The moment I watched kale disintegrate into my smoothie, I knew that I had crossed a threshold. When I was willing to drink green (and throw some hemp seed in there, too), I realized I was a “green believer.” After all the research through books and blogs of cured health gurus, I’m finally ready to commit to “la vie en vert:” Life through green coloured glasses, or, in this case, a healthy life by drinking glasses of green.
This belief and commitment has been heightened by the fact that my white blood cells have dropped to 1.9 once again (normal WBC is 5.0 – 10.0). It’s due to the fact that I’ve been off prednisone for about 3 and a half months, something that my naturopath isn’t overly concerned about, but she says is definitely on her radar. I feel fine, with the exception of needing a bit more sleep lately, but I admit, I’m feeling worried. My next rheumatologist appointment is in May and I know if I don’t get these white blood cells up naturally by then, Dr. H is going to recommend I go back on prednisone. I don’t think I have to say how I feel about that.
I’ve been drinking green smoothies everyday, hoping it will help give my body what it needs to rebuild itself. I’m also considering what is highly touted as “the magic green shot:” Wheatgrass. According to “Green Health:”
- One ounce contains 103 vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
- One ounce of wheatgrass juice represents as much nutritional value as approximately 2.5 pounds of fresh green vegetables.
- Wheatgrass juice is high in chlorophyll.
- It is very high in vitamins A, B-Complex, C, E and K.
- Wheatgrass juice is a natural source of laetrile (B-17).
- It contains beta-carotene, which is found in red, green and yellow pigmented fruits and vegetables. Beta-carotene acts as a scavenger against harmful molecules flowing naturally through the body or through toxins inhaled from cigarette smoke, air pollution and other damaging sources.
- Wheatgrass cleanses, purifies and feeds the body by activating the white blood cells, which boost the body’s immune system.
It sounds too good to be true, but apparently it has worked for countless people, playing a large part in putting disease into remission. I’ve zoned in on a local wheatgrass seller and plan to drop by in the next week. I’ve heard it doesn’t taste very good, but it’s a small sacrifice in the big scheme of things. Otherwise, all I can do is get enough rest, exercise, focus on foods that boost white blood cell production, drink green tea (stimulates WBC production), and try to stay stress free. Let’s see if I’m able to convince my rheumatologist (and my body) that I should stay Evil P-free!