My Take on the Celery Juice Craze

My Take on the Celery Juice Craze

Okay, so I’m going to be real upfront here. I jumped on the celery juice train last month because I have some vanity and wanted to clear my annoying acne. I think if most nutritionists, RDs, and NDs are honest with themselves they’d admit they jump on a health craze every now and then too. It’s also kind of fun to be a guinea pig for clients. I enjoyed experimenting with the keto diet, intermittent fasting, various juice cleanses, vegan/vegetarian diets. I’m not saying these detoxes and diets are inherently bad, and I do believe there’s a lot to learn about your digestion, mindset, and immune system from doing these sorts of dietary restrictions; however, it is good to play devils advocate too. So here are some not-so-great things I’ve found out about celery juicing:

  1. UV-Damage Risk: Raw celery contains psoralens, substances that cause phytophotodermatitis when consumed in high concentrations (i.e.- you’re more prone to sunburn!) I can attest to this as I noticed significant skin peeling and dryness after being outside for an hour while on my daily 16 oz celery juice craze.

  2. While celery juice is really great for inducing phase 1 detoxification, it does nothing to support the phase 2 detox pathway. This is due to celery’s ability to increase the activity of cytochrome p450 enzymes present in the liver that help convert fat-soluble toxins into water soluble ones for excretion. The catch: phase 1 generates free radicals that can burden the body without proper phase 2 detoxification support. An overactive phase 1 pathway is prone to build up highly toxic activated intermediates.

I’m not saying celery juicing is necessarily bad, and I do think a lot of good can come from it, but it’s also important to listen to YOUR unique body. I personally felt bloated and noticed hypersensitivity to light while juicing. The silver lining: I now have a juicer and I’m already whipping up lots of wonderful juices.

Below are a few of my favorite juicing recipes that support both liver detoxification pathways. I recommend buying organic fruit and vegetables for juicing, because a lot of nutrients come from their peels. Conventional-grown produce is sprayed with harmful pesticides that can accumulate on the skin/peels of fruits and vegetables. In addition, I recommend juicing with primarily vegetables instead of fruit because juicing removes dietary fiber which can raise blood sugar levels. For more information on how to control blood sugar regulation and personalized detox programs, contact me here.

Green Juice:

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  • 1-2 cucumbers

  • 1 lemon *

  • 1 green apple

  • 1 bunch Swiss chard or spinach

  • 1 bundle of cilantro

  • A couple of celery stalks

We Got the Beets Juice:

  • 1 large bunch of beets, any variety (you can juice the beet greens on top as well for extra nutrients!)

  • 1 grapefruit *

  • 1-inch piece ginger (or larger if you like a bit of heat!)

  • 1 bunch of romaine lettuce

Just the Roots Juice:

  • 4-5 carrots (leave the carrot greens on top for added nutrition!)

  • 1 bunch of beets (with beet greens)

  • 1-inch piece ginger (or larger if you like a bit of heat!)

  • Optional to preserve freshness: 1 orange *

* When juicing citrus fruit, I like to leave the skin on because it is packed full of flavonoids that reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, and provide protection against cancer. However, the peels of citrus fruit can be bitter (especially for grapefruit), so I’d suggest experimenting with leaving only some of the peel on while juicing at first and experiment from there.

References:

  1. Miller, A. Celery juice is not a miracle drink. https://www.alimillerrd.com/celery-juice-is-not-a-miracle-drink/. (2019 Jan).

  2. Finkelstein E, Afek U, Gross E, Aharoni N, Rosenberg L, & Halevy S. An outbreak of phytophotodermatitis due to celery. Int J Dermatol. 1994 Feb;33(2):116-8.

  3. Bauman, E. & Friedlander, J. (2016). Therapeutic nutrition part 1. Penngrove, CA:

    Bauman College.

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