You’ve probably seen it all over your feed, read an article about it from your boss, or just heard the words "celery juice" over some loud music at a party. It's the latest wellness trend gaining buzz on social media with celebrities, fitness enthusiasts and health gurus. But before you throw it in the pile of overhyped '15 minutes of fame' topics of this era, here's our take on what seems to be the new "magical elixir to life".
What IS celery juice? It’s literally just celery stalks, either juiced or blended, simple as that. This medicinal herb (not a vegetable; shocking I know) is actually booming for all the right reasons. How can a plant with anti-inflammatory properties that contains antioxidants, vitamin c, minerals beneficial to your wellbeing, and literally made up of 95% water not be good for your body?
Before we get into that, let’s remember that one person’s food is another person’s poison. We're all built differently. Some might experience an immediate advancement in their health by adding a glass of celery juice to their morning routine. Others, however, might experience change more slowly. Nonetheless, celery's incredible and unique health benefits are definitely worth the wait.
So What's So Good About It?
Gut-healing, Detoxing & Weight Loss
Various nutrients in the fibers are released when celery is juiced. It acts as a natural diuretic that helps flush out toxins, making you feel restored and less bloated. It also helps your digestive track function at its optimum performance, which is why it's said that best to drink it as soon as you wake up. Not only that, but this low calorie drink (about 40 calories per glass) will also help in curbing your appetite. By consuming celery juice regularly, you’re keeping both your digestive track and appetite in check, which will certainly support a healthy weight.
Strengthening your bones
"Got Celery?” Yes, celery is another great source of calcium and vitamin K, which both help strengthen your bones, regenerate damaged bones and protect against osteoporosis.
Improving sleep patterns
Celery contains Magnesium, which plays an important role in good sleep patterns! By drinking a glass a day, you'll find that you get more stress-free, relaxed sleep at night, only to wake up the next morning feeling Mag-nificent! 😉
Balancing your body's pH balance
The high levels of sodium and various mineral salts in celery are a powerful potential to assist in balancing the body’s pH levels. The enzymes in celery raise hydrochloric acid in gut – which is critical to digestion and in keeping digestive system in an alkaline state.
Purifying the bloodstream
All jokes aside, there are many diseases such as rheumatism, high blood pressure and anemia that are caused by the lack of proper nourishment to red blood cells. Celery provides vitamins A and C, iron, and magnesium – a combination that helps nourish and rebuild red blood cells, aiding in the recovery from some of these common health concerns.
Hydrating your skin
It's 95% water! You can easily fulfill your daily water requirement by adding a glass a day in the morning. All this hydration, along with the vitamins, help support collagen production and hence, nourish your skin.
Want To Give The Anti-Inflammatory Rehydration Drink A Try? Here’s How!
- You will need a whole bunch of celery to make half a liter of juice, which is the amount needed daily to start feeling the benefits of this miracle juice.
- Wash the celery well first before cutting it up. It is your choice whether you use the leaves or only the stalks.
- Either juice it in a cold press juicer or you can blend it in a high speed blender but do not dilute or put any ice.
- If you are using a blender, pour mixture into a strainer over glass. You can even pour over a bowl to collect the pulp. If you don’t want to throw the pulp away.
- Drink the half liter of juice on an empty stomach first thing in the morning, and wait at least 30 minutes before eating anything.
- N.B. Buying organic celery is best but if you can only find conventional celery then wash it very very well.
By Nadia AbouTaleb