Celery juice may not be the tastiest drink, but it certainly packs some interesting benefits! But, does this include making you poop? Here’s what I discovered.
According to WebMD, celery juice may result in diarrhea and worsened IBS as it is high in mannitol, a carbohydrate that the body struggles to digest. This pulls extra water into the bowels and results in loose stools and cramping. While there are claims that celery juice flushes out toxins from your system, there is little evidence to support this.
Keep reading to find out more about the effects of celery juice on your bowels, and if it really is better for you than regular celery!
How Does Celery Juice Help Constipation?
According to MedicalMedium, celery juice has the ability to flush out toxins from the body, leaving you feeling better than ever before. However, there is very little scientific evidence to back these claims, the information below is simply what health gurus have claimed:
Revitalizes the liver & stomach glands
Celery juice is said to revitalize a sluggish liver so that bile production is increased. It is also said to revive the stomach glands that produce hydrochloric acid so that the levels of this acid are restored. This is supposedly due to the minerals found in the celery.
Celery juice can stimulate peristalsis
Often constipation is due to kinks in the small intestinal tract or colon. These are not obstructions, but rather weakened connective tissue surrounding the intestines that make it difficult for the person to have a bowel movement.
This is said to be a result of a toxic liver that has become too overworked trying to eliminate all the toxins, bacteria, and viruses that it has to handle. These also end up in the intestine, causing GI problems. Celery juice is said to naturally trigger peristalsis, despite the fact that it contains no fiber.
It is claimed that celery helps move things along the GI for people who do not have enough fiber in their diet due to its peristaltic effects. It is also said to reestablish the inner linings within the intestines, rejuvenating the surrounding connective tissue.
Boosts the brain
Emotional struggles are actually a common cause of constipation for many people. Holding your poop in for too long, worries, stress, and betrayals can all create internal tension that leads to constipation.
In situations such as these, celery juice helps the brain to reestablish neurotransmitter chemicals, which relaxes and cools down the mind and brain. When the sodium cluster found in celery enters into the neurons and feeds them, it can alter how you feel and result in regular bowel movements.
Why Does Celery Juice Cause Diarrhea?
There are two theories as to why celery juice may result in diarrhea, so keep reading to find out more about each one:
1. The elimination of toxins
Some people may experience a change in their bowel movements when they first start drinking celery juice. This is said to be because of the detox reaction to the drink, especially those people who have a lot of toxins in their bodies.
Celery juice is said to kill off unproductive bacteria in the gut and help to purge the liver. The loose stools are said to pass as the body becomes more accustomed to the celery juice and and it gradually heals.
2. FODMAPs trigger IBS
According to JudgeNutrition, celery is high in FODMAPs, which are gas-causing carbohydrates that lead to negative reactions for those with IBS, and this includes bloating, stomach pain, constipation, and diarrhea.
When consumed in more than 1/4 stalk, it is high in mannitol, which is part of the FODMAP food group. There are no studies to show if juicing the celery changes the mannitol content, but when looking at other high FODMAP foods that have been juiced, such as apples, we can confidently assume that celery juice will be high in FODMAPs too.
If you find that mannitol is a trigger for you, it is best to avoid celery juice altogether. If you have never tried it before, you can start with very small doses and see how your body reacts. If it causes symptoms and doesn’t agree with you, then stop it immediately.
Insider Tip: If diarrhea is a concern for you, then it may be a wise idea to use cucumber juice instead, It may not have as many benefits of celery juice, but it is much gentler and will still do the trick for your bowels!
Additional Side Effects Of Celery Juice
Celery and celery juice both have some side effects that are important to consider. While they may not affect everyone, some people may experience them worse than others. Here they are:
According to MedicalNewsToday, celery contains a chemical known as psoralen, which reacts with sunlight. Eating celery and other foods that are high in this chemical may increase the skin’s sensitivity to ultraviolet light, increasing the risks of sun damage and dermatitis.
Some people may be especially sensitive to psoralen, meaning that a simple touch of the food containing this chemical can irritate the skin severely.
A food allergen
Some people may have an allergy to celery which can cause a range of symptoms such as skin reactions,upset stomach, and breathing problems. In rare cases, an individual with a celery allergy may experience a deadly reaction known as anaphylaxis.
Anyone who experiences any of the following symptoms of anaphylaxis should seek urgent medical treatment:
- difficulty breathing
- hives or swelling
- tightness within the throat
- nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- abdominal pain
- rapid heartbeat
- low blood pressure
- dizziness or fainting
- feeling of doom
- cardiac arrest
Celery contains roughly 30 milligrams of sodium for one medium-sized stalk (40 g). People must also be careful of how much sodium they consume, as consuming too much sodium can result in an increase in blood pressure and cause fluid retention. Both of these conditions can be harmful to your health in the long term.
How Much Celery Juice Should You Consume?
According to MedicalMedium, 16 ounces of celery juice per day is ideal for enjoying the health benefits. If you suffer from chronic illness or other negative symptoms, you can up your intake to 24 to 32 ounces per day to increase the benefits.
When is the best time to drink celery juice?
The best time to drink celery juice is first thing in the morning on an empty stomach before you consume anything else, aside from water or lemon water. Be sure to wait at least 15 to 30 minutes after the lemon before drinking the celery juice and wait at least 15 minutes after drinking the celery before you eat your breakfast.
If you struggle to drink the celery juice first thing in the morning before food, then the second option is to drink it 15 to 30 minutes before eating something or 30 to 60 minutes after eating a light snack. you could also drink your juice 2 hours after eating a heavy meal at any stage of the day.
If you are opting for the larger quantities (32-ounces), then you may want to split this up into two 16-ounce servings. You can drink the first serving in the morning on an empty stomach prior to eating, and your last serving in the late afternoon or early evening, around 15 minutes before your dinner.
Is Celery Juice Better Than Regular Celery?
According to the US. Department of Agriculture, celery alone is packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are good for overall health. It is also said to help with weight loss, fight inflammation, and reduce blood pressure.
According to a review published in the International Journal of Food Properties, apigenin, found in celery, exhibits antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. It is also packed with various vitamins and minerals, including fiber, which is good for our digestion and promotes healthy bowel movements.
When it comes to celery juice, it has a very similar nutritional profile, except for the fact that it is significantly lower in fiber. According to Mayo Clinic, vegetable juices are generally less filling and contain less fiber compared to whole vegetables.
While both celery juice and celery are good for you, it is important to take into consideration the lack of fiber in the celery juice, as high-fiber diets have been linked to a lowered risk of colon cancer, meaning you’re missing out on some important health benefits with the juice.