As I’m writing this, I’m drinking a kale and fruit smoothie that has banana, strawberries, pineapple, ginger, cilantro and stevia in it. I make one every other day in a Vitamix and save 1/2 in the fridge for the off days. The ginger and cilantro are the kind in squeeze tubes, (I love those!) the kale is fresh, I freeze my own bananas and the rest of the fruit is a frozen mix. (I used to put spinach in it too but I hate how quickly it wilts so I don’t bother.) It doesn’t taste great but it’s easy, healthy and helps me get enough vegetables. A few years ago, someone commented here that I have to watch out for kidney stones if I’m eating that much kale, which I try to do by drinking enough water.
That’s all preface to this story that celebrities are drinking celery juice. Celery is kind of a boring vegetable, right? It’s got some nutrients and of course fiber which is lost when you juice it (unless you’re blending) but when you compare celery to kale, kale is superior. (Those links lead to nutritional photos that show this.) However celebrities are loving celery juice and it seems to be a trend, as US Mag points out. They have a whole list of celebrities who have talked about it. A lot of them are citing this quacky sounding guy who calls himself Medical Medium. He is not a doctor, claims to get his information from the spirit world and says that foods can heal people, which can be true for some conditions, to an extent. (Did you ever see that British show The Food Hospital?) At least celery juice is harmless.
Sara Foster: “We love the Medical Medium. We love him, we’re obsessed with him. I think it’s no doubt celery boosts your immune system. So, do I think it’s, like, curing cancer? I don’t know if I believe that, but I do believe it boosts your immune system and when you boost your immune system you’re fighting off sickness.”
Erin Foster: “It’s anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory. I get strep throat all the time and I started following Medical Medium stuff and I haven’t gotten it in almost a year.”
Jenna Dewan (Instagram): @medicalmedium tells me celery juice first thing in the morning on an empty stomach for anti inflammation, healthy gut, immune boost goodness 🌱 anyone else trying this too?
Petra Nemcova: “Celery juice, definitely. Highly recommend. Incredible benefits from taking care, cleaning your system to anti-aging. There’s a whole spectrum, but it’s a lot of cleaning your kidneys, right? And the thing is that the beauty really comes from within. If we have clean and balanced organs, it will show on our skin, in our mood, everywhere practically. So if it can take care of our gut and our inside, it will show on outside.”
Kyle Richards: “Celery juice, honestly, I feel like is a game changer,” Richards told Bravo’s The Feast in February 2019. “I’ve read all of the Medical Medium’s books and I drink that every single day. I go to my workout with my girlfriends and we drink our celery juice and we are killing it… I honestly think it’s made a big difference on my skin and my face.”
Stassi Schroeder (Instagram story): “This celery juice s–t better freaking work because it tastes like butthole.”
This is a decent trend actually. Some of them are buying expensive celery juice from a store but if you have a juicer you can do it at home for the cost of the celery. They celebrities are not recommending that you drink celery juice instead of eating, that you go off medication or that you order some high end celery juice kit. All that said, you could also just eat some celery but I guess that’s true of all juicing. That’s why I love my Vitamix, you get the benefit of all the fiber without having to chew vegetables forever.
On the Medical Medium guy’s Instagram he recommends juicing the celery, not blending it, because he claims that gets the “medicine” to you immediately. He has a testimonial in that video from a woman who said it helped her, although she did not disclose her condition. Some of this sounds like bunk to me, particularly what Petra Nemcova said about “cleaning” her organs, but it’s free-ish. I think Sara Foster may be right about it just having health benefits.
I asked my friend who lives in LA about this trend. (OK it’s Hecate.) She said that juices cost about $10 to $15 and that when something like this is trending LA people do talk about it a lot. She says talking about juicing is really dull though. I would be talking about it too if I spent $15 on one juice that’s crazy! Sometimes I’m really glad I live in the middle of nowhere. Our smoothie place charges about $5 to $7.
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