Updated: Mar 16, 2019
So if you're like me, January hit and you started seeing people drinking celery juice all over the place. So.. is it just hype or is there actually something to it?
Last year when I started flaring again, my childhood best friend told me about Anthony William's Medical Medium and how celery juice is so beneficial for your health. Naturally, I thought about it briefly and got distracted, eventually forgetting about it completely as I got deeper into the flare.
Fast forward to this year and I decided to finally do some real research and find out what's actually going on with celery. So here's some of what I discovered:
1. It's best to drink it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. If you can't, wait an hour or two after eating. Once you drink it, wait 15 to 30 minutes before consuming anything else.
2. Celery juice is best on its own. Don't mix it with anything else. You might hear about adding lemon juice or apple cider vinegar or something else entirely. While this may sound like a great idea, the acidity and other components can actually alter the chemical composition of the celery, altering the benefits.
3. The ideal serving size is 16oz. of celery juice per day. If you have a chronic condition (hellooo autoimmunity.. *insert raising hand emoji*) then 24-32oz. is even better.
4. Buy organic! I do this anyway, but it is particularly important for celery as it's on the Environmental Working Group's "Dirty Dozen" list. And of course, be sure to wash it before you juice it.
5. Everything I've read said celery juicing is safe for any age, as well as while pregnant or breastfeeding. However, if you have any concerns, always consult your doctor.
6. It is an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals such as: Vitamin C, potassium, folate, manganese, and vitamin B6 (1). As well as a good source of calcium, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, magnesium, vitamin A, phosphorus and iron. This nutrient density is going to help curb those cravings, which could help with weight loss (if that's your goal).
7. Celery juice is a diuretic and is detoxifying for your liver. You may notice decreased water retention and puffiness, as well as a change in your bowel movements. Don't worry, this is totally normal with detox and will normalize in time. If it is excessive, you can start with a lesser amount and gradually increase.
8. It aids in digestion. Celery helps your body increase its natural production of hydrochloric acid (HCL) which chemically breaks down the food in your stomach. This is particularly beneficial for anyone suffering from GI symptoms. Low stomach acid can result in a slew of symptoms and conditions like acid reflux, indigestion, bloating, fatigue, mineral deficiencies, anemia, and even autoimmune conditions like colitis (2).
9. It reduces your cholesterol. Celery contains 3-n-butylphthalide (BuPh) which results in a reduction of your total serum cholesterol, low density lipoprotein (LDL--the "bad" cholesterol), and triglyceride concentrations (3).
10. Celery helps prevent ulcers by increasing mucus production, protecting gastric tissues (4).
11. It reduces inflammation in the body. Yay! This is a major benefit for anyone with a chronic condition. Celery contains polysaccharides and antioxidants (5, 6). As you know, antioxidants combat free radicals which cause cellular damage and instability in the body, and can even result in cancer.
12. Celery contains carotenoids, flavonoids, and falcarinol which have been shown to prevent and fight cancer. In fact, carotenoids have been shown to be beneficial in preventing colon cancer specifically (7). As someone with ulcerative colitis this is of particular interest to me. The c-polyacetylenes of the falcarinol-type in celery has a significant inhibitory effect on intestinal epithelial cell proliferation, meaning it stops the replication of cancerous cells (6, 8). How does that work? Research shows it is chemopreventive, which means "at the molecular level, cancer chemoprevention is categorized by the disruption of multiple pathways and processes of the three stages of carcinogenesis: initiation, promotion, and progression." This falcarinol is also high in other veggies like parsley, parsnip and fennel. The apigenin (a flavonoid) regulates the "cellular response to oxidative stress and DNA damage [this is how cancer starts and why antioxidants are so important], suppression of inflammation and angiogenesis, retardation of cell proliferation, and induction of autophagy and apoptosis [cell death]" (9). Apigenin is also high in parsley, chamomile, and celery seed.
Sounds pretty good right? Don't take my word for it. I always encourage people to do their own research and come to their own conclusions. It's YOUR health, take charge of it.
That's what I'm doing. I've decided to give this thing a go. My Instagram soul sister Brittany got me to finally take the jump and make the commitment. She even started a Celery Support Group on Facebook to help keep me, and anyone else who wants to start, accountable. TODAY is the official starting day! Click to sign up!
Here's what you need to get started: lots of celery and a juicer. That's it! If you don't have a juicer, you can use a blender and a fine mesh strainer, cheesecloth, or nutmilk bag. That's what I did to start, but it's a major pain in the butt! I'd recommend getting a juicer (I'll definitely be upgrading soon!). It's going to make this much more convenient, which means you're much more likely to stick with it. Here are a few that I found (from lowest to highest cost).
1. The affordable option for those on a budget is a Black & Decker.
2. Aicok is one of the top brands of juicers. Here's one of their more affordable options.
3. This Aicok juicer is even better, as its a masticating juicer.
4. Or, if you are a very committed juicer and want to go all out, this Omega juicer is an excellent option.
I also think it's a great idea to plan ahead. I don't know about you, but I love to prep ahead of time so I don't have to make breakfast everyday, or juice celery every day. You can use mason jars if you have them, or these juicing bottles are also a great option. It takes about one bunch of celery for one serving, and I like to prep about 4 days worth at a time. Then you can use your leftover celery pulp to add to muffins, sauces, soups and more (recipes coming soon!).
Month 3 Update
• I manually juiced two batches and couldn't hack it, so we got a juicer! (See #3 listed above) This juicer is LIFE CHANGING. It makes it so much easier and I get a GREAT yield of juice from each bunch.
• Usually the price is by the bunch at the store, so make sure you pick through to get the biggest ones! Also, be sure to shop around! Some grocery stores have a bunch of organic celery for $2.50 while others have it for $5! A little bit of savings really adds up.
• I've been drinking 16oz. every day and have noticed all kinds of benefits! The first thing I noticed was my food cravings decreased. This is especially helpful since all my food cravings are foods that destroyyyy me. I also have way less bloating (even if I do eat some things that normally bloat me to the moon). I can also tell I'm less inflamed, and my tendency to bleed has decreased. Also a couple unexpected added bonuses (although it makes sense when you think about it..) I've experienced are increased energy and improved complexion! We all want better skin right?
• I can't think of any reason someone wouldn't want to try this. Feel free to contact me if you need support or have any more questions <3
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**Information contained in this post is not meant to override or replace medical advice. Please consult your doctor before altering any medications, or if you have any questions regarding your condition(s). Happy Healing!
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