Live - January 18, 2019

Celery Juice: What’s All The Hype About?

Did you drink your juice this morning? Celery juice that is. What was notoriously known as the last man standing on every veggie platter you’ve encountered is now claimed to be the answer to all of our health issues. Celery juice has been on and popping since last Spring, with plenty of celebs including  Kim Kardashian, Pharrell, Naomi Campbell, and even Robert De Niro jumping on the bandwagon. This hugely popular wellness trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon, so what’s the deal? Why are everyone and their mother drinking 16 ounces of celery juice every morning? And who started this craze?

Who Started The Celery Juice Movement?

Celery juice’s recent popularity points to Anthony William, better known as the self-proclaimed “Medical Medium” and the “originator of the global celery juice movement.” William is a four times New York Times best-selling author, totes 1.4 million Instagram followers, and 3.4 million Facebook followers but he’s not a licensed doctor or health care practitioner. He claims he gets “advanced medical information from this spirit” and he is adamant that 16 ounces of celery juice on an empty stomach every morning can “save your life.”

What Are The Benefits Of Celery Juice?

According to William, celery juice has “undiscovered sodium clustered salt, a subgroup of mineral salts” that destroy bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms that can cause disease. He also insists that celery juice flushes out metal toxicity, pesticides, and herbicides that are inside of our liver.

Other benefits claimed are…

 

  • Lowers Inflammation
  • Helps ease digestion
  • Cleanses the body of toxicity
  • Helps with constipation
  • Reduces bloating
  • Helps lower blood pressure
  • Improves the kidney and bowel function
  • Assists in weight loss
  • Helps with eczema, psoriasis and acne
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Relaxes jittery nerves
  • And more…

So What’s Really The Deal?

Celery is an excellent source of vitamins A, K, and C. Research proves that celery has powerful antioxidant characteristics. We also know that celery is an excellent source of alkaline minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium and that keeping a nutrient-dense, low in calorie alkaline diet helps your body maintain its blood pH level. Can decrease disease risk and can aid in weight loss. So it’s not THAT crazy to believe that juicing celery would have noticeable benefits.

There are also 70,000 Instagram posts dedicated to celery juice. Influencers, wellness gurus and beauty experts are all swearing by it.

What To Know Before You Try This Trend

Celery juicing isn’t going to be cheap, especially since the price of celery has risen. If you’re buying it at a juicer, you’re looking at $10 to $13 a bottle. If you’re going to be making it at home (much more economical), you’ll need an entire bunch each day to make the recommended daily 16 ounces. That is if you can get your hands on it.

That’s right. There’s a celery shortage. Are all those celery juice Instagram posts to blame? Probably not! It turns out celery supplies are short due to the very cold and wet weather in Salinas, Yuma and Mexico.

To reap the full benefits celery juice must be consumed fresh, first thing in the morning and on an empty stomach. It should not be diluted by any other veggie, water or even ice.

Celery has been on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list of produce containing the most pesticides for several years. According to the EWG, “13 pesticides were detected on a sample of conventional celery.” You must buy organic celery, and you must wash it thoroughly.

Some doctors believe that if you’re prone to kidney stones that celery juice could promote kidney stone growth.

While symptoms are often mild, raw celery can be highly allergenic for some. Most common reactions are swelling of the lips, tongue, throat and oral cavity itching.

The Verdict

The verdict is still out for me. While I’ve had plenty of celery juice in my time (my grandmother drank it in the 90s), I haven’t committed to drinking 16 ounces of celery juice a day. So I can’t form a full decision on this one.

Should we embark on a 30-day celery juice challenge together? LMK

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