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Celery Juice Detoxes Your Liver and Heals Your Gut

By April 3, 2018June 4th, 2024Beverages, Nutrition Information, Recipes

Celery juice is one of the most amazing healing foods.  After doing lots of research I’ve decided to drink celery juice every morning as part of my spring liver cleanse.  Spring is the ideal time to for a liver cleanse.

In this post, I give you a little information about your liver and how celery juice detoxes your liver and heals your gut.
Celery JuiceMany clients come to me because they don’t feel well a lot of the time. They don’t have enough energy, they have aches and pains, their stomach isn’t working right or they’re just irritable.

Many people think not feeling 100% is due to getting older. But I have good news for you – it probably has nothing to do with aging. It might be because your body is holding onto too many toxins.   If you detoxify your body, these problems could very well disappear.

There have been 80,000 chemicals introduced into our world since the industrial revolution.  They can interfere with your energy, your mood, your metabolism and cause weight gain even when you eat a healthy diet.

Research shows the average newborn baby has 287 toxins in his or her umbilical cord blood.

If that’s what a baby is exposed to imagine how many you have to deal with in your life.

Your liver is responsible for getting rid of these toxins. It is the most important organ in your body for eliminating toxins.

The liver is your almighty organ of detoxification.

It’s working overtime to help you sort the pure from the impure. Also, the liver is one of your body’s major multi-taskers.  As a modern-day woman, you know about multi-tasking.  Just like you, your liver is trying to keep pace with modern-day life. It has so much to do.

Here are some of the many tasks your liver performs. . .

  • It filters the blood, scanning for toxins, destroying and disposing of them
  • It produces and secretes bile to aid in the digestion of fats
  • It manages your carbohydrate metabolism, converting excess glucose for storage and later use, and secreting it as needed
  • It’s involved in hormonal regulation, breaking down and discarding excess circulating hormones

And this is why it’s important to cleanse your liver!

Luckily spring is liver cleansing time.

It’s time to welcome the deep detox that this season calls for.  It’s time to give your liver a little loving!

We have an amazing body that can handle all the toxins we are exposed to as long as our organs are working well.  Cleansing gives our body a chance to flush out toxins and restore its organs so we continue to be good digesters and detoxifiers.

As I said, the liver is the organ responsible for removing these toxins from our body.  But if our liver is overworked or congested it can’t do its job properly. This is why it’s important to flush toxins out of your liver with a gentle liver cleanse.

Today I want to tell you about one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods that flush toxins and debris out of the liver and intestinal tract. It’s a powerful healing drink for your body and can even bring ease to your mind and thought patterns. That magical food is celery juice.

Juicing offers many health and nutritional benefits, and the most powerful detoxifying and healing juice is celery juice.

7 Health and Nutritional Benefits of Celery Juice 

Celery Juice1. Anti-Inflammatory

Celery juice is full of both polyacetylenes and luteolin, both proven in scientific studies to reduce inflammation.

Luteolin can stop certain genes activating; genes that have been linked to a body’s response to inflammation.

Drinking one glass of celery juice a day will reduce your risk of osteoporosis, arthritis, autoimmune conditions, gastrointestinal problems and many other inflammatory diseases.

2. Balances Your pH

Celery juice is one of most powerful ways to alkalize your gut. Celery is technically an herb, not a vegetable and is high in bioactive sodium. It also contains cofactor micro trace mineral salts. These are varieties of sodium and other trace minerals and together with celery’s regular sodium raise your body’s pH and rid toxic acids from every crevice of your body, including your gut. This process is ideal to cleanse and repair the intestinal linings.

Read my blog post Why pH Really Matters.

3. Improves Digestion

When celery is juiced it releases nutrients from its fibers that promote optimal functioning of the digestive system.   It acts as a natural laxative and soothes the discomforts of indigestion, bloating, and even acid reflux. It’s good for anyone with IBS, Crohns or other digestive problems.

The natural sodium in celery raises stomach acid. If you drink it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach it will help you absorb more nutrients from your food the rest of the day. When your food is broken down better it becomes more bioavailable.

The enzymes in celery work to raise the hydrochloric acid in the stomach so that food digests easily and doesn’t ferment. Stomach acid is essential for breaking down food, particularly protein.

Celery juice helps your food digest quickly, you have less gas, less bloating and less inflammation.

In Anthony Williams book Medical Medium, he highly recommends drinking celery juice every day for good digestion. He confirms that healing your digestion is one of the main keys to a healthy body overall. The health of your gut also influences your immune system and mood! Your brain and gut are connected.

4. Purifies The Blood

Celery contains a particular compound called coumarins which promotes the activity of white blood cells and assists the vascular system. This helps the blood flow, reduces blood pressure and purifies the bloodstream.

The sodium in celery also maintains the fluidity of the blood and lymph fluids, preventing them from becoming too thick. The Vitamin A, C, magnesium and iron in celery juice helps to nourish and rebuild red blood cells and is beneficial for people with rheumatism, high blood pressure, arthritis, and anemia.

5. Aids Detoxification

Celery helps with the removal of toxins with better bowel movements and kidney function.  When toxins are removed from the body it cleanses the whole system. Celery juice also helps to hydrate the body fully, another way of aiding the detoxification process.

This type of daily cleansing is highly beneficial. You won’t feel as sluggish or as fatigued throughout the day. Your mood gets a boost, you feel happier and are inspired to do more things.

6. Enhance Your Brain and Mood

Anthony Williams also says in his book Medical Medium “Adding celery juice to your diet is the best way to resolve ammonia permeability, an unrecognized condition in which ammonia gas seeps through the intestinal lining and causes health issues such as dental rot and brain fog.

Increased HCL helps break down amino acids which are precursors for creating neurotransmitters, so drinking celery juice makes your smarter.

Since celery is a major alkaline food, it purges the body of toxins and cleanses the liver which soothes tension and stress. It has a relaxing effect on your body, mind and emotions.

Celery has a near perfect balance of electrolytes, so it’s great for your adrenal glands, and for decreasing stress in your body.

7. Better Sleep

The magnesium in celery juice helps relax the nervous system, so you feel tired and calm. It’s one of the best insomnia remedies.

Drinking celery juice also helps to reduce blood pressure. This is a common reason for insomnia because it can raise the stress levels.

Tips For Drinking Celery Juice

It’s best to drink 16 ounces of fresh celery juice daily on an empty stomach to raise hydrochloric acid levels most efficiently. I like to drink it in the morning before anything (before coffee). Start slowly with 8 ounces and work your way up. For additional healing, drink two 16-ounce glasses of fresh celery juice a day, one in the morning and one in the evening.

Use organic celery since it’s on the dirty dozen list, which means it is highly sprayed with chemicals and pesticides.

If you don’t like the taste, juice a cucumber or apple with the celery. It’s a great option to help you get adjusted to the taste. However, there are more benefits when celery juice is consumed alone.

Celery Juice Recipe

Celery juice is one of the most powerful healing juices available to us.

1-2 serving 16 ounces

1 head of celery, stalks separated

  • Rinse the celery and run it through a juicer.
  • Drink immediately.
  • Alternatively, you can chop the celery and blend it in a high-speed blender until smooth. Strain and drink immediately.

NOTE: If you’re new to juicing, mix with cucumber juice for the first few days to give your body a chance to get adjusted.

In Conclusion

The liver is an important powerful organ, it has to keep up with the onslaught of toxins from everyday modern life, as well as balancing blood sugar and recycling and producing new hormones. It’s the place where the major, magical detoxification happens.

Celery improves liver health, which can increase your body’s own detox capacities long term. Celery juice is a great way to start the detox process. It has a calming effect on the nervous system and happens to be an amazing blood purifier and eliminates toxins from the body. It serves dual purposes: nervous system support and detoxification.

For a deeper cleanse to flush toxins out of your body and set yourself up to be a good detoxifier for the rest of the year, I invite you to join us for the Nourishing Foods Spring Liver Cleanse. We’ll be drinking celery juice daily.  This gentle healing cleanse will give your body a chance to reset, heal, and thrive. You’ll feel lean, light and energized.


  • Cecilia says:

    Like celery, but when running it on juicer, do I add any liquid to it?

  • nat polychuk says:

    Just started drinking it last week. Love the taste! Great info. Hope it helps my extreme ibs.

    • Ingrid says:

      Hi Nat, Thanks for letting us know. Glad you like it. I hope your IBS gets better. Be gentle with your body and send it lots of love too!

  • Mercedes says:

    Hi, Started my celery juice regiment and after drinking it for three weeks I develop liver spots on my cheeks!!! Why is that? Love the taste! don’t know if I should keep drinking it! What to do?

    • Ingrid says:

      Hi Mercedes, I’m glad you like the celery juice. Since your skin is reacting to it, I would give it some time off. Most of the time a skin reaction comes when toxins are awakened but there are too many of them to be removed through your poop. If you want, try it again in a few weeks but go with every other day and see what happens.

    • Bernadette says:

      Hi Mercedes’, how is your skin ?

  • Platypus says:

    What is the different celery juice by extractor and celery juice on a blender? I prefer a blender.

    • Ingrid says:

      This is a very good question. The main difference is the fiber is removed from the juice allowing it to pass into your bloodstream immediately. Blending it breaks it down but the fiber is still present, it absorbs more gradually. I wrote a blog post Juices vs Smoothies which you may want to read.
      If you like blending it listen to your own guidance and blend it. Your body is always your best guide. If it makes you feel good it is good.

  • Brian says:

    I have high cholesterol and I’m not over weight,it seems like hereditary,so will drinking celery juice help me

    • Ingrid says:

      Hi Brian, Even though your high cholesterol may be hereditary taking good care of your body will help create and environment in your body that will help prevent those genes from being expressed. Celery juice can be very helpful, notice how it feels in your body after drinking it. Eat whole foods, lots of vegetables and not too much sugar. Stick with low glycemic fruits like berries, apples and pears. Eat whole grains instead of bread and pasta. Wishing you lots of health and happiness.

      • Jane says:

        I started celery juice 7 weeks ago. It is going really well. I have RA and am on 7 tablets 2.5 mg each of methotrexate. I just got my first blood text back yesterday after starting the regime. My doctor called today that my liver enzymes were elevated. Never had that happen in 12 years since I was diagnosed. I would love to continue on celery juice but am concerned about the elevated levels. Can you shed any light on this for me please? I didn’t mention the celery juice to my doctor. Thank you so much!

        • Ingrid says:

          Hi Jane,
          I am not a doctor and therefore can’t diagnose the condition of your liver.Tell your doctor about the celery juice and see what he says. If your liver enzymes are elevated why don’t you stop taking the celery juice for awhile and then retest to see what happens. We are all different and even though celery juice is good for most people, it’s very strong and it may not be the best thing for you. Always listen to your body. I hope that helps.

        • Jas says:

          Hey! I’ve been drinking celery juice for about a week now, 16oz every morning on an empty stomach and I’m generally super healthy. I had a blood test and my liver enzymes were also elevated. I’m in my mid 20s and don’t drink alcohol or anything. I’m wondering if you ever figured out why your enzymes were elevated? Was it because of the celery juice? And if so did you stop drinking it? I’m a little worried and I thought I would as since you experienced something similar. Thanks so much!

          • Ingrid says:

            Hi Jas, if you’re experiencing elevated liver problems, I highly recommend working with your doctor to get them back to normal. I would stop drinking the celery juice for now and see what happens. Listening to your body is always key. Your body loves you. Good luck with it.

  • paula angenendt says:

    I’ve been juicing for almost a month .
    16oz a day for 3 weeks.
    I’m having some pain in my right side today and my Rt shoulder for a couple weeks .
    Is this something I should be concerned about ?
    My legs aren’t swelling as much , my skin looks better and I’ve had a few days with more energy . Enough to take a good bike ride .
    I’m still having some bloating but not all the time .
    What do you think ?

    • Ingrid says:

      Hi Paula,

      It’s not possible for me to diagnose as I am not a physician. It sounds like you are doing well but some inflammation has shown up. Sometimes as the toxins awaken to be released from you body we get symptoms. If it doesn’t go away in a few days definitely see your health care practitioner. Sending you love and healing.

    • Chris says:

      Hi Paula, are you still having pain on your right side? The same happened to me after a couple weeks of juicing.

  • Karen says:

    Hi, I fast until lunchtime every day. I drink warm fresh lemon water when I wake in the morning and continue with my fast until lunchtime. Would you recommend lemon water before celery juice or vice versa? Would celery juice break my fast? If so, maybe I could start drinking it at lunchtime before my meal. What approach would you recommend is the most beneficial for health?

    • Ingrid says:

      Hi Karen,
      It sounds like you are doing very well with your eating schedule.  We are all different and the best thing is to listen to your body. Have the celery juice at lunchtime before eating and see how you feel for a few days.  Then try having the celery juice in the morning for a few days and see how that makes your body, mind and spirit feel.  You always know best what you body wants.  

  • Shane says:

    I have been diagnosed with moderate fatty liver. It has gone from mild to moderate within about a year. Anyone know if celery juice will help flush out the fat in my liver?

    • Ingrid says:

      Hi Shane,

      Thank you for your question, I can not give medical advice as I am not a doctor. Here is way Medical Medium Anthony William says: “Celery juice’s has an incredible ability to create sweeping improvements on every level of our health:

      *Healing the gut and relieving digestive disorders
      *Balancing blood sugar, blood pressure, weight, and adrenal function
      *Neutralizing and flushing toxins from the liver and brain”

      If you decide to give it a try, start slowly and see how you feel. Healing should not be painful. Listen to your body, it is your best guide. Love your body for everything it does for you. Play with feeling love for your body and how much it loves you too!

      Much love and healing to you!

  • Drew says:

    I’ve been drinking celery juice for 30 days, 16oz a day in the morning . My stomach felt great Until day 21 to present. I have had a lot of gas and stomach aches and bloating ….. is this common ? I’ve read about highly toxic liver . But will the gas and bloating go away soon . Is this just the elimination of the toxins ?

    • ingrid-admin says:

      Hi Drew,

      Sorry your stomach is uncomfortable. Even though the celery juice felt good for the first 21 days now your body is telling you enough. I am not a doctor and can’t give medical advice, I recommend stop drinking the celery juice for awhile and see how you feel. Your body is always guiding you to what it needs for vitality. Cleansing should not be painful, gentle cleansing is better in most situations. I hope you feel better soon. If you’re still in pain check with your doctor.

  • Laura webster says:

    My name is Laura and I have a fatty liver and its making my stomach hurt. Will celery juice help get rid of my fatty liver?

    • Ingrid says:

      Hi Laura, Sorry you have fatty liver. I am not a doctor therefore can’t make a diagnosis but here is some information you may find helpful. According to Medical Medium, Anthony William, Celery juice will benefit your liver in 3 ways:
      1. Celery’s sodium cluster salts bind onto neurotoxins, dermatoxins, & other viral waste, as well as troublemakers, & draw them out of the liver.
      2.Brings down toxic liver heat – Celery juice purges a sluggish liver while bringing down liver heat.
      3. Repairs hydrochloric acid & liver bile production – Celery juice strengthens hydrochloric acid & bile production & strengthens the liver, which then allows for better bile production.
      Yes, it will be beneficial for you liver but you should see a medical professional to guide you.
      I would also highly recommend limiting sweets and simple carbs.
      I hope that helps. Much love and healing.

  • Epales says:

    I have one kidney, as a result of kidney cancer. My oncologist is not familiar with the benefits of celery juice. Any thoughts about this?

    • Ingrid says:

      I am sorry but I’m not a doctor and can’t advise you. What you can do is try a small amount and see how it makes you feel as long as your doctor says it’s okay. Love your body for all the wonderful things it is doing well to keep you alive every day. Loving your body is super healing for you. Sending you healing thoughts and energy.

  • frances says:

    Ingrid, We grow celery year-round on the Oregon coast and it is so so strong….impossible to drink more than a few ounces at a time! I can supplement it with store-bought but I think this intense swig/shot (sipped! haha) will work!! I hydrate with a glass of water before I drink it! WooHoo

    • Ingrid says:

      Hi Frances, Yes the intense celery juice will work, but don’t drink too much. You can also juice it with a little cucumber to make it less strong and more pleasant tasting.

  • Sabina says:

    Dear Ingrid, my 13-year-old has been diagnosed with fatty liver a couple of years but the rest of the markers are ok. We eat healthy at home but he’s still gaining weight and didn’t get any answers or solutions at the hospital. I took him to bioresonance last week and was told that yes, the liver is fatty but also the rest of the system is not doing well, he has a lot of metals in his sistem also. I’m very healthy and fit and so is his dad so it’s a mistery to us. He’s been ill a lot in the last couple of years, flu and cold, sore throat. So I was told to put him on a low fat diet, fresh lemon juice instead of milk in the Morning, algae, vitamin C…. and celery juice. How much would you recommend for a teenager and when and for how long? I’m reading people have all sorts of problems from it. Thank you!

    • Ingrid says:

      Hi Sabina, Sorry to hear about your son’s health challenges. I am not a doctor and am not able to give medical advice, but I have studied nutrition. I recommend taking out gluten and dairy from his diet as they cause inflammation in many people. I would also making bone broth and give that to him regularly. Here is an easy recipe. It’s very healing to the digestive system and reduces inflammation. It’s good in the morning and evening. As for the celery juice I would start very slowly, it’s strong and very detoxifying. You don’t want him detoxing too quickly. Perhaps 1/4 -1/2 cup for the first few days and see how he feels. If he hates it and doesn’t want to drink it, trust his inner guidance, his body will help him know what is best. If he feels good, add another 1/4 cup until you get to 1 cup and stay with that for a few weeks.

      I had metals in my system many years ago and I did chelation with an integrative doctor for a few months to get them out. It’s expensive but does work. You might want to look into that. Let me know how it goes..

  • Rosie says:

    How long should you drink celery religiously?

    • Ingrid says:

      Hi Rosie, I am not a doctor and can’t advise you on any condition but I would say you can drink it once a day on an empty stomach for 30-60 days as long as it makes you feel good. If your stomach gets sensitive cut back to every other day and see how you feel. Here is a book you can check out for more details.

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