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Stop the press! CPRESS has gone global! Okay, not quite global but certainly outside of our London stomping ground. You can now purchase our cult lemonades and functional boosters Nationwide via our online store on our website.
Weekend hangover? 6 pack of Black Lemonades coming your way.
Need to boost your brain power? Order our 6 pack of Smart Lemonades straight to your door.
Training hard at the gym? Get a 6 pack of Recover-me Lemonades for your #PWO rehydration.
You can also shop our organic boosters: Turmeric Plus, Hot Citrus, Green Grenade, Apple Ginger and Turmeric Gold.
We’ve wanted to bring CPRESS to more parts of the country for a while now and the demand from customers outside of London desperate to try our organic lemonades and juices has been high. We wanted to make sure we got it right though, and finally, we’re happy to say that our range of lemonades and our functional boosters are ready to go!
Both the lemonades and the boosters come in packs of 6 and have a shelf life of 30 days which is why we’re now able to ship them across the country. In order for us to expend the shelf life of this small range of our products, the lemonades and the boosters have been through a process called HPP, which just stands for High-Pressure Processing. There are various ways to extend the shelf life of a juice, and commonly juices are heated to prolong them which kills off all the beneficial nutrients and enzymes contained in the juice. High-Pressure Processing only uses pressure, not heat, to extend the shelf life of the product - so you don’t have to worry about the end product is devoid of nutrients, because it most certainly is not!
We are very passionate about health and wellness at CPRESS and we always want our customers to feel nourished, vital and energetic after consuming our products. So let’s get into some of the key functional ingredients in these lemonades and boosters that will help you to reach your ultimate health goals:
Our Organic Black Lemonade has been such a success and people just can’t get enough of its zesty flavour and detoxifying benefits. It contains:
Activated Charcoal is a wonder ingredient that helps to improve the detoxification efforts of your body. The reason for this is that it’s an incredibly porous substance with a huge surface area, so it has the effect of “sopping up” unwanted things from our gut. It’s been used for years as a remedy for food poisoning or gluten poisoning and is also great for alleviating the effects of trapped wind and bloating.
Like it sounds, our smart lemonade is all about boosting brain function, and we love the strawberry kick from fresh organic strawberries. Strawberries are one of the “dirty dozen,” the 12 foods that you really need to be buying organic. The reason for this is that berries, and strawberries, in particular, are sprayed excessively with fertilisers and, when tested, those fertilisers have been shown to still be on the fruit when it comes to sitting on the supermarket shelves. Of course, you’ve no need to worry about that with CPRESS as we are 100% organic and certified by the Soil Association. It contains:
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider vinegar is a natural probiotic as it contains something called “the mother,” which, a bit like Kombucha, is a culture of bacteria and yeast similar to a SCOBY. This means it has a beneficial effect on our gut flora and our digestion, and also that it helps improve brain function via the gut-brain axis; the intrinsic connection between our gut microbiome and our brain.
All of our lemonades contain naturally occurring electrolytes which are great for rehydrating the body, but the Recover-Me lemonade is particularly great for a post-work-out hydrate! It contains:
Algae are a very nutrient dense food and, if you’ve heard of Spirulina, come from the same family. They are high in B vitamins, iron and protein and can help to boost energy levels and wellbeing generally, as well as promote detoxification.
Want to know more? Read about our Boosters and what they can do for your health here.
Finding a way to relax and destress is such a hot topic right now and for good reason: we’re all rushing about headlessly going from our homes to our offices, coffee in hand, to an evening gym class and then a quick catch up drink with a friend, to home and a restless night’s sleep and then getting up in the morning to do it all again.
In a world where all we seem to be doing is speeding everything up, whether that be the rate of communication, the time we give ourselves to eat our meals or the length of time we allocate to winding down in the evening, at CPRESS we are interested in the opposite - getting back to basics and optimising our health through simple practices. So here are 5 ways that we like to slow down and take a load off:
We’ve been talking a lot on our blog recently about CBD oil and it can be used as a tool to gently nudge us in the direction of relaxation. CBD oil is the non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant and it works by acting on the body’s natural endocannabinoid system which can affect feelings of calm and relaxation. Some of our favourites use for CBD oil include using it reactively when we feel anxious or particularly stressed, or proactively on a semi-regular basis blended into a smoothie to maintain a feeling of calm throughout our hectic days. It can also be used topically, rubbed into aches and pains and even mixed with essential oils and massaged onto your abdomen (ladies) at that time of the month. (We covered an amazing product in a previous blog post here).
When we feel like we particularly need to give our bodies a rest we do a juice cleanse. Even if it’s just for 1 day it can be a great way to promote wellness and vitality. This is because not only does it give our overworked digestive system a rest and our bodies a chance to detoxify, but we always recommend that a juice cleanse go hand in hand with slowing down generally. That means not rushing off to an exercise class but instead focussing on gentle movement like yoga and walks in nature. A cleanse is a great opportunity to dial into your body, listen to what it’s telling you and act accordingly. Moreover, cleansing is usually accompanied by healthy eating pre and post cleanse and selecting foods that nourish us is another fantastic way to decrease the stress and inflammation we inflict upon our bodies generally.
Our favourite cleanses at the moment is our Original Cleanse with its powerful anti-inflammatory effects from turmeric and ginger.
If like us, you’re completely wrapped up in this wellness world right now you might be aware of some cool people on social media promoting breathwork and movement together to allow for a really profound sense of calm and balance to creep into our lives. The science behind it is that deep breathing, and particularly nasal breathing where your to exhale is longer than your inhale, allows the body to switch from its Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS), which is our fight or flight zone, to its Parasympathetic Nervous System (SNS), our rest, digest and chill out zone. The more we can tap into this SNS the calmer and more grounded we will feel on a daily basis.
Find your meditation
Although we completely believe in the benefits of meditation and practice it ourselves, we know it’s not for everyone. Trying to tell someone that just has no interest in it to try meditation isn’t going to help them at all, but meditation doesn’t just have to be sitting quietly repeating a mantra or focussing on your breath. Whatever works for you that connects you to a sense of internal calm can be your meditation, and that might be getting outdoors and connecting with nature, it might be a cold swim in a wild pond or the sea or it might just be taking a few moments in the morning with your cup of tea just breathing calmly and thinking about what you’re grateful for or looking forward to that day. If you are keen to try a meditation practice, then starting with an App like Calm is a good first step.
Finally, food. Yes, food really can have a profound effect on our levels of relaxation. Serotonin, which is our happy hormone, is synthesised in our gut, so if we consistently eat badly and pay little respect to maintain good gut health then our happiness will suffer too. You can bio-hack this even further if you want to and focus on eating foods high in the amino acid Tryptophan, which is a precursor to serotonin production. If you feel like your gut could do with a helping hand, then try a juice cleanse to rebalance and reset and then maintain a healthy eating pattern after that with lots of plant-based foods and diverse forms of dietary fibre.
This post has been written in collaboration with Grace Kingswell D. N. Med, Nutritional Therapist and Lifestyle Medicine Advocate.
Unashamedly and unapologetically this is a post for our female readers - boys, feel free to stop reading here!
Given that we’ve been writing so much about CBD oil recently we wanted to bring you an example of a specific usage that’ helping loads of women live a period-pain free lifestyle. Enter OHNE. OHNE is a plastic-free, organic tampon delivery service that protects the environment (no plastic applicators going to landfill) and your vagina (no chemical bleaches used in making the tampons).
Things have just got even better because OHNE has just launched their Anti-Teardrops oil, a CBD oil infused with specific essential oils designed to be applied topically to your abdomen and lower back or wherever you feel pain.
We caught up with OHNE founders Nikki and Leah to bring you the following info, here’s to a pain-free period!
OHNE’s Anti-Teardrops 1% CBD Oil comes from the flowers of the Hemp Cannabis Sativa plant, where the cannabinoid molecules are at their optimum. They use a full-spectrum CBD extract (no cheap CBD isolates) which is extracted using a supercritical Co2 extraction process. This allows a wide spectrum of cannabinoids to be safely stripped from the plant, such as CBD, CBG, CBDV, THC, and others. The THC is a trace element (<0.02%) so, no, it won’t get you high. OHNE Anti-Teardrops is also 100% above-board and totally legal in the UK.
CBD full spectrum extracts can work by interacting with the natural endocannabinoid system in the human body. The endocannabinoid system supports pretty much every important function in our bodies, from pain and mood to things like appetite and sleep. CBD extracts can evoke cannabinoid receptors found in various systems of the human body (such as the gut, skin cells, reproductive organs, and the brain) to help promote natural balance and skin healing. CBD has been researched to have a relaxant and analgesic effects which have been known to help relax the muscles and reduce pain. CBD is also an adaptogen, which is a term used to describe plants and herbs that are capable of supporting your adrenal system to balance your hormones and help manage your stress levels. They help speed up or slow down the release of stress hormones, depending on what your body needs at a given time.
What’s so great about the OHNE CBD oil is that they’ve added a clever mix of herbs and essential oils to the mix that has been proven to also have calming, relaxing and soothing effects.
It contains hemp seed oil, evening primrose oil, argan oil, lavender essential oil, CBD full plant extract and lemon and lemongrass essential oil. The great thing about all of these extra ingredients is that they smell so calming and relaxing, and it makes the OHNE oil a perfect addition to a hot bath…
Hemp seed oil is a natural superfood for the skin, argan oil and evening primrose oil work to keep your skin healthy and hydrated, with evening primrose oil also helping to regulate and balance your hormones. Lavender oil has been known to help with every kind of pain from muscular aches to emotional anxieties, lemon oil has got your back for improved circulation, mental health, and immune system, and lemongrass oil is antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, and super hydrating.
We asked OHNE founders, Nikki and Leah, how they like to use the oil, and they had these top tips for us:
● Rub a few drops directly on your skin (ooh-er). Onto your belly, right over your uterus or across your lower back, wherever your period likes to attack.
● Another popular way to use CBD oil is as a supplement for stress or anxiety (we know for some of you those pesky PMS symptoms can get pretty rough). The best way we’ve found to do this is by popping a few droplets into our bubble baths for some aromatic relaxation. Ultimate self-care, right?
● This one might sound unusual - but we have even taken to applying their CBD oil directly on their (organic, obvs) tampons before inserting them.
(Please note: We are not telling you to follow suit and do so as our pro period oil is a CBD skin oil but the OHNE founders have loved the effects so much they like to get up close and personal.)
The girls have developed the oil in conjunction with Graces London, experts in CBD oil, and results from studies conducted by Graces in 2017 found that users of CBD oil helped ease symptoms of endometriosis pain, sciatica, fibromyalgia, migraine and cluster headaches, anxiety, restless leg syndrome, muscular aches and pain, acne, dermatitis, arthritis, ADHD, skin burns, blisters, dry and stressed skin.
Our last post highlighted how you might go about implementing some of the benefits of CBD oil; the situations in which you might use it and why it can be a beneficial health aid. One thing we didn’t mention though, is the dosage.
Before we provide you with some handy tips and tricks, because CDB oil isn’t regulated there actually isn’t a recognised daily intake or any kind of data that’s been standardised to reflect how much we should take. That being said, we’ve done our research and there are some logical ways to work out much much to take. The most important thing is to listen and tune into your body and make adjustments based on how you feel.
As we said in our last post, when taking CBD you need to take into account:
The concentration of CBD in the product
The weight of the individual taking it
The severity of the issue being treated
The person’s constitution: i.e are they generally sensitive to medications/fluctuation in body homeostasis
Below is table form Honest Marijuana which gives the weight of a person against the level of pain they are experiencing and a suggested dosage of CBD.
Now, how do you find out what dosage to take based on these recommendations and the CBD product you’ve purchased? Firstly you need to find the serving suggestion on the label and the amount of CBD in milligrams per serving.
Serving size: 10 drops
Amount per serving: 25mg
So each drop contains 2.5mg of CBD (25 divided by 10)
Now you can take your starting dose from the chart above and divide it by 2.5. So for example, if you fall into the 18mg category then your starting dosage will be 7.2 drops (let’s call that 7 drops!)
Regardless of what you work your starting dosage out to be, it’s probably a good idea to start small and see how your body feels before increasing your dose. Give yourself a few days, 3-4, before changing your dosage as daily fluctuations won’t help you to find something that works for you long term.
Lastly, the body’s receptors for cannabinoids (which make up our endocannabinoid system) can change over time, so if CBD is something that you think you might stay on long term then it’s likely that you’ll need to adjust your dosage anyway. Fluctuations in weight and metabolism will also have an effect - as ever, tune in to your body for maximum chill-out results!
So far in our CBD series we’ve spoken about the benefits associated with CBD oil and why reducing stress, in general, is so unbelievably beneficial to our health. To briefly recap, CBD oil comes from the cannabis plant but it is made up of a different part of the plant that is non-psychoactive - so it is completely legal, and won’t get you high. It is, however, unregulated so when choosing a CBD oil you need to make sure you’re well researched and armed with the facts. It has been shown to be helpful in relieving pain, epilepsy, nausea, IBS, anxiety and inflammation - to name a few.
So how do you take CBD oil?
There are two main ways to administer CBD: orally or topically and it depends on what you’re using it for as to how you might choose to administer it. For arthritic or muscular pain, swelling or inflammation the logical thing to do would be to rub CBD oil into your skin. Usually the active component of CBD is mixed with a natural oil, such as olive oil, so that you can either ingest it safely or rub it on your skin. If you are looking to calm anxiety or decrease stress then administering a CBD tincture under the tongue or taking CBD capsules would be the way to go.
There is a lot written about the benefits of CBD oil, but if you’re keen to give it a try - how do you know how much to take?
Because CBD is unregulated it means there is no official Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) or serving size. This means that consumers are estimating their dosages based on the brand’s guidelines, or from what they’ve heard from friends. Whilst we obviously can’t claim to be experts either, we spoke to Nutritional Therapist Grace Kingswell to get her advice, and here’s what she said:
When taking CBD you need to take into account:
The concentration of CBD in the product
The weight of the individual taking it
The severity of the issue being treated
The person’s constitution: i.e are they generally sensitive to medications / fluctuation in body homeostasis
In next week’s post we’ll be delving deeper into how you can measure these factors, so stay tuned!
When might you take it
For most of you reading this the most likely application of CBD will be for stress related anxiety, fatigue or sleeplessness - i.e. you’re a wellness warrior that often feels burnt out, jaded and in need of a good dose of relaxation. In our last post on CBD we discussed why stress has such a negative impact on our health generally, and the evidence is pretty confronting, so taking measures to actively reduce the stress we inflict on our body is a great idea.
That being said, perhaps upon coming home from work, before a nice long bath or post yoga stretch would be a good opportunity, or before bed if you’re a restless sleeper. One of our favourite uses is on a long haul flight, when you just need that extra help to switch off and get some sleep in very uncomfortable surroundings.
Stay tuned for some specific dosage info next week, and until then, pop into a CPRESS cafe near you and grab one of our CBD brownies!
In a recent post we explored what CBD oil actually is, where it comes from, why it doesn’t get you high (sorry), and some of the health benefits that have been associated with it. In this post, with some help from Nutritional Therapist Grace Kingswell, we want to explore why reducing stress is so beneficial for our bodies.
In my opinion, stress is now one of the biggest challenges facing our modern nation - The World Health Organisation has called it “the epidemic of the 21st Century.” We are all walking around with low-lying, residual stress that’s exacerbating chronic symptoms and increasing our risk of conditions like insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Low libido, anxiety, poor memory, inability to concentrate, many gut problems and even problems like type 2 diabetes and hypertension can all be linked back to chronic stress.
Unfortunately, along with incredible advances in technology we’ve also developed a lifestyle that is so vastly different from the way we evolved to exist. It’s almost like the rate at which we’ve industrialised and grown has vastly outstripped our more primitive bodily functions and the way we deal with stress. Jumping back a few hundred years our stressors tended to be actual real threats to our life - life or death situations, that as quickly as they appeared (a predator jumping out from behind a bush for example), they disappeared as well. Our bodies are well adapted to deal with these unique stressors and we quickly flood our muscles with glucose ready to fight or flight and produce cortisol, our stress hormone, to help us make decisions faster and react quicker.
Let’s now consider an average day in the life of a 21st Century human: We wake up with a loud alarm, stressor 1. We check our phone and see an email from our boss, stressor 2. We sit down to have breakfast but suddenly realise we’re running late to catch the train to work and fly into a panic to get out of the door on time, stressor 3. We get to work and our email inbox is overflowing and rather than sit back and take a deep breath we go get a coffee to put us even more on edge and dive straight in, stressor 4. After work we go and do a HIIT workout to ‘blow off steam,’ when actually exercise of that intensity is another way to put yet more stress on our bodies, stressor 5. And so the list goes on. This low-level chronic stress, meaning all-the-time-stress, is what’s really causing the problem.
When we are in a stressed out mode we are generally operating in what’s called our Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS). This is our ‘flight or flight’ zone, where everything is supercharged and primed to help up escape danger. When our bodies are operating in this zone they, cleverly, switch off anything that is not essential to life - digestion, reproductive system, libido etc. We also have a Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS), which is our ‘rest and digest’ zone. Increasingly, 21st Century dwellers living hectic lifestyles are less and less able to get into this PNS so crucial functions like libido and adequate digestion are being switched off. We know that IBS has very strong links to stress, as does Type 2 Diabetes due to the insulin resistance that we can develop from constantly elevating our blood sugar in stressful situations.
It’s crucially important that in this day and age we take measures to drastically reduce our stress. Ideally, the place to start is with yourself and not with supplements. Developing a calming morning routine, switching your phone off an hour before bed and not turning it on first thing, practicing yoga or deep breathing regularly and getting into the habit of breathing deeply when you feel anxiety or stress coming on and connecting with nature are all practical and impactful ways to really change how you deal with and experience stress. Then, once you have that in place, looking at something like CBD oil could be a clever way of optimising this process even further but it’s important to note that CBD isn’t regulated by the FDA so it’s a bit of a free for all in terms of quality.
There is so much in our daily environment that can ‘stress us out,’ even down to poor food choices, non-organic food and bad gut health. So it’s important to take these stress-relieving measures alongside a healthy lifestyle in general - one in which you fuel your body with a whole load of beneficial ingredients, get adequate sleep and practice a mindful approach to the daily grind.
We aren’t strangers to CBD oil at CPRESS, in fact, we’ve been putting it in our hash brownies for months already, and, go figure, they’ve been super popular. Whilst we can’t promise you that our brownies will get you high, we can explain why we think CBD oil is a valuable part of any wellness warrior’s medicine cabinet and useful addition to our 21st Century lifestyles.
CBD oil comes from the cannabis plant but it’s made up of a different part that’s non-psychoactive. Within the Cannabis plant, there exists THC and CBD. TCH (Tetrahydrocannabinol), is the main psychoactive component of cannabis and is responsible for the “high” associated with recreational cannabis use. TCH works by mimicking neurotransmitters that are responsible for how we experience pain, appetite, sleep and other bodily functions and effects can include relaxation, hunger, fatigue and a feeling of calmness.
Both CBD and TCH are cannabinoids, which are naturally occurring compounds found in nature, but most well known for being found in abundance in the cannabis plant. Our bodies have an endocannabinoid system which is a physiological system involved in maintaining homeostasis within the body, homeostasis is just a fancy way of saying balance. CBD and TCH stimulate receptors within this system and therefore help to promote homeostasis, reducing pain and inflammation.
CBD differs from TCH in that it doesn’t contain any of the same psychoactive properties as TCH, but it does still help to promote homeostasis. TCH is an illegal drug which has been shown to have long term side effects relating to mental cognitive side effects such as impaired thinking and reasoning. CBD is legal and has been shown to be helpful in the following circumstances:
Pain associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis, cancer and neuropathy.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Despite being a big wellness trend these days, it does seem as though CBD oil is helping people to regain that sense of balance in their lives. However, because it’s become such a trend there are CBD companies out there that are just into to make a quick buck, instead of selling a product that’s been well researched and tested - it’s important to note that the CBD market is new and unregulated. A good quality CBD oil is likely to be pretty expensive, and you shouldn’t ever take it unless you’ve done your research into the company, the sort of dosage that might be right for you and the reasons behind why you may want to take it in the first place.
In terms of our 21st Century lifestyles, it might be a helpful addition to anyone that deals with chronic stress and anxiety, usually brought on by our hectic lives juggling work, family commitments, being “online” and contactable 24/7 (thanks, technology) and struggling to properly switch off to be able to rest and rejuvenate.
If you just want a delicious brownie with a bit of a kick back, you know where to go!
We’ve been talking to our friend Google because we wanted to put together a troubleshooting guide with your top 10 questions about celery juice. It’s been quite a fun process, wading through all the really quite odd ones, (“can celery juice cure herpes?”), but a useful one too. We’ve teamed up with Nutritional Therapist, Grace Kingswell, to bring you the answers to the top 10 most googled questions about Celery!
1. Are the celery juice benefits real?
At this point in the process, it’s impossible to say yes or no as it’s still a very new area. The anecdotal evidence is strong, but we have to consider what these people who are seeing such incredible results are doing or changing about their diet and lifestyle at the same time as drinking celery juice. My opinion is that if you start drinking celery juice before breakfast but you still eat processed, fast food and basically a nutrient-deficient diet, combined with poor sleep and too much stress, then, of course, it will make little difference despite the fact that it contains a healthy amount of vitamins and minerals. As with everything, it’s about the whole health picture not one single aspect of it.
If you’re tempted, try it for yourself and see - you’re the best person to make that judgement after all.
2. Is celery juice actually good for you?
The bottom line is that celery is a vegetable. In the midst of all this media hype we all seem to have forgotten that simple fact, and as we know, all vegetables are good for us and they are all superfoods in their own right. That’s why eating a varied diet is so crucial for maintaining optimum health, because by doing so we get a broad spectrum of nutrients which our bodies can put to good use. Celery juice is a great source of electrolytes potassium and sodium, which makes it great for hydration, and also vitamins A, K and C. It’s also a beneficial source of flavonoids, a group of metabolites that act a bit like antioxidants. So, yes, celery juice is good for you - but so is eating celery.
3. Can celery juice help IBS?
So far there are no studies to show that drinking the juice of a single vegetable, albeit celery or otherwise, will help IBS. Will it be studied at some point? Who knows. Maybe if the momentum that the celery trend has kept going, and the claims keep flooding in that it’s helped with IBS and other digestive issues then it’s possible. Let’s not forget though that IBS has been linked significantly to stress and poor diet in general and the number one thing you can do to help yourself if you do suffer from IBS is go and see a professional about it, but also learn what works for you and your body by keeping a food diary and actively trying to decrease stressful situations. The reports from those that have started drinking celery juice every day are overwhelmingly positive in relation to IBS, and you’re completely within your rights to give it a go, I’d just remind you that it should be taken within the context of a healthy diet and lifestyle overall and not as a single miracle cure!
4. Can celery juice help acne?
Again, similar to the above it’s not possible to isolate a cause and effect response from celery juice alone. Taken in the context of a healthy diet generally, then it can indeed play a useful part in combating acne. One of celery juice’s main claims to fame is its hydration activation, and we know that staying hydrated is a great way to keep your skin in good condition. If you’re suffering from hormonal acne, however, then it’s more than likely that until the hormonal imbalances are rectified (puberty, for example), you may well suffer from acne; impeccable diet or not.
How much celery juice should you drink per day?
This question shouldn’t be “how much celery juice should you drink a day?” but “how much celery juice do you want to drink a day?” If the answer is none, then that’s cool, if the answer is loads then that’s cool too. If you want to adhere to the Medical Medium’s guidelines then it’s 500ml, but do it because you want to, not because Instagram is telling you to.
6. When should I drink celery juice?
The supposed benefits are coming from drinking it first thing on an empty stomach and then waiting 15 minutes before following with food. This is presumably so that the goodness it contains gets a good solo run before we add in other solid foods in need of digestion.
7. Who started the celery juice craze?
Anthony William, otherwise known as the Medical Medium. I’m a firm believer that we don’t need a medical study to tell us what works for our own bodies, we are the best judge of that after all, but I would just point out also that the ‘Medium’ part of the name refers to the fact that William gets his intel from spirits...
8.Why celery juice over eating celery?
Juicing celery removes the fibre, which isn’t necessarily a good thing as fibre is an essential dietary component. However, by drinking vegetable juice you can ingest vastly more of the beneficial nutrients it contains purely because you couldn’t physically eat and chew the same amount in one sitting.
9. Will celery juice make you poop?
It’s not a laxative if that’s what you mean! As I mentioned above, the fibre in the plant is removed when you juice it and fibre, characteristically, is what regulates our bowel movements.
10.Will celery juice help with constipation?
In isolation, no. Keeping hydrated and consuming liquids all throughout the day can help constipation, but so does eating a balanced diet full of fibrous vegetables, grains and legumes. If you are suffering from chronic constipation I would suggest you take a good look at what you’re putting into your body on a daily basis in general and, if you want to, include celery juice into that on the basis that it’s in addition to an already rich (in the nutritional sense), diet.
This post was contributed by Grace Kingswell D. N. Med, Nutritional Therapist and Lifestyle medicine advocate.
Celery Juice: To eat or to juice? That is the question.
Let us guess: One of the first things that your slightly sceptical mates said when you told them you were juicing celery was: what’s wrong with just eating celery?
Are we right or are we right?
After all, the idea of dunking a stick of celery into a jar of peanut butter or hummus is much more appealing than drinking 500ml of straight up juice - we can’t argue with you there. But the consensus is firm that drinking the juice, and only the juice, is the only way to turn into a magical unicorn, clear up your digestion issues, clear your skin and give you the energy to rival the Duracell bunny. You’ll know if you’ve read any of the other blogs that we love a bit of humour - but in all seriousness, the reported benefits of celery juice are tumultuous and we discuss them in much more detail in this recent post, so go check that out if you wanna be a unicorn like us.
Going back to your disbelieving friend that’s keen to get their teeth involved rather than their juicer, let’s have a look at the facts:
The obvious truth
The obvious truth is this: There are no chemical or nutritional changes between a stick of celery and the juice of that same stick. Nothing is lost or gained by running your celery through the juicer. Say you usually juice 6 big stalks every morning, well, if you ate those same 6 stalks then you would ingest the same amount of vitamins, minerals and water.
Fibre. Juicing celery strips away the beneficial fibre that helps you feel full, improves intestinal health and feeds the healthy bacteria in your gut. Our gut microbes need lots of different types of fibre to prosper and deliver us all the myriad health benefits that they do when they’re in good health, so, you might want to eat some celery as well as juice it as it’s a valuable source of fuel for these bugs. “A report by the WHO nutritional review, which includes 185 studies and 58 clinical trials conducted over nearly 40 years, found that eating at least 25g to 29g of fibre per day was linked to a 15 to 30 per cent reduction in rates of life-threatening cancers, strokes and heart disease” - something to consider if you think your diet could do with a fibre boost!
If the health benefits of celery are to be believed, and certainly the evidence that’s emerging so far is incredibly positive (celery’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties have been the focus of some relevant studies, check our recent post for more info), then juicing it is a good idea as it means you can consume vastly more nutrients from celery than you would be able to physically eat. Fibre makes us feel full (which is why celery is such good food for weight loss), and we’d be pretty surprised if anyone could happily, and willingly, eat an entire bunch of celery in one sitting.
A glass of celery juice contains the following important nutrients:
Vitamins A, K and C
Potassium and Sodium
In particular, the minerals potassium and sodium are the electrolytes responsible for hydration, making celery juice an excellent way to wake up in the morning after 8 hours of sleep with no water.
So, the bottom line is this: If you want to give the celery juice trend a go in the hope that it will help heal chronic symptoms like it’s doing for so many*, then juicing it is a great idea. If you’re just keen to up your fibre intake and get a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals along the way then pass the hummus and away you go!
*You need only take to Instagram to see the incredible benefits it’s supposedly having. But please bear in mind that this is anecdotal, and not scientific evidence.
New to the celery juice protocol? Have a read of this recent post which discusses why you might want to drink it and what it’s good for. If your interest has been piqued by this online phenomena then we don’t blame you for wanting to give it a go. As humans we are fundamentally pretty inquisitive and we’re also fascinated by what others around us are eating and doing, how they’re working out, whether they’re on some new diet that we think might help us as well etc etc...Basically we’re nosy, and we want in on what our neighbour is doing.
So everyone is drinking celery juice and you want to too. Why? You’re not really sure…(again, have a read of this post), but that doesn’t really bother you. If thousands of people across the world are experiencing incredible effects from it then you’re game. So let’s discuss how you go about it, what time of day you should drink it, how much you should drink, whether you can eat before or after, whether you should have meditated and said a few words of gratitude or sage smudged your flat and chanted your mantra whilst balancing on one foot and focussing on deep breathing...Okay we’re joking about these last few but the point is this - how you do something should be up to you at the end of the day. Any new dietary protocol has got to fit into your life and work for you. The information below is the generally accepted method that seems to be correlating with all these fantastic health benefits that everyone is talking about - so give it a go, but if you find a way that suits you better then ‘you do you!’
The general consensus seems to be that celery juice should be taken first thing in the morning. The Medical Medium, i.e. the self-proclaimed “authority” on celery juice writes that the mineral salts in celery juice help us to produce more bile to adequately break down our food, so by drinking it first thing before food (and waiting 15 mins before you eat anything), it’s like priming your stomach to do an excellent job of digesting:
“Mineral salts are critical for our bodies to function optimally. They keep your kidneys and adrenals functioning and raise your gut’s hydrochloric acid so your body can break down and assimilate what you eat—while they balance your pH as well as cleanse and repair your stomach, the rest of your digestive tract, and, most importantly, your liver. They also allow information to travel throughout your body so it can keep itself in balance no matter what’s occurring.” (1)
If you’ve got time on your hands you can juice a bunch of celery at home first thing in the morning. Personally though, we’re always a bit pressed for time first thing and all that cleaning and washing of the blender is just admin that we don’t need right now. Luckily for you CPRESS now sells 100% organic and cold pressed celery juice - too easy!
If you don’t have a juicer and can’t get to a CPRESS cafe but you still want to give it a try, you can use a high speed blender and add your celery stalks along with some water and blend until smooth. Then, strain it through cheesecloth or muslin and drink.
The advice from the Medical Medium is to drink 500ml. That’s a LOT of celery juice. If you love the taste and half a litre of pure celery works for you, then great, but if you prefer just a glassful you’re still going to be getting the benefits. As ever, do what works for you. Breakfast is a non-negotiable for us and we find that 500ml of juice can be a lot to handle if you need to eat shortly after.
We also like to add a squeeze of lemon to ours, as we find it really improves the flavour. The benefits are supposedly more marked when the celery is taken as a mono juice, but since when did a little cucumber and squeeze of lemon ever hurt anyone?