Months ago, the world decided celery is like the food equivalent of a crystal: all-healing, shrouded in mystery, and guaranteed to get you a 10 percent increase in Instagram likes. According to celebrities (like Kim Kardashian) and a host of health professionals (including the unlicensed “Medical Medium” Anthony William), the veggie can lower inflammation, support weight loss, heal digestion, reduce bloating, and help with psoriasis and eczema. To that camp, celery carries magical minerals that target and fight those issues.

Batting for the other team, you’ve got doctors and registered dietitians claiming you could get the same benefits from just drinking a sh*t-ton of water. Good Housekeeping Institute Nutrition Director and registered dietitian Jaclyn London calls the whole thing “pseudo-science.”

Regardless, people are still lapping it up (like, seriously, literally and figuratively), buying juicers to do the deed or enlisting local health and juice stories to do the dirty work for them. If you’ve experimented, you know that celery isn’t cheap, ergo celery juice—which requires a whole bunch of celery to make, can cost you a pretty penny. At home, the 16 ounces that the Medical Medium recommends you drink daily can cost around $4. At a grocery store or juice spot, it’s been known to retail as high as $12 or $13.

So, what’s a pseudo-science loving person to do? Head to Costco, of course!

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Instagrammer @CostcoBuys recently revealed the big box store has started to sell a six-pack of Daily Greens celery juice (called Daily Celery, natch) for $14. That’s only a little more than $2 per bottle, which is a steal. Every bottle has 12 ounces of celery juice that’s been spiked with a little lemon. The bottles touts benefits like: hydration, energy, electrolytes, potassium, and vitamins.

If getting your tush off the couch and into a Costco feels like A LOT, know that Amazon also sells an 18-pack of celery juice—albeit for a lot more moolah. The juice bundles comes to $150, $8 a pop, which is still less than some juice shops might charge.

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Here’s an easy celery juice recipe that is nourishing, fresh, and delicious, with directions for making it in a juicer or a blender.

Celery Juice from The Medical Medium

Drinking celery juice is one of the hottest health trends for health and healing. I first heard about the potential health benefits of celery juice from the Medical Medium podcast and books. His book Thyroid Healing was especially of interest to me, given my history of thyroid disease and Epstein Barr.

I couldn’t find any hard scientific research that supports his statements that celery juice can reverse medical conditions, but we do know that it is high in natural sodium and micronutrients.

Health Benefits

As mentioned, celery is naturally loaded with sodium and antioxidants. Here’s a great article from a functional medicine website about the risks and benefits on drinking celery juice.

From my own research, it appears that celery, also known as Apium graveolens, has been traditionally used in Chinese medicine for centuries. When I delved into the scientific evidence using the latin term, I found a ton of studies showing the benefits of celery, including on high cholesterol, Parkinson’s disease, infertility, and cancer. Dr. Mercola has a great article about the health benefits of celery.

There are a lot of claims that drinking celery juice can help reduce bloating and help with digestion. It really depends on the individual and what your digestive system is used to. This juice can help with digestion, but it kind of depends on what you’re used to and what state of health your gut is in when you start.

On the opposite side, The Paleo Mom did a pretty interesting overview of the benefits of celery, but she also disputed the benefits of drinking celery juice.

Celery Juice Recipe

Making celery juice is actually really easy! You only need fresh celery stalks and a juicer. I recommend buying organic celery if you can, since celery is often sprayed with pesticides. If you have a high-speed blender and a nut milk bag or some kind of fine mesh strainer, you can make it that way too.

I included a fresh, peeled lime as an optional ingredient in my juice. I like how it adds brightness and some extra flavor. I’ve been known to juice an apple with the celery, too, but that’s also optional and increases the sugar content.

For the Medical Medium celery juice recipe, just use 100% celery. Do not add anything else.

How to Make Celery Juice in a Juicer

  1. Grab two bunches of celery and cut off the base and the top of the stalks.
  2. Wash them gently in a colander.
  3. Feed the celery through the feeding tube of your juicer.
  4. Serve the juice immediately and keep any leftovers in a tightly sealed jar in the fridge.

How to Make Celery Juice in a High-Speed Blender

  1. Grab two bunches of celery and cut off the base and the top of the stalks.
  2. Wash them gently in a colander.
  3. Chop the celery stalks into thirds and place them in the base of your high-speed blender.
  4. Add 1/4 cup of water and put the lid on the blender. Blend until smooth, using the tamper to push the celery into the blades if necessary.
  5. Place a clean nut milk bag over the mouth of a pitcher and pour the blended celery through the nut milk bag. Use your hands to squeeze the celery juice through the bag.
  6. Serve the juice immediately and keep any leftovers in a tightly sealed jar in the fridge.

FAQs

Is drinking celery juice good for you?

There are only anecdotal reports that drinking celery juice can help resolve autoimmune disease, heal thyroid disease, and help recover from the Epstein-Barr virus. That said, drinking celery juice might have some benefits, along with some risks.

The benefits of drinking celery juice is that its high in micronutrients, especially when you drink it right after you make it. The risks of drinking it include that it might raise the blood sugar of some people. There may be other risks associated with drinking celery juice.

What are the benefits of drinking celery juice?

The benefits of drinking celery juice is that its high in micronutrients, especially when you drink it right after you make it.

Can I make celery juice in a regular blender?

I haven’t tried making celery juice in a regular blender, only a high-speed blender. If you want to try it, I would suggest chopped your celery into 1-inch pieces and adding at least 1/2 cup of water to your blender. Blend for at least a minute before straining the celery juice.

How much juice should you drink per day?

I would start with 3-4 ounces per day and increase up to 16 ounces per day, preferably in the morning before eating. It’s usually recommended to wait 30 minutes after drinking celery juice before consuming anything else. This ensures that you absorb all the nutrients from the celery juice.

What does celery juice taste like?

Not surprisingly, it tastes like celery. I am a fan of the flavor, but sometimes I’ll juice a peeled lime and maybe an apple along with the celery for added sweetness and brightness.

Will drinking celery juice heal my health?

There are no studies backing up this claim. I tend to think that an overall healthy lifestyle with targeted support from a qualified functional medicine practitioner is the best route. You might also be interested in this article about the risks and benefits of a juice cleanse.

Can you make celery juice ahead of time?

Yes, but I would try to consume it within 48 hours of making it for optimal nutrition. Store it in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator.

Items recommended for this recipe (some affiliate links included):

  • Omega masticating juicer (I’ve had mine going on 8 years and I adore it)
  • High-speed blender
  • Juice jar with an air-tight lid

And, here’s a list of other green juice recipes you might like:

  • Beet Juice
  • Cold-Fighting Celery Cucumber Green Juice
  • Detox Veggie Juice
  • Lemon & Ginger Green Juice

If you’re recovering from a chronic illness, you might be interested in these posts about healing:

  • Risks & Benefits of Juice Cleansing
  • How to Follow a No Sugar Diet
  • Ten Tips for How to Have More Energy
  • Ten Ways to Fight Fatigue on a Vegan Diet
  • What Vitamins Should a 30 Year Old Woman Take?
  • Eight Health Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight
  • Ten Reasons You Might Always Feel Tired

Here’s the recipe with instructions for both a juicer and a blender:

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Here’s a celery juice recipe according to the Medical Medium, plus information about the benefits and how to make it in a blender.

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches of celery, prepped for juicing
  • 1 lime, skin removed (optional, for better taste)*

Instructions

  1. Prep the celery for juicing by chopping off the base and tops of the stalks of both bunches.
  2. Wash the celery gently and pat dry.
  3. Run the celery and lime through the feeding tube of juicer (see blender instructions below).
  4. Serve the juice immediately, or keep any leftovers in an air-tight jar in the fridge. Consume within 3 days of juicing.

Notes

*The Medical Medium says that you should not use anything else with the celery for optimal health, but I find using the juice of one lime makes the celery juice taste so much better.

To make celery juice using a blender, you’ll need a nut milk bag or some kind of very fine mesh strainer to strain out the pulp.

To make the juice in a blender, add the celery stalks in batches to your high-speed blender.

Add ¼ cup of water to help get the blender started. Use your tamper to push the celery stalks into the blade. Keep adding the celery until you’ve blended it all. Then, pour the blended celery through the nut milk bag or strainer so remove the pulp from the juice.

Serve immediately and discard the pulp.

Note: one bunch of celery makes about 16 ounces of juice.

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While thousands of people are seeing the power of celery juice, this green drink isn’t backed by science. William explained to me that the reasons science hasn’t backed up celery yet is because “in celery, there are undiscovered sodium subgroups, so it’s not just salt; it’s called cluster salts that haven’t been taken apart by science. There’s no reason for science and research to care about a celery stick, there’s no reason to fund celery research. But the point is there are cluster sodium subgroups and cluster salts have the ability to kill off pathogens.”

William explained to me that pathogens are bacteria, viruses, or microorganisms that can cause a huge range of infections from digestion problems to acne and UTIs. So if these cluster salts from celery are killing off pathogens, that is why celery juice can help appease a wide range of infections, according to William.

I also asked a registered dietitian to see if she could back up any of these claims. Rachel Goodman, R.D. and owner of Brooklyn-based private practice Rachel Good Nutrition, thinks that people are seeing the effects of celery juice because, “Celery is a good source of potassium, vitamin K, and flavonoids—compounds that have been shown in studies to help keep electrolyte balance, function as antioxidants, and can help lower blood pressure and inflammation.”

Goodman thinks people are seeing that celery is helping digestion, decreasing bloat and improving energy because of how hydrating celery is. And we all know the other age-old cure-all: water. So perhaps people are seeing these miracle effects of celery juice because it’s just giving us more hydration that our body needs and doesn’t get enough of. When I asked William about this, he pointed out that hydration can’t cure Lyme disease and other various illnesses his audience have received relief from by drinking a daily 16 ounces of celery juice.

There is research that says that the antioxidant compounds in celery can help remove free radicals, says functional medicine doctor Jill Baron, M.D., However, she adds that “we don’t have the research in humans at this time to verify all the claims.”

Goodman is a little wary of the celery juice hype because, “It hasn’t been studied as well as other fruits and vegetables that show benefits to our health, such as beets, blueberries, and avocado.”

And this is something that William is completely aware of. He’s hoping that soon science will fund studies for this. But for now, he has thousands of people (me included) who have experienced firsthand the benefits of this green juice.

Goodman, on the other hand, isn’t confident that celery juice can be a heal-all, as she explains, “When it comes to our food choices, we tend to get fixated on a single food or beverage to resolve our health issues when in reality there is no one food that will cure disease… We need to be looking at our overall lifestyle and cultivate healthy behaviors for optimal health. If you enjoy celery juice, it can be part of a healthful eating pattern, but it should be part of the bigger picture and should not replace intake of all other vegetables and fruits.”

Celery Juice Is All Over Instagram, So What’s the Big Deal?

Bright and bold health drinks have always been a hit on social media, from moon milk to matcha lattes. Now, celery juice is the latest pretty health drink to gain its own following. The bright green juice has racked up more than 40,000 posts on Instagram with #CeleryJuice, and the #CeleryJuiceChallenge is still picking up steam.

And the trend has officially manifested IRL; the first nationally available bottled celery juice is about to hit grocery store shelves. Evolution Fresh (the juice supplier for Starbucks) announced that their new Organic Celery Glow (made of just organic cold-pressed celery juice and a twist of lemon) will be hitting store shelves at select grocery and natural retailers beginning in April.

But how did it blow up? The celery “movement” started with Anthony William, “the Medical Medium,” who has three New York Times bestselling books on natural food cures under his belt. (Celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jenna Dewan, and Naomi Campbell are all fans.) An important note: William has no medical license or nutrition certifications (his website has a disclaimer about this). But he’s amassed a following for his holistic approach and the belief that he has the ability to “read” people’s medical diagnoses and provide guidance on how to recover (hence the name Medical Medium).

William mentions drinking celery juice in all of his books and is a huge proponent of drinking 16 ounces of the “miracle superfood” first thing in the morning for its “potent healing properties” and “incredible ability to create sweeping improvements for all kinds of health issues”-including improving gut health, fighting cancer, clearing skin, flushing out viruses, and more.

Not everyone’s convinced. “If you think it’s going to change some health condition you have, it’s not. If you think it’s going to help you lose weight, it’s not,” says celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, who has an MSc in exercise physiology and nutritional sciences. “And all of it was started from this dude, this hoax guy psychic, the Medical Medium, who has no background in health fitness, nutrition, academia, research, anything.”

So, is any of it true? First things first: “One food by itself cannot ‘cure,'” says Sandra Arévalo, a registered dietitian nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

“However, foods that provide 20 percent or more daily value of nutrients are recognized to have high nutritional value.” The only nutrient celery would be considered a ‘superfood’ for is vitamin K-it contains 23 percent of your daily value. Which is good, but not great-compared to kale and Swiss chard, which have more than 300 percent of your daily value per serving, for example. (Related: 3 Ways to Eat Celery That Don’t Involve Ants On a Log)

Celery does pack a powerful antioxidant kick, too. “Some of the antioxidant properties of celery extract have been linked to increased fertility and lowering blood glucose and serum lipid levels,” says Arévalo. A 2017 review of celery studies found that celery’s flavonoid and polyphenol content may reduce inflammation, cancer risk, diabetes, and more. However, further research (including the amount needed to reap these benefits) is needed to conclude that there is any direct link, she says.

As for William’s claim that you should be drinking 16 ounces of celery juice first thing in the morning to gain the most benefits? Experts say that’s largely bogus. “You are typically dehydrated in the morning when you wake up, so drinking a big glass of celery juice first thing might make it seem like you’re getting more benefit than you actually are,” says Jessica Crandall Snyder, a registered dietitian and nutritionist at Vital RD. In other words, because celery is mostly made up of water, you’d likely experience the same effects simply from drinking good old H2O. There’s also the fact that vitamin K is better absorbed along with fat, so taking it on an empty stomach first thing in the morning may not be as beneficial.

The bottom line? “There’s no magic behind celery juice,” says Snyder. But with 60 percent water content, it *is* refreshing, and a great way to stay hydrated if nothing else. “If this makes you feel good, don’t stop, keep doing it,” adds Pasternak. “But for the rest of you, who are looking for actual treatments for a medical condition, or ways to become fitter, leaner, healthier, drinking juice of any kind, nevermind celery juice, is not the way to do it.”

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You don’t even have to really drink it to get on board. I purchased a single bottle for $6.50 at Pressed Juicery in Williamsburg and gave up on it about a quarter of the way through. As a millennial living in gentrified Brooklyn, I am no stranger to green juices and tonics, and I can easily say this was the worst one I have ever tried. It was neither refreshing nor satiating. It tasted like wet grass.

Photo Illustration by Lauren Margit Jones; photo from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images.

Theresa Yee, a senior beauty editor at the trend-forecasting company WGSN, told me that celery juice is a natural extension of the general green juice trend that took over Hollywood several years ago. “It’s a more intense, ‘healthier’ version,” she explained. “People are drinking it pure, without adding in any fruits, so there are no natural sugars, unlike green juice, which is packed with multiple fruits and vegetables. This trend has really taken off on social media, and we’re seeing it everywhere on Instagram and YouTube. The bright green color is visually appealing, making it highly Instagrammable.” (There are currently 150,000 posts on Instagram with the hashtag #celeryjuice, many of them including the @medicalmedium tag.)

That @medicalmedium is Anthony William, the man willing to take credit for the boom, who might be familiar from the Instagrams of the many celebrities he has befriended over the years: Pharrell, Naomi Campbell, Sylvester Stallone, Jenna Dewan, and, of course, Paltrow. He has written several health books including Celery Juice: The Most Powerful Medicine of Our Time Healing Millions Worldwide, which was published two weeks ago.

Unlike most psychic mediums working today, Medical Medium William explained in an interview that he doesn’t interact with the souls of the dead. Instead he hears from a “spirit” who informs him of new health practices he should recommend to people.

“I hear a voice perfectly clear that provides me advanced medical information on illnesses,” he told me, with the persuasive, practiced conviction of a televangelist. “So all I do is I receive information that’s decades ahead of science and research in chronic illness.”

On his website William claims that celery juice can help cure everything from psoriasis to anxiety to brain fog. There is no medical research to back William’s assertions, which he freely admits. “No one’s studying celery,” he told me. “No one’s looking into what it’s doing or has done because no one’s going to put a couple hundred million dollars into celery sticks to figure out what’s happening. It’s just not going to go on. So I had to be the one to be like, Actually, the information is coming through. This can heal people.”

William said that he was introduced to Paltrow in 2014 by another guru, Dr. Alejandro Junger (he’s a big proponent of detoxing). And then Paltrow shared William’s celery prescription on goop.com last fall, under the rubric “fascinating and inexplicable,” which kicked off the current trend. William said he believes celery juice has become popular because “it works.”

“It’s the only trend ever that isn’t propelled by money,” he said, adding that he does not pay celebrities to post about it. “It’s not like kombucha tea. It’s not like things like collagen and all that. That’s all been propelled by propaganda money and advertising and promotion so that we use it. That’s propelled by millions and millions and hundreds of millions of dollars. This is the only trend of its time that’s more popular than all of those things and there’s nothing behind it but it works.”

How do you know it’s working? That depends. Some stars have expressed the belief that celery juice has helped them with minor illnesses. Erin Foster, a writer (and daughter of celebrity composer David Foster), told Us Weekly that drinking celery juice helped her stop getting strep throat so much. Her sister Sara Foster told the tabloid, “We love the Medical Medium. We love him, we’re obsessed with him. I think it’s no doubt celery boosts your immune system.”

I Drank Celery Juice For A Month To Heal My Gut. Here’s What Happened

I’m sure most of us are familiar with typical green juice, which usually consists of fistfuls of dark leafy greens, such as kale and spinach, along with cucumber and celery, and oftentimes herbs, lemon, ginger, and apple may be added to sweeten. They’re run through a masticating juicer (which keeps the veggies at low temperatures to preserve all of their enzymes and vitamins, which would otherwise be destroyed by heat) to separate the fiber from the liquid, reducing pounds of fresh produce down into a juice that is comparable to liquid gold in its potency—or rather, liquid green. It’s a powerhouse of a drink, with all those deep greens and their antioxidants, phytonutrients and enzymes transferred into a liquid form that can be easily sipped down, thus bypassing the energy-consuming process of digestion.

So when I read about the healing powers of celery juice, my interest was piqued, but drinking plain old celery juice seemed pretty boring and pedestrian compared to the majesty of the green juice I’m used to. However, let me tell you that if green juice is the queen, then celery juice is the magician. Williams, in Medical Medium,says celery juice, “is one of the most powerful and healing juices we can drink. Just 16 ounces of fresh celery juice every morning on an empty stomach can transform your health and digestion in as little as one week.”

Celery contains compounds called coumarins, which are known to enhance the activity of white blood cells and support the vascular system. It also helps to purify the bloodstream, aid in digestion, relax the nerves, reduce blood pressure, and clear up skin problems. Celery is rich in vitamin A, magnesium, and iron, which all help to nourish the blood. Celery juice is also rich in organic sodium content, meaning it has the ability to dislodge calcium deposits from the joints and hold them in solution until they can be eliminated safely from the kidneys. Sounds pretty phenomenal right? I was certainly intrigued enough to give the simple green juice a try. Here’s what happened:

1. It gave me easy, blissful digestion, and more energy, to boot.

The discomforts of indigestion, bloating, and even acid reflux are often caused by low stomach acid. Studies have shown that people with Hashimoto’s (the autoimmune thyroid condition) and hypothyroidism (low thyroid) often have low, or lack of, stomach acid, and low stomach acid sets off a wheel of undesirable health consequences. Many of us are all too familiar with the fact that when we’re stressed one of the first things to go out of whack can be our digestion. This is where the superhero of celery juice steps in, as its natural sodium content raises stomach acid, and when drunk first thing in the morning primes you for easy digestion for the rest of the day. Stomach acid is essential for breaking down food, particularly protein. If your stomach acid is lowered, the body then has to step in using more resources to try to digest that food, thus making you tired. This also leads to liver backlog, so there’s less chance your liver will be able to keep up with the onslaught of toxins it has to process from mere everyday life, as well as its job of balancing blood sugar and recycling and producing new hormones, among its many other tasks. The liver is a heavy-duty organ—and as you can see, this is where the cycle continues, continually overwhelming the body so it never has a chance to reset, heal, and thrive. Every once in a while this may be OK (we all get stressed from time to time!), but if this is happening continually, it can lead to more chronic and serious manifestations of dis-ease in the body. Once I started drinking celery juice, I noticed that my food digested easier. Instead of uncomfortable feelings of fullness and heaviness after meals, I instead felt satiated but still light and could go on with my activities easily.

2. It made me slimmer.

With its ability to improve digestion, celery juice also kicks one of the most pesky symptoms of digestion to the curb: bloating. Celery juice is an effective natural diuretic, and along with its ability to flush toxins out of the body, it reduces bloated abdomens and edema, too. With my stomach acid raised and my digestion improved, I wasn’t bloated once during my experiment with celery juice—since everything was running smoothly through my system and digesting well, there was no chance for food to get backlogged, sit there undigested, and therefore cause gas to build up.

3. It reduced my cravings.

Oftentimes, cravings are the body’s way of calling out for nutrients that we are low or depleted in. For instance, if you’re suffering from adrenal fatigue, I’ve found you’ll crave all things salty. This is not a mistake of the body, as the adrenals need minerals to function at peak performance—like the minerals that are found in high-quality salt. Unfortunately we can often confuse this craving for wanting a bag of potato chips! With my food being broken down, digested, and therefore assimilated better, my body could soak up all the goodness and nutrition I was putting into it. All of my body’s nutritional needs were being met better, and thus I never found myself craving foods or reaching for foods out of habit, because I was much more satiated.

4. I felt sharper.

Since stomach acid is essential for breaking down proteins, the amino acids in my food were being broken down better and became more bioavailable. Amino acids are precursors for creating neurotransmitters, so in theory, the simple act of drinking celery juice even made me smarter. I was firing on all cylinders during the month, and the surplus of energy I had from my food being digested better also helped give rise to a more natural feeling of being a superwoman. Feeling less overwhelmed also helped to reduce stress, thus creating a happy, natural cycle.

5. I experienced a feeling of Zen bliss.

Celery is a major alkaline food. This means it helps to purge the body of acid and toxins and cleanse the liver and bloodstream like nothing else. It helps to smooth out frazzled nerves and soothe any tensions from stress. I found drinking celery juice to have an amazingly calming and relaxing effect on my mind, body, and emotions—so much so that I often found myself making it at the end of a busy workday to help switch myself out of go-go-go mode and wind down for the evening. It gives you the feeling of post-meditation bliss and an internal “ahhhh.”

Want to try it out for yourself? Here’s a quick and easy recipe for celery juice (no fancy juicer required!).

The Quickest, Easiest Celery Juice

Ingredients

  • 1 head of organic celery
  • Splash of filtered water

Equipment

  • High-speed blender
  • Nut-milk bag
  • Large bowl

Method

  1. Wash and roughly chop the head of celery into rough chunks.
  2. Add to a blender along with a splash of water (to help the blades spin).
  3. Blend for a few seconds until broken down.
  4. Pour into a large bowl through a nut-milk bag.
  5. Squeeze through the juice, and compost the remaining fiber in the nut-milk bag. Drink immediately for the most nutritional benefits.

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Why Celery Juice is so popular and the top 10 benefits of drinking 16 ounces of celery juice first thing in the morning to restore and activate the gut, aid the liver and heal the body!

Imagination is the highest form of research. ~Albert Einstein

While on our annual road trip to California, I discovered something really strange. All the grocery stores were totally OUT of organic celery! What is going on here I thought?! Where is all the celery going? There is no celery because everyone is guzzling it, a friend later informed me. What? Why?

And then, how the universe likes to work, I began noticing that everyone was posting and sharing celery juice on social media. Health and wellness podcasts kept talking about it, singing its praises. Celery Juice just kept popping up on my radar, over and over, until well, of course I had to try it myself to see what all the hubbub was about.

So I’m on week three of drinking 16 ounces ( 2 cups) of organic celery juice first thing in the morning and just wanted to share my experience in case you are curious about it too.

Like all things on the blog- I’m not here to tell you what to eat or drink. You know your bodies and what you need. I just like to share ideas and options in case something piques your interest.

10 Benefits of Celery Juice

This is what is being said out there on the web. I have no idea if these are scientifically proven, but there seems to be a lot of research and consensus about the following benefits. Please do your own research and see for yourself. (And I do advise trying it for yourself and listening to your body as part of your research. Our bodies know.)

  1. Celery Juice heals and activates the gut by restoring hydrochloric acid which helps us digest things faster and more efficiently. Celery juice helps raise stomach acid, which is necessary to help break down food, especially protein. Especially good for those on a high protein diet. If our stomach acid is low, the body has to use more resources to digest that food, often leaving us feeling tired and lethargic. Celery juice has the ability to significantly replenish depleted levels of gastric mucus that is needed in the stomach lining to heal and prevent ulcers and acid reflux.
  2. Celery Juice lowers cholesterol. Celery contains a compound called 3-n-butylphthalide (BuPh) that has been reported to have lipid-lowering action, reducing the bad cholesterol (LDL) in our bloodstream.
  3. Celery Juice is a natural anti-inflammatory. It contains Polyacetylene which reduces chronic joint pain, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis. Not only does it soothe the body, but it is also believed to soothe the nerves, with calming and relaxing properties.
  4. Celery Juice lowers blood pressure. Research shows that celery helps lower high blood pressure by acting as a smooth muscle relaxant, improving the flow of calcium and potassium in cells, allowing blood vessels to expand and contract with greater ease.
  5. Celery juice aids the Liver. Studies show that celery helps reduce fat build-up in the liver. The nutrients in celery protect the liver, and actually help the liver produce enzymes that help flush fat and toxins out.
  6. Celery juice improves digestion by increasing circulation in the intestines, getting things going and moving. It’s good for constipation, bloating, puffiness and water retention, acting as a gentle, mild, natural laxative and diuretic.
  7. Celery Juice fights infection. Research shows that compounds found in celery contain powerful antimicrobial properties that fight infections and naturally boost immunity. Celery juice reduces uric acid and stimulates urine production, especially useful in fighting bacterial infections within the digestive tract and reproductive organs, helping prevent UTIs, bladder and kidney disorders.
  8. Celery Juice contains powerful anti-oxidants and cancer-fighting compounds. Celery contains a flavonoid called apigenin, which has been shown to kill cancer cells. The polyacetylenes in celery interestingly contain chemo-protective compounds that help to reduce toxicity while boosting immunity and help slow the growth of mutated cells.
  9. Celery Juice is alkalizing. Actually celery is one of the most alkaline foods you can eat! Research suggests that an alkaline diet lengthens life and prevents chronic diseases.
  10. Celery juice is highly nutritious. Celery is loaded with essential minerals and vitamins such as folate, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin K and vitamin C. A cocktail for the skin. The luteolin in celery protects skin from the inside and prevents UV-induced damage. Some swear by celery’s skin healing properties, saying that it helped clear up skin conditions like psoriasis and acne.

According to Anthony Williams, in his book Liver Rescue, “Celery Juice is one of the most powerful and healing juices we can drink. Just 16 ounces of fresh celery juice every morning on an empty stomach can transform your health and digestion in as little as one week.”

He suggests drinking it straight and not to add anything to it for the maximum benefit.

If possible use organic celery. One small bunch makes about 16 ounces. He suggests making it fresh every morning.

I personally make enough for two days and store the extra in the fridge, letting it come to room temperature before drinking.

When should you drink Celery Juice?

  • Drink it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach for optimal results. Wait 20-30 minutes before drinking anything else.

How much Celery Juice should you drink?

  • Drink 16 ounces ( about two cups). If you feel you can’t handle two cups in the beginning, start with 1 cup and gradually increase.

Does the celery have to be organic?

  • It is preferable, but not mandatory. If using non-organic celery, make sure to wash all the stock very well, to help rinse any lingering pesticides. Celery is on the list of veggies that are heavily treated with pesticides.

Why can’t we just eat celery instead of juicing it?

  • You can. But, to get the full benefits that everyone is raving about, you’de have to eat the whole head (or bunch) of celery first thing in the morning. One whole head of celery ( 9-12 stalks) equals 16 ounces of juice when juiced.
    1. Use 1 bunch of organic celery, cutting off the base to separate the stalks
    2. Wash them in clean water to remove any debris
    3. Feed the celery through your juicer.
    4. Drink immediately.
    5. Feel free to make enough for 2 days ( two bunches) and keep in a sealed mason jar the fridge.

How to make Celery Juice in a Blender

    1. Use 1 bunch of organic celery and cut off the base to separate the stalks
    2. Wash them in clean water to remove any debris
    3. Chop the celery stalks into 1 inch pieces and place them in the blender.
    4. Add 1/4 cup of purified water and put the lid on the blender. Blend until smooth.
    5. Place a clean nut milk bag over the mouth of a pitcher or bowl and pour the blended celery through the nut milk bag. Use your hands to squeeze the celery juice through the bag.
    6. Drink immediately, or feel free to make enough for 2 days ( two bunches) and keep in sealed mason jar the fridge.

Celery Juice’s effect on me personally:

  • My digestion has improved significantly- I feel like my stomach digests things quicker and more efficiently, I feel less bloated, and my stomach feels flatter which seems to last throughout the day.
  • My skin feels more hydrated and looks healthier overall.
  • Im having less salt cravings and less sugar cravings.
  • I feel good after I drink it- it feels nourishing, I feel healthy. I like how I feel- which makes me want to keep drinking it. I also enjoy the taste of it.
  • I feel like have more energy.
  • My joints feel less stiff and achy.

Granted it has only been 14 days but this is what I have noticed.

The bottom line is this: If Celery Juice is calling you- just try it! See how you feel. You’ll never know unless you try it and experience it for yourself. If it doesn’t interest you, it may not be right for you or that you just don’t need it.

We intuitively know what we need to feel our best! Listen.

PS: If you like this… you may like this Switchel Post,

Jamu Juice (Turmeric Ginger Juice from Bali for inflammation)

and this Ayurvedic Detox Tea (to drink throughout the day)

Celery Juice Recipe and 10 Benefits

Celery Juice Recipe and the top TEN benefits of drinking 16 ounces of celery juice every morning to activate the gut, release toxins and heal the body!

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15
  • Yield: 16 ounces 1x
  • Category: drinks, juice
  • Method: blended
  • Cuisine: American

Scale 1x2x3x

  • 1 bunch organic celery ( see notes)
    1. Use 1 bunch of organic celery, cutting off the base to separate the stalks
    2. Wash them in clean water to remove any debris
    3. Feed the celery through your juicer.
    4. Drink immediately.
    5. Feel free to make enough for 2 days ( two bunches) and keep in a sealed mason jar the fridge.

How to make Clery Juice in a Blender

    1. Use 1 bunch of organic celery and cut off the base to separate the stalks
    2. Wash them in clean water to remove any debris
    3. Chop the celery stalks into 1 inch pieces and place them in the blender.
    4. Add 1/4 cup of purified water and put the lid on the blender. Blend until smooth.
    5. Place a clean nut milk bag over the mouth of a pitcher or bowl and pour the blended celery through the nut milk bag. Use your hands to squeeze the celery juice through the bag.
    6. Drink immediately, or feel free to make enough for 2 days ( two bunches) and keep in sealed mason jar the fridge.

If you can’t get organic celery- make sure to wash non-organic celery stocks really well.

Yes, of course you can add other things to celery juice- ginger, lemon, parsley, cilantro- but it is suggested that it works best taken alone. You decide.

Drink it fresh first thing in the morning and wait 30 minutes before drinking anything else.

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Firstly, celery is the devil’s vegetable.

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That’s my opinion. In fact, from the unmistakeable smell of the stuff to the weird stringy texture, I’ve gone to great pains to make my plate a celery-free zone for more than three decades.

That was until Instagram blew up with images of wellness bloggers slugging celery juice like there was no tomorrow. Even Kim Kardashian was giving it a go.

And it turns out it’s more than a January fad. The #celeryjuice craze is inspired by the advice of Anthony William, a healer and New York Times bestselling author known as the Medical Medium.

“Fresh celery juice is one of the most powerful and healing juices one can drink. Just 16 oz of fresh celery juice a day can transform your health and digestion in as little as one week. Celery juice is an alkalizing, enzyme-rich, electrolyte-enhancing, liver-repairing, blood-sugar-balancing, antiseptic, strongly alkaline and anti-inflammatory drink.” -Anthony William

According to William, one glass (about 470mls) of the green stuff on an empty stomach every morning “helps to counteract acidosis, purify the bloodstream, aid in digestion, prevent migraines, relax the nerves, reduce blood pressure, and clear up skin problems”.

It’s worth noting here that Mr William is not a licensed medical doctor so if you’re on medication of any kind, you should speak to your GP before following any advice you read online.

However, a busy few weeks had left me tired, run down and looking a bit worn-out. Intrigued, I decided to give it a shot.

The rules: Every morning, drink roughly 16 ounces of celery juice on an empty stomach. Make sure it’s fresh, plain celery juice with no other ingredients. After you finish the juice, wait 15 minutes before consuming anything else.

First I purchased an entire shelf full of celery from Aldi.

You get some really weird looks when you rock up to the till with a trolley full of celery. Still, at €7.90 for ten bunches, the whole thing cost less than a gin and tonic.

You can’t argue with that in terms of cost effectiveness.

I filled up the sink and added a cup of vinegar before dunking my celery haul into the water and soaking it for an hour to remove any insecticide or other nasties. Once it was dried off, I piled it up in the fridge again and plugged in the juicer, ready for the morning.

My juicer is a handy compact Phillips one (you can find it here) but if you don’t have a juicer you can also blend your celery in the blender, then strain it through cheese cloth or muslin to collect the juice.

MONDAY MORNING, 7AM
I’m quite excited to get started on the famous juice. This lasts right up until I plunge the first stick into the juicer and a waft of sharp celery scent hits me hard in the face.

Celery produces more juice than you’d think. One bunch is more than enough to produce your 16oz of swamp green juice for the morning. Yay.

I pour two large glasses and present one to Himself when he gets out of the shower, smiling maniacally.
The advice is to sip it slowly over 30 minutes. To be fair, this is also probably the only reasonable way of ingesting it without throwing up.

Slightly horrified, we persevere and manage to finish the prescribed amount.

TUESDAY
The alarm goes off and the thought of starting the day with a tall glass of celery juice makes me shudder. It’s not easy being green. Still, I’m determined to see it through so I gather my armful of stalks from the fridge and sullenly frazzle them in the juicer.

It doesn’t taste any better today but at least it doesn’t taste any worse. I am a little more aware of the thick creamy froth that appears on the top of the glass after juicing so I avoid it by using a straw.

I sip my way through it while checking my emails. After waiting the recommended 15 minutes afterwards, my Caramelito Nespresso is the nicest cup of coffee I’ve ever had.

WEDNESDAY
We’ve turned a corner. It could be the fact that the pungent odour of freshly juice celery no longer strikes the fear of god into me, but this morning’s glass of the green stuff is much less revolting than before.

It tastes more salty than anything else. Maybe I’m growing accustomed to the taste, or maybe it’s because everything tastes better when it’s served in a wine glass, who knows?

More importantly, I slept like a baby and, on close inspection with a magnifying mirror, the spots on my chin are almost gone, with no new ones developing in their place. Result.

THURSDAY
There’s no doubt about it, my skin is much improved. After a sugar-laden, alcohol fuelled Christmas, I was seeing hints that my teenage acne was returning. Four days of celery juicing later, all lumps and bumps have vanished and my skin is glowing like I’ve just had a facial.

I happily sip my green juice this morning, it’s easier to drink when you know it’s working.

FRIDAY
Even though I wake up thirsty (two glasses of wine the night before will do that to you) I blitz up my juice and force myself to drink it before I touch a glass of water or a cup of tea.

According to the Medical Medium, the effect is strongest when celery juice is consumed on an empty stomach. This is probably the most challenging part of the routine, but it does ensure you get the juicing out of the way first thing.

THE VERDICT: Six days in, I’m impressed. The difference that celery juice has made to my skin is pretty significant; it looks and feels more hydrated and plumper, something I’m putting down to celery’s anti-inflammatory properties.

My skin issues were more cosmetic than serious, but there are plenty of fans on social media who have noticed a remarkable improvement in conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and acne.

As well as a major skin boost, I’ve lost 3lbs since the beginning of the week. That could be down to my diet being better generally, but I’m sure the morning juice didn’t hurt in terms of putting me on the right track for the day.

I also have more energy and I’m sleeping better than I have in a while. Given the huge improvements after just five days, I’ll definitely be continuing to start my day with a glass of the green stuff.

Interested in giving it a go? Read the Medical Medium’s tips here:

Where to buy celery juice?

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