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The Hype Behind the Celery Juice Health Trend

By Alexis Mills

If you haven't heard of or seen celery juice around recently, I am extremely shocked. It all started with Anthony William, who claims he is the "originator of the global celery juice movement" when he challenged people to drink 16 ounces of celery juice to start their day, every day, on an empty stomach and then wait 30 minutes before eating. He claims that this practice has healed millions from "chronic illness and symptoms including, digestive issues, skin conditions, migraines, fatigue, autoimmune illness, brain fog and hundreds of others," as he said on his website.

The Hype

There have been countless celebrities either posting on Instagram or giving endorsements to this celery juice trend. People such as Pharrell Williams, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert De Niro, Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell and Jenna Dewan are among many who have spoken about and endorsed the celery juice trend and Williams' abilities. This explains how so many people have heard about and picked up on this health trend, but the question is whether this celery juice practice does what it says or is this another cog on the hype machine. As I write this, there are 76,300 #celeryjuice posts on Instagram. Whether this health trend does everything it claims or not, it is definitely a social health and wellness trend.

This is not to be confused with a one-way ticket to great overall health, but it can be used as an aid -- one of the healthy foods you add to your diet. People have stated that it leaves them feeling less bloated, filled with more energy, and helpful as a weight loss aid.

What Other Health Professionals Have to Say

Even though people are saying how much aid it is giving their health, unfortunately there isn't scientific evidence to prove what, exactly, it does to the body. What we do know is that celery is very hydrating, a good source of potassium, Vitamin K, and flavonoids. 

Sharon Palmer, plant-based nutrition expert, explains, "[There are] a lot of claims on it, as regards to celery, on the Internet that seem hyped, and not founded in science. I would caution people to wait until the evidence is clear. Even though celery is certainly healthy, it's not a magic cure based on science right now."

 If you are joining the celery juice trend, there is no harm in doing what feels good for your body, but it's important to be mindful that this may not be the cure to your illness. Remember to stick to what feels good for your body instead of following whatever trend is coming next.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sugar Hill, Ga.

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