Have you heard about the celery juice trend? I started juicing celery to see how it impacted my autoimmune disease symptoms. Find out how and why to juice celery, the easy celery juice recipe I used, and which is the best juicer.
Why I Started Juicing Celery
Celery juice has been a hot topic the last few years. Many people have claimed that it can cure conditions like obesity, thyroid issues, acne and even cancer. But it’s a controversial subject. Does it actually work? How often do you need to drink it. Why drink it. And what are realistic expectations of juicing celery? Let’s take a look.
Why I Tried Juicing Celery
About 6 months ago, I had my breast implants removed. Now there is a lot that’s involved in this topic, so let’s not forget why we’re here – but it was after my surgery that I started juicing celery. Another controversial topic, I chose celery juice to help my body detox. Now you may or may not believe in doing cleanses and/or juicing, but my stance is this: I’m not doing a full on cleanse. I like both smoothies (well I don’t love them but I’ll have them) and juices. I mean, can there really be much wrong with getting fresh organic produce into your body? I think not! Yes, you’ll get more fiber with smoothies, but I was willing to try celery juice. And here’s what I found:
- My skin looked clearer. I just had a glowing look.
- My digestion was good, but honestly I don’t have a lot of digestion issues post explant surgery.
- I felt good about starting my day off with a green plant.
All in all – I liked it!
Celery Juice Nutrition
Let’s first cover the basics: celery is low in calories, high in Vitamin K, and rich in nutrients such as zinc, copper, folate, biotin, other B vitamins. It also contains antioxidants – said to protect your cells against free radicals. Celery is also rich in phytonutrients, which may reduce inflammation.
Benefits of Celery Juice on Empty Stomach
The biggest said benefit of juicing celery is to lower inflammation. This is due to the antioxidants within celery – notable two compounds apigenin and luteolin. But let’s not lose focus here – to keep this as clear as I can, these may help with: allergies, arthritis, cancer, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. To read more on each of these issues, I suggest reading this post. If you want to keep reading a realistic experience with it, read on.
Other opinions about drinking celery juice, including The Medical Medium:
I listened to Morgan Kline’s podcast about juicing for a month and she (along with others) felt less bloated. I am also super aware of the Medical Medium (Anthony William) who believes that both acute and chronic illnesses and symptoms can be cured by drinking celery juice on an empty stomach. He has four bestselling books, Medical Medium, Life-Changing Foods, Thyroid Healing, and Liver Rescue, in which he shares some of the incredible healing properties of this natural remedy and exactly how to consume it for best results. And he’s got a whole bunch of followers who sing the praises of drinking celery juice, too!
Tips on Drinking Celery Juice
- Use organic celery.
- Drink celery juice on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. No coffee first!
- Start off slow – 4-6 ounces is a realistic start! You can build from there.
- Wait 20 minutes after consuming celery juice to eat or drink anything else.
What is the Best Juicer for Making Celery Juice?
There are three types of juicers. While there is a lot of information about each, I’ll keep this simple:
- Centrifugal juicer – Centrifugal juicers are typically the most affordable and great for those just getting into juicing; quality models start at $50. The heat oxidizes the nutrients, rendering less nutritious juice than a cold-press juicer – it is said that it’s best to drink juices made from a centrifugal juicer within the first 1/2 hour after juicing for maximum benefits.
- Masticating juicer – Also known as “cold-press” or “slow” juicers, masticating juicers take more time to produce juice but don’t heat it up. This process is thought to preserve more nutrients in the final juice. Because they don’t produce as much heat, they keep more of the fresh ingredients’ nutrients intact – I use this slow juicer and will make juices for 3 days ahead of time. Any longer and you risk spoilage – but this type of juicer allows you to prepare in advance so that you don’t have to use your juicer daily.
- Triturating juicer – Most of these machines are horizontal juicers, which means they need more space on your countertop or in your pantry. I honestly see this type of juicer used mostly for making things like wheatgrass shots, so this was not a consideration for me in purchasing a juicer.
Celery Juice Recipe :
- Cut the base and ends off of celery.
- Wash with a vegetable brush and let dry.
- Feed celery through a juicer. Immediately bottle (I like to store in Mason jars) and refrigerate.
- Consume within recommended time based on your juicer (some juicers keep nutrients fresh longer than others).
Considerations when juicing:
If you decide to try celery juice, know that each stalk has 30 mg of sodium. Be mindful of your sodium consumption.
Some people are allergic to celery and may have symptoms ranging from skin reactions, digestive upset, and respiratory problems.
I have enjoyed drinking this healthy green juice, but it’s not for everyone. I’d love to hear if you’ve tried it and liked it!