Plants have a variety of properties that can help the body improve its health. Drinking celery juice on a daily basis has been found to help with gut-health, cleansing of the liver and lymph system, and so much more. Drinking 16-ounces first thing in the morning on an empty stomach acts as a medicinal herb and can help with cleansing these and other areas of the body. Wait about 15 minutes after drinking the juice before eating. You may need to work up to 16-ounces as the taste can be strong. If it is too difficult to get down, add some cucumber to the juice as well.1 However, drinking the celery juice on its own is most effective.
Celery is native to Europe and the Mediterranean region as well as western Asia. It has been cultivated as a vegetable for a long time and is usually eaten raw or cooked in soups and main dishes. Celery can also be beneficial medicinally for the urinary tract and for arthritis and gout due to its ability to help clear uric acid from joints.2
The whole plant can be used from the leaves to the stalks and seeds. Celery has anti-inflammatory properties that are powerful when juiced and consumed right away. The mineral salts that are naturally present in celery also act as an antiseptic and can help to break down the pathogens’ cell membranes, destroying them.3
In Eastern medicine, the stalks and roots are used to treat high blood pressure and may act as a mild diuretic. Celery contains coumarins, which help with water balance in the body as well as lower blood pressure. The phthalides it contains, act as anti-coagulants, further reducing risk of blood clots and stroke as well as lowering stress hormone levels.4
Our joints, muscles, bones, arteries and connective tissues are all built with silicon and vitamin K. Celery contains a good amount of these two nutrients, furthering its’ amazing benefits. Because of the high amount of fiber in the stalks, it contains laxative properties that help clean out the body and keep the digestive system running smoothly. The seeds contain oils that are volatile, traditionally used as a diuretic and sedative. It has also been used to treat menstrual discomfort and reduce inflammation. Blood pressure and unhealthy LDL cholesterol have been lowered on various studies as well.5
This vegetable can be used in many different ways and is one of the few that combines well with fruit. Add sliced celery to a fruit or vegetable salad for extra crunch. Add to any main dish, but add it at the end with the heat turned off to help preserve the live enzymes that are so beneficial to your health. Celery juice is the best way to use this plant and on a daily basis, may help protect you from many of the conditions described above.
The water and fiber found in celery is also very helpful when eaten for weight control, and the natural salts act as a healthy alternative to electrolyte drinks during the heat of the summer. Now you know there are so many more benefits available to you through celery. I encourage you to eat and drink more of it for greater health.
Celery Juice: Place an entire bunch of stalks, one-by-one in a juicer and drink the juice quickly, before it oxidizes. Drinking up to 16 ounces daily is most beneficial. Choose organic celery for best results.
Caprese Summer Salad:
Yield: 4-6 servings
2 cups jicama, diced small or use small shell noodles, cooked.
1 cup cantaloupe, cubed
½ cup grapes, cut in half
1 green onion, diced
¼ cup raw cashews
2 Tbl red onions, minced
½ cup Veganaise® non-soy mayonnaise
2 Medjool dates, pitted
1/8 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/8 tsp powdered mustard
½ tsp chia seeds
½ clove garlic, minced
1. Put all salad ingredients in a bowl.
This recipe may be found along with many more in Wendy’s Reasonably Raw recipe book in her RAWinspiring™ recipe series. You may find it on Amazon.com or rawchefwendy.com
Wendy P. Thueson is owner of Raw Chef Wendy, LLC. She is a certified Chef, Master Herbalist, and Raw Food Coach. She is passionate about the healing power of plants and sharing her message of hope with others because of her life changing experience regaining her health in 2009. She suffered from chronic fatigue for 28 years, debilitating neck and back pain, brain fog, stuttering, Grave's disease, and hypoglycemia to name a few. Wendy began eating a high amount of raw foods and using herbs medicinally. As a result, she is now symptom, pain and medication free. She educates all ages through hands-on classes, speaking at various events, and has been featured on television, radio and in magazines. She has authored several books and online programs to help others learn how to eat and live happier lives. She is an adoring wife and mother of four. You may find her at www.rawchefwendy.com