Celery Juice: What’s All The Hype About?
*Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January of 2019. It has since been updated.
Did you drink your juice this morning? Celery juice, that is. What used to be known as the last man standing on every veggie platter is now hailed by many as the answer to all of our health issues. It has been on and popping lately, with 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 is 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 started with Anthony William, also known as the self-proclaimed “Medical Medium” and the originator of the global celery juice movement. William is a four-time New York Times best-selling author, boasts 2.8 million Instagram followers, and 3.5 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 destroys 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
So What’s Really The Deal?
Research shows that celery has powerful antioxidant characteristics. Celery is an excellent source of vitamins A, K, and C. We also know that celery provides the body with much-needed alkaline minerals like calcium, potassium, and magnesium and that keeping a nutrient-dense alkaline diet helps your body maintain its blood pH level. So it’s not that crazy to believe that juicing celery would have noticeable health benefits.
There are also over 280,000 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, which is much more economical, you’ll need an entire bunch each day to make the recommended daily 16 ounces.
To reap the full benefits of celery juice, it 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.
Last year, we launched our #30DaysMaed challenge. Community members committed to drinking 16 ounces of juiced celery first thing every morning for thirty days. I have to say, I honestly saw and felt a difference. Want to know more about my experience and the results of our community’s 30 day challenge? Click here.
Not exactly sure how to make celery juice? Read about two easy ways you can make celery juice at home by clicking here.
*We always recommend that you talk with a healthcare provider before making any diet or supplement changes to your lifestyle.