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This week I decided to try something new. . . every morning, I've been juicing an entire bunch of celery (about 16 oz) and drinking it before eating anything else for the day (I use this juicer). Only 5 days in, I'm beyond intrigued, and borderline hooked. For one, it's definitely ramped up my digestive track (I'll spare you the details, ha!). . . but unlike any other cleanse, detox, or juicing trend I've tried, so far the negative symptoms have been mild- which is a huge win.
I had heard of drinking celery juice for it's health benefits long before I actually jumped in and tried it myself. In fact, it took multiple people prompting me to read a strange book before I decided to take a leap of faith and just try it. . . it's vegetable juice (actually it's an herb, who knew), so what could it hurt, right?
The beginning of the book basically set up what my personal journey (and many others like me who deal with similar illnesses like Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease, etc. etc. etc.) looked like. The frustration of visiting doctor after doctor after doctor, all of the tests coming back "normal," and then ultimately being told you have some sort of psychosomatic issue causing all of your physical symptoms. Yep, been there. Second, one of the first things the book addresses from a "medical" standpoint is Chronic Epstein-Barr Virus. I'll write more on that later. But for the first time in a long time, I felt like I was given some hope- which leads me to the celery juice.
Below I'm providing two sets of information: the first set of info will be nutritional information about celery juice, and info that can be backed or identified by science or a medical professional. The second set of information will be what is provided by Anthony William’s website, and why he believes celery juice to be so therapeutic. Let's dig in!
First and foremost, let's look at celery's nutritional profile, as well as a few potential health benefits. In my search for science backed info, I came across a thorough article from an interview with Dr. Safdeih, MD at Parsley Health (you can read the whole thing here and find some sources for the info). It noted:
COMPOUNDS WITH ANTIOXIDANT PROPERTIES
Okay, okay. Celery definitely has quite a lot going on nutritionally. Honestly, that's more than enough reason to occasionally chug down some celery juice in my humble opinion. The only thing I didn't love from the article with Parsley Health was that it eluded in two or more places that fiber is good for you and juicing celery removes the fiber. That is indeed true; fiber is good for you... but I certainly would never eat an entire bunch of celery. Even if I did, the chances of my stomach breaking it down well enough to get all of it's nutrients are slim at best. So that's why I believe juicing something like celery could be highly beneficial. . . taking the fiber out means easier digestion and better nutrient absorption.
Now, below will be the ten benefits listed by Anthony Williams (you can read his whole article here). There are no scientific sources cited, and you'd have to read his book to understand why:
Like I said, if you're intrigued by Anthony's info- read his book. It's definitely a "you need to read it for yourself and decide what you want to take away from it" kind of book (for instance, I’m not sure I believe the backstory), but it’s interesting to explore his thoughts and information on chronic illness. You can check out @celeryjuicebenefits on Instagram for some pretty incredible testimonies. People are sharing stories of acne, digestion problems, depression, adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism, and more being healed. Which is probably what intrigues me most- it seems to be working for people.
So what do you think, would you try celery juice?