Why I've Started Drinking Celery Juice Everyday
I never thought a celery juice pic would raise so many questions…
If you follow me on Instagram stories you know what I’m talking about. If not, well you are about to discover the amazing benefits of this bomb juice!
Celery juice is something I’ve added to my morning routine quite recently. If you know me you know I’m very into healthy eating and always try ways to improve my nutrition.
Some studies have proved that celery juice is rich in almost all necessary nutrients. A regular intake of it can help us get a number of benefits for our health, skin and hair so of course I was really eager to try it!
The two questions that were the most recurrent on Instagram were:
Why do you drink it pure?
What are the benefits?
The first answer is yes. I drink it pure and there is a good reason for that. Celery is one of the most anti-inflammatory foods you can consume. But! There is a ‘but’… in order to get all these amazing benefits you have to consume it plain, with no other ingredient.
It tastes a bit funky, let’s be honest, but you do get used to it. If you really can’t stand it you can always add a cucumber, some lemon or even an apple at the beginning to get accustomed to the taste. But remember, ultimately the goal is to drink it pure!
The best time to drink it is first thing in the morning and wait 15 minutes to have your usual breakfast. That way it’s absorbed directly in your blood stream and strengthens the digestion of all the foods you are going to eat for the rest of the day.
To be effective it’s recommended to drink approximately 450ml every morning. If it’s too much at the beginning you can just start by smaller quantities and work your way up. Clearly I don’t do it for the taste, I see it more as an ‘investment’ for my health. :-)
Now let’s jump into the second question, the benefits!
Celery juice is one of the most nutritious plant foods available on the market.
I’ll let you do your own in-deep research if it’s something you are considering adding to your routine (I’m not a doctor!) but here are the main reasons why it’s so good for us:
Combats inflammation: Inflammation is our biggest enemy and at the heart of all diseases. Chronic inflammation is part of the body’s immune response and can be linked to autoimmune disorders, skin problems like acne, psoriasis and eczema, chronic joint pain, arthritis, fatigue, bloating and even brain fog and depression. Celery’s anti-inflammatory compounds, luteolin and polyacetylenes, inhibit the enzymes responsible for inflammation and work to lower inflammatory prostaglandins. Luteolin and polyacetylene provide relief for all inflammation in the body. Celery is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods because it starves the bad bacteria, yeast, mold, funguses and viruses that are present in the body, while allowing the good bacteria to thrive. It is hydrating on a cellular level, helping to flush toxins and debris out of the intestinal tract and liver and making it the perfect drink for repairing the gut lining. In doing so, pathogens, which are often the underlying cause of inflammation, are killed off, giving our body the break it needs to be able to handle more without inflaming.
Prevents cancer: There are 8 types of anti-cancer substances present in the juice that can heal cancer in a number of ways. The acetylenic content of the juice prevents the tumor cells from growing, the phonolic acid content makes the hormone-like prostaglandins (accelerates the growth of cancerous cells) inactive, the phyto nutrient content stops free radicals from destroying the DNA of our cells, and so on.
Promotes healthy skin: celery is high in minerals which support glowing skin and anti-ageing. It’s a great source of vitamin K, which is beneficial for firmness and elasticity. It also contains vitamin C and is extremely hydrating.
Prevents digestive issues: Celery juice has the great potential to cure various digestive disorders. It contains lots of fibers which turn the plant into a laxative one. Fibers discharge certain nutrients during the preparation of juice and prevent constipation by making the bowel movement smoother.
Keeps your body alkaline: Celery rids the body of acids and toxins while cleansing the liver and blood stream. There are very few foods as powerful as celery juice in maintaining the acid-base balance in our body. It reduces the acidity and helps us to keep our body as alkaline as possible.
Diuretic: It’s super effective in flushing the toxins and heavy metals out of the body and reducing stomach bloat.
Treats insomnia: Celery juice is rich in magnesium (a muscle relaxant). Many of us are deficient in magnesium and it’s absolutely essential to improve sleep.
These are the main reasons why I drink celery juice. It’s fantastic to keep your teeth healthy, to boost your immune system, to reduce hypertension, to get rid of migraines, headaches, cramps and food allergies to name just a few… As I said these are only a few benefits but there is much more than that. Medical Medium is a great account to follow on Instagram if you want to learn more..
I used to prepare our juices with a traditional juicer but we’ve invested in a slow juicer a few months ago. Ours is from Dejelin. It’s been wonderful and I can really tell the difference. Slow juicers squeeze the juice like you would by hand instead of shredding your fruits and vegetables with high-speed blades. This natural motion minimizes the damage to the fruits and vegetables, keep their natural taste and keep the nutritional benefits intact (as well as the natural color and cellular structure).
A last tip, celery is on the dirty dozen list (the list of foods with the most pesticides residues), which means it is unfortunately highly sprayed with chemicals and pesticides. I would highly recommend to go organic if you can.
I hope this answers your questions and that you understand why I’ve incorporated this elixir to my diet now!
I might do a follow-up post in a few weeks to let you know if I’ve noticed any major health improvement. Let me know if it’s something you would like to see here.
Have a nice weekend guys! :-)