Celery Juice: Troubleshooting
We’ve been talking to our friend Google because we wanted to put together a troubleshooting guide with your top 10 questions about celery juice. It’s been quite a fun process, wading through all the really quite odd ones, (“can celery juice cure herpes?”), but a useful one too. We’ve teamed up with Nutritional Therapist, Grace Kingswell, to bring you the answers to the top 10 most googled questions about Celery!
1. Are the celery juice benefits real?
At this point in the process, it’s impossible to say yes or no as it’s still a very new area. The anecdotal evidence is strong, but we have to consider what these people who are seeing such incredible results are doing or changing about their diet and lifestyle at the same time as drinking celery juice. My opinion is that if you start drinking celery juice before breakfast but you still eat processed, fast food and basically a nutrient-deficient diet, combined with poor sleep and too much stress, then, of course, it will make little difference despite the fact that it contains a healthy amount of vitamins and minerals. As with everything, it’s about the whole health picture not one single aspect of it.
If you’re tempted, try it for yourself and see - you’re the best person to make that judgement after all.
2. Is celery juice actually good for you?
The bottom line is that celery is a vegetable. In the midst of all this media hype we all seem to have forgotten that simple fact, and as we know, all vegetables are good for us and they are all superfoods in their own right. That’s why eating a varied diet is so crucial for maintaining optimum health, because by doing so we get a broad spectrum of nutrients which our bodies can put to good use. Celery juice is a great source of electrolytes potassium and sodium, which makes it great for hydration, and also vitamins A, K and C. It’s also a beneficial source of flavonoids, a group of metabolites that act a bit like antioxidants. So, yes, celery juice is good for you - but so is eating celery.
3. Can celery juice help IBS?
So far there are no studies to show that drinking the juice of a single vegetable, albeit celery or otherwise, will help IBS. Will it be studied at some point? Who knows. Maybe if the momentum that the celery trend has kept going, and the claims keep flooding in that it’s helped with IBS and other digestive issues then it’s possible. Let’s not forget though that IBS has been linked significantly to stress and poor diet in general and the number one thing you can do to help yourself if you do suffer from IBS is go and see a professional about it, but also learn what works for you and your body by keeping a food diary and actively trying to decrease stressful situations. The reports from those that have started drinking celery juice every day are overwhelmingly positive in relation to IBS, and you’re completely within your rights to give it a go, I’d just remind you that it should be taken within the context of a healthy diet and lifestyle overall and not as a single miracle cure!
4. Can celery juice help acne?
Again, similar to the above it’s not possible to isolate a cause and effect response from celery juice alone. Taken in the context of a healthy diet generally, then it can indeed play a useful part in combating acne. One of celery juice’s main claims to fame is its hydration activation, and we know that staying hydrated is a great way to keep your skin in good condition. If you’re suffering from hormonal acne, however, then it’s more than likely that until the hormonal imbalances are rectified (puberty, for example), you may well suffer from acne; impeccable diet or not.
- How much celery juice should you drink per day?
This question shouldn’t be “how much celery juice should you drink a day?” but “how much celery juice do you want to drink a day?” If the answer is none, then that’s cool, if the answer is loads then that’s cool too. If you want to adhere to the Medical Medium’s guidelines then it’s 500ml, but do it because you want to, not because Instagram is telling you to.
6. When should I drink celery juice?
The supposed benefits are coming from drinking it first thing on an empty stomach and then waiting 15 minutes before following with food. This is presumably so that the goodness it contains gets a good solo run before we add in other solid foods in need of digestion.
7. Who started the celery juice craze?
Anthony William, otherwise known as the Medical Medium. I’m a firm believer that we don’t need a medical study to tell us what works for our own bodies, we are the best judge of that after all, but I would just point out also that the ‘Medium’ part of the name refers to the fact that William gets his intel from spirits...
8.Why celery juice over eating celery?
Juicing celery removes the fibre, which isn’t necessarily a good thing as fibre is an essential dietary component. However, by drinking vegetable juice you can ingest vastly more of the beneficial nutrients it contains purely because you couldn’t physically eat and chew the same amount in one sitting.
9. Will celery juice make you poop?
It’s not a laxative if that’s what you mean! As I mentioned above, the fibre in the plant is removed when you juice it and fibre, characteristically, is what regulates our bowel movements.
10.Will celery juice help with constipation?
In isolation, no. Keeping hydrated and consuming liquids all throughout the day can help constipation, but so does eating a balanced diet full of fibrous vegetables, grains and legumes. If you are suffering from chronic constipation I would suggest you take a good look at what you’re putting into your body on a daily basis in general and, if you want to, include celery juice into that on the basis that it’s in addition to an already rich (in the nutritional sense), diet.
This post was contributed by Grace Kingswell D. N. Med, Nutritional Therapist and Lifestyle medicine advocate.