It’s 2019 & somehow, celery juice is the only thing anyone is talking about in the health scene. I’m always skeptical until proven otherwise when new trends pop up though, so it took me a while to give this one a try. Personally, I like to sit back and watch, before deciding to partake in anything ‘NEW’. Cause if you know me, you know I’ve spent the last year of my life trying to actually simplify things.
That being said, overcomplicating my morning with the process of juicing celery that also takes ten minutes to clean up – has been the least of my priorities.
Although, I knew I’d end up trying it eventually – because I like to speak from experience. So here we are.
I accidentally ended up with more celery than I knew what to do with this week after an online grocery delivery mishap and opened the bag to discover 4 very large bunches of organic celery. We typically only go through one bunch per week for soups and snacks, so in a way, I was kind of forced into it.
I finally gave in, and I started my morning with celery juice.
In retrospect, I now realize I drank nearly 3 servings at once.
But, in my defense, it was one very full (large) glass, & I didn’t know any better at the time.
& To be honest, I surprisingly loved the flavor of it. But there’s so much more to the supposed “benefits” than the taste.
Let’s get into it.
I’ll be very candidly sharing my opinion with you below.
But remember, I’m an ER nurse. Not a certified nutritionist or expert on anything. I’m just a girl who’s found practical power in consuming a mostly “real food” diet & I appreciate the health benefits foods have to offer. Which is why I blog about it.
Plus, we learn best by learning from one another and sharing real life, personal experiences with each-other. Preferably Unedited. Not Sponsored. Who’s behind this whole celery juice craze anyways? The companies that makes juicers or blenders I suppose? We should look into it.
Anyways, these are my thoughts, my personal experiences, data gathered from some of your responses to my questions on instagram and a quick google search. Fair warning – if you google celery juice – you will be taken down a wormhole of magazine articles, blogposts and youtube videos preaching the supposed drastic health benefits and life changing stories associated with this newest celery juice fad. Always be skeptical of what you read.
My review is going to be a slightly simpler, more practical approach.
*spoiler alert: It didn’t change my life.
I’m an optimist at heart, so let’s start with the PROS:
- It tastes great.
- It was a great way to add extra electrolytes and hydration into my morning, I felt good about it. & I can see how this could help with digestion and potentially clear up acne for certain people.
- Getting hands on with the food I’m preparing always adds a positive experience for me. I didn’t mind the process, but I also wasn’t in a rush.
- It’s good to know what’s in your food. So, drinking something freshly made from a single ingredient is a WIN in my book.
- Jennifer Klotz MS, RD, Holistic Nutritionist and also a friend of mine – had mentioned in a blogpost about the most hydrating foods, that celery “contains 96 percent water and gives your body a boost of sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron and zinc” while hydrating your cells. (She doesn’t discuss drinking the juice in this post – just the benefits of whole celery, as a food.)
- It’s guaranteed to be more hydrating and nourishing to your body than a cup of coffee or any other form of sugar or caffeine, when consumed first thing in the morning (but, so would a large glass of water with a pinch of salt and a squeeze of lemon in comparison).
- Most people who drink celery juice regularly, have reported feeling less bloated, improved digestion, and an increase in energy, subjectively. They also told me that they have seen their skin clear up and have even experienced relief from joint pain.
What goes up must come down. Let’s tackle the CONS:
- It takes 3 bunches of celery to fill an entire glass. My cups are large and hold 20 ounces of liquid (I checked.) So, that leaves us with about 6 to 7 ounces of liquid per each large bunch of celery.
- It’s expensive, estimating about $3 for 6 ounces of juice.
- This habit isn’t typically replacing coffee for most people – it’s just coming before it. So, it’s adding time and money to your routine.
- One serving is considered 8 ounces, or one standard cup.
- According to various websites, there is about 6 grams of sugar in every 8 ounces of fresh celery juice.
- It’s very time consuming & not to mention, messy if you’re juicing it yourself. My juicer works great, (I love it) but, it also takes a solid ten minutes to clean and a few hours to dry while sitting out on the kitchen counter before I can put it away.
- If you’re not buying organic (which is more expensive), then you’re juicing pesticides into your juice. GROSS. & No, thank you.
- That being said, if celery juice is working for you or you’re curious to try it – please invest the extra dollar and buy organic.
- According to the EWG dirty dozen – “More than 95 percent of conventional celery samples tested positive for pesticides. A maximum of 13 pesticides were detected on a sample of conventional celery.” Please buy organic if you’re buying celery. It’s number ten on the list. Strawberries are at the top (dirtiest) to buy conventional in 2018.
- A large glass of water with lemon and Himalayan pink salt is easier, & possibly nutritionally equivalent – without the sugar.
- Just like grapefruit juice, celery juice contains natural chemicals called furanocoumarins that have been known to interact with certain medications (causing concentration levels to rise) within your body. Always check with your doctor before starting any new daily habit such as drinking celery juice, if you’re taking any prescription medications.
- It’s a fad. Do your own research so you know what to expect, and give it an honest try (as long as your not taking any prescription medications it may interact with).
Ultimately – all that matters, with any new habit you adopt: Pay attention to how it’s making you feel.
Be honest with yourself and the benefits you may or may not be experiencing.
& Don’t fall victim to the trend unless it’s truly working for you.
That’s a Wrap.
I honestly loved the taste of it, I might even make it again, every now and then. I also, think it would be a great electrolyte replacement after a workout (I typically drink coconut water if I feel like I need something). But, for now – most mornings I’ll be sticking with my water, lemon and sea salt regimen before my coffee or tea. Himalayan pink sea salt contains most of the same electrolytes as celery from what I can tell, as well as a multitude of trace minerals. I add a pinch of it to my water when I remember and cook with it regularly.
Lastly, when it comes to celery juice, I believe the hype is real (for most people), here’s why.
It’s added nutrition they were otherwise lacking. Translation: If you still drink coffee first thing when you wake up, soda or other sugary beverages throughout the day, and consume a standard american diet. I have no hesitation in believing that celery juice would benefit you. But, if you’ve cleaned up your diet, focus on whole real foods with simple ingredients, drink plenty of water, cook most of your meals at home and make smoothies regularly. You may or may not notice a difference at all.
I guess you’ll never know until you try. 🙂
Thanks for reading.
I’m glad you’re here & I hope to inspire you to make healthier choices daily that add up overtime for a lifetime of health and happiness.
In my opinion, the quick fixes and the fad trends never work long-term. If you’re suffering from daily digestive issues, fatigue, rashes, joint pain, headaches, etc, I can’t encourage you enough to seek out an appointment with a naturopath or functional medicine MD to help you get to the root cause of it, before it gets any worse. Or, at least see your PMD to get some basic bloodwork done and see if anything turns up with your inflammatory markers, thyroid, vitamin B12 or D3 levels, blood pressure readings, etc … and go from there.
Most health issues can be traced back to dietary or lifestyle habits, if you’re working with the right person who’s asking the right questions.
All it takes is a little work, focus and concentration to help heal yourself from the inside out. Trust me, I spent all of 2016, doing the work via a very strict elimination diet and various doctors visits until I was able to reverse my issues.
If celery juice sounds intriguing to you – TRY IT.
But don’t get looped into the “magic pill” or “quick fix” mindset. EVER.
You still have to drink enough water daily, move your body, manage your stress, eat well and sleep more … even if you drink celery juice everyday.
Here’s a link to the Breville Juicer I use (pictured above). I bought mine over 5 years ago and it still works great. In my opinion, it’s a great investment in your health – even if you’re not using it everyday. Fresh juice at home will always be better for you than storebought. Although, I typically use my blender much more frequently for smoothies instead of juice, & my nutribullet for my morning lattes.