Donegal Daily’s fitness guru Emmet Rushe look at how celery juice is the latest craze to sweep the internet.
It is being touted as another miracle cure that has a range of health and healing benefits by it’s ‘creator’ and biggest proponent Anthony William, who is an LA-based ‘health guru’, who calls himself the Medical Medium.
It should be stated that he has no actual medical background, but has attained 1.4 million Instagram followers, and if we have learned anything from the current state of social media, the more Insta followers you have, the more of an ‘expert’ you are seen to be.
Williams says that the Juice: “must be consumed fresh, on an empty stomach and not diluted by water, ice or other juice. Its healing powers, he claims, lie in sodium cluster salts — “a subgroup of sodium that’s undiscovered,” according to him. The cluster salts, he says, “revive your stomach gland, so your hydrochloric acid is actually restored . . . and your digestion gets stronger, so protein doesn’t rot in your gut.” He claims that cluster salts kill off pathogens that can cause everything from multiple sclerosis to Lyme disease.” (Source: New York Times)
Read that quote again: — “a subgroup of sodium that’s undiscovered.”
So, a guy with no medical background makes a claim that celery juice has healing benefits based on things that haven’t been discovered before by ACTUAL science, and people just believe him and start chugging celery juice every morning?
Surely, there has to be something to it?
Certain celebrities and social influencers seem to believe that there is.
Perceived benefits are;
- Clear skin
- Weight loss
- Helps Irregular periods
- Helps mental clarity
Again, the amount of actual science that backs up these claims is pretty slim.
Celery, like any other vegetable, has some benefits of having it in your diet, but the benefits that are being claimed it has is a bit of a stretch.
“Shonali Soans, a registered dietitian says that sipping celery juice likely won’t do any harm. There’s some potential interference with medicines, such as statins and anti-anxiety medications, and there’s a possibility that it can promote kidney-stone growth if you’re already prone to them. But for the most part, Soans says, it just won’t do much at all.”
“She says the “celery juice craze” is nothing more than a testament to our desire for quick fixes.”
This is what it always comes down to with fad diets and health gimmicks.
Humans seem to have this need to want to believe that there is always something more than what we are being presented with.
We seem to seek out things that seem more elaborate in the hopes that they have to work.
The reality is, the things that have ALWAYS worked when it comes to weight loss and health, will be the things that WILL ALWAYS work.
- A calorie deficit
- Eat more fruit and veg
- Drink more water
- Eat a protein rich diet
- Limit the amount of processed food you eat
- Limit the amount of alcohol you drink
- Be more active
- Sleep more
- Have more fun
If you can do those things on a regular basis, you won’t ever need the latest new fad that comes around.
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