There is always some big health trend everyone is talking about. It’s hard to know what actually works, and if it’s worth adding to your daily routine. That’s where I come in!! Just think of me as your #HumanGuineaPig, haha. Each month (or so) I am going to try a new popular health trend and put it to the test!! First up, CELERY JUICING!
I have been following the Medical Medium on Instagram for some time now, but until recently, I hadn’t done a deep dive into his posts or research. But, when I started seeing several of the health influencers I follow drinking celery every day based on his books, I was intrigued! So, I did a little reading on his site and decided right then to give this trend a shot!
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.”
According to his research, the benefits of celery are endless and are only intensified when the veggie is juiced. Calming inflammation, healing chronic illnesses, magical mineral salts, lowering of cholesterol, preventing digestive issues, just to name a few! If I’m starting to get your attention, I HIGHLY recommend reading his full article here.
Before I dive into my experience with celery juice so far, just want to state the obvious: We are all different!!! But one thing is definitely the same… Every day, our bodies are sending us signals about what is going on with our gut and immune health through our hair, skin, inflammation, sleep, energy, cravings, etc. Our goal as individuals should be to find out what OUR body is telling us and listen intuitively to see what it needs. My experience with celery juice will not be the same as yours. My goal is to help nourish my body with the best food possible, and to live as much of a nontoxic lifestyle as possible. With celery juice, I am cleaning my body up from the inside out!
“Celery juice is teeming with powerful anti-inflammatory properties. This means it’s highly beneficial for people who suffer from chronic and mystery illnesses, including conditions labeled ‘autoimmune.’ Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), fibromyalgia, myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), Lyme disease, migraines, vertigo, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diabetes, psoriasis, eczema, acne, lupus, Guillain-Barré syndrome, sarcoidosis, Raynaud’s syndrome, Ménière’s disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gout, bursitis, bloating, intestinal cramping, distention, acid reflux, vertigo, constipation, restless leg syndrome, tingles, numbness—all of these symptoms and illnesses are mysteries to medical communities, even though they have names. Their true causes are not yet known by medical research and science.”- Medical Medium
So what exactly do you do?
Upon waking, you juice a full head of celery, which makes about 12-16oz. This should be the FIRST thing you consume or drink.
On Sundays, I’ve been buying about 7-10 heads of celery to last the entire week (some days Caleb joins me). The Whole Foods employees must think I’m crazy at check-out!!
I do NOT combine my celery juice with any other veggies or fruit, with the exception of a little squeeze of lemon to help with the bitterness. I love the taste of celery, so this isn’t a hard healthy habit to implement into my morning routine.
How do you make it?
I use this juicer that I’ve had since college and highly recommend- I love that it’s not bulky and it’s easy to clean.
I rinse a full head of celery with water each morning. Then, I chop the ends off the bottom, but I do NOT remove the leaves. I juice them with the celery stalks!
What if I don’t have a juicer?
Try using your blender! You can chop up the celery and blend it in a high-speed blender. You may need to add a little water to help. Once it’s blended, you will need to strain the pulp with a nut milk bag.
I’ve had a few of you message me saying you’ve used a blender over a juicer with no issues! It might make a little less juice, but overall it is a great option if you don’t want to invest in a juicer.
Why do you drink it in the morning?
This is the best time of day to drink your celery juice. You want to drink it on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning before eating anything. And yes, that means even before your coffee! When you drink it in the morning, it helps aid in the digestion of the foods you eat for the rest of the day.
Make sure to wait at least 15-30 minutes before consuming any other beverages or food once you drink your celery! Give your gut a little time to digest and process all those nutrients!
Can I make this ahead of time?
This is the most common question I’ve been asked on Instagram. I know that it sounds like a pain in the a** to juice celery every morning, but according to the research I’ve read, it’s best to make it fresh daily. Otherwise, you run the risk of losing valuable nutrients. That being said, Medical Medium says you’re safe to make it 24 hours ahead of time, just as long as you keep it in the fridge in a well-sealed container (like as a mason jar or a sealed weck jar-I have the 28.7oz ones and use them all the time!)
I know that the thought of cleaning your juicer every day is super daunting, but I haven’t found it to be that difficult. My juicer is really easy to quickly rinse and leave out to dry. And really, what’s an extra 5 minutes of juicing/clean up when it comes to your health?? I promise the benefits will outweigh the cleanup time!
Do you drink coffee after you have your celery juice?
Sometimes! I always wait at least 20-30 minutes before though. I definitely don’t need the coffee for energy anymore (the celery juice has really increased my energy.) But, I LOVE the taste of coffee, so I do make a cup after my juice on most days. I do not do my bulletproof coffee after celery juice though. I did this once and it made me feel jitty and have an upset stomach. I just have a regular cup of coffee with a little almond milk.
I would recommend holding off on your cup of coffee the first week of starting your celery juicing. If it has a detoxing effect (like it did for me) then it might be a bit much for your stomach to hand the beginning. Once you’re used to the juicing and no longer have bathroom issues then maybe you can add it back in!
Are you going to continue to do this daily… like forever?!
Good question! Realistically, I don’t think I will continue to do this every day at some point. BUT, after seeing the benefits (more on that below), it is something I am going to try to keep in my health routine for the time being. Eventually, I will probably cut back to juicing celery 3-4 days a week. I’m sure there could come a time where my body tells me I need a good toxin flush – maybe my digestion seems off, or my skin is breaking out. Then, I might go back to daily celery juice.
My advice is to do what feels right for you. Pay attention to what your body is trying to tell you through your digestion, skin, energy, etc. If you feel that doing this daily has you feeling your best then keep with it! There is no perfect way to go about this. I am just like you and learning as I go, and right now juicing daily is feeling pretty damn good!
Okay, Okay… Now, how have you felt? Noticed any changes?!
I have been doing this daily for three weeks and have noticed some serious benefits! It took me about six days to really feel the positive effects it was having on my digestion and gut health.
WOW… there was some MAJOR toxins being flushed through my system! Going to be completely honest with y’all – I know we all respond to things differently, but those first few days, I had serious diarrhea in the mornings. It didn’t last all day though! It just kicked in about 30-45 minutes after consuming the celery juice. One bathroom experience from it and then all my bowels were normal the rest of the day. After the first week, I haven’t had any bathroom issues. I think this was my liver detoxing bad bacteria and other toxins from my liver. The phytonutrients in the celery stalks are what help with the detoxification.
My increase in energy has been uh-maz-ing! Usually, I hit a lull in my day, but after 3-4 days of celery juice, I didn’t hit that mid-day slump! Especially over the past few days, I’ve found I’m really on my A-game. that with this new energy boost that I feel a little more on my A game. That “brain fog,” adrenal fatigue, etc. that we can sometimes experience with unhealthy eating is gone! It’s similar to the feeling I get when I do Whole30 – it’s a mental clarity that you can’t really explain.
Celery contains luteolin, a flavonoid (plant chemicals), that can act as an antioxidant and calm inflammation. I believe it because my inflammation levels have gone way down, which is a HUGE win for me! I get inflamed very easily….always have. But since drinking celery juice, I’ve really noticed the inflammation in my face and stomach going down. Also, my rings have been super loose since I started. It’s pretty neat seeing these results after only two-ish weeks of juicing.
Celery juice increases stomach acid, and when you drink it first thing in the morning it preps your gut for easy digestion for the rest of the day. Stomach acid is essential for breaking down food. If stomach acid is lower, your body has to step in to help find other resources to help with digesting that food, which can make you feel tired.
It’s weird, because I never thought I had digestion issues. But after a week of juicing, I noticed HUGE improvements! I don’t have that feeling of fullness and heaviness after a meal anymore. The bloat in my stomach is down and truthfully, I feel skinnier! I don’t weigh myself but I definitely feel “lighter” when it comes to inflammation and bloat. The celery juice is helping food digest properly instead of allowing it to sit there undigested causing gas build-up.
Tips for starting?
- Buy enough celery for your entire week on Sunday. This will make you less likely to skip a day.
- Start slow. Maybe drinking it every day from the start isn’t best for you. Maybe start with 6-8oz and build yourself up to 16oz.
Let me know if you begin juicing celery! I’d love to hear how it makes you feel!