Health Benefits of Celery Juice

By Hannah, www.healingthebody.ca
April 23, 2015 Updated: April 23, 2015
 
Has your doctor ever told you to balance your body’s pH?  That you need more vitamin B1, B2, B6 and C? Or maybe that you need more potassium or calcium?  If so, you may want to think about juicing celery.

Celery is incredibly hydrating.  In fact it is one of the most hydrating foods you can eat (or drink).  Plus, it contains special essential oils that have a calming effect on your body.   Not to mention that it’s rich in soluble sodium which is essential to the human body.
 



When choosing celery from your local market, make sure to pick very green celery where possible.  Make sure that the celery stalks are firm rather than limp and when you get it home be sure to store it in your fridge’s crisper to avoid any wilting.

Whether you are eating fresh celery, or juicing it, you will feel the benefits in no time.  For now, let’s look at what those benefits are.
 
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Celery juice can act as the perfect post-workout drink. Shutterstock)

Detoxifies and Fights Cancer

Having a toxic body can create all kinds of health problems.  Celery carries an abundance of antioxidants and cancer fighting compounds such as furanocoumans, flavonols and phenolic acids.  In fact, two flavonoids found in celery called apigenin and luteolin have been scientifically proven to help prevent the spread of cancer cells throughout the body.

Celery juice acts as an internal cleanser within your body.  It is highly alkalizing and also acts as a diuretic which further flushes out toxins you may have come into contact with at some point in your life.

Lowers Blood Pressure

A group of compounds by the name of Phthalates are found within celery and they help to reduce high blood pressure by relaxing the muscles surrounding the arteries.  In turn this creates more space within the arteries letting the blood flow at a lower level of pressure. This also has a relaxing effect on the body and reduces stress.

Gets Rid of Constipation

Most people go to their local drug store to purchase laxatives made in a lab somewhere.  In reality, you should go to the produce section and purchase some celery as it is a natural laxative helping to relieve constipation.

Makes a Great Energy-Boosting Post-Workout Drink

Rather than buying expensive supplements that can drain your bank account and show very little (if any) results, you can use celery juice to act as the perfect post-workout drink.  It will replace many lost electrolytes and will rehydrate your body with its rich mineral content.

Reduces Bad Cholesterol Levels

Not all cholesterol is bad, but the LDL cholesterol which can cause problems for many people is something that we need to watch out for.  Scientific studies show that a chemical within celery called butyl phthalide may help to reduce LDL. In fact, it may help reduce your LDL levels by as much as 7 points by consuming as little as two stalks per day.
 
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Celery and hummus (Shutterstock)

 

Naturally Cools Your Body

Feeling way too hot on a summer day?  Drink some celery juice!  Consuming two or three glasses of fresh celery juice in dry or hot weather between meals can help normalize your body temperature.

Tips for Juicing Celery:

  • Be sure to consume celery within 5-7 days after purchasing
  • If your celery becomes wilted when left out too long, sprinkle it with water and refrigerate it to regain its crispness
  • Remember that celery is mostly water and make the perfect base for stronger juice recipes
When you’re not juicing, you can add celery leaves and sliced celery stalks to soups, stews, casseroles, and healthy stir-frys. So be sure not to skimp on your celery intake.  Whether you use it in your juices, salads, or raw, you will reap the rewards of putting this healthy food in your body.
 
*Image of “celery juice” via Shutterstock
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