I’m sure we’ve all heard about the celery juice craze by now. It’s all over social media and can be ordered in most juice bars across the country. Shoots! There’s even a shortage of organic celery available at health food stores here in Hawai’i because they can’t get shipments fast enough. But, if you’ve never tried it, you’re probably thinking it’s a big hoax. What could possibly be the benefit of a vegetable that is made up of mostly water? Well, I gave the celery juice challenge a try and drank a full 16oz glass of organic juiced celery, every day for 60 days! I’ll share my experience and the benefits I felt in my body.
I first heard about celery juice a few years ago when I read Anthony William’s book, “Medical Medium.” He explained the healing benefits of drinking celery juice for anyone suffering from a mystery illness, especially certain autoimmune diseases. He had hundreds of patients who healed their body naturally just from drinking celery juice. I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical at first, but as an advocate for holistic health and wellness, I decided to give it a try myself.
Although I wasn’t suffering from a diagnosed auto-immune disorder, I did have my fair share of mystery symptoms. Everything from acne, skin rashes, random digestive issues, and recurring bloating and stomach pains. While not completely debilitating they were definitely annoying and something I wished I could figure out and heal without medication. So the celery juice challenge began. I even rallied friends and family members to join along on a social media challenge, where we would post pictures of our juice every morning and share any benefits we felt.
Anthony William suggests drinking one 16oz. glass of plain celery juice (with nothing added) on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning. This amounts to about one full bundle of celery. It should be freshly juiced that day to gain the greatest benefits. He also recommended Organic celery over conventional. I followed these exact guidelines. I also made sure not to eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes after consuming my juice. While the thought of spending all this money on an entire bunch of organic celery every day and having to go through the process of juicing it, made me a little uneasy, I stuck to the challenge anyway. Here’s what I noticed.
After my first week of juicing every day, I definitely felt like my digestion was better after meals and I was less bloated. I started to gain more energy throughout the day and was able to focus more on daily tasks. Just these small benefits encourage me to stick with the challenge for a little longer. At this point, I wasn’t planning on doing a full 60 days. I thought maybe just a week or two but that was it.
By the end of my second week of juicing, I was noticing that I was sleeping better throughout the night and waking up refreshed with more energy, even before having my morning juice. My energy actually increased so much, that I had to start cutting back on my morning coffee because I felt I had too much energy. The first week I still drank one glass of coffee 30-45 minutes after my celery juice but by the end of week 2, I cut back to having coffee every other day and by weeks 3 and 4, I was only consuming coffee 3 times per week for the remainder of my challenge.
I also noticed that my appetite had decreased by the end of week 3. I realized I was eating smaller portions throughout the day, and I was hardly craving caffeine, sugar or alcohol. In fact, I cut back on my alcohol consumption basically without even trying. I would usually consume 2-3 glasses of wine per week and realized that during my celery juice challenge, I only drank a total of 3 times in 2 months! My body was feeling so great, that I decided to keep going with the daily juicing. That’s how I eventually made it to 60 days, without really even trying.
By the end of the 60 days, I noticed that I had lost 5 lbs and friends were telling me that I looked a lot thinner and that my face was clear and glowing. The point of the challenge was not for me to lose weight, so this was an added benefit that shocked me. I did notice my face was more clear because I am usually prone to small breakouts, especially during that time of the month. These added benefits were enough to help me believe the true healing powers of celery juice.
Even though many people, including myself, are seeing the benefits of celery juice, this green drink still isn’t backed by science, simply because there’s no reason for science to care about a celery stick, therefore there’s no reason to fund research. However, Anthony William explains in most of his books that there are undiscovered sodium subgroups in celery. Meaning it’s not just salt, but cluster salts which have the ability to kill off pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, and microorganisms that can cause a variety of infections including digestion problems, UTI’s and acne. This is the main reason people are seeing the benefits of drinking the juice. Celery is also a good source of potassium, vitamin K and flavonoids, which function as antioxidants and can help to lower blood pressure and inflammation in the body.
So at the end of the day, it basically comes down to each individual being willing to give celery juice a try. While it may not be affordable for everyone to do every day, I think there can be added benefits to adding celery juice into the diet. I did complete 60 straight days of juicing, however, I now only juice 2-3 times per week to help aid in proper digestion and give me the extra energy that I love having. As far as I’m concerned, celery juice heals the body and it’s something I plan on sticking with. Let me know if you give it a try. I’m curious to hear about your experience. Happy Juicing Friends!