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EATING WELL IN KANSAS CITY - October 2017 - Kansas City
Transform Your Gut Health with This Daily Ritual
By Angela Watson Robertson
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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Angela Watson Robertson, MBA, CIHC, INHC, is known as The Reinvention Warrior, host of Masters of Reinvention, and creator of the life-changing program, Fatigue Warrior. Not only has Angela completely reinvented her own life, she has created simple, effective tools to help others transform every area of their lives-from health, career, and money to relationships, spirituality, and sex. Find her free wellness tips, course and programs at www.angelawatsonrobertson.com. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and Twitter.