Celery juice IS healthy. Let’s make that very clear.
But it’s not a miracle beverage. It’s not a necessity. It’s just a vegetable in liquid form.
So why the sudden obsession with celery juice? If you haven’t noticed by now, it doesn’t take long for trends to catch on when it comes to nutrition. A study or two and a major celebrity endorsement are all is takes. See: Apple Cider Vinegar. If there’s a shortcut to a healthy life, we’re on board.
I won’t dive too far into the medical benefits, because that is not my arena. But the antioxidants in celery CAN help with inflammation, because that’s what antioxidants do. There is no secret anti-inflammatory property exclusive to celery that will give you additional benefit over other fruits/veggies with antioxidants.
Just realize that celery juice will not do anything for weight loss. If you do nothing but drink celery then yes, you will lose weight. You’re basically just consuming vitamin water in that case, which is a very unhealthy way to lose weight. Celery is low calorie, so eating (or drinking) it helps keep your calories low, which is the key to weight loss. Nothing more.
Drinking a glass of celery juice in the morning on an empty stomach has no benefit over dipping celery in hummus at 4pm. If you eat a healthy diet full of whole foods, you don’t need to drink your veggies.
How do you feel about celery juice? If you like it, by all means, drink it. Vegetables are great for you! But don’t be fooled into thinking it’s going to magically transform your health. Get your overall diet in check and you won’t need to rely on these so-called miracles.