In 2018 I was scrolling aimlessly through Instagram and saw a post about the benefits of celery juice.  The post referenced this man by the name of Anthony William or the “Medical Medium”. I was intrigued because I never knew you could juice celery and therefore, wanted to learn more about its health benefits. 

What I loved about Anthony’s page was his wealth of knowledge and insight on the root causes of common and mysterious illnesses and how healing and restorative celery juice really is. In addition, he showcased several success stories proving that celery juice is not a fad but a miracle elixir. The number of persons suffering on a daily basis is unimaginable with illnesses I have never heard of and lifelong conditions that seemed hopeless. Bearing witness to the healing effects of celery juice had on these people, I figured there must be some truth to this. Therefore, I had to try it for myself.

The benefits of celery juice are vast and wide. [ Check out these links for more detailed information about celery juice and its benefits Celery juice 101, Celery Juice Movement]

Credit: Medical Medium

Some are:

  • Heals autoimmune diseases
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Improves constipation
  • Improves/ eliminates acne
  • Heals migraines
  • Cleans the liver and has vitamins K, B-2, B-6 and Vitamin C and good sources of folate and potassium, manganese, pantothenic acid and dietary fibre.

As someone who suffers from high blood pressure, I was convinced even more that I had to try it.  I’m all about anything that helps me lower my blood pressure, naturally.  Now, celery is high in salt and reducing salt consumption is an important part of maintaining healthy blood pressure. According to Anthony, however, all salts are not equal. “The sodium cluster groups in celery juice are a sub group of sodium. Sodium clusters are healing for the body, which our body needs. These sodium clusters are the only form of sodium that destroys pathogens, helps detox the body and helps restore electrolytes and neurotransmitters chemicals”.

How much should you drink?

Anthony recommends drinking 16 ounces of celery juice daily, gradually increasing it to 32 ounces. That sounds like a lot! The taste can be off-putting, as well. Therefore, it’s best to start in small ounces, gradually increasing the amount. Combining it with cucumber juice is a good alternative as well to give you time to adjust to the taste.

When should you drink it?

 Celery juice is best consumed on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning because it’s more potent and helps strengthen your digestion throughout the day. Celery juice is not a meal replacement. Therefore, you should have a meal right after. It’s best to have your first meal 15 to 30 minutes after drinking celery juice.  Why? Because that’s the amount of time needed to complete the absorption process. Drinking celery juice first thing in the morning is probably difficult for some, especially during the work week. The next option is to drink it 15 to 30 minutes before or after a meal in the day.

What I do is, I make myself a glass as soon as I get up and drink it as I get ready and enough time should pass so that I can eat breakfast.

What does it taste like?

I’m not going to lie. Celery is positively bitter and may be extremely difficult for some to handle. When I first tasted it, I could barely drink 8 ounces, it took me over an hour to drink it, and I felt so sick.  It’s now 2019 and I have gotten so accustomed to the taste.  It’s still bitter and still sends chills down my body at times. I have noticed that every bunch of celery I have juiced tastes different. Some are more refreshing, while others just taste like pure evil. I’m not sure if it’s based on the type or level of freshness, but each tastes very different.

How often should you drink it?

 I drink celery juice every day.  It’s recommended to drink it daily. I might miss a day or two because I never got a chance to buy some at the supermarket or the supermarkets were out of stock, or I was lazy and didn’t want to juice. [Juicing can be time-consuming, and I hate washing that juicer].

How expensive is it?

Unfortunately, in Jamaica celery is expensive. I will categorize it as a luxury item and is certainly not an everyday staple.  The price ranges between $600 to $1000 Jamaican dollars per bunch (US$4-$8). Each bunch, depending on size, should provide you with a little over 16 ounces, which means you will need 7 bunches per week.  Do the math; that’s too expensive. I buy two or three bunches and drink that over the course of a week, so I’m drinking between 4 to 8 ounces a day. Which is less than the recommended daily amount.

Are you still getting the benefits by drinking less?

I would say yes. Since I have started drinking celery juice I have seen changes in my skin. It’s a lot clearer. Now I must share; I never had severe acne issues but I do get the occasional bump or two during my menstrual cycle.  My skin feels softer and more hydrated and I notice a change in my bowel movements. I use the bathroom more frequently, and it’s easier to pass stools.  The main reason why I started drinking was for my blood pressure. I get a wellness check every four months or so and my blood pressure has been stable. Since the beginning of 2019, I have lowered my medication. I don’t know for sure if it’s because of celery juice or a combination of other habits, but I can tell you I will continue drinking celery juice for as long as I can.

Will this celery juice craze fade or remain?

I don’t know, it’s hard to say because there are so many people around the world who have healed their bodies from something that has been produced straight from mother earth.

Whatever happens they only thing I can say is to try it out for yourself not because it’s the “in-thing” but because you want to nourish your body with as many vitamins and minerals to keep your body healthy.  Do some research for yourself and see what the benefits are.  If you like what you have read, try it. Start small. Start based on what you can handle. If you can’t handle it and realize it’s not for you, move on to something else. There are other fruits and vegetables that have healing properties.  We are all different and our journeys are unique to us all. What works for me, may not necessarily work for you, and that’s fine.

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