How Phytonutrients Benefit Us

Hippocrates Health Institute Organic foodsFor over fifty years Hippocrates Health Institute has been studying food, in particular raw foods and their effects to promote wellness. All foods have nutrients in some degree or another, but there are certain nutrients that are more abundant in certain foods that have a dramatic positive impact on health. Relative recently scientists have discovered natural compounds called Phytonutrients that are found in foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes that work with other essential nutrients to promote good health.

Phytonutrients act as powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories preventing among other things, aging. Their anti-aging abilities come about by their ability to neutralize free radicles in the body – and free radicals are what cause cellular damage that leads to wrinkles, and dry sagging skin i.e. aging. As a note of interest, free radicles come from alcohol, air pollution, radiation, stress, coffee and cooked foods to name just a few. So as you can see its not so easy to totally avoid free radicles, which makes the presence of phytonutrients all that more important. Inflammation and swelling occurs from infection or injury, when the body’s immune system responds by sending more blood to the affected area with components needed for recovery. At the Hippocrates Health Institute we have witnessed numerous occasions where introducing a diet high in phytonutrients to somebody having inflammation, result in a dramatic reduction of the swelling and degree of inflammation.

More than 25,000 different phytonutrient compounds have already been identified by scientists! Phytonutrients often give vegetables their distinctive colors such as green in spinach, orange in carrots and red in bell peppers. The following list is just a few of the most typical phytonutrients, and the plants they can be found in, together with associated health benefits:

  • Chlorophyll – wheatgrass, spirulina, chlorella, barley grass, and all leafy greens. Good for healthy blood, brain, all bodily tissues, detoxing, lowers blood pressure, glowing skin.
  • Beta-carotene – carrots, yams and green leafy vegetables. Good for Healthy eyes, skin, hair, bones, teeth and sex.
  • Lycopene – tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruits and apricots. Good for boosting the immune system and fighting various cancers.
  • Selenium – brazil nuts and walnuts. Boosting the immune system especially for people dealing with colds, flus, AIDS/ HIV, and tuberculosis. Excellent for the thyroid and it is anti-aging!
  • Diindolylmethane – broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and collard greens. Strengthens the immune system.
  • Allyl Sulfides – garlic, onions, and shallots. Strengthens the immune system, and good for allergies, colds, and flu.
  • Curcuminoids – Turmeric. This phytonutrient has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, pro-digestive, and anti-infectious properties.
Green Juice

Green Juice

Hippocrates Health Institute has known about the health benefiting properties of plant foods since it’s founding in the 1960’s, and has always encouraged organic on top of this. We now know that organic fruits and vegetables contain much more phytonutrients than non-organic plants. When plants are sprayed with artificial, chemically synthesized pesticides and fungicides they become dependent on this artificial ‘protection’, and consequently stop producing the natural phytonutrient antibodies normally used to deal with these challenges.

One of the reason why Hippocrates health Institute promotes a raw, living food diet is because cooking vegetables over 115 degrees F destroys the sensitive phytonutrients. Therefore the Hippocrates diet consists of organic fresh, ripe and living whole fruits, vegetables and sprouts, full of active phytonutrients and immune system enhancing properties.

Available from Hippocrates health Institute online store

Available from Hippocrates health Institute online store

Hippocrates Health Institute also produces a phytonutrient-enhanced supplement called “LifeGive Phyto-Enhanced+” containing curcuminoids extracted from turmeric to help those who may find it difficult to consume sufficient qualities of raw foods.

 

 

 

Your Enzyme Account

Living foods at Hippocrates health Institute

Living Foods

Health promoting enzymes found in living plant-based foods are particularly prone to molecular destruction by cooking. Hippocrates Health Institute places great emphasis on the valuable beneficial enzymes available in living foods and have witnessed the health promoting effects through the enzyme-rich Hippocrates diet.

When we are born our bodies are provided with a limited supply of enzymes used to keep our system in healthy working order for our entire lives. Replenishing this stock is possible through the foods we eat, but cooking foods above 115 degrees F kills enzymes! Each time we contract a diseases such as a virus or a common cold, encounter stress, or even breath polluted air we are withdrawing from our digestive enzyme account. This account is not replenished and eventually the body may face enzyme bankruptcy!

When the body hits rock bottom enzyme levels it goes into an emergency mode robbing enzymes from glands, muscles, nerves and blood to assist the troubled digestive process. As this trend continues, all other critical areas also become depleted of enzymes and this is now widely believed by many scientists to be the cause of various allergies and diseases. At Hippocrates Health Institute we have noticed enzyme shortages in people suffering from skin disorders, obesity, and heart disease.

Digestive_systemWhen enzymes are introduced back into the system via living foods, notable improvements can be found with blood coagulation, inflammation, wound healing, and tissue regeneration to name just a few. These enzymes replenish and reestablish normal blood-serum enzyme levels, and this process can actually be tracked by adding radioactive dye to enzyme supplements and trace them through the digestive system. Researchers discovered the tagged enzymes making their way into the liver, spleen, kidneys, heart, lungs, duodenum and urine.

The living foods diet encouraged by the Hippocrates Health Institute’s Life Transformation Program achieves two important functions relating to our enzyme account. Firstly by consuming a diet rich in nutrients, oxygen, phytonutrients, enzymes, chlorophyll, and essential nutrients, the immune system is bolstered and stops the unnecessary waste of enzyme energy. Secondly a living food diet is naturally rich in enzymes that are deposited into your enzyme account on a daily basis, keeping you richly supplied with metabolic enzymes that are responsible for building, cleansing, and regenerating the body.

Hippocrates Health Institute wheatgrass

Getting Back to the Basics of Green

Hippocrates Health Institute Sprouts

Sprouts at Hippocrates Health Institute

Presently we are in midst of a global green trend. Everywhere we hear the mantra, be green, eat green, live green, etc. While it might seems like something new to many people, in essence “green” simply means living naturally. At Hippocrates Health Institute “green” encompasses true super foods from a multitude of natural sources: from the ground there is vegetation, sea vegetables abundantly found in the oceans, and in fresh water in the form of algae. In sourcing optimum nutrition Hippocrates Health Institute embraces the consumption of wheatgrass juice, sunflower and pea sprouts and juice, sprouts, dark leafy greens, algae, and seaweed, much of which is organically grown, locally on Hippocrates’ 50-acre campus.

Humans as mammals are designed by nature to consume vegetables. As mammals go, the majority consumes a raw diet of grasses and leafy greens. Humans are the only mammal that cooks its food and one of only a few mammals that eat other animals. The most common defense to eating meat is for its protein content. In truth the best quality proteins to sustain health comes from the vegetable kingdom in the form of sprouted beans and seeds, nuts, algae, grains and grass (wheatgrass juice), which we encourage at Hippocrates Health Institute as part of our wellness program. In fact approximately 85% of mammals consume only greens, and they tend to be the largest and strongest in the animal kingdom, and where do they get their protein? Plants!

Hippocrates Health Institute first discovered the power of greens, in particular grass 50 years ago when its founder Ann Wigmore was searching for a means to overcome a chronic illness. Ms. Wigmore observed how Cows obtained all their muscle, strength and power solely from grass. Ann returned to perfect health after some weeks of chewing on grass and spitting out the fibers. She began to experiment on different types of grasses and found that wheatgrass while providing optimal nutrition also tasted the most palatable.

Hippocrates Health Institute Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass at Hippocrates Health Institute

Since its founding over 50 years ago Hippocrates Health Institute has learned a great deal of information into the healthful properties of wheatgrass and raw vegetables. Chlorophyll, which is abundant in all dark leafy greens, increases the body’s blood quality allowing more uptake of oxygen into the cells, and since plants also contain large quantities of oxygen, we can absorb it more effectively and in greater quantity. Nowadays with oxygen levels becoming less in the air we breathe, especially in cities (where most of the worlds’ populations live), we all need to find ways to increase oxygen levels and oxygen quality. Oxygen plays an important role in our cells, reducing the risk of cancers and virus infection.

As part of our Life Transformation Program at Hippocrates Health Institute we encourage the consumption of wheatgrass juice, green sprouts, and green juices that promotes ones body to self-regulate its state of wellness. Complementary to these super foods Hippocrates also supports internal cleansing (detoxing and alkalizing) and exercise. Hippocrates Health Institute promotes a lifestyle where the foundation of your diet consists of plants. Green plants first receive energy from the sun giving them life, and when we consume these living foods we benefit from this ‘living vibrational energy’ together with pure oxygen. Our cells are literally craving for clean oxygen, so go ahead and treat yourself to leafy greens, wheatgrass and sprouts today! You can simply start by growing your own at home, it’s that easy! Learn to listen to your heart, as it contains more answers than your head. Love deeply and love yourself, and remember – it’s all about the greens!

How to Grow the Best Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass juice is nature’s finest medicine. It is our signature elixir here at Hippocrates Health Institute. It is the icon in our logo. It is a powerful concentrated liquid nutrient. Wheatgrass juice builds your blood and boosts the immune system. It is a Wheatgrass-juice (1)fast-growing, high energy, high frequency plant. Two ounces of wheatgrass juice has the nutritional equivalent of five pounds of the best raw organic vegetables! It is also a powerful detoxifier pulling poisons, stored toxins, and heavy metals out of the body.

Here at Hippocrates Health Institute we have the sweetest tasting wheatgrass juice in the world. We are the largest grower and user of wheatgrass in the world. The reason our wheatgrass juice tastes so much different than other wheatgrass juice you may have tried elsewhere is the way that we grow it. It is best to grow wheatgrass indoors right in your kitchen. The ideal temperature range is between 65-75 degrees F and humidity less than 50%. You want plenty of indirect sunlight and plenty of artificial light (full-spectrum is best) but, no direct sunlight. At least 1000 lumens are needed. Keep the lights on for about twelve hours a day and turn them off at night. A little bit of gentle air movement is also very helpful.

Grow your wheatgrass with lots of loving intention! Convey plenty of your positive energy to your wheatgrass as it moves through the growing process. Think positive thoughts and speak loving words of gratitude to your grass as it is growing for the healing medicine and life-force energy it will convey to you. Play soft, classical music to your plants during daylight hours.

There are the five basic steps to growing the best wheatgrass:

1. Soaking:
Place 1 cup of red hard winter wheat berries in 1 quart wide mouth Mason jar equipped with a sprouting lid and soak in fresh filtered water for 8 hours. It is best to do this indoors at room temperature.

2. Rinsing:
Drain the soak water and rinse the seeds three times over the next 36 hours on 12 hour intervals. Leave the jar upside down between rinses propped at a 45 degree angle in a Wheatgrass-juice (3)dish rack so it can continue to drain. Always use fresh filtered room-temperature water for rinsing.

3. Planting:
Place ½” of organic potting mix a 10″ X 10″ tray with holes. Spread the potting mix out to the four corners until it is evenly distributed. Place a second empty tray on top and lightly compact the potting mix. Pre-moisten the potting mix by spraying heavy with a misting bottle. Use fresh filtered water. Spread the germinated seeds out evenly on top of the potting mix. Mist again heavy and cover with an empty tray. Keep your tray propped up using spacers above a drain pan so that it does not sit in its’ own drain water.

4. Watering:
Water your wheatgrass twice a day for a total of seven days. Always use fresh filtered water. Water enough until the tray just begins to drip. Replace the empty cover tray after each watering for the first three days. The cover tray is no longer needed after day three.

5. Harvesting:
Harvest at the beginning of the jointing stage when it “splits.” This is when you will see a second blade grow out from the base of the plant. Harvest the entire tray at this stage to halt the growing process. Cut the grass just above the soil line with a pair of scissors or a sharp knife. While it is always best to juice your wheatgrass right away when it is freshly cut, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to five days. Clean your trays, lids, and jars really well between each crop with a good strong natural organic dish soap.

Use an auger-style juicer such as the Omega for wheatgrass.
A 10” X 10” tray will yield up to 9 ounces of juice which is enough for two people for one Wheatgrass-juice (2)day. Plant a new tray and harvest a completed tray every day. This way you will always have seven trays of wheatgrass growing in various stages. You can use the small Hydrosol rack which has seven shelves – one for each day of the week. The Hippocrates store can provide you with the Hydrosol racks, trays, seeds, and sprout lids and they will ship to your USA address. They also have books and DVD’s on how to grow the best wheatgrass. Enjoy the amazing benefits of fresh juiced wheatgrass!