Today I resigned myself to the fact that #celeryjuice is officially one thing. From now on it's like that more than 74,000 tags on Instagram.
Promoted by the non-certified "Medical Medium" Anthony William, the movement of celery juice calls for drinking mixed and drained celery every morning on an empty stomach to create "major improvements for all kinds of health problems." Various testimonials from celebrities promoting the drink, from Kim Kardashian and Debra Messing, have spread the hype of celery juice across social media.
This sad news means that registered dietitians, food scientists and biochemists are mourning the loss of another nutrient-rich food that has been "cured" through support from A-list celebrities. We ask that you read below instead of sending flowers.
What is celery juice?
Celery juice is made by mixing and sieving celery. Whole celery stems contain tons of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin K, vitamin A, potassium and folic acid.
But from a nutritional point of view, celery juice takes products filled with phytonutrients and turns it into a concentrated sugar source. Generally, no matter how much or how little sugar a vegetable or fruit contains, juice will make a higher sugar concentration per liquid than you would eat in grams.
Does celery juice help with chronic inflammation?
The Medical Medium blog claims that celery is full of powerful anti-inflammatory properties. "Celery is perfect for reversing inflammation, because it starves the pathogens (such as) non-productive bacteria and viruses," writes William. He believes that celery juice can cure all sorts of diseases by robbing pathogenic pathogens.
Scientific data actually suggests that celery juice contains antioxidants called flavones. It is biochemically likely that flavones can stop specific reactions in your body that lead to chronic inflammation, which in turn lowers the risk of chronic diseases.
Here is the problem: the data is still limited about how biologically available (actually useful) these compounds are in humans. Most research to date has been conducted on laboratory rats or in test tubes, so even if it is possible That does not apply to your daily life.
These claims that celery juice is an anti-inflammatory miracle tonic ignore the fact that we are human beings living in the world and not a laboratory. We all have a very different, unique lifestyle that affects body cells.
Make the jump from potential benefits for "very beneficial for people suffering from chronic and mysterious diseases", as William claims, is not just a leap – it's misuse of existing data. We do not actively take into account what else we could eat on a day, week or year.
Does celery help you "detoxify?"
When it comes to your diet, "detoxing" and "cleansing" are two terms that I believe are constantly being abused. Some Instagrammers claim that celery juice & # 39; can wash your system away & # 39; and works & # 39; as a digestive aid after meals & # 39 ;. But as long as you have a functioning gut, liver and kidneys, you always detox – rid your body of the sludge you just don't need – every minute of every day.
Enzymes in your stomach and gut absorb the nutrients you need and excrete what you don't need. The liver converts everything that we have consumed too much into other compounds that the body can use elsewhere. If the liver cannot repackage a compound for organ functions, it often becomes bile, a substance that helps you absorb nutrients from other foods.
Periods of extreme eating and pressing do not speed up the functions that your gut, kidneys and liver perform all day, every day. Trying a & # 39; celery juice & # 39; cleaning & # 39; to give your liver a break is both:
- Antithetic to what the liver actually does.
- A bit like telling someone how to do his job – albeit wrongly.
The bottom line is: your liver does not need the help of celery.
Does celery juice help with weight loss?
There is another ubiquitous myth that because celery stalks have so few calories (about 6 per stem), celery digestion consumes more energy than it offers, making it a so-called & # 39; negative-calorie food & # 39; is becoming. Negative calories are not a thing. All foods and drinks contain calories from carbohydrates, proteins and fats to varying degrees. It is still possible to arrive by drinking celery juice, mainly because the juice form is less filling and contains more concentrated calories than the vegetable, while it also lacks the satisfactory component of actually chewing real food.
This is a phenomenon that I mention complete but not satisfied syndrome. FNSS thrives on the concept of "willpower" and misleads us into believing that we can defeat fundamental human biology. If you consume carbohydrates without dietary fat and protein (for example, drinking celery juice on an empty stomach), you will probably feel hungry later. The metabolic breakdown of proteins, fats and fibers is a slower process that provides you with sustainable fuel. Without those nutrients, you're ready for FNSS – you're full of celery juice, but you're just not satisfied.
This limitation feeds a mindset that we must limit what we eat and drink in order to achieve better health – and where does that idea end up? Willing to dive head-first into the remaining donuts in the meeting room and scoop up every last bite of frosted cereal left in the pantry.
So both in research and in my clinical experience: Drinking meals versus eating them does not lead to weight loss. It actually has the opposite effect and can cause feelings of shame and isolation associated with the restrict-binge-restrict cycle.
Let's relax instead. Eat more fruits and vegetables more often – in their healthy, as close to nature form as possible. This actually applies to fiber-rich food chew, not the cold-pressed juice you can buy for $ 16. Choose fats, seafood, and 100% whole grains. Think inclusive and exclusive, and I promise you that you are on your way to a healthier, happier year of real food without restriction – no juice or detoxification required.