We're a few weeks into a new year, so everyone is getting ready to jump onto the latest health and fitness kick. Or they jumped on when it first came out and are just waiting for the rest of us to catch up. Maybe 2019 is your year to get your health back on track and finally make those fitness goals a reality. Maybe you've already changed the way you, and are working out regularly. But maybe you're doing all these things and still need a bit of a boost. Toward the end of 2018, we started to hear a lot about celery juicing and all the alleged benefits you get from drinking celery juice.
Now, we are fine with eating celery, but drinking it?! Not so sure about that. However, it's getting a lot praise for helping with everything from inflammation to blood pressure. So what's the deal with celery juicing? Is it actually the next big thing, or are we all running out to buy juicers for the next big flop?
Turns out, there is some science behind the benefits of celery juicing. Celery has gotten a bit of a bad rap - a lot of people don't realize how much nutritional value is packed into each stalk! Celery is loaded with vitamins, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and more. Also, since it's got such a high percentage of water and electrolytes, it's great for preventing dehydration. Some sites even claim that celery juice can help with inflammation, lower blood pressure, and prevent or relieve symptoms of some chronic illnesses. Sounds almost too good to be true, and we regret ignoring celery as a power veggie for as long as we have!
But is celery juicing the way to get all these amazing benefits? That's where things get a little murky. Sure, juicing an entire bunch of celery and drinking the (really gross-tasting) juice is easier than finding a way to eat an entire bunch of celery. But if your goals for celery juicing include weight loss, eating it is the way to go. Ilyse Schapiro, MS, RD, CDN is a certified dietitian and nutritionist, and she told Romper that you get more fiber from eating celery than you do from drinking it. And we all know how important fiber is for weight loss! It helps you feel fuller, longer and contributes to good gut health.
So find a way to chow down on some celery every day. Even if you do opt to jump on the celery juicing train! That crunchy veg is good enough for you that you'll want to eat AND drink it.
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