The Health Benefits of Celery Juice + A Video (How to Make It)
You won’t need a printable recipe for this one because there is only 1 ingredient…Celery! Everywhere I turn lately, I’m hearing about celery juice. It’s supposedly the miracle cure for most everything. I guess I’m a little behind on the latest nutrition crazy because up until now, I thought celery was just a good way to add crunch to chicken salad or even better, a pretty stick used to stir a Bloody Mary! I’m quickly changing my mind though, because all is takes is a quick Google search to tell you everything you need to know about the health benefits of celery juice. You are going to be amazed!
Celery juice should be consumed immediately upon waking up, on an empty stomach for maximum benefits. You may start to feel the positive changes in as little as seven days after starting your daily celery-juice habit, but you can continue drinking it for as long as you want. You may want to start slowly with six to eight ounces and build up to 16 ounces from there. Also, it is important to use organic celery because the juice is concentrated and you want to have a pure juice.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CELERY JUICE
The research shows that there definitely are proven health benefits of drinking celery juice.
Celery juice is very high in vitamin K which promotes general bone and heart health. It is also high in vitamin C, which is critical for your immune system.
Celery contains bioactive flavonoids that help to fight and prevent cancer cells.
Celery contains some important minerals and mineral salts that can help boost digestion, absorption and utilization of the food you eat for the remainder of the day. Plus, when consumed regularly, celery juice can help to gradually increase and restore your stomach’s HCL levels.
Celery can also help to boost production of important thyroid hormones in those with hypothyroidism.
Celery’s detoxifying properties work to remove bad bacteria, fungi, mold, viruses and other toxins from the liver; the phytonutrients found in the green stalks also can have a protective effect.
Studies have shown that celery extract consumption can help to prevent stroke, lower blood pressure, and reduce plaque in arteries. Because of celery’s diuretic properties (high water content) and the fact that it contains magnesium, phthalides, and potassium, celery may actually help those with high blood pressure.
Celery is a powerhouse for supporting the nervous system. It has a calming effect on the nervous system because of its detoxify properties. It also provides support through its ability to act as a blood purifier.
Celery contains luteolin, a potent flavonoid, that can act as an antioxidant and calm inflammation. These anti-inflammatory properties can help with acid reflux, bloating, IBS, constipation, acne, eczema, and other inflammation issues in the body.
WHY WOULD YOU NOT DRINK CELERY JUICE?
WHICH IS BETTER - JUICE OR SMOOTHIES
Normally, smoothies are recommended over juice because smoothies retain the fiber in the fruits and veggies which help your body process the sugar slowly. However, celery juice contains very, very little sugar – so this isn’t a concern. As long as you are using celery juice as a supplemental part of your diet, and not a meal replacement, and you are getting plenty of fiber in your regular meals, the lack of fiber isn’t a big deal.
Drinking celery juice allows you to get a potent amount of nutrients all at once and it goes straight to your bloodstream because your body doesn’t have to worry about the fiber..
I’ve included instructions both for making celery juice in a juicer (in the video) and in a blender (keep scrolling). I prefer the juicing method simply because I don’t have to bother straining.
I made a quick video of the process of juicing celery. I’m new at making my own videos, so bear with me here as I learn, but here you go…
If you are using a blender to make your celery juice, I’d recommend using a more powerful blender such as a VitaMix, to break down the tough celery fiber. You will also need to strain it with a nut bag, flour sack towel, or a mesh strainer. I prefer a mesh strainer because it’s quicker and much easier to clean.
I’m off to make my celery juice! What do you think? Will you try drinking celery juice?