As you know, I’m always looking for new wellness tips and trends to try. When I noticed an influx of neon green juice on Instagram Stories and Pinterest, I needed to learn more. I love a wellness trend — especially if it’s as simple as just celery.
I thought about my childhood running from school to dance class, reluctantly stuffing my face with celery slathered in peanut butter. As an adult, I like it dipped in hummus, but drinking it? I don’t know. Is celery juice even that good for you? Should I try it? What do I have to lose? At the very least, I’d drink it and feel hydrated… right?
Should You Try Celery Juice?
The claims about celery juice sound great: it could relieve inflammation, improve your microbiome, alkalize the body, kill mold in your gut, cure chronic mystery illnesses, and banish “toxins.”
The celery juice hype is thanks to a medium, Anthony William, who has no conventional science or medical training (he claims to be guided by a “Spirit”). The claims on goop by Anthony William say that “thousands of people who suffer from chronic and mystery illnesses restore their health by drinking sixteen ounces of celery juice daily on an empty stomach.” Um, okay.
Can sixteen ounces of straight celery juice really change your life? The theory is that celery juice strengthens the bile in your stomach which may help your body break down fats. Many people say that they feel super energized throughout the day after drinking their celery juice. But, honestly, I think it just sounds like another way to get hydrated. Celery is 95% water!
If you’re prone to dehydration, like 75% of us, then starting your day with a shot of juice that’s 95% water can definitely help. Maybe people are seeing these miracle effects of celery juice because it’s just giving them more hydration that our body needs. Celery has electrolytes, which energize you and make you feel more human (like Pedialyte).
If celery juice is what gets you to drink more water, then great. But don’t expect miracles from it. After drinking it, I can’t say I love the taste. If anything, I got really, really sick after trying it for the first time. I’ll spare you the TMI detail. Supposedly, it’s “less effective” if you mix it with other juice. I don’t think I’ll make celery juice a regular habit, but I will try to be more mindful of how much I’m drinking to avoid dehydration.
If you’re one of those people who can’t stand drinking plain water (yes, I have a La Croix addiction because of this), 3 fancy infused water combinations as a ‘recipe’ a while back. You can also just make any of these super-easily:
- Cucumber water
- Mint water
- Strawberry water
- Watermelon water
For now, I’ll stick to water, La Croix, and celery slathered in hummus or peanut butter.
Have you tried celery juice? Have you seen any benefits of drinking celery juice?