Yes, I Tried Out the Celery Juice Challenge, and I Have Thoughts

by Alyx Carolus

Yes, I Tried the Celery Juice Challenge

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It’s hard to keep up with wellness trends, everywhere you look there’s a new product, food group or eating habit to try. But sometimes, there’s a product (or two) that intrigues you enough to give in. This year, celery juice is the contender and how it’s claimed to help with everything from digestion to energy. Yes, really – celery. The stuff you usually put in soups and never think about again.

So when did celery become cool? 

2019 is definitely the year of celery juice. Over the years, wellness trends have given us smoothie bowls, matcha and beauty products you can consume with your daily morning drink. But this year, you can’t check any social media platform without an A-list celebrity, wellness influencer or Youtuber talking about celery juice. 

As All The Pretty Birds’ director of business and brand  Roki Prunali pointed out in a previous story about the trend, “Though many have come forward to claim their ownership over this trend, the one true pioneer in the celery juice world seems to be Anthony William – better known in the world of social media as the Medical Medium.”

One of the perks of the celery juice trend, is that it’s simple enough to follow. All you need is some celery, a juicer or blender and the energy to make it every morning.

Why did I want to try it out?

Earlier this year, I went to the doctor to check out my digestion issues and how it was affecting my skin. Work stress and trying to maintain a relatively healthy diet can be overwhelming, and it was starting to show. I’ve been struggling with my skin for the last year and despite all my attempts with *very expensive* skincare – I really knew I had to change my diet up. Reading about how celery juice claimed to help with skin clarity was a huge interest to me. Plus, I already enjoyed having a green juice twice-a-week anyways. So, bring on the celery stalks. 

The process

Luckily, it’s pretty easy to get a hold of celery stalks. In my research and readings I found that you need to consume the juice first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.  A large bunch of celery, one juicer later and I had my first batch. It looked like my usual green juice, but I was not ready for the taste. You’re supposed to have it fresh, with no added sugar so it felt like I was chugging a cup of very bitter, earthy grass each morning. And that’s just not high up on my favorite flavours list. But the best thing was to just chug it down and have a sip of water to wash down the taste. 

A friend told me to have my juice pretty early in the morning, because I’d want to go to the bathroom pretty soon after I had it. They were not wrong. I would recommend trying your first batch of celery juice over the weekend (Saturday morning, perhaps?) so you can adjust to the taste and be prepared if the bathroom calls you shortly after. 

Day one complete. 

By day three, the taste wasn’t so bad and I felt a lot more settled after drinking the juice. I have a sensitive stomach and having really “strong” tasting foods in the morning almost always guarantees nausea. I was way more prepared with bathroom time and had a bit more energy to take on my morning commute and the rest of my day. 

Day five. I saw my skin looking a lot less inflamed and the overall texture of my skin seemed smoother. I guess the juice was helping to purge some of the toxins in my gut, after all. The taste was a distant memory at this point and I could comfortably drink my 500ml (16 ounces) of juice. 

Day seven. The juice had become part of my routine in the morning, even though my mother couldn’t believe it (she still can’t). I felt a lot less bloated but I chalked this up to having less caffeine, no alcohol and upping my water intake as well. 

After one week, I definitely saw the benefits of adding the juice to my diet. Would I try it again? For sure, but only if someone else could make it for me. Delivery services, anyone?

The verdict?

Whether you like it or not, trends tend to stick around for a reason and I think the celery juice will because it’s relatively accessible to the target market. However, I wouldn’t do this challenge for a long period of time as I don’t always have the 15 to 30 minutes prep time to spare. I don’t own a juicer so I had to blend the celery stalks together and strain it through a cheesecloth.  

Celery has been known to provide a healthy dose of fiber (as well as other vitamins) and to help with inflammation in the brain. But, juicing it takes away the beneficial factors such as fiber and studies have also shown that juicing adds more carbs and sugars to your diet rather than eating the vegetable as is and there are no particular studies that show juicing is more beneficial. 

As for me? I’ll definitely will be sticking to my usual juice routine and raising my occasional glass of celery juice from time to time. Are you in the process of trying out celery juice or any other wellness trend?

Let us know how you’re feeling about wellness culture and what you’re doing now. We love hearing from you!

 

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