Instagram seems to be very concentrated on celery juice this year. Celebrities and health gurus are gulping it down and claiming extraordinary health benefits. Here is my take on the latest green juice and whether you should be stalking it like everyone else.
The new celery drinking trend can be attributed to medical medium Anthony William. Although, he’s a little green in the qualifications department his recent media appearances created a social media frenzy. Everyone from Miranda Kerr to your neighbour seems willing to wake up and drink a bland, salty drink.
Anthony claims that the science is going to catch up with celery juice and prove it’s the ultimate super drink. Celery is indeed packed with powerful nutrients like vitamins A, K, B and C, phytonutrients and calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus. This is true of many vegetables though and every time you pulverise them in a juice you also destroy nutrients particularly fibre.
Drinking celery juice on top of other meals is going to add energy to your diet. Juice is not a whole food which means it passes rapidly into our body. This can affect our insulin levels leading to weight gain and other health problems. If you juice your own celery drink, then you’ll notice the amount of celery that goes into it. Our bodies are not designed to ingest 20 celery stalks within minutes.
Not getting your teeth into a juice is a big problem. If you’re wondering why your dentist isn’t happy with your flossing, it could be due to all those green juices. The acidity and sugar in juice is causing a massive increase in dental erosion. By chewing your food, you also send a message to your brain which signals when it’s full. This is why you’re often hungry again shortly after a juice.
Cold pressed celery drinks are another juicy offering you’re likely to see at your local café. The producers of these juices claim that their juice contains more nutrients. The idea is that the blades in a juicer create heat which destroy vitamins such as vitamin C. There is very little evidence to support this claim. Once again, these juices contain a huge amount of energy and still lack beneficial nutrients such as fibre.
Celery juice certainly isn’t going to damage your health but it’s an expensive exercise when you can gain far more from adding the real thing and a bit of crunch to your salads, stir-fries and dips. If you can squeeze in as many different whole veggies as you can into your diet, then this will have far more benefit than focussing on only one.
Social media is full of new advice at this time of year as people look to detox after the festive season. Always be wary of where the information is coming from. Check if the person is a qualified professional and if they have quality scientific articles to back their claims. Make sure the information can be applied to your health and fit into your lifestyle.
Celery juice contains almost 96% water and although this is very hydrating there are so many other vegetables that give you more of a kick. If you feel like you’re running out of juice after the party season and you’re pressed for time then try simply cutting up a bunch of easy to nosh on veggies such as carrots, celery, capsicum or cucumber. Wash them down with water and celerybrate your wisdom.