Is Celery Juice Worth the Hype?!
Celery juice is on the scene. Make no mistake. At the rate this trend is getting picked up by celebrities and influencers, celery juice will pick up plenty more speed before we see any signs of it slowing down.
What’s the call? Can we trust the celeb-studded endorsements of de-stalked stalks? What does the science say about celery juice?
At the moment, the science on celery juice is slim at best. Yes we know, celery is vegetable. It’s good for you. We’re pumped that it’s getting some attention. Eating more vegetables is nearly always a good call. But it’s not magical, and that’s where caution is advised.
A little background on celery juice
Anthony William, of Medical Medium, takes credit for beginning the “Global Celery Juice Movement” when he was just a kid in 1975. He says the “Spirit of Compassion” often clues him in on medical insight and scientific knowledge years before research backs it up. The celery juice phenomenon is certainly his revelation with the most attention these days, according to both social media and his website (which is also the proud home of some grammar errors that got us even more riled up.)
In a viral youtube video, William explains that an undiscovered sodium complex is responsible for celery’s healing powers and potential to help you lose weight, get rid of medical conditions, and eliminate your need for medicine. Sixteen ounces of pure celery juice on an empty stomach is all you need, says William.
If this was legit, we would be ALL IN. Obviously. Like the first to shout it from the mountaintops level of all in. BUT…
Is celery juice worth the hype?
Peel back all the hype, and what you find is an unassuming vegetable filled with fiber, a whole lotta water, and a smattering of vitamins led by Vitamin C and Vitamin K. Juicing, as a process, strips any type of produce of its fiber. What’s left in 16 ounces of celery juice are antioxidants, vitamins, and plenty of water.
Gulping down 16 oz of water in the morning is a great idea. Most of us are under-hydrated, especially after sleep. Drinking water can help decrease bloating, regulate digestion, plump and clear skin, and bring a little caffeine-free pep to your step. We never poo-poo on morning hydration. Ya feel? The antioxidants found in celery (and many other fruits and vegetables) can actually help decrease inflammation and may prove to lend a slight chill pill to pesky autoimmune diseases or chronic conditions. As badass as these little guys are, they’re not a replacement for medical treatment, an active lifestyle, or balanced eating. It’s a team effort, not a one-vegetable show.
If you want to try out celery juice for yourself, go for it. We’re big veggie and water fans around here. You may see some water and antioxidant=based. However, don’t expect magic. There just isn’t research to support it. As always, no one food…or juice…will save the day. A balanced diet full of fruits and veggies of all kinds is king in the game of health. If you’d like that to balanced diet to include celery juice, then by all means, bottoms up.