Currently in wellness, celery juice is trending and that means I’m getting asked by ALL my clients this one burning question: “Should I drink celery juice?” If you know me, the answer isn’t always as cut and dry as a “yes” or “no.”
What’s with this trend in the first place? Celery juice fans claim that 16 ounces of celery juice first thing in the morning on an empty stomach is a miracle cure-all for digestive problems, skin ailments and chronic pain. Why juice? Celery contains lots of nutrients and vitamins and juicing the vegetable can help release those nutrients from the fiber.
While celery has a multitude of health benefits, there have been no scientific studies done on humans to support that drinking celery juice is the cure-all some claim it is. That said, everyone is different so while some may respond well to drinking celery juice, others may not notice a difference.
Some of the benefits of celery include:
- Celery is high in calcium and Vitamin K which are beneficial for bone strength
- It’s a natural diuretic which flushes toxins
- Because celery is 95% water and is high in electrolytes, it’s extremely hydrating
- Vitamins A, C iron and magnesium assist with blood purification
- Celery is a powerful antioxidant which can help prevent some cancers and other disease
- Celery (and it’s juice) is low in calories and may help curb cravings and appetite to aid in weight loss
If you’re still wondering, “Should I drink celery juice?” Try it for yourself and see! The biggest downfall with juicing (any vegetable, not just celery), is that the fiber is removed. So if you do choose to drink celery juice, make sure you’re getting plenty of fiber from whole foods in the rest of your diet which helps promote healthy gut bacteria. Also, since celery is on the dirty dozen list, it’s always a good idea to buy organic celery.