By Megan Undlin
Ah yes, celery. The vegetable that pairs well with chicken wings but may not be the first item always added to the grocery list. However, this veggie recently has taken over the spotlight in the health community because of the prolific benefits it has to offer. One might wonder how such a simple drink with a single ingredient has become a hot conversation throughout the internet, but there are multiple reasons why drinking celery juice first thing in the morning will not only enhance your overall well-being, but will have you never touching a processed energy drink again.
The easy-to-make juice can be curated right in your kitchen with a juicer and a stalk of celery. The roots may be cut off as needed, but it is important to note that most of the juice is extracted from the green part of the celery and the white part near the roots is more fleshy and has less vitamins compared to the body of the celery. If you do not have a juicer, a blender can be used as an alternative route to receive the same benefits by adding water to thin out the concoction.
However, according to Anthony William (aka the “Medical Medium” who boasts 1.6 million followers on Instagram), “eating celery stalks, while very healthy and important, is not the same as drinking pure celery juice. When celery is juiced, the pulp (fiber) is removed, and its healing benefits become much more powerful and bioavailable, especially for someone with chronic illness.” The celery movement rapidly grew on social media starting with William’s original claims that this juice is a heal-all miracle worker. The craze exponentially became popular when celebrities such as Kylie Jenner, Miranda Kerr, Pharrell Williams, Gwyneth Paltrow, Elle Macpherson and others endorsed the healing powers of the rooty vegetable.
Sixteen ounces first thing in the morning is the ideal amount recommended as the first nourishment of the day. For the best results, celery should be the sole ingredient in the juice while other added ingredients have been said to transform the miracle-working compounds in the celery and change the overall effect even if the added ingredients are healthy. Additionally, no other food or drink should be consumed 30 minutes afterwards to fully allow the compounds to flush out the body.
I decided to hop on the bandwagon and drink celery juice for 12 days in a row to see what all the hype was about and if the rumors lived up to their name. From my experience, I can frankly admit that I not only felt energized and motivated all day, but it also helped direct my cravings towards healthier options for the rest of my meals. I felt as though if I started with something healthy, I might as well keep the streak going. Science says that breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it is the defining factor for how our engines, aka our bodies, will function. Our stomachs are like empty cars in the morning and what we consume first will be the driving fuel for our day. This is why celery juice serves as a perfect gut health regulator because it absorbs water in the digestive tract, making you feel fuller longer.
Gut health can be defined as having effective digestion and absorption of food, stable intestinal bacteria, and healthy immunity. The foods we consume allow our bodies to filter out healthy bacteria that serve as a shield for illnesses and keep our intestines functioning. The number one way to improve gut health is to eat a wide variety of plant-based and high fiber foods making celery juice a perfect drink of sustenance and a preventative measure to maintain a healthy gut.
When gut health is not maintained through diet, this can result in leaky gut syndrome which can lead to other conditions such as heartburn, indigestion, and inflammation. Leaky gut is when the permeability of the intestinal walls increases, which open minute gaps that allow unwanted toxins and bacteria from food ingested to flow into the bloodstream. Scientists say that this condition occurs mainly from excessive sugar, alcohol, and gluten intake. In fact, by consuming celery juice, not only does it contain stomach acid-creating properties to improve digestion, but the nutrients and vitamins thoroughly work to kill off unwanted bacteria about to pass through the intestinal wall. This new addition to your morning routine can actually prevent numerous health problems while fortifying your entire digestive system.
According to healthline.com, celery is composed of 90% water hydrating your cells while also allowing faster transportation of essential vitamins for your organs. Didn’t drink enough water the night before? Woke up with a hangover? Whip out your juicer and let the celery juice work its hydration magic and before you know it your headache will have disappeared!
With 90,000 posts circulating under the hashtag #celeryjuice, the viral movement seems like it is only growing from here. Due to the positive benefits that celery juice offers, the juice has brought healing benefits to people all over the world and its popularity has skyrocketed. So look no further. If you’re searching for an easy and organic way to boost your overall health and energy, hop on the celery train and get juicin’!
For a recommended juicer, the “Hamilton Beach Juicer Machine” from Amazon has amazing reviews and is at a fair cost for starters!