Saturday, December 1, 2018

Celery Juice Challenge!

Hello December! Let's have a healthy start and take the Celery Juice Challenge. The idea is very simple. All one has to do is to drink at least 16 ounces of a pure celery juice on empty stomach for a week or two, or as long as necessary for the body to start healing. 

The idea for the Celery Juice Challenge comes form Anthony William who, many years ago, introduced the practice of celery juice drinking to countless people struggling from chronic ailment and auto immune diseases, including eczema and psoriasis. 

  • 1 bunch organic celery

  • Wash and cut celery into manageable pieces.
  • Run celery through a juicer.
  • Drink the undiluted juice right away, on empty stomach. Wait at least 15 minutes before consuming anything else. 

For many people drinking a straight celery juice in a challenge in itself. They complain that the taste is too strong and are tempted to mix celery with other herbs, vegetables or fruits to make it more palatable. 

While blending celery with other ingredients is not "wrong," Anthony William suggests that these blends work differently than a pure celery juice.

Pure celery juice contains cluster salts and can help you
  • restore your hydrochloric acid in the stomach 
  • restore and strengthen the bile flow
  • balance body pH
  • restore nervous system
  • detoxify your liver
  • balance cholesterol
  • cleanse the digestive tract
  • prevents formation of kidney stones
  • curb cravings for sweets

Celery juice contains many nutrients that are beneficial to skin, bones and joints: silica; vitamins K, A, C, B1, B2, B6, and folic acid; minerals calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, and iron.  

Celery juice may also help reduce inflammation in the body. It contains antioxidant flavonoid luteolin, as well as polyacetylenes known for their anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-tumor properties.

Research shows that flavonoids luteolin and apigenin have the capacity to prevent cancer cells from spreading in the body. Compounds in celery such as flavonols, furanocoumarins, and phenolic acids are also known for their anti-cancer action. Compounds in celery such as flavonols, furanocoumarins, and phenolic acids are known to fight cancer cells in the body.

Celery also contains coumarins and phthalide, compounds known to reduce high blood pressure. The phthalide may also help reduce blood levels of LDL, known as the bad cholesterol.

As you see, the humble celery has an incredible healing potential so go and get some organic celery for juicing. Weekend is a good time to start your challenge, but do not let your work schedule prevent you from juicing. If juicing in the morning is not possible, you can make the juice in the afternoon. Just remember not to eat anything before and immediately after your glass of celery juice. Allow 20-30 minutes time for the juice to pass through your system.

Ah, and one more thing! Nutrition can be so confusing. Celery contains compounds that interact with estrogen receptors in the body. Celery can help you start menstruation and decrease PMS symptoms. But what if you suffer from estrogen dominance?

Celery contains high amount of fiber. If estrogen dominance is your problem, fiber can help you decrease blood levels of estrogen. However, if you are juicing celery you are removing the fiber. Consequently, consumption of large amounts of celery juice may be negatively affect the hormonal balance in your body. Men with estrogen dominance should probably avoid large amounts of celery juice and other estrogen promoting foods. When in doubt, consult certified nutritionist or medical professional familiar with naturopathy. 

Celery is known to lower blood pressure. Caution is advised for people whose blood pressure is low already. Large amounts of celery might cause blood pressure to drop even more.

Avoid celery if you suffer from so called "celery-mugwort-birch-spice" syndrome, or suffer from kidney problems.

Celery belongs to the group of 12 most pesticide contaminated vegetables, or so called dirty dozen. Always buy organic. If organic celery is not available, use baking soda to neutralize at least some of the toxins. Dissolve one tablespoon of baking soda in one gallon of cold water. Soak trimmed celery ribs for a few minutes and rinse thoroughly before juicing.

If you are not used to juicing you may experience initial bloating and other digestive issues including loose stools or diarrhea. As your body adjusts and heals itself, these symptoms gradually disappear. Remember to drink enough water during the celery juice challenge and never forget to wash your juicer after juicing!

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2018

*Information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.


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