I love a good trend, especially one that claims to make you feel better, look better hell even assist in the forever battle with the bulge! Here are my thoughts on the Celery Juice trend (#celeryjuice) and why I am going to give it a go.
Unless you've been living under a rock or have no access to the internet, then you would have noticed the hype that its celery juice. Yes, that's right, the vegetable that is allegedly negative calories when consumed or as I like to call it, a vehicle for peanut butter, is now trending; #celeryjuice.
While green juices or juicing, in general, is not new, the celery juice trend was brought to the attention of the world by the Medical Medium; Anthony William. Then it picked up momentum when Goop (Gwyneth Paltrow's site that also sells vampire repellent... it's true you can look it up) uploaded a blog post as well as Miranda Kerr posting to her IG feed - see below). Since then it has increased in popularity worldwide.
What is so great about celery?
As a standalone vegetable, celery contains a lot of healthy vitamins and minerals including:
Riboflavin (**sounds like some sort of robotic flavour)
Pantothenic Acid (a.k.a Vitamin B5)
What are the benefits of consuming celery juice?
According to Anthony William, consuming celery juice can assist in:
Decreasing the amount of inflammation within the body
Reducing symptoms caused by chronic illness
Assisting with autoimmune diseases and reducing their symptoms
Balancing your body's pH levels
Preventing ammonia permeability in the gut
Balancing your emotional state due to a combination of the above
While some of the benefits seem legit, I haven't been able to find cold hard evidence for some items list above (namely in relation to autoimmune diseases) 🤔.
How do you consume this magical juice?
Probably the easiest of juices to make, you simply need a juicer of sorts (you can use a blender but you'll need to strain the juice) and celery. I've worked out one bunch of celery makes approximately two serves of celery juice.
This exclusive all celery juice (a smidgen under 500mL or 16oz) is to be consumed every morning on an empty stomach.
On the weekend I "juice-prepped" and made a week's worth of juice which I ended up storing in mason jars and freezing. Yes I know it isn't great to freeze juice as it does lose some of its benefits, but I am lazy and even if half of the benefits were lost due to the freezing process, it is still better than what I am doing now right? A handy tip on freezing liquids in glass containers/jars; don't fill to the top of the jar, leave some room. Its basic year 7 science that liquid expands as it freezes. No space in the jar/container = smashed glass in your freezer.
What results will I expect to see?
While I am almost 100% sure I won't look like Miranda Kerr, I am hopeful that I will notice some change in my body; mainly around inflammation. I am currently following a ketogenic diet which is known to increase levels of C-Reactive Protein in the blood causing inflammation. Also, I have Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) which is just a fancy-pants medical term for fatty liver; basically my liver has a build-up of fat due to poor diet choices over the years. As one of the main benefits of drinking celery juice is to reduce inflammation, I am keen to see if this is the case for yours truly.
How long will I do this for?
Like any type of change to skin or health regimens, it can take anywhere up to 6-8 weeks to notice actual changes externally. So, that is how long I will give it initially. I will update you all on my progress and how/if anything has changed in a future blog post.
Stay tuned folks!