Why is Celery So Good for You?
There has been so much in the media about celery, even I’ve been juicing in the mornings, but the golden question is, “Why is celery so good for You?”
More and more you hear the word Inflammation. The root cause of almost all illness is inflammation. From something like a mild cold through to chronic pain and life threatening illnesses like heart disease and cancer.
There are many ways to combat inflammation and for the most part, making sure you improve and maintain circulation throughout the body can do this.
Circulation is not only about exercise. Whilst exercise is vitally important in curbing inflammation of muscles and joints, our digestive system also needs to be in peak condition.
This is why Celery is so good for you. It’s fresh, tasty, inexpensive and easy to access. There’s been a lot of interest in the benefits of consuming celery and I personally agree. The effect on your digestive system is the first thing you’ll notice.
When you have a healthy digestive system we enjoy the following:
- Our body is able to absorb nutrients from our food
- Waste is eliminated effectively resulting in regular, efficient bowel movements
- Minimal bloating after meals
- Better control of sugar and cholesterol
- Efficient elimination of toxins from our bloodstream
- More energy and less fatigue
- Improved brain function
Celery is a natural diuretic, which means it helps to eliminate excess fluid from the body.
When you have inflammation of the joints, you are generally prescribed an anti-inflammatory.
They are often necessary but as a preventative, consuming celery in your daily diet can also help.
You can think of celery like a scourer for your bowels.
It is mostly made up of cellulose, which is a fibre the body can’t digest. So once all the nutrition is absorbed, the fibre clears through the digestive tract.
It actually takes more kilojoules to digest celery than what’s in it. So a perfect snack to fill you up and assist with loss and maintenance of your weight.
Some people don’t like celery, so juicing or blending is a great way to incorporate it .I also add it to all my soups, especially pumpkin soup. Gives it a great flavour. So know you know why celery is so good for you, here’s a great recipe.
Mamma’s Friday Night Summer Salad
This is one of my favourite salads that I still make today. Whilst most families had take-away on Friday nights, this was out Friday night summer favourite. I remember mum telling us to sing while we peeled the prawns because she could see how many went in our mouths rather than the bowl. “Canta, Canta” she would say! (Italian for sing)
- ½ kg fresh cooked prawns 3 large tomatoes
- 2 stalks of celery Good drizzle of olive oil
- Lemon juice or vinegar to taste salt and pepper
Combine all ingredients, let sit for 15 minutes or so until oil has combined and serve with crusty bread role.
Celery can be added to almost all salads because the flavour is mild but the crunch factor is out of this world.
I’ve included a Salad Cookbook because if you’re anything like me, sometimes I need a bit of inspiration and a Celery Juice book. Click on the images if you want to take a look.
I’d love to hear form you if you try the recipe and let me know what you think. In the meantime,
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