behind the hype: what’s the deal with celery juice?

If you’ve been on Instagram lately, you’ve likely heard about celery juice. It’s nearly impossible to avoid with #celeryjuice and #celeryjuicebenefits trending faster than #selfie (okay, almost).

Add to that the vocal celebrity fan base, which includes Pharrell Williams, Debra Messing, Jenna Dewan, several Victoria’s Secret models and GOOP herself, Gwyneth Paltrow, among others.

Celery juice appears to have gone past trend to become an actual movement. Perhaps it’s time for you to check this stuff out!

Breaking down the celery juice trend

So what is celery juice, anyway? In a word, exactly what it sounds like: juice made from celery, celery alone, and nothing but the celery.

Yes, there are recipes out there that mix celery juice with apple, or ginger, or cucumber, or other delicious and healthy additions, but the celery juice everyone is talking about is the one that was originated by #1 New York Times bestselling author, Anthony William, the self-monikered Medical Medium.

William calls celery a miracle juice and “prescribes” drinking 16 ounces of the green stuff first thing in the morning. “Celery juice is one of the most powerful and healing juices we can drink,” says William. “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.”

Wow. Sounds pretty amazing, right?

It’s important to note that William has no medical license or nutrition certifications, as clearly stated on his website. In fact, there’s no real science behind these claims at all. What you will find is plenty of compelling anecdotal feedback from proponents of the juice who extoll the positive benefits they’ve seen in their health, mood and life, not to mention their energy level and glowing skin.

Celery juice benefits

So what is celery juice good for? Can it really help with weight loss? In growing health and wellness circles, celery juice is the latest miracle elixir with a number of benefits, including:

  • Clearer skin
  • Improved digestion
  • Less bloating
  • Weight loss
  • Sustained energy
  • Better mental clarity
  • Stable moods

These benefits are supported by many of the jillions of Instagram posts from those who have made celery juice part of their lifestyle.

What “science” says

The fact is, science doesn’t say much about the claims made about celery juice. It has yet to be tested, and there’s no data to either support or refute the many claims out there. What we do know is that celery is a nutrient-rich vegetable and a good source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Celery contains high levels of vitamin K and good amounts of vitamins A, B-2, B-6 and C. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and is a good source of potassium and folate. Like most vegetables, these low-calorie, delightfully crunchy stalks are good for you.

As far as whether or not juicing your celery is better than eating it straight up, consider this. You’re typically dehydrated in the morning when you wake up, so drinking a big glass of celery juice first thing will give your body a boost of hydration that it needs, if nothing else.

Why not give it a try?

With so much on our plates, most of us can use any edge we can get, which includes taking good care of ourselves. If celery juice has even a portion of the positive benefits claimed by those “on the juice,” it might be worth a try — an easy habit to adopt with a great potential upside!

Sure, juice companies offer pricey bottled versions of the stuff, but making your own is much cheaper than buying fresh-pressed juice and it’s easy with your Kenmore blender. Who knows, celery juice may just become your secret weapon to power you through your busy day in amazing fashion.

Celery juice recipe

Celery juice is simple to make in a blender. It takes roughly one large bunch of celery to make 16 ounces of juice. If possible, use organic celery, or be sure to wash it especially well.

Wash one whole bunch of celery, chop it up (leaves and stalks) and blend in a high-speed blender until smooth. Strain the blended celery through a fine mesh strainer, cheesecloth or a nut milk bag. That’s it! Simple, right?

Celery juice tips

  • Drink a minimum of 16 ounces of celery juice every morning on an empty stomach.
  • If you’re particularly sensitive to the juice and 16 ounces is too much (some people find it impacts their digestion), start with a smaller amount and build up to a larger quantity.
  • Celery leaves are packed with nutrients and should be blended along with the stalks to make celery juice.
  • Celery juice is not a replacement for breakfast. Celery is low in calories so you’ll still need breakfast to power you through the morning.
  • It’s best to make celery juice fresh and drink it immediately. Save time by rinsing and chopping the celery the night before.
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