Celery Juice: Is It Worth the Hype?
The celery juice craze is flooding instagram, with over 175,000 posts tagged #celeryjuice. The juice is praised as a miracle detox drink and cure-all for a wide range of health issues. The trend has taken over social media, with enthusiasts sharing posts wearing “celery juice” shirts and even feeding the drink to their dogs. Although the drink is Kardashian-approved and supported by health and wellness influencers, we did our research to find out if celery juice is really a miracle cure-all or just another trend. Keep reading to see if you should add celery juice to your diet!
How did celery juice become so popular?
The craze began with Anthony William, the so-called Medical Medium. His website claims that celery juice is “a powerful and miraculous healing remedy” that can improve your skin, digestion, energy, mental clarity, and mood. William and followers of the Celery Juice Movement believe that drinking plain celery juice on an empty stomach every day has the power to heal acute and chronic illnesses like psoriasis, migraines, and autoimmune conditions. Since May 2019, when Celery Juice: The Most Powerful Medicine of Our Time Healing Millions Worldwide was published, the celery juice trend has blown up. Many people, including celebrities and supermodels, have taken to social media to support William’s claims of the healing benefits of celery juice.
Health benefits of celery juice
Celery is a nutrient-rich vegetable that contains vitamins A and K, antioxidants, and fiber. Drinking celery juice can be a great way to boost your vitamin and antioxidant levels to reduce inflammation and help fight diseases like asthma and arthritis. On the other hand, juicing the vegetable destroys the fiber that regulates digestion and body weight. One major benefit of drinking celery juice is hydration. The vegetable contains a high percentage of water, and drinking celery in juice form allows you to hydrate your body more efficiently than eating a full bunch of celery. That said, if you don’t love the taste of celery juice, you can get the same hydration by drinking water.
Drinking celery juice could have adverse effects if you have an allergy to the vegetable or are trying to reduce your sodium intake. Potential allergic responses include digestive issues and skin reactions. In addition, one stalk of celery contains 30 milligrams of sodium. This means that a glass of celery juice could contain around 250 milligrams of sodium––the same amount as a medium serving of french fries! So, people who are trying to reduce their blood pressure by watching their sodium intake may want to refrain from joining the Celery Juice Movement. Another potential downside exists when the juice contains added sweeteners, which increases sugar content and can have reverse effects on your health and weight. Like every food and drink, it’s important to be mindful of the ingredients and how it will affect your body.
The bottom line
Celery juice contains essential nutrients and anti-inflammatory properties that help fight a number of diseases. However, there isn’t enough research to support many of the other claims, from weight loss to preventing cancer. If you want to try Instagram’s hottest drink, remember to lay off the artificial sweeteners. To combat the bitter taste of pure celery juice, you can throw celery into a smoothie with other vegetables and fruits, like in this Apple, Celery, and Cucumber Smoothie. Although celery juice may not cure all your problems, it does have nutritional benefits that may be worth incorporating into your diet. But if celery juice isn’t for you, you’re not missing out on much.