It all started when I was about 15 years old. I would wake up in the middle of the night throwing up bile. After every meal my stomach would gurgle, followed sharp pain and more bile. Doctors didn’t know what to do and told me I would be on Nexium for my entire life. When I became pregnant I had to stop Nexium because it wasn’t a pregnancy safe drug but I needed something so I started taking Prilosec. Having absolutely no relief using it I stopped. As soon as Bella came out my symptoms seemed to miraculously disappear it wasn’t until the beginning of 2017 I started to get really sick.
It started when I put my daughter down for naps or to bed. My stomach would literally rise like a hot air balloon and the bloating and sharp pain was too much to bare. Several weeks later pretty much anything I ate would cause sharp pain and constant bloating. Nothing seemed to alleviate the pain or stop it. After doing some research I decided to take a food sensitivity test. Finding some of my food intolerances helped alleviate the symptoms but it didn’t completely cure my gut issues.
The past few years juicing has become a popular topic, from losing weight to detoxes. I never been a fan of the liquid diet or intermittent fasting for weight loss. It just seemed juicing was another fad and similar to the tea detoxes. After I did my research I realized juicing was more vital for your health than anything and juicing celery could actually heal your gut. I did question this because I cannot eat celery. Celery makes me bloated and I experience horrible acid reflux when eating it. Not to mention I really don’t even like celery. However, when you are dying in pain you try anything so I decided to give it a whirl.
Celery is high in fiber and can cause bloating, gas, and digestive distress. It can really wreak havoc on the gut with people who experience IBS, Crohn’s Disease, and etc. When you juice you eliminate the fiber and can experience all of the healing properties celery has to offer.
Juicing celery has become a hot topic for healing the gut lining. This magical veggie is known to reduce pain and inflammation. Its powerful antioxidants remove free radicals in the body decreasing the risks of getting cancer. Celery alone is a powerful plant. Just juicing a whole stalk you create the ability to not upset the gut by removing the fiber and take all the healing properties celery has to offer. Reducing blood sugar levels, lowering blood pressure, and cholesterol.
Celery has anti-fungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. If you struggle with candida, SIBO, and/or leaky gut, regularly drinking celery juice each morning on an empty stomach can help kill off foreign invaders. Celery contains large amounts of vitamins A, C, and K as well as electrolytes, magnesium, potassium, beta carotene, iron, and calcium. Celery seeds have been used to treat many skin diseases. It is no wonder people see their skin looking refreshed and vibrant. However, there is not much scientific research on all the benefits but I know it is true and if you don’t believe me see for yourself.
When I first started I really didn’t believe in it. I didn’t want to spend any money on a juicer. If you have a blender, bowl and cheese cloth you are good to go. Here is what I did.
1.Wash and cut your celery. Especially in a blender. The blender cannot handle large pieces of celery.
2.Place a few pieces of celery in the blender and blend until liquid. Repeat the process.
3.Take a bowl and grab your cheese cloth. Slowly drain the juiced celery into the cheese cloth. Fold up the cheese cloth and squeeze as much as you can out. You will do this process a few times. I did it many because my hands are so small. Also I read you can use a nut milk bag but I never tried.
Once the celery is all gone start drinking. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration harmful bacteria can develop unless treated. Click here to understand how to properly take care of your veggies. After I did the blending process for about 2 months I gave up and bought a juicer.
Once I started juicing the benefits where too good to stop. Juicing celery worked the same way Nexium worked for me. You have to do it consistently for you to see positive changes. My gut issues improved after a few weeks of juicing. The acid reflux was gone and my bloating improved. If you really want to reap the benefits drink your celery juice first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Since juicing celery is best to do as your first meal of the day it just made sense to start some sort of intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is meant to relax the digestive system. Everything in life needs a break even your stomach. When you juice the fiber has been removed therefore it helps to support intermittent fasting by replenishing the body with tons of nutrients, while remaining in digestive rest.
I am not your typical intermittent faster. I do not have a set time when I stop eating at night and or when I wake up. My body speaks for me but usually I go 12-14 hours. Everyone is different what works for me might not work for you. Sharing my journey and my perspective I can only hope it helps others. Leave a comment let me know what you want to learn, or know next.