as well as a rugby score sheet @ R20 per score prediction.

16 Kitchen Scraps That You Can Re-grow

All of us want to be able to have fresh fruit and vegetable at our disposal when working in the kitchen, preparing a delicious meal. The truth is you can have your veggies and eat them too! There are a number of plants which you can throw away after eating, not knowing they can be re-grown in the most easy of methods. Here is the list of those vegetables and how you can make some more in the comfort of your home.

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• Fennel, Scallions, Onions and Leeks can be re-grown if using the white root end. Put it into a glass jar and pour a bit of water over it. Keep it in a well-lit area (like the kitchen window) and soon enough you will be able to notice the green leaves sprouting. When it’s of a decent size, cut it away and use in your dishes. Freshen up the water supply and your vegetable is ready to grow again

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  • Cabbage, Celery, Romaine Lettuce and Bok Choi are very similar to the previous category.

Meaning the secret of re-growing powers lie in its white root end.

Like before, cut and put it into a bowl with a bit of water in, under direct sunlight and after a couple of days new leaves will begin to rise once more.

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J13 • Lemongrass is not much different than a normal grass. The root end should go into a jar with little water but transferred into a pot when it begins to grow again. Ready to be harvested when the stalks have one foot height

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  • Potatoes are maybe the easiest of the foods to re-grow at home. If a potato has `eyes` then it can be made to give some more potatoes. Cut the potato into pieces of 2 inch squares – each must have an `eye` on it. Place it in a dry area and after a couple of days plant them in a high-nutrient soil, with the `eye` facing up at 8 inches deep. Add      extra soil when the plant begins to grow.

• Ginger is also very easy to work with. The part you are interested in is the thick knobby bit, known as the rhizome. Put one such piece in some potted soil with the buds facing up and in a moist and warm setting, although not in direct sunlight. When the new roots rise up and the plant is fully grown, just repeat the instruction here to re-re-grow a ginger fruit.

• A single clove of a piece of Garlic is enough to use in order to re-grow the entire vegetable. Plant with the root end downward in direct sunlight and see the impressive results of Nature. Keep in mind that cutting the shoots will force the plant to make a big bulb. The important thing to remember is that – like in the case of ginger – you can re-grow it again and again without buying a new one soon.

J14 Things You Will Need

A head of garlic

Potting soil

A container

Break garlic cloves apart and sow each clove vertically into the soil at a depth of 1 inch. Cover all the cloves with soil. Place the pot in an area that gets plenty of direct sunlight. Clip off the greens when they are about 3 – 4 inches tall, leaving about an inch or so for it to re-grow. When it turns brown and dries up, dig the clove of garlic you planted and you should have a full bulb. Take a clove from that and start over!

  • Onions shouldn’t be thrown away but re-grown, mostly because they do classify among the easiest vegetables to sprout `from their ashes`. What you need to do is cut off the root end but ensuring half an inch of onion is on the roots. Put this entirely in soil in your garden in a well-lit area and keep watering. Cold weather is not recommended for this vegetable.
  • Sweet Potatoes can be re-grown by planting a part of it under a thin layer of soil. The place in the garden should be well `seen` by the Sun. At a height of 4 inches, remove the shoots and re-plant them with 12 inches of space in between. A long waiting time (around 4 months) begins and after that, feel free to reap the benefits of re-growing your own vegetables.

J15 • Carrot Tops are something to be played with or nicely decorated, but not eaten! Remember this when you want to re-grow a carrot from the eating table. The top and an inch of the root of the carrot should be balanced with toothpicks on a water filled glass jar. Filtered sunlight will make the roots sprout in a couple of days.

• Mushrooms, although hard to re-grow, it’s not impossible! The preferred medium for mushrooms is a pot filled with a mix of soil and compost. In daytime, filtered light will do the job, while during the night, it’s better to leave it at a cool temperature. The part which should go into the soil is the stalk with the headremoved. But be careful to leave the top part unburied. In a matter of days you will know if the base has re-grown a new mushroom.

• Pineapples are delicious and will surely be among the top choices of re-grown fruit in your home. The sad part is it takes very long (almost a couple of years) until you can reap the fruit from the pineapple tree you grow at home. Simply place the green top piece (with no fruit attached to it!) in a warm environment. Also, make sure the surface is well drained. Pour water regularly at first and then weekly. Good luck

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G SPOT PUB & DINER


TAYLEA PETERSEN – ESTIMATOR & SIGNAGE

SIGNAGE & MAINTENANCE

A sneak preview at the installation of the new and improved signage for Voltex generators done last week.

Due to an increasing amount of generators having to survive outside in the harsh weather conditions just standing around waiting for when people need them, we have decided to spice up the look of the signage with a more weather proof design.

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TAYLEA AND PROFESSOR TAKING MEASUREMENTS & INSTALLING THE SIGN

J23THE COMPLETED SIGN


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Arnfred Nursery

pic 1Happy gardening!!

The Arnfred Team


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Word of the Month

J26Ambrose Williams


In Other News

Birthdays August – Happy Birthday

To the Following people in August:

14 – Helene Williams

23 – Marius Coetzee

25 – Hayley Rich


Health

J27 If you haven’t jumped on the wheatgrass bandwagon yet, it’s not too late. Now, don’t just scrunch your nose and bow out of the conversation just yet. Wheatgrass juice is perhaps the most health-generating food out there, so keep reading.

I do get it, though – wheatgrass is the kind of health trend you chalk up to hipsters, tree huggers, and more-or-less-obsessed health and fitness enthusiasts. Plus, it can appear to be inaccessible, expensive, and downright gross. But with so many benefits of wheatgrass on the line in terms of energy levels, overall health, and head-to-toe beauty, why not compromise?!

Wheatgrass 101

Wheatgrass is a young grass of the common wheat plant, Triticum aestivum, a subspecies of the family Poaceae.

Wheatgrass can be cultivated outdoors, but is commonly grown indoors on trays filled with potting mix. As the leaves grow, they eventually split. At this so-called “jointing stage” point, the wheatgrass has reached its greatest nutritional value and the blades can be snipped off, allowing for a second round of leaves to grow. After the second round grows to the point of splitting, the crop is usually finished, although a third round is sometimes possible.

For those of you who struggle to ingest wheat grass juice, have no fear! You too can experience the glory inherent in the superfood without pinching your nose and taking a swig. Wheatgrass is available in many different forms.

To make powder, tablets, or capsules out of wheatgrass, the blades are harvested, dehydrated at a low temperature or freeze-dried, and sold as a dietary supplement. Schnabel and his successors found dehydrating the wheatgrass at low temperatures to be the best and most beneficial way to dry out the wheatgrass, although today many producers claim freeze-drying is better for quality and taste. Freeze-drying removes all moisture by placing frozen wheatgrass in a vacuum and turning the ice into vapour. However, traditionalists argue that nothing can compare to the natural dehydration of wheatgrass as it grows slowly under natural conditions in glacial soils through the often-freezing temperatures and bright sunlight of winter, just as Schnabel had grown it. However, freeze-drying is far more convenient for producers and consumers alike.

Home-grown fresh wheatgrass can skip the drying process and be juiced directly after cut from the soil. Wheatgrass juicers are sold just about everywhere nowadays. Amazon.com features a good bunch of them. Cut wheatgrass can be placed into an airtight container and survive about 7 to 8 days in the refrigerator.

History of the Benefits of Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass consumption goes way back, some 5,000 years to ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations. Egyptians held the wheatgrass’ leafy blades as sacred and honoured them for their health benefits.

In the 1930s, American agricultural chemist Dr. Charles Schnabel worked hard to popularize wheatgrass by documenting its amazing nutritional benefits. One of his most famous studies centred on the livelihood and egg output of 106 hens. When Schnabel received the hens, they were sick and dying. Schnabel restored their health by feeding them a mixture of fresh cut, young oat grasses and greens. On July 31, 1930, his efforts proved fruitful – he got 126 eggs from 106 hens! Hens generally can only lay one egg per day and often they lay no egg at all, which is why Schnabel’s feat was so remarkable. Schnabel and his team compared wheatgrass to other nutrient-dense vegetables, like spinach, broccoli, and alfalfa, and found wheatgrass to be dramatically superior in improving the health of livestock. In the 1940s, Schnabel, now dubbed “Father of Wheatgrass”, debuted a wheatgrass powder on the market. By the 1950s, cereal grass tablets were America’s bestselling multi-vitamin and mineral supplements.

In the 1950s, Lithuanian-American nutritionist and whole-foods advocate Ann Wigmore began to juice wheatgrass. It is said that Wigmore turned her hair from dark grey to jet black in her late years by way of her wheatgrass-fuelled dietary protocol. Later, Wigmore would form the Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston, where she would educate thousands on the benefits of wheatgrass and plant-based living.

Nutritional Analysis and Benefits of Wheatgrass

30ml of wheatgrass contains 120 calories, 8 grams of dietary fibre, 240% of the RDA of vitamin A, 93% of the RDA of vitamin C, 356% of the RDA of iron, and 12% of the RDA of calcium. It also contains 8 grams of protein.

Wheatgrass is overflowing with vitamins, amino acids, liver enzymes, and chlorophyll. It contains 98 of 102 earth elements found in soil, including phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium as well as essential enzymes and 19 amino acids. It also bears more vitamin A and C than oranges and carrots and is rich in vitamins E, K, and B.

Chlorophyll, a phytochemical that is what gives dark leafy greens their colour, is essentially the blood of plants and is what makes wheatgrass so powerful. Chlorophyll reverses aging, suppresses hunger, cleanses the blood, combats odour, and prevents cancer. Wheatgrass is 70% chlorophyll, making it a concentrated carrier of the sun’s life force energy.

These qualities make wheatgrass as beneficial for your skin, hair, and figure as it is for your general health. Consider it an all-purpose solution to just about every health problem you may have.

How much is Enough?

You shouldn’t underestimate wheatgrass – it’s very potent. Consuming too much at any given time can render you nauseous and feeling sick. First, you have to build up your serving sizes. For instance, when you are incorporating wheatgrass juice into your diet, start with 30ml per day and slowly graduate to 60mls per day. You don’t need more.


Equally important as the amount you take is when you take it. Wheatgrass should always be consumed on an empty stomach or with other fruits and vegetables. It should never be consumed after a meal, otherwise it will make you feel nauseated.

Young children, pregnant women, and elders should consult their doctors before adding wheatgrass to their diets.

51 Incredible Benefits of Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is overflowing with essential vitamins and minerals, quite unlike any other food in the world. It can be consumed or applied topically for both health and beauty benefits.

Here are 51 convincing ways to incorporate wheatgrass into your daily dietary lifestyle.

Treat Skin Diseases

Wheatgrass can be used to cure skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. There are several ways you can go about using wheatgrass for your skin. Pour wheatgrass juice into a few holes in an ice cube tray, freeze, and rub a cube across blemishes on your skin as well as on any scars or damaged areas. Alternatively, you could pour a cup of wheatgrass juice or powder into a warm bath and soak your body in the bath for at least 30 minutes. Your body will be cleansed and odour-free.

2. Lose Weight

If you have a few pounds to lose, wheatgrass may be the answer. This requires drinking wheatgrass juice or taking wheatgrass supplements, and it’s well worth it. Wheatgrass is effective in managing the thyroid gland, whose function is crucial in avoiding weight gain.

3.  Reduce Food Cravings

Wheatgrass is loaded with so many nutrients that your body isn’t lusting for other foods to compensate for any lack of vitamins or minerals. This goes hand-in-hand with wheatgrass’ ability to help you lose weight, but it is also critical in your efforts to avoid unhealthy, sugar and fat-laden snacks. Take a wheatgrass supplement (or juice shot) each morning on an empty stomach and it may prevent overeating throughout the day.

4. Detox Your Cells

If you think a regular juice cleanse is the pinnacle of detoxification, you’re wrong. Wheatgrass may appear like a simple, dull grass, but it is actually among the most powerful natural detoxifying agents due to its high alkalinity. In fact, it has been said that just about 30ml of wheatgrass is equivalent in nutritional value to more than 900 grams of leafy green vegetables. Talk about an alkaline overload!

5. Improve Immunity

Wheatgrass has exhibited the ability increase red blood cells in the body, which is why it is so effective in staving off disease and boosting immunity.

6. Stimulate Circulation

Wheatgrass has the ability to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood, making it a great way to stimulate circulation. In addition to taking a wheatgrass supplement, you could also use a cotton ball to rub wheatgrass juice around your face and neck to dilate blood vessels and allow more circulation to the surface of the skin. After applying, rinse off the wheatgrass and pat your face dry with a towel.

  7. Improve Digestion

Instead of reaching for antacids to relieve heartburn or indigestion, introduce wheatgrass into your daily regimen and benefit from its vitamin B, amino acids, and enzyme content. From irritable bowel syndrome to ulcers, wheatgrass is a great tool to improving digestion. Wheatgrass even goes as far as cleaning your bowels of impacted matter and mucous.

 

8. Treat Arthritis

Health experts believe wheatgrass is effective in treating arthritis. Chlorophyll is thought to benefit arthritis and wheatgrass contains tons of it! Chlorophyll fights inflammation, which is associated with joint pain.

 

9. Reduce Fatigue

When you experience fatigue, your body is likely deprived of rest and is dealing with a weakened immune system. Chlorophyll helps to increase oxygen supply in your body’s cells and tissues, contributing to cell regeneration, which heals the body and reduces fatigue symptoms.

 

10. Get Rid of Body Odour

Wheatgrass is a natural body deodorizer and regular consumption or application of wheatgrass can help to get rid of the stench naturally. Its juices have the ability to wash toxins from the mouth, skin, and body.


 11. Treat Skin Wounds

By regenerating cells, wheatgrass juice can treat skin wounds and help them heal faster. Dab wheatgrass juice to the skin with a cotton ball and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing and patting dry with a towel.

 

12. Prevent Tooth Decay

Gargle a shot of wheatgrass juice in your mouth for a few minutes and it will draw out toxins and re-mineralize teeth. Replace harsh mouthwash with wheatgrass juice. No, your teeth won’t turn green!

 

13. Cleanse the Liver

Wheatgrass is probably best known for its effects on the liver. The liver processes what the body ingests, and with its detoxifying properties, nutrients, and enzymes, wheatgrass is able to restore and revitalize the liver.

 

14. Treat Sunburn

Just as wheatgrass is able to treat wounds, it is also able to accelerate the healing process of burnt skin. Dab wheatgrass juice to the skin with a cotton ball and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing and patting dry with a towel.

 

15. Stabilize Lipid Levels

Wheatgrass improves lipid levels, which means it’s a great tool for managing high cholesterol.

 

16. Clear Sinus Congestion

Consuming wheatgrass or snorting wheatgrass juice through the nose helps to clear the sinuses by pulling toxins and breaking up mucus.

 

17. Get Rid of Acne

Wheatgrass has the capacity to regenerate skin cells and is thus helpful for the complexion. Take a wheatgrass supplement daily or apply the juice straight to the skin to get rid of acne.

 

18. Prevent Cancer

Due to its potent detoxifying properties, wheatgrass works to keep the blood clean and oxygenated as well as the red blood cell count high. Cancer thrives in a low-oxygen environment, so the wheatgrass contributes to cancer prevention.

 

19. Fight the Common Cold

Steer clear of colds with wheatgrass supplements. If you aren’t keen on taking wheatgrass supplements year round, instead home in on the cold-weather seasons, where the chances of contracting the common cold is much higher.

 

20. Treat a Hangover

The abundance of alkalinity in wheatgrass offsets the acidity caused by alcohol consumption. Wheatgrass also hydrates cells, which can be dehydrated after a night of drinking.


 21. Improve the Mood

Wheatgrass is rich in iron. A deficiency in iron can cause fatigue, which worsens mood and makes you feel blasé and unenthused. Wheatgrass turns the tide!

 

22. De-Stress

The vitamin B in wheatgrass is effective in helping you to overcome anxiety and achieve a better state of mental health. Many of us have stressful careers and family lives, so a little support is always welcome!

 

23. Fight Depression

Wheatgrass helps to keep your iron levels stable, which is particularly important for women. Iron deficiency is linked to apathy and depression.

 

24. Improve the Appearance of Nails

A glance at your nails can give you a pretty good idea of the state of your health. A lack of iron in your diet or poor circulation are often the main reasons why your nails are weak, have white spots, or are rough in texture and yellow or blue in colour. Wheatgrass boosts circulation, allowing blood to reach the ends of your fingers and giving life to otherwise lacklustre nails. Meanwhile, wheatgrass offers a substantial amount of iron to the body.

 

25. Ease Menstrual Pains

Irregular and painful menstrual cycles can be attributed to malnourishment of vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Wheatgrass is so chockfull of nutrition, it helps to fill in the blanks where your diet hasn’t already. This includes helping you weather through “that time of the month” with more ease.

 

26. Combat Inflammation

Wheatgrass is exceptionally powerful in fighting inflammation, a condition that is closely linked to disease in the body.

 

27. Get Rid of Bad Breath

Much in the same way wheatgrass works to neutralize body odours it also helps to get rid of bad breath.

 

28. Neutralize Infections

The chlorophyll in wheatgrass helps to fight off bacterial infections and bring the body into equilibrium, avoiding an overly acidic state that makes it susceptible to disease-causing bacteria.

 

29. Repair Damaged DNA

The amino acid chains in wheatgrass can be absorbed directly into the blood and promote cell metabolism. These amino acids provide material for the formation of the nucleic acids RNA and DNA. Damaged DNA can wreak havoc in your body, causing sterility, genetic abnormalities, and abnormal aging.

 

30. Improve Your Exercise Regimen

The high amount of oxygen in chlorophyll helps deliver more oxygen to the blood, which is particular helpful prior to strenuous exercise, when you want all the oxygen you can get.


 31. Slow Down Aging

Wheatgrass is brimming with antioxidants, which help to neutralize free radicals in the body. Free radicals are essential what age us, from head to toe and from inside to out. Antioxidants help us to slow down the aging process and reveal a more youthful vitality in our appearance and mood.

 

32. Fight Radiation

In one study, wheatgrass extract proved successful in topically treating acute radiation-induced skin reactions. We are exposed to radiation on a daily basis, from our iPhones to iPads, and wheatgrass makes for a useful tool in offsetting overexposure. Like all other pollutants, radiation is equally vulnerable to wheatgrass’ detoxifying prowess.

 

33. Refine and Renew Bodily Tissues

Wheatgrass refines and renews bodily tissue by improving circulation, boosting the blood’s oxygen levels, and detoxing tissue cells from harmful toxins.

 

34. Flush Drugs out of the System

Flush your liver of over-the-counter and prescription drugs by consuming wheatgrass. Wheatgrass protects the liver from oxidative stress and helps to cleanse it of any foreign substances that come its way.

 

35. Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels

Wheatgrass has been shown to be a powerful anti-hyperglycaemic agent. This makes it a fitting supplement for those with diabetes or who are trying to reduce blood sugar levels.

 

36. Be Smarter

The chlorophyll in wheatgrass fuels the body with oxygen. Oxygen is vital to many body processes, especially for the brain, which uses 25% of the oxygen supply. A better functioning brain means you can make smarter decisions and operate in a more diligent fashion in your day-to-day life.

37. Be Smarter

The chlorophyll in wheatgrass fuels the body with oxygen. Oxygen is vital to many body processes, especially for the brain, which uses 25% of the oxygen supply. A better functioning brain means you can make smarter decisions and operate in a more diligent fashion in your day-to-day life.

 

38. Balance Your Diet

Just 30ml of wheatgrass juice is equivalent to 900 grams of vegetable produce. If your diet is subpar, consider wheatgrass a necessary addition to your lifestyle. It fuels your body with the veggies it needs, only in a single shot!

 

39. Improve Oral Health

Rinsing the mouth with wheatgrass juice draws toxins out of the gums and improves oral health. Wheatgrass juice also treats bleeding gums.

 

40. Clean the Bowel (enema style)

If you conduct enemas on yourself to draw impacted matter out of the colon, add a shot of wheatgrass to the water in order to attract even more acidic waste and shepherd it out of the body.


 41. Heal Skin Irritation

The high alkalinity of wheatgrass helps to comfort and soothe skin irritations. Both topical application of wheatgrass juice and consumption of wheatgrass supplements work well.

 

42. Get Rid of Dandruff

Dandruff thrives on a dry, unhealthy scalp, and topical application of wheatgrass juice can help to balance the pH of your scalp and ultimately repair it.

 

43. Enjoy a Better Douche

Remove odour down under with a wheatgrass juice douche. It will not only get rid of unwanted smells but also improve the overall health of your nether regions.

 

44. Improve Your Sex Life

A healthier lifestyle equates to increased libido and better sex. Regular wheatgrass supplements will have you feeling and looking your best, so you can get under the sheets with more confidence and stamina.

 

45. Eliminate Heavy Metals from the Body

Wheatgrass is popularly known for its ability to detox heavy metals from the body. Heavy metals are toxic and can interfere with bodily processes.

 

46. Diversify Your Gluten-Free Diet

Wheatgrass is gluten-free because it is harvested when young, before it ever has the chance to grow grains.

 

47. Boost Energy

Decreased energy is closely related to diet and often a result of nutritional deficiencies. Wheatgrass helps to put your body in balance so your energy levels soar!

48. Improve Your Smoothies

Add wheatgrass powder or juice to your morning, post-exercise smoothie for an extra health kick. Just add 1 teaspoon of wheatgrass powder or 30ml of wheatgrass juice to each serving. Try this green smoothie recipe as a start:


 Wheatgrass Green Smoothie

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Serves 1

Ingredients:        

1 ½ bananas, peeled, chopped, and frozen

Small handful of fresh spinach

1 teaspoon wheatgrass powder

2 Medjool dates, seeded

Dash of ground cinnamon

Directions: Place all the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.

49. Increase Fertility

P4D1 is a compound found in wheatgrass that impacts sperm cells and DNA, ultimately increasing fertility.

50. Improve and Create a More Discernible Palate

Wean off of unhealthy, nutritionally-devoid foods with wheatgrass. By balancing your body’s pH and satisfying your nutritional needs, wheatgrass steers you away from bad food cravings and doesn’t leave you craving for foods packed with sugar, excess fat, and preservatives. Wheatgrass trains your taste buds to start craving healthier foods and to appreciate subtle flavours more fully.

51. Reduce Appearance of Scars

Wheatgrass juice helps to rebuild damaged skin. Topically apply wheatgrass juice to the affected area and let sit for 20-30 minutes before rinsing clean.


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The next edition of our news will be published on Wednesday 31st August 2016


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