Nutrients. Benefits. And hello, delicious recipe.
If you're a regular social media user, you've probably seen some recent hype about the benefits of celery juice. Out of curiosity, I decided to do a little research and try out my own recipe. Here's what I found:
Celery is a plentiful source of beneficial nutrients.
Fresh celery contains vitamins C, A, K, and B6 as well as potassium, folate, calcium, manganese, riboflavin, selenium, niacin, and magnesium. (You know it's a good thing when you feel like you need to take a deep breath after listing off all of a food's key vitamins and minerals.) While celery is also a great source of fiber, this (like any other fruit or vegetable) gets stripped from the food when it is juiced. If you aren't getting sufficient fiber elsewhere in your diet, it may be a better choice to eat celery whole.
Antioxidants found in celery may help prevent certain diseases and conditions.
Antioxidants are a powerful defense system in the body and combat free radicals to prevent oxidative damage to the cells. Consuming foods high in antioxidants can lower your risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Evidence has shown that celery in particular can prevent conditions such as liver disease, urinary tract infections, gout, and rheumatic disorders. It can even reduce levels of sugar and lipids (fats) in the blood, lower high levels of blood pressure and cholesterol, and fight off bacterial infections.
Consuming celery can decrease pain and swelling in the body.
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, celery is helpful for decreasing the symptoms of numerous inflammatory conditions including arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, and even migraines. Next time you experience joint pain, reach for some celery instead of that bottle of Advil!
It can clear up your skin.
Because celery is so high in water and electrolyte content, it keeps you (and your skin) hydrated. Water facilitates the elimination of toxins and other waste products in the body, leaving your skin detoxified and glowing. Vitamins A, K, C, B, niacin, and folate found in celery also aid in the production of collagen - a protein that gives structure and firmness to your skin, thereby preventing wrinkles and dryness.
After sifting through all of this scientific research, I wanted to try it out for myself. The problem? I HATE CELERY, GUYS. I'm not a picky eater, but there's just something about celery that I simply can't stomach. So I decided to make my own juice with added benefits of other nutrients to make it a little more tasty...
FIT By Brit's Recipe:
1/2 cup coconut water
1 bunch celery
1 medium apple
1/2 squeezed lemon
1-inch knob of ginger, grated
A few slices of fresh kiwi or cucumber (optional)
After washing the celery, apple, and ginger under water, chop and prepare the ingredients to place in a juicer or high-speed blender. Be sure to blend until all ingredients until the mixture is thin and smooth, adding additional water if needed. Small pieces of apple skin may be visible if you don't peel the apple before blending; this is okay because the skin actually contains a ton of nutrients that you wouldn't otherwise get!
Coconut water contains naturally-occurring electrolytes including potassium, making it a good source of hydration. It also has antioxidant properties that may have benefits against diabetes and kidney stones.
Apples are high in fiber and polyphenols and can aid in weight loss. They also have prebiotic effects that promote the "good" gut bacteria.
Lemon aids in healthy digestion, supports weight loss and hydration, and is a great source of vitamin C.
Ginger has numerous medicinal properties and can treat many forms of nausea. Its anti-inflammatory effects may reduce muscle pain and soreness.
Kiwi is high in antioxidants and fiber and full of vitamins. Its sweet and tangy taste adds a little pop of flavor to your juice!
While celery juice seems to be the newest magical fix, it is important to keep in mind that there is no cure-all substance for weight maintenance or other health benefits. There are definitely advantages to drinking celery juice, if you like it and not as a substitution for a regular healthy, balanced diet. There is no replacement for consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables every day, which when served properly provide you with all the same benefits as listed above.
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