Celery Juice: Just Hype, or Powerful Health Elixir?
"Let’s talk about how celery may be changing the way we approach traditional detox."
In today’s live video with Dr. Nancy Lin, PhD holistic nutritionist, we’re talking about one of the hottest health trends to hit the industry in years. In Part 1 of this 2-part series on detox and cleansing programs, we discussed how many of the popular extreme detox cleanses promise more than they deliver, and may even be unhealthy or unsafe. In part 2, we’re talking about a trend that may actually have real detoxifying health benefits: celery juice!
If you haven’t heard about the benefits of celery juice then you are in for a treat. This is the hottest organic health trends right now. In fact, in some places, it’s hard to find celery juice on the shelves because it’s sold out! Crazy, right? Maybe not so crazy…. This may be more than just a health fad. Let’s take a closer look at the interesting nutritional profile of celery, the reported health benefits and potential drawbacks or issues to be aware of, and finally, we’ll show you the best ways to practice your new celery juice habit!
- 06:04: A quick recap of part 1
- 12:07: What about dietary fiber?
- 18:09: What’s so great about celery juice?
- 22:43: How to make celery juice
- 27:45: A healthy morning routine
- 31:47: Tips for sensitive stomachs
- 33:56: A few more celery juice tips
- 37:52: Wrap-up
A Quick Recap
It may seem strange to devote a whole show to celery juice, but there’s lot a talk about here, and it’s a perfect next step show from what we talked about in detox part 1.
Part 1 was a general detox and cleanse 101 show — including a general overview of why short-term detox diets and programs, and especially those extreme detoxes, cleanses, and flushes that claim to rid the body of toxins, speed up metabolism and improve energy, do not work as promised. We discussed the fact that there have not been well-documented scientific studies that demonstrate detoxing to be effective in the way that those who market these programs claim they will be. However, we also showed that when done correctly, natural detoxification efforts, can support your body’s built-in detox functions. These efforts include:
- Replacing sugar, processed foods, and unhealthy fats with organic fruits and vegetables, probiotics, and fresh herbs and spices
- Exercising on a regular basis
- Drinking plenty of filtered water
- Practicing effective stress management techniques
While not traditionally labeled as detoxification methods, especially when compared to extreme detoxification cleanses, these techniques are very effective in supporting your body’s natural efforts to regularly detoxify itself. Your body works 24/7 to detox itself already, including:
- Your skin, which detoxes bacteria and toxins from your body through the sweat
- Your kidneys, which filter toxins and waste from our blood, excreting it through urine
- Your lungs, which expel carbon dioxide
- Your intestines, which extract nutrients from food and excrete waste products
- Your liver, which clears out toxins from the body by filtering the blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it to the rest of the body. Your liver also detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs, keeping them from causing damage or further damage to the body.
We also explained that over time, chronic inflammation resulting from excess toxins, obesity, a steady diet of processed foods, stress, and a lack of sleep steadily causes your organs to become less efficient — they get sluggish and tired — which can result in a number of health issues, including:
- Autoimmune issues, such as fibromyalgia, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and thyroid issues
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased blood sugar levels
- Low oxygen levels in the blood
- Weight gain
- High cholesterol
- Joint and muscle pain
- Brain fog
- Low energy, fatigue, and depression
So, let’s talk about how celery may be changing the way we approach traditional detox!
Celery Juice Controversy: What About Dietary Fiber?
What good would a new fad be without a bit of controversy, right? Even though we’re about to talk about the purported benefits of drinking celery juice for breakfast, it’s important to point out that there isn’t very much scientific evidence demonstrating that juicing celery is or is not any better than eating celery — in fact, many people will argue that it’s not as healthy as eating it whole or not juiced, mostly due to the fact that the fiber is being removed when juicing. If you follow Dr. Nancy’s anti-inflammatory diet, you know we are believers in dietary fiber. When you eat whole fruits or vegetables, you’re getting the benefit of that fiber, which helps move food through your system and helps feed the good bacteria in your gut.
Fiber in your diet not only keeps your digestive system functioning smoothly, but it can also help with:
- Feeling full
- Sparking weight loss
- Balancing blood sugar levels
- Maintaining healthy cholesterol levels
- Feeding the good bacteria in your gut and boosting your immune system
- Helping reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes
But today we’re specifically talking about celery juice. If missing the fiber is a major concern for you, then we recommend making celery juice in a blender or a vitamix instead of juicing. Just add a little bit of water to get the consistency you want, and boom! Problem solved. However, if you’re following the anti-inflammatory eating plan, you’re already getting plenty of dietary fiber, so this is less of a concern.
What’s So Great About Celery Juice
So is celery juice really a miracle elixir — the health drink we’ve been missing for all these years? We wouldn’t go that far, but we are finding out that celery juice is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, prebiotics, and anti-inflammatory components including: vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, riboflavin, phosphorus, electrolytes, and smaller amounts of other vitamins as well as several essential trace minerals.
Celery also contains large amounts of health-boosting flavonoids and phytochemicals, both powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and great immune system benefits. And health experts have been preaching that diets rich in flavonoid-containing foods have been associated with helping to prevent cancer, neurodegenerative and cardiovascular disease.
In fact, several large scale studies also found that increasing your intake of flavonoids and phytochemicals is significantly associated with increased longevity, in addition to the reduced risk of several diseases we just mentioned, as well as lowering the risk of atherosclerosis resulting from high cholesterol, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and even several cancers.
Flavonoids also help regulate an important appetite-suppressing hormone known as leptin, which can contribute to weight loss efforts.
How to make celery juice
There’s really nothing to it, you just need a juicer and some organic celery, and you’re ready! The key here is to buy fresh, organic celery. Remember, conventionally grown celery is consistently on the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen list, meaning its one of the top pesticide-containing fruits and vegetables — so, organic is essential! Some people have even contracted ecoli from doing celery juice detoxes with unwashed celery, so make sure your juice contains organic, thoroughly washed celery.
To make your juice, simply cut the ends off a full bunch of celery, rinse the celery and run it through a juicer, leaves and all!
If you are using a blender – you can chop the celery and blend it in a high-speed blender until smooth. Then, simply strain it well and drink up!
A Healthy Morning Routine
For maximum health benefits, try doing this every morning for a while. Drink 12-16 ounces of celery juice on an empty stomach each day. Make sure it’s fresh, plain celery juice with no other ingredients. You are going to need one large bunch of celery to make about 16 ounces of juice.
Now please note that this celery juice is not a replacement for breakfast. You will still need to eat a healthy breakfast. However, you want to wait at least 20 minutes after drinking your celery juice before consuming anything else.
To get your morning started right, try Dr. Nancy’s healthy morning routine. As soon as you wake up, drink about 4 ounces of warm water with lemon. After about 20 minutes, take your daily Smarter Gut Health probiotics to restore a healthy gut balance, and after another 20 minutes, drink your morning celery juice. Get into the habit, and give your body a healthy, energizing start to every day. If you want to double down on my inflammatory-fighting foods, also take Smarter Nutrition Curcumin with my morning celery juice.
Tips for Sensitive Stomachs
If you find that your stomach is sensitive, and 16 ounces of juice first thing in the morning is too much, start with smaller glass — try an 8-ounce serving in the morning, and sip the remaining 8 ounces throughout the day, or dilute it a bit with some water, then slowly increase how much you consume over time.
It’s also important to note that some people may also experience a change in their bowel movements when starting to consume celery juice. This is a normal reaction that you might experience. The loose stools will pass as your body heals, and adjusts to the new juice regimen, and it won’t be long before your bowel movements become more regular and hopefully healthier than ever!
Another option for sensitive stomachs is cucumber juice, which is very gentle on your stomach. You can drink cucumber juice at first, and slowly start to mix in a bit of celery juice, working up to drinking celery juice over time.
A few more celery juice tips
It is best to make celery juice fresh and then drink it immediately. This is because the oxygen in the air starts to oxygenate it as soon as the fiber bonds are broken down, so the juice will start to change color. You’ll get the most out of it if you drink it right away.
If you’re unable to make your celery juice right before you want to drink it, it’s important to drink it within 24 hours of making it.
The best way to store the juice is in a glass mason jar with a lid and keep it in the fridge.
Some people freeze their leftover celery juice, but we recommend avoiding that if possible. Freezing celery juice decreases the nutritional benefits, so it’s best to make just what you can drink in a day.
If you try celery juice and you just can’t stand the taste of straight celery juice, or your stomach just can’t handle it, you can always dilute it a bit or add in a few sweeteners to help with taste. You can add just a drop or two of raw, local honey, or juice the celery with a half of an apple, a little fresh ginger, or even a few grapes. This is all about balance — It’s really important that you actually enjoy the things you are doing to improve your health. Otherwise, you won’t be able to sustain your healthy habits long-term. So, while hardcore celery juicers will tell you that you need to stick to the straight celery juice for maximum health benefits, feel free to listen to your body and if you need to, make some small adjustments that will benefit your long-term health and wellness!
Drinking fresh, organic celery juice in the morning and on an empty stomach has become an ultra-popular health practice across the country. While we’ve seen these trends come and go, drinking celery juice seems to have some real solid health benefits.
Health benefits of drinking celery juice, include:
- Celery juice has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect that may help with a number of issues, including bloating, IBS, constipation, acne, eczema, and other inflammation issues in the body.
- Celery juice is very high in vitamin K, which promotes general bone and heart health.
- Because of celery’s diuretic properties, high water content, and the fact that it contains magnesium and potassium, celery may help those with high blood pressure.
- It is high in vitamin C, which is essential for supporting the health of your immune system
- Celery juice has wonderful bioactive flavonoids that may even help to help to prevent diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome and certain types of cancer.
We showed you how easy it is to make a morning organic celery juice and even showed a few alternative ingredients for those of you who want to change it up, including mixing in a bit of cucumber, honey, ginger, apple, or grapes.
How you make your celery juice is up to you. Some hardcore juiceers will always recommend that you drink it plain, but there is a little room for personal interpretation. The important thing is that you drink it every morning, on an empty stomach. Remember, this is not intended to replace breakfast. So make sure you eat a healthy breakfast too, just wait at least 20 minutes.
So, there it is — your hot new, morning detox drink — organic celery juice! Give it a try, and see how you feel.