Discover why celery juice can heal the gut, reduce GERD and make for an overall happier tummy. Plus, the best time to have celery juice for optimal impact.
When it comes to health I’m somewhat of a walking contradiction.
I graduated with a molecular bio major and look up cell lifespan studies for fun in my free time; but, I also visit acupuncturists and first discovered I can’t eat wheat and gluten from a naturopath who saw my aura (it’s pink BTW).
I don’t think science has made it to full understanding of our bodies so I fill in the gaps with anecdotes, hope, and spiritual healers.
Some of these ideas I got from a guy who hears things from a “spirit” in his ear. Some I got from that original naturopath. Others come from true MDs, allergists and scientific research. When ideas from those different outlets overlap, they stick with me. The overlap between those two camps is at the root of this cleanse, and the “why” behind the celery juice.
Why even start a cleanse?
The main reason I embarked this cleanse is to cure a problem with my throat.
I have this constant feeling of a lump in my throat or something lodged in my throat. This is a relatively new problem, too, so it can’t be permanent. In other words, I can fix this.
Over the last year, it’s gotten worse. For a while, I figured it was the mucous or post-nasal drip, but couldn’t identify the trigger.
Triangulating a Cure
The naturopath recommended no dairy and to eat celery. I tried the no dairy thing but couldn’t really bring myself to incorporate celery into my routine. My throat got a little better, but not fully.
Then I heard of this family friend who found out she was misdiagnosed with celiac and really had H. pylori the whole time. That made me super excited for the possibility to have things like pizza and beer again so I went to an allergist to see if I had some alternate infection or allergy-causing these symptoms.
He diagnosed me with laryngopharyngeal reflux due to vagus nerve stimulation. That basically means the hydrochloride acid in my stomach was rising into my throat.
This is more than acid reflex though. The acid triggered my throat to generate a protective layer of mucous so that the acid wouldn’t destroy the esophageal lining.
At the same time, I was reading this medicine man book about a guy who hears a voice he calls “spirit” explain the world’s hidden health problems and respective cures. I was skeptical, to say the least, but he similarly described the problem of your stomach acid being out of sync and rising in the throat causing overt mucous production.
He thinks it can stem from prior EBV infections (mono) and adrenal fatigue, both of which I’ve had. And circling it back to the naturopath, spirit’s cure is celery juice in the AM by itself to restore the stomachs hydrochloric acid levels.
So there you have it. The hippie and scientist in me triangulated with these experiences and I’m hoping for the best with this new cure!! That is stabilizing hydrochloric acids with the celery mineral salts.
A Little More About Celery
Just 1 stalk of celery has only about 6 calories but
- 32mg of Sodium
- 104 mg of Potassium
- 3% Vitamin A
- 2% Vitamin C
- 1% Magnesium
But the important parts are the non-starch polysaccharides like apiuman and the phenolic antioxidants. Recent research has shown they protect against inflammation in the digestive tract, particularly with the acid levels in the stomach that could lead to laryngopharyngeal reflux.
And that is just 1 stalk! 16 oz of celery juice takes about 12-15 stalks.
Make sure to buy organic as celery is in the dirty dozen list of vegetables most likely to be sprayed with pesticides.
How to fit Celery Juice into your Routine?
It sounds like a lot of work to juice celery every day. And since yesterday started off in a no good rush, I figured I need to really see how long this whole celery and breakfast juice-making truly takes each morning.
Here’s my Morning Timeline:
Celery juice and the Breakfast juice prep and cleaning:
- 6:20 – get everything out, pre-washed and cut
- 6:22 – start juicing celery
- 6:27 – celery juice done, lay out the fruit and veggies for the breakfast juice, cut down to size
- 6:32 – drank 1/2 of the celery juice, begin juicing breakfast juice
- 6:38 – Done making breakfast juice and drinking celery juice. Set juice aside and start cleaning up
- 6:49 – finished cleaning – go get ready for work
- Drink the breakfast juice after I’m otherwise ready for work
So it’s doable. And the results were good! My throat felt better. My tummy felt better and I felt like I was actually digesting my food better.
If you can’t fit this into your morning routine, try it before bed. The trick is to just have it on an empty stomach so it could be dessert after an early dinner or later lunch.
I don’t have celery juice every day anymore, but I do recommend at least starting with a daily routine to jump-start your body’s digestion and balance your acid levels. And if I’m feeling a little out of balance, I’ll have the celery juice for a few days to get back to normal. It’s better than tums and works just as fast.