I have had so many people message me on social media about my celery juicing experience. So I figured this would make a great blog post to share what I know and how my experience has been so far.
After researching for weeks (of course) and stalking some celery juicing Instagram accounts I decided to try it out! I wanted to make sure there were actual benefits and it wasn’t just the new IG fad. One account that I follow that has TONS of information is “celery juice benefits” and I also got a lot of information from “Medical Medium”. I have read so many articles and testimonies from people claiming celery juice cured them of everything from autoimmune diseases to eczema, acid reflux and even high blood pressure. My main reasons for drinking celery juice are to: reduce inflammation, clear acne, treat perioral dermatitis on my face, keep my gut healthy, keep cancer away and treat my ongoing headaches.
Celery juice is a seriously powerful remedy and the benefits are quite amazing. Celery is full of the good salts. Don’t let anyone tell you it has too much salt because the type of salts in celery (sodium cluster salts) have extremely healing properties. In addition to the salts, there are tons of naturally occurring minerals present, including vitamin K, folate, vitamin A, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin C. Celery is mainly water but it is still a good source of fiber as well. There is a lot of talk about celery having anti-inflammatory properties too. It basically starves the pathogens (bacteria/virus). When disease-causing pathogens don’t have any fuel they don’t progress.
Researching juicers was sort of stressful. You get mixed reviews for each one and you have to weed out what’s important to you. I also didn’t know if I would do this long term and didn’t want to spend over $100 until I knew I was invested in this. I settled for the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor from Target. It was only $55 and if you use your handy dandy red card you get 5% off and free shipping. I have been very happy with it so far!
I have had pre-made celery juice before so I sort of knew what to expect taste wise. They say that you can juice the leaves too but they do have a more bitter taste and I would agree. I juice them most days but sometimes I am just not in the mood for that taste at 6 am before work so then I just cut them off.
You’re supposed to drink celery juice first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. If you drink lemon water I have read to allow 15 minutes in between. I have also read that in order to see maximum benefits you need to be drinking 16 oz per day. You will still need to eat breakfast as this juice is not a meal replacement, just wait 15 minutes after.
So on 2/15/19 I started celery juicing and was surprised that the taste wasn’t too bad. Here are some tips and discoveries I have figured out so far:
- One bunch of celery will make about 16oz … sometimes less and sometimes more depending on the actual size, but I just do one bunch per day.
- I have learned that I enjoy the celery cold and when I wash with warm water it’s harder for me to drink early in the morning.
- Use organic celery if possible … washing the dirt and whatever else off the conventional before juicing is okay but it grossed me out a lot.
- Wash/rinse your juicer immediately to avoid build up. I rinse my juicer parts each morning after I make the juice and then do a deep wash once per week. Mine came with a brush to clean the metal screen as that is usually the dirtiest part.
- Use a plastic bag in the scraps part of the juicer … this cuts down on clean up time tremendously because all the scraps go into the bag and you just empty it out.
- Chugging it with a straw works best for me. It’s not something that I would sip on for awhile as it gets warm quickly. Using a straw (reusable of course) helps me get it down quickly.
- To save on dishes I have been drinking directly out of the glass measuring cup that I collect the juice in. Why be fancy at 6 am right?! I also leave a knife out so I can quickly chop off the bottom part before washing.
- You can wash/cut your celery the night before if you know you don’t have much time in the morning. You can also buy the pre cut celery with the leaves already cut off.
- Celery will last up to 2 weeks in the fridge. I just keep it in my veggie drawer and haven’t had any stalks spoil. That means I only have to go buy 14 bunches twice a month!
It really sounds much more time consuming than it actually is. I have been waking up at 5 am to get my workout in before work and I still have time to do this and be on time for work. Once you have your routine it is not any different than making a shake/smoothie/coffee in the morning. You could literally make it, clean and drink it all within 5 minutes.
I certainly don’t think it is a “quick fix” but rather something that you should do long term and you will reap the benefits. I am almost 2 months into my celery juicing journey and I can say confidently that I have noticed benefits. First off, I feel more alert and awake after drinking the juice in the mornings. My digestion and gut health have been on point and my weight has maintained. The biggest physical change that I can actually see because it’s not inside of my body, is my perioral dermatitis (if you don’t know what this is, google it and I will do a post on this someday too) and my acne that randomly started this fall after trying a new medication that I am no longer on. My face looks noticeably better and my skin is more clear and smooth. The photo below shows the difference in just the first two weeks. This reminds me I need to take a more updated photo now that I am further along! But I was impressed with just two weeks in the photos below.
Hopefully this review was helpful and if you have any other questions please reach out. Definitely give it a try and see if it works for you. You need to be your own researcher and advocate so make sure you do your homework too. Anytime there is a natural alternative I am down to at least try it!