This evening I pay homage to Celery my childhood nemesis of sorts. It’s fine time that I pay a little retribution to a vegetable that I so thoroughly loathed that it was second only to brussel sprouts as a vegetable that I would much rather throw away (or at someone) than put it in my mouth and eat it.
Celery Helps Cure for Cancer: Yep, it has bee proven that the Flavanoids Apigenin & Luteolin (in celery, artichokes, and herbs especially Mexican Oregano) kill human pancreatic cancer cells in the lab by inhibiting the cancer growth. You can read the details of the studies here and even though you likely couldn’t eat enough celery to cure cancer by itself, the simple fact that the flavanoids in it could do this in high concentrations could be argument enough for you to make this vegetable one of your regulars on the plate.
Celery May Lower Blood Pressure: Phthalides are active organic compounds in Celery that have been proven to increase your circulatory health benefits. Eating whole (raw) celery can help reduce high blood pressure over time.
Celery May Lowers Stress/Hypertension: Celery is rich in Magnesium (and other minerals) and an essential oil that soothes the nervous system. Have the late night munchies? Make a celery snack, it may help lower your stress level and may even help you sleep better at night.
Lower Bad Cholesterol with Celery: Butylphthalide is one of the chemical constituents in Celery Oil that gives it its aroma and taste. Studies have shown that it may be useful as a treatment for hypertension and have neuroprotective effect in addition to lowering cholesterol. A Chicago University research shows that eating two stalks of celery a day can lower your bad cholesterol (LDL) by up to 7 points.
Lower Body Acidity With Alkalizing Celery: In the average modern persons diet, there are many things eaten that can throw our optimum acid/alkaline levels out of balance. A neutral reading of 7.0 (or slightly higher and alkaline) is optimal. Eating acidic foods can cause a series of problems in the human body and Celery can offset them with it’s alkaline pH and its alkalizing affect on the body. For more information on how pH can have an impact for weight loss go here.
Celery Can Help You Battle Inflammation: As we’ve discussed numerous times here before, Inflammation can hinder your weight loss and actually make you gain weight. If not addressed, it can actually lead to systemic problems with permanent ramifications. Anything to help combat inflammation is a great addition to your diet. Celery is one of these and may help reduce inflammation in joints, minor infections, asthma, acne, gingivitis or many other inflammations that are holding you back from your weight loss goals.
Celery Can Improve Your Sex Life: This is not an old-wives-tale or urban legend. Dr. Alan Hirsch, famous for his invention of Sensa (the popular weight loss supplement) and founder of www.smellandtaste.org says that there are two pheromones in celery that can contribute to an increase in arousal: androstenone and androstenol. They are released when you chew celery and could be a nice addition to your diet to spice up your love life.
Celery Can Help With Weight Management: Whether eaten fresh, with some almond butter, chopped and thrown into salads, cooked up with your other favorite veggies in stir-fry, celery is super low in calories (about 10 calories per stalk) full of fiber and all the other nutrition we’ve spoken about above.
So, make sure celery is on your go-to list of veggies to have on hand at all times. Your body and your weight loss coach will be glad you did.
Side note: After dealing with a little doldrums this morning I’ve ‘realigned with my reasons why’ and I am back on track. Praise God for reminding me why I’m on this path and giving me the strength and courage to stay on it. May God also bless you with resilience and perseverance as you stay on your weight loss path. In Jesus Name, Amen!
If you find yourself in a place of the doldrums in your weight loss program or in your spiritual life, maybe it’s time you also realign with your reasons why? Look around you, God will point them out to you if you ask.
The celery salad I had with dinner helped me too. It’s just some chopped celery with rock salt & virgin olive oil. A new favorite of mine. Try it. You’ll like it!
Be blessed my friend.
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