The nutritionist to stars like Jennifer Garner and Jessica Alba offers her opinion on the trend

By Kelly LeVeque
March 28, 2019 10:09 AM
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Kelly LeVeque is a holistic nutritionist who counts celebrities like Jennifer Garner and Jessica Alba among her clients. She posts her inspiring yet attainable, and often funny, approach to wellness on her Instagram @bewellbykelly, and has written two books, Body Love, and the upcoming title, Body Love Everyday (due out December 2019). Here, she sounds off on the seemingly overnight trend of celery juice, made popular by “Medical Medium” Anthony Williams, who say it is a “miracle juice” and “one of the greatest healing tonics of all time” with the ability to fight viruses like Epstein-Barr. LeVeque provides insight on these claims, and shares her experience with the green drink.

I have been asked dozens of times by clients and friends how I feel about the celery juice trend.

To start, it’s important to mention that I generally don’t recommend juicing to clients since many juices contain high amounts of fructose sugar that can disrupt hunger hormones and fast metabolizing glucose that can send your blood sugar on a crazy roller coaster ride — the exact opposite of how I want my clients to feel. Juicing also means you’re throwing out tons of good-for-your gut fiber that feeds the “good gut bugs” in your microbiome.

I developed my signature Fab Four Smoothie not as a way to jump on the smoothie or juice craze, but as a tool for my busy clients to be able to have a quick meal that would balance their blood sugar, regulate their hunger hormones and keep them energized between meals. With that being said, I’m okay with my clients incorporating pure green juices into their smoothies or daily routine, but not as a meal replacement.

As more and more clients asked me about the celery juice trend, I didn’t feel comfortable giving my opinion without trying it myself. So, for a week I started my day with about 20 ounces of pure celery juice.

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Here is my (probably not so popular) stance:

Disclaimer: I am not a medium. I have no idea if what the Medical Medium is saying is true or not. My heart is so open to the idea that it is possible.

When it comes to a few other claims that have been made it’s important to know the science. First, the Epstein-Barr virus (a.k.a. the “kissing disease”) is passed via saliva and very common and the blood test shows antibodies for both current and past infection, so the chances you will have antibodies is quite high. It’s not proven in scientific literature to cause thyroid disease and there is simply no evidence to this statement.

There is also no such thing as a stomach gland but there are a number of foods that can help increase hydrochloric acid levels including apple cider vinegar, ginger and fermented vegetables, not just celery.

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Before you put too much stock in claims made by healers or anyone else, I would always advise to do your homework; are there any scientific, peer-reviewed studies to back up any of the claims? Also, remember the placebo effect is real (not always, but it can happen). Lastly, if it is generally regarded as safe, like drinking celery juice is, try it for yourself.

Truth: If you feel like doing it or it has helped you I see no real harm in it … other than the celery price inflation.

Here is what I know:

Celery is 97% water and if the “cluster salts” the Medical Medium quotes do exist, then you’re basically hydrating with electrolyte water right when you wake up, which is phenomenal. Hydrating with electrolytes and key minerals is amazing for killing sugar cravings, boosting your digestion, increasing HCL (which is also key for optimal digestion), and makes your cells happy. (Note: It’s unclear to me how the “cluster salts” exist only in the juice. Especially, if mastication via mouth would essential provide the same breakdown.)

Vegetables come with vitamins. Celery comes with Vitamin K which supports bone density. Of note, if you take anti-clotting medication, Vitamin K will interact with it.

Personally, I felt great after drinking celery juice for the week. I can’t determine if it’s from hydrating or if it’s actually the celery. I would need to do a head to head trial with water to compare. One tip I would give if you are drinking celery juice is to add a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of pink Himalayan Salt. When I chatted with my friend Cassandra the owner of Little West about their celery juice I suggested for “insurance” purposes she add a pinch of pink Himalayan salt and a squeeze of lemon to maximize the benefits for her patrons.

That said, I love celery. Eat it, drink it. Whatever. It’s full of antioxidants and enzymes—I just think, why throw out the fiber that feeds your gut microbiome? If you are interested in learning how you can incorporate more fiber into your diet check out my book Body Love.