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EATING WELL IN KANSAS CITY - October 2017 - Kansas City
A Living Room for the Neighborhood
By Gloria Gale
If you’re health conscious at all, you’ve no doubt tried juicing. If you haven’t broken down and bought a juicer and dove into the process of peeling, chopping, and slicing, then you’ve most likely at least tried some of the various fresh juice options in health food stories and juice shops. I highly recommend juicing, as long as you’re careful with the level of sugar, yet I’m often more inclined to recommend blending (smoothies) as you get all the fiber with the juice. Plus, all the juice blends out there can get a bit complicated and sometimes it’s nice to keep it simple.
However, last year I discovered the powerful impacts of drinking fresh celery juice each morning on an empty stomach and my gut is healthier than it’s ever been. According to the blog on MedicalMedium.com “Just 16 oz. of fresh celery juice every morning on an empty stomach can transform your health and digestion in as little as one week.”
Their blog goes on to say “Celery juice also has significant anti-inflammatory properties making it highly beneficial for those who suffer from autoimmune conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Migraines, Vertigo, IBS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, Eczema, Acne, Lupus, Guillain-Barre, Sarcoidosis, Raynaud’s, Meniere’s, GERD, Bursitis, Restless Leg Syndrome, and Gout.”
Wow. That’s powerful, but I wouldn’t have believed it just from reading about it. So I decided to give the daily celery juice ritual a try. I’d had gut inflammation, gas, bloating, and other symptoms off and on for years, so I was motivated. Plus, I’d been told in the past I had IBS, Psoriasis, and Epstein-Barr Virus. If celery juice can help with that, then why not?
After drinking the celery juice each morning on an empty stomach for 5 days I saw a big difference in how I felt and many of my symptoms lessened or were completely gone. Now I’m hooked and this daily celery juice ritual is a key part of my wellness plan.
Here’s how you do it:
Ingredients: 1 bunch organic celery* (makes approx 16 oz juice)
Method: Wash 1 bunch of celery, chop, and run through a juicer. Drink immediately for the most therapeutic benefits. However, if you prefer, you can also blend the celery in a Vitamix, Nutribullet, or any high speed blender with a little water and either drink as is, or strain as desired.
Health Coach Tip
I keep bunches of celery prepped (chopped) and in individual containers in my fridge. Each morning I take one container out of the fridge, dump the celery in my vitamix, add a little purified water, and blend. I then strain the celery juice and drink it immediately. You want to always make the juice fresh and drink it immediately so it doesn’t oxidize in order to get the most benefits.
If you find the taste of straight celery juice too strong, you can add a cucumber and/or an apple to the juice, however this will slightly dilute its effectiveness. Though juice blends are yummy and have health benefits, I’ve found that in order to get the most benefits I need to drink the celery juice fresh and without anything added but water.
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Kansas City writer, producer, and photostylist Gloria Gale is a sleuth when it comes to discovering interesting features for the media.
As a native she's compiled a burgeoning collection of editorial features on food, travel and lifestyle for national and local magazines, books, individuals, and corporate clients.
Most recently, Gloria profiled area restaurants as a columnist for 435 Magazine and was one of KCUR's Food Critics radio program.
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