THE CELERY STALKS AT MIDNIGHT (BUT, REALLY AT 7 AM)
by Catherine Spinley
A few years back, the juicing craze took our nation by storm. Seemingly overnight many of my friends and loved ones lost the will to chew. You couldn’t swing a banana without hitting someone on a three or, even worse, a seven day juice cleanse. My apartment hallway was lined with early morning deliveries of juice-filled cooler bags and work was filled with cranky, hangry people waiting for the alleged renewed energy and vitality to kick in.
I’ve personally never done a juice cleanse, and perhaps if I did I’d have a much different opinion, but I’m not really one to abandon solid food. Believe me, my eating habits are far from perfect, but I just know my brain and body do best when my teeth are occupied.
That said, it seems many are now in the camp of infusing and enhancing their diets with vegetable and fruit juices rather than subsisting solely on pulpy liquids alone. This culinary compromise is one I endorse and it has led me to discover all sorts of new-to-me liquids: watermelon juice, maple water, and the magic elixir I’m here to discuss today: celery juice.
Wait, the vegetable I currently use to funnel peanut butter down my gullet, the one made up of nearly 90% water, you ask? Why yes, that’s the one. Organic celery juice is easy to make, duh, and is best consumed without any other fruit or vegetable juices, so it’s relatively inexpensive to drink 16 oz. a day (approximately one bag of celery hearts juiced or juiced and strained if you use a blender). That is more than I can say about the green juices that cost upwards of $11 a bottle. It won’t taste super magical but truth be told, I actually enjoy it (some people add lemon juice or apple or cucumber but that will dilute the active ingredients in the celery juice).
Once I began drinking celery juice, I wanted to know more. I spoke with Alyssa Bauman, a certified holistic nutritionist to learn more about its benefits, “Celery juice is very hydrating and super alkaline, meaning it neutralizes acids and helps balance the body’s pH levels.” Alyssa also explained it acts as a natural diuretic and helps flush excess fluids and toxins from the system. I’m sure you’re wondering why you need to drink celery juice and not just eat celery? The answer is: cluster salts. Juicing celery allows the cluster salts in the celery to be absorbed into the body easily, which is integral in liver health because these cluster salts attach to toxins and escort them out of our bodies.
And, there are some initial studies that say celery juice is a superfood that offers miraculous health benefits to those with chronic illnesses, per Goop and The Medical Medium, who is sort of the Godfather of Celery Juice. So, next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up some organic celery and rev up the juicer like it’s 2013.
P.S. Bonus points if the title of this post brought you back to your childhood. I really couldn’t resist, you know, with it being the Halloween season and all.
Catherine Spinley is a sometimes-writer and photographer based in New York. When not stalking other people’s dogs or yelling at people who refuse to walk up the left side of the escalator, she works in the beauty industry and practices yoga. You can read more from her at Worepaint.com.