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The benefits of Drinking Celery Juice For 30 Days

You may have seen all the celery juice hype on social media.  The man responsible for this is Anthony William who wrote Medical Medium which is a great book. In the beginning  I didn’t really take much notice as I always drink green juice so I assumed that it would be the same. Apparently not. There is something special about celery juice according to William. It is really thanks to my stepdaughter for doing the 30 day celery juice. She insisted that my husband and I try it, so I bought a juicer and our celery juice journey began.

As mentioned before I have always been a fan of green juice. Juicing is good for quick absorption. It takes 15 minutes for the nutrients from a juice to hit the blood stream. This is very good in people that have digestive issues, are suffering from an illness and their digestion is compromised. it is also good for people that are stressed as stress places a strain on the digestive system. Juicing is also good as it includes raw foods packed full of enzymes that are lost during cooking. Juicing places less of a strain on the liver. Ideally fruit and vegetables should not be mixed together. Apples and carrots are the exception.

Removing the fibre is what makes juices easier to be absorbed as your digestive system does not have to work hard to absorb the nutrients. Also in a juice you can pack larger quantities of vegetables than you would be able to eat. This means you are able to get more nutrients from a glass of juice.

It is important to remember that fibre in your diet is important so if you tend to have lots of juices remember to also eat your greens.

Anthony William recommends 16 oz of celery juice a day taken in the mornings on an empty stomach. You can have breakfast 15 minutes later. I bought organic celery and started juicing. In the first week I felt bloated, had lower abdominal pain and kept going to the toilet all morning. My stepdaughter and husband were jealous as they wanted to spend most of the morning in the bathroom. I certainly didn’t. However as I continued and reached the end of the 30 days I had positive results. Although my energy levels remained the same, I noticed three main changes.

It helped my bloating

This has been the biggest change I have noticed. Due to my uterine fibroids I have a tendency to bloat a lot. Some mornings I would wake up and be so bloated that I looked 6 months pregnant. Now I wake up with a really flat stomach which I am really happy about.

Improved my digestion

I have always had problems with my digestion and as we age our digestion can become worse. Often in the past I would take digestive enzymes. Whenever I would eat meat I would really get a stomach ache, I felt like a pain in my stomach as though the meat that I had just eaten was stuck there and wouldn’t go down. I have noticed that this has changed and my stomach feels rather good. I do not have any digestive issues at the moment.

improved my metabolism and made me slimmer

I have always had a good metabolism in my teens, 20s and 30s but as we age our metabolism tends to slow down. While still slim, after the age of 40 I did notice that my metabolism had slowed down a little. During the 30 day celery juice I noticed that I was getting slimmer even though I was eating exactly the same amount of food as before.

Clearer skin

I noticed my skin became much clearer. I wasn’t born with beautiful skin and I have had acne in my 20s and my skin is now ok but hardly great. while all green juice improves the skin as it is good for the liver, I noticed a particular improvement with the celery juice.

Overall my experience was a good one but you can’t really go wrong with juicing. I would encourage that you all try it. If any of you have been on the 30 day plan please do let me know how you got on. I would love to hear from you.

Smoothies vs Juicing: Which One Is Better For You?

This is a question I often get asked by my clients. Both smoothies and juices are more popular than ever with everyone going on juice cleanses and detoxes. Which one is better for you? Both offer benefits in different ways. Here below I explain the differences.

Juicing

Juicing is good for quick absorption of nutrients. It takes 15 minutes for the nutrients from a juice to hit the blood stream. This is very good in people that have digestive issues, are suffering  from an illness and their digestion is compromised. It is also good for people that are stressed as stress places a strain on the digestive system.  Juicing is also good as it includes raw foods packed full of enzymes that are lost during cooking. Juicing places less of a strain on the liver. Ideally fruit and vegetable juices should not be mixed together. Apples and carrots are the exception. Since a juice is very quick in hitting the blood stream it is important not to use too much fruit as this can cause a spike in sugar levels. Vegetable juices are best for people suffering from blood sugar problems. Fruit juices are high in sugar and can also cause weight gain as juicing removes the fibre.

Removing the fibre is what makes juices easier to be absorbed as your digestive system does not have to work hard to absorb the nutrients. Also in a juice you can pack larger quantities of vegetables than you would be able to eat. This means you are able to get more nutrients from a glass of juice.

It is important to remember that fibre in your diet is important so if you tend to have lots of juices remember to also eat your greens.

Smoothies

Smoothies are fantastic especially in the morning as they are super quick to prepare. You just throw everything into a blender and blend away. You can really include all sorts of goodies in your smoothie. You can add chia seeds, nut butters, oats, superfood powders like spirulina and wheatgrass, protein powders. The list goes on.

The fibre in a smoothie releases nutrients into the blood stream slowly balancing blood sugar levels avoiding spikes. You pack in less fruit and vegetables into a smoothie but smoothies are more filling keeping you fuller for longer. A juice can leave you feeling hungry.

With both juices and smoothies it is important to drink them within 15 minutes so the nutrients to do not get destroyed.

I hope this helps and keep enjoying both your smoothies and juices.