Celery isn’t exactly a newcomer on the health scene. Dipped into hummus, diced into a salad, or smeared with peanut butter (yes please!), this crispy vegetable has been a snack-time favourite of ours since pretty much forever.
But recently, the humble celery has taken on a brand new shine as our go-to green juice. Packed with a long-list of body-loving nutrients, read on to discover how and why we’re enjoying our daily dose of celery juice.
We recommend enjoying pure, simple celery juice from your reusable Fressko infuser water bottle, first thing in the morning. Studies have shown that the digestive benefits of celery juice are heightened when drunk on an empty stomach. So, make celery juice your pre-breakfast beverage and you could be aiding your digestion for the rest of the day.
Simply juice celery in a juicer or blitz in a blender and strain through a nut mylk bag before you pour into your Fressko flask, so you can enjoy all the benefits on your way out the door. It is common to add some apple or other greens to your celery juice to add some sweetness, however for ultimate health benefits we recommend leaving celery juice as-is and you should aim to drink around 500ml / 16oz each morning.
Why we love it:
It’s a mega hydrator
Not only is celery made from 95% water, but it also offers a high electrolyte count that helps cells absorb water more effectively, keeping you hydrated for longer.
Digestion and gut health
Celery has been shown to regulate the production of digestive juices and enzymes, which can lead to a reduction in bloating and better bowel regularity. Celery juice is soothing and cooling to the digestive tract, which can help reduce inflammation and offer relief for anyone with digestive disorders and inflammatory diseases like IBS or Crohn’s.
Alkalizing and detoxifying
Celery juice is extremely hydrating and alkalising. It works to nutralise the acidity in our bodies and helps to balance pH levels. It also provides a variety of potent antioxidants to aid our bodies in their natural detoxification process. Celery’s combination of sodium and potassium make it a natural diuretic, helping our liver and kidneys to flush toxins out of the body.
With high levels of calcium and silicon, celery can help to regenerate and strengthen damaged bones. It is also high in Vitamin K, which can protect against osteoporosis.
Blood and cholesterol
Celery is rich in Vitamin A, C, iron, and magnesium, a powerful and nourishing combination that helps to rebuild red blood cells. Celery also contains a particular compound called coumarins which promotes the activity of white blood cells and assists with blood flow, reduces blood pressure and purifies the bloodstream.
It’s a natural anti-inflammatory
A long list of powerful antioxidant phytonutrients such polyacetylene and luteolin make celery an anti-inflammatory powerhouse. In particular, luteolin has been shown to help our bodies fight free radical damage, and to inhibit the effects of certain enzymes that activate genes responsible for inflammatory response.