I hope that you’re well. I wanted to pop in to share a short post on one of my new found food friends – celery. In my house growing up, celery was used to make dressing for Thanksgiving and it was a must have in chicken soup and chicken salad. So basically, it was a sidekick just used for it’s flavor. But these days, I’m giving celery the shine it deserves.
As I’ve learned more about food, I have learned that celery is a very underrated healthy food. It is a good snack, but it also makes good juice. Here are some of the benefits I’ve found.
Celery is an anti-inflammatory food.
Because so much of what most people eat is highly inflammatory (wheat, sugar, dairy, meat), it is so important to find foods that fight inflammation. Although I try very hard to stay away from inflammatory foods, there are times when I eat them. All I can do after that is try to eat things that will fight those effects. My go-to foods are turmeric, nuts and celery. These foods keep me feeling good and ultra healthy.
Celery has a mild flavor and can easily be masked.
Every family has at least one person who grapples with taste when it comes to transitioning to a healthier lifestyle. In my family, that person is my husband. He can smell kale, wheat grass and any sort of vitamin from a mile away. When I’m drinking veggie juice, he is hiding on the other side of our apartment hoping I don’t say “baby, give this juice a try.” Well, with celery juice, I have a bit of an advantage when it comes to getting him to drink it. If I juice pineapple, orange or lemon with it, he may never even know that he is drinking celery juice. So if you’re constantly looking for ways to add more healthy foods into diets of picky eaters in your life, celery is a great way to do that.
Celery is great at cleansing the liver.
The liver is such a hard-working organ. It has over 500 tasks and is the second largest organ in the body. Some of its essential tasks include creating bile (which helps with the breakdown and absorption of fat and cholesterol), supporting blood clots, vitamin and mineral storage, etc. And when alcohol is consumed, it works double duty by filtering it out of the bloodstream. Overall, each of us needs the liver to be in good working condition. Celery is full of vitamins and minerals that can protect the liver and flush out harmful toxins.
Celery has a benefit for every part of the body.
With so many different vitamins and minerals, celery can do something awesome for every part of the body. Celery can help relieve headaches and menstrual cramps, urinary tract infections, improve sleep, encourage healthy bowel movements, help relieve gout and arthritis pain, reduce breast milk production, reduce blood pressure, increase libido, boost heart health, aid in weight loss, improve digestion, fight cancer and more. There is really no reason to not eat celery in some way, shape or form.
So when you head out to grocery shop this week, make sure to include a bunch of celery. It’s a food that we can all use more of in our diet.
Thanks for reading,