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Celery Juice: Friend or Fad?
Celery Juice: Friend or Fad?
by Hannah Aylward
Celery juice is popping up all over the place as a “cure-all” for everything from digestive issues to skin conditions. People from all corners of the world are posting on social media about their experiences with drinking celery juice every morning on an empty stomach, claiming it has helped with constipation, adrenal fatigue, asthma, Lyme disease, and more.
There is no doubt, eating clean, whole, unprocessed foods, especially vegetables, is good for our health. Our grandmothers have been teaching us this for as long as we can remember. Anyone else not allowed to leave the table before they finished their vegetables?
However, as always, the wellness world is filled with fads — things promising to be a “cure-all” or the next quick fix. So let’s take a deeper look into the world of celery juice.
The big benefits:
Celery juice, simply the juice of celery, contains many vitamins like vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, folate, manganese, calcium, riboflavin, magnesium, and vitamin B6. It also has a high percentage of water and electrolytes, making it helpful in preventing dehydration.
Celery, because of compounds such as caffeic acid, p-coumaric acid, ferulic acid, apigenin, luteolin, tannin, saponin, and kaempferol, has powerful antioxidant characteristics, to remove free radicals. Why are these antioxidants important? They potentially decrease the risks of getting cancer.
It can also prevent cardiovascular diseases, liver disease, urinary tract obstruction, gout, and rheumatic disorders. Celery can even reduce blood glucose levels, blood lipids, and blood pressure, making it an incredibly heart-healthy vegetable. Experimental studies show that celery has antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Celery seeds have been shown to be useful in the treatment of bronchitis, asthenopia, asthma, chronic skin disorders including psoriasis, vomiting, fever, and tumors. So clearly, the benefits of celery are there. Celery juice is another thing.
In general, there is not much scientific evidence to show that juicing is any better than eating whole foods, and I am not talking about just celery here. I am talking all fruits and vegetables. In fact, when we eat whole fruits or vegetables, we are getting the benefit of the fiber, as nature intended, which helps move food through our systems and helps feed the all those good gut bacteria. We miss out on all of this good, heart-healthy fiber when juicing. Sidenote and answer to this: the morning power smoothie.
There is also no scientific evidence that supports the healing benefits of celery juice specifically.
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Celery juice is definitely rich in nutrients. The benefits are there. It can absolutely be a helpful part of your health routine. Is it going to create miracles? Probably not.
What I really want to get across: There is no replacement for consistently eating a well-rounded, healthy, whole foods-filled diet. One juice in the morning will not make up for an entire day of unhealthy eating. It is always about the full picture. Health is holistic and requires active attention towards movement, mindfulness, sleep, spirituality, relationships, happiness, and connection. However, celery juice, and any green vegetable juice for that matter, can be a great way to get some extra hydrating nutrients into your diet. I also recommend rotating your greens regularly to optimize nutrition and expose yourself to many different nutrients: spinach, watercress, chard, collards, dandelion greens, kale, parsley, cilantro, arugula — they are all good!
If you have been enjoying celery juice every morning and have been feeling nothing but better from it, then keep at it! I do not see any reason why you need to take it out. Just make sure you are eating other fruits and vegetables too in order to get a wide range of nutrients and lots of fiber goodness.
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Hannah Aylward is a Certified Health Coach, nutrition consultant, fitness instructor, healthy living expert, and founder of HAN. She helps both men and women around the world lose weight, heal skin disturbances, balance hormones, heal gut imbalances and feel at home in their bodies through healthy eating, movement, mindfulness and positive self-talk. Her goal is to help others “learn the tools that they need to live the lives they deserve”. Get to know her by visiting her website and following her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.