The Latest Trend: Celery Juicing (and the truth behind it)
If you follow any wellness trends or wellness sites, you’ve probably seen people talking about drinking celery juice (myself included!). So I wanted to share with you some insights both from professionals as well as people who have been participating in this practice!
What are people doing with celery juice?
Juicing 1 organic stalk a morning on an empty stomach (around 16oz). You can blend it and then press through a sifter if you don’t have a juicer but it is more difficult and slightly more time consuming.
Why are people claiming celery juicing is good for you?
Helps with acid reflux
Sodium cluster salts in celery can break down pathogens that cause inflammation commonly thought to be autoimmune disease
Can help restore adrenals
Neutralizes & flushes toxins out of the liver
Helps eradicate strep bacteria which is responsible for many conditions, like acne, UTIs, yeast infections and more
Kills Epstein-Barr & Shingles viruses
Brings down toxic liver heat
Can help and aid with bloating
Repairs hydrochloric acid & liver bile production
What does the science say?
Ok, so promises, promises right? But what does the science say? Most of the studies have been on rats and limited at that.
Anthony Williams who has been preaching the benefits of celery juice for 20 years explains the reasons science hasn't backed up celery just yet is because "in celery, there are undiscovered sodium subgroups, so it's not just salt; it's called cluster salts that haven't been taken apart by science. There's no reason for science and research to care about a celery stick, there's no reason to fund celery research. But the point is there are cluster sodium subgroups and cluster salts have the ability to kill off pathogens." (quote from Mind Body Green)
“In a study published in 2010 in Pharmaceutical Biology, the antioxidants in celery improved the stomach lining and decreased ulcers in rats who were pretreated with it. The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests eating celery could reduce the risk of gastritis, as it appears the vegetable’s flavonoids may help halt the growth of negative bacterial colonies in the gut.” (quote from Dr. Jess)
“Whats super interesting is that in a study from 1998, rats given the essential oil extracts from the apiaceae (celery) family displayed a decreased pain reaction when withdrawing their paw from a hot plate. So if we assume a similar reaction from humans, there may be some anti inflammatory benefit.” (quote from Dr. Jess)
“Some people claim that by drinking your celery juice first thing in the morning, it will strengthen your digestion of foods you eat for the rest of the day. However, there isn’t scientific evidence to support this.” (quote from Dr. Safdieh on Parsley Health)
Though many nutritionists and doctors are cautious in espousing celery to be the new miracle food there are many people who are doing it and loving it despite the lack of scientific evidence.
What are people saying who have done it?
“I saw a huge reduction in my eczema within a week. TO be totally honest, my legs were in so much pain from eczema that I was miserable at night. This has significantly calmed my eczema down and removed it in many places.” (Katey McFarlan of Chronicles of Frivolity)
“I’ve been juicing for over a year and it’s been magical for me!” Cassidy (friend of mine)
“I found drinking celery juice to have an amazingly calming and relaxing effect on my mind, body, and emotions—so much so that I often found myself making it at the end of a busy workday to help switch myself out of go-go-go mode and wind down for the evening.” (Fern Olivia of Mind Body Green)
I myself have been only doing it a week or so and will not claim a lot of these benefits just yet. However, I have noticed a difference in my digestion and possibly decreased bloating. I have always had tummy issues and this week they have improved. Celery juice has been the only shift I’ve made but I will continue to do this and see if it continues to improve.
At the end of the day, celery juicing is a fad but that does not mean it is not healthy or good for you. Keep in mind, this is not a magical cure and is not very effective in a silo. Often, it is a shift in multiple areas that really change our life and our health, not just a simple morning drink.
I would not encourage this for weight loss or as a meal replacement. You are stripping the celery of most of its fiber so it’s still important to eat other fruits and vegetables and have breakfast after your juice.
Just like there is not one magic pill that works for everyone, this might not really have much of an effect on you. But I’ve enjoyed the taste and the ritual of it and the change in my digestion has me curious enough to keep going.
As anything with your health, I encourage you to research, ask questions, find balance, try things for your self, have a healthy does of skepticism and be open! We are all trying to find a balance of health that works for each of us and maybe celery juicing is going to be part of your routine and maybe not!
I would love to hear in the comments below if you’ve done this or what your thoughts are on trends like this!