Vegetables are pretty amazing. Not only is there a huge variety, but their health benefits are staggering. Modest though it appears, celery is no exception. Sneak it into your diet as often as possible and it will help you to maintain a healthy weight that will lead you toward a better quality of life.
Of course, it’s a good idea to mix it up and include a number of different vegetables in your meals. But it’s good to know how each one performs. Which specific benefits can they supply? For instance, there are a few that can help you to lose weight – and celery is one of these. Versatile, it can be used as a seasoning in cooking. Equally, it can be enjoyed raw, dunked in a nutritious dip. It’s so low in calories, doesn’t contain any fat and is not a huge source of carbohydrates.
Celery, we salute you!
Water is one of the main constituents of this crunchy delight. In fact, it’s 95% water! What this means is that it’s a food that extremely easy on the digestive system. It not only provides hydration, but it’s also a beneficial diuretic and an incredible cleanser. These properties can help to protect against and prevent cancers of the stomach and colon. Are you sold yet? What if we told you that its anti-inflammation abilities help to regulate blood pressure and stave off insomnia? If you suffer from fevers or allergies, load up on celery and give them the boot.
There’s loads of limonene and selinene lurking in this humble stalk. They’re the compounds – found largely in the stalks and seeds – that make celery such an effective diuretic.
Essential oils in this veggie are brilliantly antibacterial and can help eliminate toxic substances and infections in the kidneys. This is why this great green goddess is commonly used in juice fasts and detox programmes. What’s more, it can also virtually eliminate any stones that have begun to form in either the kidneys or the gallbladder.
There’s so much to recommend, it’s difficult not too be overenthusiastic. Bountifully healthy, uniquely delicious and spectacularly soothing, this food should be a kitchen staple. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or you just want to maintain optimal health, you’ve got an ally in these lovely leaves and slender stalks.
Celery’s slimming you
Now, let’s get down to the practical bits. If your goal is to shed a few pounds in a sensible fashion, we’re going to share an effective recipe for doing just that. We’ve got a delicious drink that you can prepare using your favourite fruit. Just chuck a few celery stalks in the mix and you’ll have an irresistible way of keeping hunger at bay. You’ll feel vibrant, satisfied and that extra weight will soon be a thing of the past.
Provided that you let the magic ingredient play the starring role, you can choose any other ingredients to join the party. Some of celery’s most common cohorts are carrots, cucumber, apples and mint – but, really, just about anything you love will work. It’s just that versatile…so much so, in fact, that (as previously mentioned) you can augment your intake by adding it to your meals as a cooking complement, in a crunchy side salad or as a chic aperitif. You’ll learn to love its healthy, tasty virtues.
For all its benefits, it will serve you well to remember that ‘man cannot live on bread alone’. Likewise, you need to ensure that your diet is balanced and varied. In order to get the greatest benefit from your daily celery juices, combine them with a host of different fruits and vegetables. Be sure, too, that you’re staying moderately active. You can achieve this easily, simply by walking for 30-60 minutes 5 times per week. How easy is that?