The woman at checkout looked at my husband and I funny as we loaded up ten stalks of celery onto the conveyor belt. It was the second time we’d been in that week, stocking up on celery. After all, our fridge’s vegetable drawers could only hold so much. Ha.
My husband filled the awkward exchange, “We’re juicing it,” he explained.
The checkout lady nodded with a face I knew all too well. She was amused by our tactics.
“It’s good for your digestion,” I said, feeling a further need to explain.
“I’ll take your word for it,” she said.
Apparently she wasn’t a fan of celery.
But, no matter. I’m a fan and for greater reasons than the taste. Curious why we’ve been loading up on celery juice? Well, I’m glad you asked. Come along and see 🙂
Why I’m Juicing Celery Every Morning
My main takeaway? You guessed it. Celery juice.
According to Medical Medium,
Fresh celery juice is one of the most powerful and healing juices. Just 16 ounces of fresh celery juice every morning on an empty stomach can transform your health and digestion in as little as one week.
Those are powerful words. Since I came away with trust for Anthony’s healing suggestions, I figured, what do I have to lose? Let’s go get some celery.
Healing Benefits of Celery
Why do I love celery? Let me count the ways.
Celery has anti-inflammatory properties and is super alkaline, so it’s like a shot of oxygen to your cells. It purifies your bloodstream and flushes out toxins from your body.
Celery has a near perfect balance of electrolytes, so it’s great for your adrenal glands, and for decreasing stress in your body.
It helps balance out blood sugar, which is a big deal for hormone balance.
Celery juice also aids your digestion in a big way. Anthony confirms in Medical Medium that healing your digestion is a key part of healing your body overall. The health of your gut influences your immune system and mood! Your brain and gut are connected.
Impacts of Low Stomach Acid
The underlying reason for digestive issues, Anthony says, is low stomach acid or hydrochloric acid (HCL).
HCL is your body’s first defense against viruses, pathogens and parasites. Without enough of it, your body cannot properly absorb minerals, such as selenium and zinc, which are key factors in the functioning of your immune system.
If you have low stomach acid (or if you’re rushed and don’t chew your food enough) food goes into your gut undigested and gets stuck.
As the undigested food rots in your gut, it releases ammonia gas, which can cause a slew of other issues including digestive distress, chronic fatigue and illness.
If you have low stomach acid, you’ll feel bloated or gassy after eating, especially after heavier animal proteins, and you could see undigested food in your stool.
Anthony says that the primary factor behind low stomach acid is adrenaline. Stress.
It’s also lowered by pharmaceuticals: anitbiotics, anti-fungals, birth control pills and over the counter NSAIDs. So, it’s a good idea to do what you can to manage stress and eliminate these other additions from your body.
How to Heal Your Digestion
Here’s the good news. Straight up celery juice helps rebuild your stomach’s supply of hydrochloric acid and strengthens your digestive system.
All you have to do is juice one bunch of celery in the morning on an empty stomach. (Since conventionally grown celery is doused in pesticides, it’s a good idea to use organic celery.)
Keep the juice to only celery. Don’t add anything else. Keep it simple and to the point.
Before drinking my celery juice in the morning, I’ve been drinking a glass of room temperature water with a lemon slice. This is another recommendation from the book, though I bet you’ve probably heard of this before.
The lemon and water combination after waking helps get your liver and bowels moving. That’s a good thing, since both did hard work while you were sleeping. The water flushes out those toxins.
On the Positive Side?
I’ve been drinking about 16 ounces of organic celery juice every morning for almost two weeks now and I have noticed a difference. I’ve been feeling much better.
I feel like it’s a good way to start my day, for sure. I’ve been feeling more balanced in the morning.
My bowels have been more regular and I’ve felt less pain in my joints, muscles and in the parts of me that get flared from endometriosis.
Anthony proclaims that the other digestive supplements I was taking, such as probiotics and digestive enzymes, don’t really do much. They’re not worth it.
That was good news to me, since I’ve been spending a bunch on those every month. I’ve found that celery is relatively inexpensive and pretty much available year round.
Celery juice. Is it really that simple?
Want to try it out with me?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.