What’s All the Hype About Celery Juice?

By Katey McFarlan
@KateyMcFarlan

Photo by Angie Garcia

Kathie Lee and Hoda chat about it, your neighbor on Facebook is posting it, and everyone is Googling it: Juicers. But why?

WHAT MAKES CELERY SPECIAL?

I am not a nutritionist, so forgive me for my wording here, but essentially, celery contains luteolin and polyacetylenes – of which both work to stop inflammation in our bodies. From eczema to psoriasis to intestinal diseases, inflammation can be the root of many evils. In my research, I found that celery is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods we can eat.

Incorporating celery juice into my life has been so simple. I’ve seen some incredible benefits, so I feel it does deserve some praise. I’ll break down the top 5 reasons that I love celery juice.


1. Fights inflammation

I shared above about luteolin and polyacetylenes, but luteolin also helps reduce DNA damage associated with inflammation. It’s great for people with arthritis {my mom has RA}, autoimmune issues, skin issues, and more.


2. Heals the gut

My mom also has gastroparesis from her RA. She started to drink this every morning and has seen a world of difference in her stomach issues. Essentially, celery juice starves things like viruses, yeast, mold and the “bad bacteria” in our body that can lead to intestinal issues. We want good bacteria to be there so we need room for it. Celery juice also flushes out toxins, which means it can act as a natural detox to some- however, that’s not the case with all.


3. Neutralizes acidity

Celery juice is highly alkaline so it can balance the pH system and neutralize acidity. We want this neutralized to promote healthy cell growth, to boost our immune systems, and to protect our organs.


4. Helps with energy

Celery juice is a natural energy boost because it purifies the bloodstream. It can aid in energy throughout the day. If you drink it first thing in the morning, some claim it can help your body digest the rest of your meals easier. I started drinking celery juice over the holiday break and was amazed that I didn’t feel like I needed a nap at 2 p.m.


5. Good for your skin

As mentioned above, the main reason I purchased a juicer was for my eczema. I kid you not, within a week of drinking it everyone was asking me if I had gotten a facial or if I had a new skincare product. 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. I do still have a little bit left, but it hasn’t spread and I have missed a few days of juice here and there. They say you don’t even see skin benefits completely until a month in, so I’m thrilled with the results not using any of my prescriptions.


From purifying the bloodstream, to reducing bloat, to strengthening our bones and lowering blood pressure, there are so many more reasons this veggie is powerful.

How to Juice

Most Popular Kitchen Tools AmazonCredit: Amazon
Breville Compact 700-Watt Juice Extractor, found on Amazon.com.

I take one bunch of organic celery and rinse it. Remember, celery is part of the dirty dozen, so buy it organic whenever possible. You don’t want to be juicing and ingesting those chemicals. I cut the ends, run it through my juicer and drink immediately. I use the Breville Compact 700-Watt Juice Extractor from Amazon.com. Some encourage you to drink it in the first 10 minutes of juicing and then wait 15-30 minutes before eating anything else. Celery juice can lower HCl acid levels to help heal digestive issues, so that’s why they say to wait a bit before you eat. I just follow that little rule simply because it makes the most sense for me. I’m never hungry those first few minutes of waking. I’ll drink this around 5, have my coffee 30 minutes after, and then enjoy breakfast with my daughter as a family when she wakes. That is truly just because I do not get hungry first thing. When I started, it took me a little bit to drink the juice, but I still saw major benefits. If you don’t have a juicer, you can chop the celery, blend it in your blender and then strain.

 

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