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With more than 80,000 posts on Instagram under the tag #celeryjuice (and growing), with claims to improve energy levels, clear up acne, and even heal the body of chronic illnesses, it looks like the celery juice trend isn’t slowing down any time soon.
While undoubtedly a healthful food, the potential health benefits of celery have been studied in some animal and in vitro studies. But there's a catch. There is little research backing up the celery juice trend and it’s proposed benefits in humans.
First touted for its health benefits by Anthony William, best known as the Medical Medium, celery juice has been said to “restore your central nervous system,” “rebuild your hydrochloric acid,” and “strengthen your bile” – all ways suggesting to “kill off pathogens” and “rid the body of toxins and poisons.” But again, these claims have not yet been met with scientific substantiation.
My biggest word of caution is to keep it all in perspective. While as a society we often look for a quick-fix or the next trendy bandwagon to hop on in hopes to cure our health woes, it’s our overall lifestyle habits that have the most significant impact on our long-term health.
Even so, if downing a glass of celery juice first thing in the morning sets you on the path for more mindful eating choices throughout the day and doesn’t add any stress to your already busy morning, it’s not a terrible way to start your day. I’ve seen far worse diet trends hit the mainstream media, and I don’t necessarily want to deter people from getting so excited about a vegetable.
One serving of celery – just two large stalks or one cup – is an excellent source of potassium and vitamins A and K. What’s more, celery has a high-water content – an added bonus in terms of promoting hydration. As with all juicing though, the vegetable’s precious fiber is discarded, which is unfortunate considering that most Americans are only getting about half of the recommended daily intake.
According to William’s Instagram, he recommends starting with 16-ounces of straight celery juice (about one large bunch), first thing in the morning on an empty stomach to reap the maximum benefits. Celery juice or not, be sure to enjoy a balanced breakfast – with fiber, healthy fat, and protein to fuel your morning and keep your energy levels up. Follow up with balanced meals and snacks, rich in a variety of fruits and veggies, throughout the day.
If you’d like to try whipping up your own glass of celery juice in your NutriBullet, follow the simple steps in this recipe.
After sipping on your celery juice, enjoy one of these balanced good-for-you breakfast options.
There are many healthy and nutritionally-balanced ways to improve your health. You can still drink celery juice, but be sure to enjoy other nutrient-rich whole foods, too!
McKenzie is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, nutrition writer and communicator, who truly loves meeting and connecting with people. Grounded in science with an integrative and holistic approach, she aims to make the world a healthier, happier place by helping people feel their best from the inside out and encouraging others to restore a judgment-free relationship with food. McKenzie has been a contributing editor for the award-winning publicationEnvironmental Nutrition and her numerous articles, nutrition tips, and recipes can be found in publications such as The Chicago Tribune, Today’s Dietitian, Food and Nutrition Magazine, and more.
McKenzie graduated magna cum laude from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Nutrition and completed her dietetic internship at Bastyr University in Seattle. She is a member of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a member of the dietetic practice group, Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine. When she’s not dishing out nutrition tidbits, you can find McKenzie cooking in her sunny kitchen, hiking along with her favorite Southern California trails, or packing her bags and heading out for her next adventure.
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