5 Health Benefits of Celery
We all know that celery has long been touted as a great “diet” food, and if you’re like me, you’ve tried to make that a go-to snack to help curb hunger without much in the way of calories. But did you know that the health benefits of celery go way beyond just being a low calorie “diet” snack?
I was quite surprised to find out just how beneficial celery is to a healthy eating lifestyle and the numerous the health benefits really are! So let’s dive in shall we?
1. Reduces Cholesterol
Whoa! Who knew that celery has specific compounds and nutrients that have been shown in research studies to have lowered bad cholesterol and improved total cholesterol numbers in just eight weeks!
2. Helps Prevent Or Treat High Blood Pressure
This one was super surprising and of great interest to me. I know that there are many people, including my hubby, who have trouble controlling their blood pressure. There are so many pharmaceuticals on the market, but how amazing is it that by simply adding more celery into our diet, we can reduce blood pressure naturally?
How does celery help to lower your blood pressure you ask? Great question! Studies have shown that celery acts as a muscle relaxant and also improves the absorption and use of calcium and potassium. This means that celery helps our arteries, veins and cappilaries to expand and contract, which improves blood flow and therefore, helps with overall heart health.
3. Aids Digestion and Reduces Bloating
Here’s a super surprising one! As it turns out, celery also acts as a diuretic and helps your body to detox. These benefits are most probably why they are so great as a “diet” food. Also, as mentioned before, because it is a vaso-dilator, the increased blood circulation in your intestines also aids in digestion and the reduction of bloating (great thing to remember at that time of the month ladies). Additionally, because it also acts as a diuretic, it reduces the water retention associated with bloating.
4. Helps Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
This one may be of particular interest to you. Lately, I’ve had quite a few clients complaining about urinary tract infections and was super excited to find out that by simply adding more celery into your diet, you can prevent them. I’m sure this has everything to do with the fact that celery is a great detoxifier, so it helps to reduce uric acid and stimulates urination.
5. Great For Weight Loss
Because celery is so nutrient-dense, meaning it contains lots of inflammation fighting antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and electrolytes, all with very low calorie content, it is an excellent food for weight loss.
I must admit that I LOVE celery with my delicious Roasted Red Pepper Hummus!
How To Choose Celery
Because the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) has identified twelve different fruits and vegetables, knows as The Dirty Dozen that contain the highest levels of pesticides and therefore, you should always try to purchase organic celery.
Always choose celery where the stalks are firm and the leaves are brightly colored and not wilted.
How To Store and Use Celery
It’s not necessary to wash celery as soon as you get it home. Doing that actually causes it to spoil more quickly. Simply wrap it in a damp paper towel and store in the vegetable bin of your fridge.
To use, simply cut off the white end, and slice and dice for recipes, or just munch on the stalk whole. Don’t discard the stalk end or the leaves, as they are a great addition for making stock and adding to soups.
I hope that you got some great information on the benefits of adding celery to your healthy eating lifestyle and would love to hear how you will be incorporating it into your diet!
Here’s to your health!
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