Have you heard about celery juice? If you haven’t, it became super popular after the Medical Medium (who FYI isn’t a doctor or nutritionist and apparently receives health advice from a spirit) wrote a book about all of its benefits, like gut health, reduced bloating, and detoxing abilities. Some of his claims seem a bit outlandish and even dangerous (like that celery juice can cure ADHD or eating disorders) but I was curious to test out whether it really can reduce bloating and improve digestion. I decided to try drinking 16 oz of celery juice every day for a week.
Now, I should preface this by saying that I don’t like the taste of celery. I never have. But I wanted to see if there was any truth to the celery juice claims so on day 1 I got to work on making my celery juice.
Day 1: Instant Regret
I’ve had really GREEN tasting green juice that I’ve forced myself to drink (because health is wealth) but I was not prepared for the taste of pure straight up celery juice. Oh my god. It was a struggle to finish. But I powered through and then followed it up with breakfast about an hour later.
I felt okay until about noon when I started feeling really dehydrated. I thought that maybe I hadn’t had enough water so I didn’t think much of it. I drank 24 more ounces of water but the dehydration feeling never went away. I looked online to see if anyone else had experienced this side effect from drinking celery juice. A few people had and said it may have been due to the high sodium levels in celery, compared to other vegetables. I don’t know how much truth there is in this since I’ve never heard of this before.
Day 2: Upping My Hydration
Ok, now that I knew that celery juice made me weirdly thirsty I decided to make a game plan. I vowed to drink a LOT more water. I drank 72 oz of water at work, plus more at home. Unfortunately, it didn’t help. I felt just as dehydrated as the day before and so weak. 😦
Day 3: Back to Reality
There was no day 3 of drinking celery juice. I decided to stop my celery juice challenge early. This was a hard choice for me because I like to see things through and commit to what I say I am going to do. Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a quitter. But I just felt that something wasn’t right and that I shouldn’t continue doing it if it made me feel sick (that’s just good general life advice too).
So the moral of this story is this: not everything works for everyone. Whether it’s drinking celery juice or going keto or trying intermittent fasting or whatever the next craze will inevitably be, don’t just take what the internet says as fact. Don’t just blindly follow the next trend. Think for yourself and if something doesn’t seem right, know that it is okay to stop. Listen to your body because everyone is different. What works for one person may not work for someone else and that’s okay. Do what is right for you.
Your turn: Have you tried celery juice before?