Celery-juicing seems to be the the latest trend, in the detox-world - posted about by everybody and anybody, on social media. Juicing has been around forever, and to some, this might just seem like unnecessary hype, in order to get a fad going, again. But is it? Today, I’m sharing my thoughts and experiences with celery-juicing, and how it’s worked for me.
** Please note: I am not a medical professional, and am not recommending, or promoting any specific lifestyle, or diet. These opinions are my own. I follow the idea of bio-individuality, which means that everybody and every BODY is different. What works for me, might not work for you.
A few years ago, I was ALL about juice; attempting to incorporate it into my daily routine, always. It was around this time that I was diagnosed with candida, and had issues with digestion. At first, I had no idea how - I was feeding my body just what it wanted - fruits and veggies. However, when I started researching the amount of sugar (and lack of fiber) in juice, I about had a heart attack! What I learned? Just about every juice with any sort of fruit in it has TONS of sugar; and while eating WHOLE fruit (filled with nutrients and FIBER) is wonderful for our bodies, drinking fruit juice (even if 100%) isn’t so great. Fiber contributes to us feeling full, and feeding our gut bacteria; without it, we’re left sugar-charged, and not satisfied.
Now, drinking vegetable juice (sans fruit) is a little different: you’re not getting the amounts of sugar you would if fruit was added, however, you’re still lacking in fiber.
Why do people juice in the first place? Typically it’s meant as a form of detox - a way for our bodies (especially our livers) to clear themselves of the “bad toxins”. Again, not a bad idea, but from a health-professional standpoint, not the best option, either. Why? For starters, our bodies have a detox-machine of their own: the liver. And typically (depending on how we’re treating our body), our liver needs no extra help in ridding toxins, from our bodies.
Treatment of our bodies is important: when we’re fueling ourselves with healthy food, getting enough exercise and focusing on our primary foods, our liver shouldn’t need any additional help. And even if we’re not treating our bodies in the way they should be treated, juicing won’t be a magic fix, or cure.
A few months ago, I came across the Medical Medium’s take on celery juice. The benefits of drinking celery juice, regularly, sounded amazing: from restoring adrenals and flushing out toxins in the liver, to fighting SIBO and bloating, all due to the celery’s sodium cluster, breaking down pathogens’ cell membranes, and eventually destroying them. It sounded too good to be true.
And again, after my previous experience with juicing, I wasn’t too positive celery juice would be a “magical cure all”, like it had been promoted to be.
Since celery juice just had one ingredient (and celery doesn’t have too much sugar in it, in the first place), I decided to try it out. Each morning, I drank 8 oz. celery juice, after my hot lemon water, and before my breakfast.
What I noticed, by drinking celery juice
More energy, right away. I found that by 3pm, I wasn’t wanting a nap, like I typically did.
Bathroom breaks were needed, more often. Typically, I have a bowel movement, soon, upon waking, and then another, later in the afternoon. Once I started drinking celery juice, I had to poop, again, late morning.
Less menstrual cramps. Now, this could be due to some other changes I was making, as well, but inflammation (in general) seemed to lessen.
Acne clearing up. Again, this could be due to other changes, as well, but celery definitely seemed to help.
More mental clarity. I felt like I had more brain power to get things accomplished, throughout the day.
Taking a Break
A couple of month’s ago, I decided to take a break from the celery-juicing, and incorporated some store-bought juice. I did this for a few reasons: A) I wanted to see if my body noticed a difference B) I didn’t want to develop any intolerance to celery, from consuming it every day and C) Juicing celery, every morning, got to be hella work and honestly, expensive. I purchased a large bottle of Suja Uber Greens, and continued to drink 8 oz. of that, each morning.
It felt good to continue to incorporate veggies into my diet, first thing, but I felt like I was missing out. Placebo effect? Who knows! Either way, a couple of weeks later, I started back up with the celery; this time, drinking 16 oz., each morning, and juicing just enough for that day. I did this because I had heard that in order to get the most benefits, juicing soon, before consuming, is important - juice keeps its nutrients for about 48-72 hours, after initially-juiced.
Currently, I’m still rocking the celery juice, each morning. As of right now, these are my thoughts on continuing:
Menstrual cramps definitely have improved, and inflammation (as a whole) still seems to be less.
Still finding myself pooping more, however sometimes, it seems to have a diarrhea affect on my body.
Skin is still clearer than it had been, before starting!
Cleaning a juicer is stupid-annoying! (I have a Jack LaLanne power juicer, my mom bought me from Kohl’s, a few years ago). Be ready to take an additional 10ish minutes to take apart, scrub with a toothbrush, and clean.
Celery is expensive! Since celery is on the Dirty Dozen, I buy organic. The cheapest I found was $1.99/lb, at my local co-op, and $2.99/lb at Whole Foods.
In conclusion, celery-juicing has definitely improved my body, physically and mentally. However, I don’t see myself doing it forever. I absolutely think that our bodies feel best when we start the day off with vegetables! So, it served as a wonderful reminder that I wasn’t getting enough veggies in my diet. If nothing else, I’ll try to incorporate celery juice, into my morning routine, a couple of days a week; it’s worth that. Otherwise, I’m going to focus on filling each meal with more vegetables, to give my body the nutrients, and fiber it needs.
Have you tried celery juice? What are your thoughts?