Over the last few months I’ve experimented with my diet, due to some unfortunate tummy issues. I don’t think I remember a time where I didn’t have some sort of tummy prob, whether it be digestion or bloat or anything else. However, it all seemed pretty manageable. Then about 6 months ago, it became unmanageable. There would be times where no matter what I ate, I would get an awful stomach ache or cramps. I mean this was unacceptable. I like food too much. Way too much to not be able to eat it.
A few months back, after doing some research, I tried cutting out dairy – no cheese. Yeah, you heard me right. I cut out cheese. If you know me, you know I love a good cheese board and a glass of wine. Man oh man has that been an adjustment. At first it was sorta hard. When you think of how often you eat cheese – not like the queso, or really any Mexican food – but like the little bit of cheese you may put in your salad, or the cheese on that turkey sandwich. You never really think about those types of times you eat cheese because it seems so normal. On top of just plain cheese, no milk. More on a future post regarding how I cut out dairy and my favorite dairy free products.
No onto why you are really here. Let me not bore you anymore with my complains about no more cheese. Celery juice. Gross right? Or that is probably what you are thinking, or were thinking when you saw me posting about how much it has changed me and my tummy. No matter who you are, what your diet is or if you have or don’t have tummy problems, drinking celery juice is extremely beneficial to anyone and everyone. Here’s the ways celery juice can help you.
- Heals your Gut.
YES, give me all the gut health. Even if you don’t have digestive issues, we all need to make sure we keep our gut healthy. Celery contains special nutrients in its fibers that come out when the veggie is juiced. Those nutrients will promote a healthy digestive tract, acting as a natural laxative and relaxing those nerves that could be damaged from unhealthy or poor past food choices. I know you hear laxative and think oh man, I’m gonna be in the bathroom all day. No guys, it doesn’t work like that harmful, full of chemicals laxative pill you buy at the drugstore. It will regulate you and help you to have a healthy digestive system.
Celery juice is healing and soothing to the digestive tract, which will aid in any inflammation due to poor digestion.
The high amount of natural sodium in celery can really help you utilize and absorb the rest of the food you consume throughout the day. These enzymes help to raise the hydrochloric acid in your stomach, causing the food to break down easier and keeping it from fermenting in your tummy. I mean the idea of anything fermenting in my tummy just grosses me out, right?
Drinking half a liter of celery juice on an empty stomach every morning can transform and change your health in as little as one week.
- Strengthens the Bones
Celery is high in silicon and calcium, which helps to regenerate and strengthen damaged bones. Celery is also high in Vitamin K – which plays into bone metabolisms, protecting against osteoporosis. Dr. Norman Walker stated that in order for calcium to furnish the cells in our body with the nourishment they require for regeneration, it must be consumed organically and through vitally organic atoms. When food containing calcium is cooked or processed, the calcium is automatically converted into organic atoms – they will not furnish the cells because this causes them to not be soluble in water.
Natural sodium in your diet is crucial to keep your body from pulling it from your bones, which will then make them weak over time.
Celery juice is a natural diuretic, thanks to the combination of sodium and potassium. It regulates the fluid in the body and promotes urine production – making it good for flushing out toxins while enhancing the ability to lose weight, keeping you from holding in that extra “water weight”.
Celery is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse, thanks to polyacetylene and luteolin, both compounds found in celery. Guys, no joke. I hardly find myself bloating anymore after drinking this daily. It is a massive help.
[Food Matters, 5 Powerful Healing Benefits of Celery Juice; September 18, 2018; Olivia Budgen; https://www.foodmatters.com/article/5-powerful-healing-benefits-of-celery-juice]
Celery juice has changed my tummy for the better. I get anxiety if I think I may run out of celery and can’t make it in the morning. It helps me just that much! I drink it every morning, on an empty stomach. Here’s a step by step on how I make it, without using a juicer – cause I mean those things are kinda expensive. If you find one that is inexpensive, yet does the job, send that ish my way.
What celery to buy at the grocery store and how much?
Say no to the bags of celery. Say yes to the fresh, organic celery stalks. Go organic, or doing all the work to make the juice won’t do a damn thing for you. Think about it. Using celery that was grown by spraying chemicals….will that really give you a healthy gut? The answer is NO, just in case you weren’t sure.
As you get some experience making the juice, you’ll be able to figure out how much you need. It will also depend on how frequently you want to visit the grocery store, verses how little you want to. The good think about celery is it’ll keep in your fridge for a while, 1 – 2 weeks. If you want to keep the stalks longer, wrap it in tin foil. Although if you aren’t visiting the grocery store but every 3 – 4 weeks, we need to talk because I need to know what else you are putting in your body. I generally buy two heads of celery at a time, sometimes three. This also will depend on how much juice you wish to have daily – more juice, more celery, less juice, less celery – you get the point.
Prepping your Celery.
I tend to cut up my celery when I get it. [Side note : wash the celery before you cut it] That way I can just grab it and stick it in the blender in the mornings. Cutting it everyday can be super time consuming. Who wants to get a cutting board dirty every morning? I cut it up into what I call “bite-size” pieces. I store them in a container in the fridge.
Using Your Blender.
I have the Black and Decker blender from Target, which I’ve linked here and again in the bottom of this post. I didn’t buy this for the purpose of juicing, but it is a more heavy duty blender, so it blends the celery great. Depending on the blender you use, you may have to modify your technique, as this is what works for me and the blender I use.
Put a handful of celery in the blender and a little water. I have no measurements here for you. Just use trial and error. You’ll want the little bit of water in order to get the celery blending. Without the water, nothing will happen.
After that has blended well, put in the rest of the celery you wish to use. I usually put in two – three more handfuls. This of course all depends on how much you want to make. I would start smaller, just to not make more than you can drink because we don’t want to waste. Blend until it appears to be a smooth consistency. The consistency is going to seem smoothie like. That is okay.
Strain, strain, strain.
No one wants to drink their juice and get strings of celery right? Well I can’t actually guarantee this still won’t happen, it’ll help. You want to use a strainer with super small holes in it. The super small holes will be what keeps any pieces of celery from transferring into your juice. Mine is old, but I’ve linked a good one here and again at the bottom of this post.
Put the strainer on top of a bowl of some sort. Pour all of your juice from the blender right onto the strainer. This will need to sit for a few minutes, so go do something.
You are officially a juicer! When the juice on the strainer looks sorta foamy (or that’s what I feel like it looks like), it is time to drink. Remove the strainer and all the foamy part on it will just wash down your drain. What is left over in the bowl is what you will drink. Pour into a cup and drink away. I think that using a straw makes it taste better. Either way I just drink it down immediately. I don’t tend to sip it.
Celery juice has been a huge game changer for me. I find my digestion working like it needs too, I have so much less bloat than I used to – even when I have those cheat meal french fries. Play around with it. Figure out an amount that works for you and when works for you. Your body may reach differently than mine does. However, starting out, I think if you follow my plan for 1 – 2 weeks, you will see a difference.
Are you going to try this with me? Let me know if the comments below or send me a direct email. Did it work for you? Let me know! I want to hear your story!
**I am not a professional. Everything included in this article is cited by the professional or site listed that it came from. If not directly cited, it includes information that is completely my opinion or what I have found works for me.**