Celery Juice: I'll Have What She's Having on Instagram

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Don’t compare yourself to strangers on the internet. Yeah, you know the quote, but what about everyone on Instagram? I happen to have this odd kind of ability to follow trends without realizing that I’m following a trend. It happened before with avocado toast (I made them for breakfast and thought it was my own thing) and it happened again with loft living in downtown LA (I was 20 years ahead of the curve on that trend, however) and Korean spas (started that ritual in 1988) and now, celery juice.

What Would Gwyneth Do?

So if I’m juicing celery stalks at 6:18am and it’s no big deal, why is everyone on Instagram copying me? (Kidding there.) Gwyneth Paltrow and her people at Goop are believers in the miracle juice. The key to this celery juice trend has some amazing health benefits that work if you do it right. Of course, it’s never wrong to juice celery and drink it, but there’s a better way if you make it a habit. Maybe you just don’t drink enough water, or maybe you also don’t eat enough fiber. Whatever the issue is, try celery juice every morning and see what happens.


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CELERY JUICE FACTS:

Be a morning stalker. Juice celery first thing in the morning and drink at least 8 to 10 ounces on an empty stomach. My method is to juice celery and strain it into a large Mason jar to drink. Sometimes I add extra water just to make it more palatable. Increase the amount of celery juice to about 16 ounces as you get more accustomed to it.

Hydration. The main benefits of juicing celery come from water. Celery is approximately 95% water, with sodium “cluster salts” that are full of minerals. The sodium in celery helps balance blood pressure. It isn’t going to put any strain on your organs — a worry I tend to think about too much with doing anything like this. Celery has sodium yet it actually helps detox extra salt and replaces minerals. But as with anything, don’t over do it. Just try a glass each morning on an empty stomach.

Get balanced minerals and nutrients. Celery is a good source of potassium, vitamin K, and flavonoids. Celery helps aid electrolyte balance and can help lower blood pressure and inflammation. There are numerous benefits that come from daily celery juicing,

One celery bunch = one glass of celery juice. You’re going to be buying A LOT of organic celery. In my personal experience, one bunch equals one glass. If you buy your organic and local celery at the farmers’ market, you most likely will plow through one bunch of celery per morning. That means you’ll also have to either bring your own wheelbarrow to the farmers’ market and stock up, or you’ll just have to go buy more celery at the market. If there’s any organic celery left, that is, because everyone seems to be juicing celery.


CELERY JUICE EXPERTS SAY:

Goop and Gwyneth had the celery juice thing going on thanks to medical medium Anthony William, an expert on juicing the tall green stuff years ago. Anthony shares why he calls celery juice “a miracle potion” and how he suggests we should drink it via his blog Medical Medium. He shares all of his knowledge on celery and why juicing it versus drinking it works better for improving our health. Read more on his blog about the amazing health benefits of celery juice.

Celery juice is a miracle juice. It’s one of the greatest healing tonics of all time. I’ve seen thousands of people who suffer from chronic and mystery illnesses restore their health by drinking sixteen ounces of celery juice daily on an empty stomach. That’s why, long ago, I started the movement of drinking pure, straight celery juice.
— Anthony William, Medical Medium

There’s a lot of hype about celery juice these days, with many naysayers mocking the celery trend. Some suggest that Actually, You Can Just Drink Some Water, as the trend was covered in The Atlantic, and other say, “whatever happened to chewing celery?” However you want to look at it, personally I don’t think there’s any harm in buying armloads of celery and juicing it every morning, if that’s what you want to do.

Regardless of what Kim Kardashian, Robert De Niro, Naomi Campbell and Gwyneth Paltrow drink every morning (err, celery juice, perhaps?) I’ll be making celery my morning wake up juice to replace a cup of coffee. Trends come and go— kale, avocado toast, and well, kale— but if the trend was pouring a bottle of celery juice on my derriere to get me the kind of butt that Kim K has, well, I’ll just save the celery juice and drink it instead. Besides, there’s a national celery shortage and I wouldn’t want to waste all those precious celery stalks for the sake of anything but drinking it.