On Celery Juice [and why it’s become a part of my daily routine]

Just the other morning, half awake and half dressed (Those pregnancy night hot flashes are no joke), I stumbled in to the living room and saw my husband half asleep on the couch. He didn’t have his glasses on and he peered at me with groggy, dark eyes as I kissed him on the forehead. As I said good morning and walked towards the refrigerator, he curled up in to a ball under the white,  blanket and said, “You should call your blog ‘Celery Juice Mornings.’”

I chuckled, knowing that this wasn’t the best idea for a blog name, reached in to the fridge, grabbed my bunch of organic celery, and went about my morning routine.

Celery juice. Blueberry-Spinach Smoothie. Fried egg. Chicken Sausage. Coffee. I’m a creature of both pregnancy survival and habit these days.

Later though, I started thinking about how many times a week I tell people about the amazing benefits of celery juice (I love talking about the things I believe in!) and how it has changed my health. Yet, I’ve never once written about it.

There are several reasons for this. One of which is that for the longest time, I wanted my blog posts here to hold a more creative quality. Secondly, there are hundreds of thousands of blogs out on the internet about recipes and oils and skincare lines. I really have no interest in adding to the noise.

Lately though, I’ve started thinking about how more and more, my posts have become a way to process my very beautiful but very normal life—the golden days and lessons I’m learning along the way. I have no doubt that with the coming of our baby bird in September, this will only increase—both the beauty and the mundane. And that even in this, there is something poetic.

So, I’ve decided to occasionally share what I’m learning in regards to the body and health. Over the last few years, I have been on a winding health journey.  I’ve discovered that what works for one human body might not work for another. But I want to start sharing more about what has worked for me…in hopes that you also might benefit from my experience. Because I’m passionate about what we put in and on our bodies. What we keep in the cabinets of our homes. Because I believe we can make small changes to improve our health and the lives of our families.

So, today: celery juice. I can anticipate your first reaction. Yuck.

I’ll be honest, I have never liked celery. Not in salads. Not in soups. Not even when you put peanut butter and raisins on it to resemble ants on a log. Sorry, that is just a tasteless, crunchy stick of something resembling mud and bugs. No thanks.

So, going in to this experiment, I was a little hesitant.  But I was a few weeks away from scheduling myself a colonoscopy because I was experiencing so much digestive pain and inconsistencies.But then I got pregnant and the colonoscopy was put on the back burner.

I had done elimination diets. I was having severe anxiety over what I should eat because everything made me sick. Doctors didn’t know why I suddenly was having issues. I already had a juicer and celery is pretty inexpensive. So really, I had nothing to lose. 

Here are some of the health benefits of juicing celery:

  • When consumed on a regular basis, celery juice can help improve HCL levels (aka stomach acid) that has often gotten low because of an autoimmune disease or constant stress. HCL helps break down food, so it’s important!
  • It can reduce inflammation and help aid in digestion!
  • It can help improve thyroid function
  • Detox the body. 

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I honestly never read any articles or blogs or books on this subject before giving it a try. I heard by word of mouth and can now go back and look at reviews and say, YEP! to all of the above.

I still have flare ups from time to time, but it takes time for the body to heal. (and me staying away from corn chips and dairy I know will cause havoc) And it’s important to remember that there is never one cure all. Juicing can be helpful on top of a diet that works for your body and your digestion. I believe that God designed every single fruit and vegetable for a purpose. Is it that hard to believe that something He created could help heal us? If you’ve had digestive issues and have access to a juicer–give it a shot! What have you got to lose? After all, it’s a vegetable. It can’t make you feel worse!

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