Is celery juice worth your time and energy?” Answers Nutritionist, Aakriti Arora

Even if you’ve somehow managed to never jump on the bandwagon to drink something green in your life, you’ve probably heard about celery juice. Because everyone, including celebrities, suddenly seems to be drinking it. Whether it’s Kylie Jenner, who by the way has a whole drawer of celery in the fridge, to Gwyneth Paltrow, all celebs swear by this miracle green juice.

Celery Juice was first popularised by the famous Hollywood “Medical Medium”, Anthony William, who doesn’t have any formal background in nutrition or medicine. Anthony claims that Celery Juice is a superfood that helps combat a range of chronic ailments, including inflammation, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, eczema, acne and chronic fatigue.

Let’s take a look at the nutritional value of celery. Celeries contains high levels of vitamin K and good amounts of vitamin A, vitamins B-2 and B-6, and vitamin C. Along with that it also has folate, potassium, magnesium and pantothenic acid. Celery has two major beneficial antioxidants, apigenin and luteolin. Controlled research shows that these two antioxidants reduce the inflammation in the body and may help treat a range of inflammatory diseases. Other benefits of celery are it has low sugar, it calms the irritated skin, and promotes weight loss.

Now let’s talk about the much-hyped Celery Cleanse. You need to drink approximately 500 ml of celery juice on an empty stomach every morning, limit proceeds foods, exercise regularly and consume a whole foods diet. Many people go on this diet for 1 day, however others, including your favourite celebs, incorporate it into their lifestyle. This “Cleanse” is supposed to detox your body and improve your overall health. It is considered normal to experience some diarrhoea during the first 2-3 days of the cleanse, but if the symptoms worsen and you are experiencing nausea, dizziness or simply uneasiness in your body, you should immediately stop this cleanse, according to my professional opinion.

Other than the aforementioned side effects, celery juice has copies amounts of sodium, nearly 400 mg in a 500 ml celery juice. Which is not inherently bad, but can cause serious damage to people who are on allow sodium diet due to medical conditions. On the other hand, celery juice does not have any fibre in it as it’s juiced or strained every time it is consumed.

According to many health care professionals, there is no scientific evidence to back these benefits this so-called miracle juice has to offer. But if you must incorporate it in your, my suggestion would be to balance it out with a healthy lifestyle and don’t cut your caloric intake so drastically, instead stick to a healthy diet and make sure to consume everything but in moderation.

Some people cannot fathom the taste of the Celery Juice and calls it grass water. Here’s a quick recipe you can use to add celery juice to your diet in a healthy and sustainable manner.

Use 5-6 medium stalks of celery, 1 green apple, some spinach leaves along with fresh ginger and 1/2 a lemon. This juice will only keep you hydrated while loading you up with essential nutrients but will taste like refreshing summer in a glass. Also, please don’t strain this juice and keep the pulp and fibre intact for a healthy and happy gut!