Crystal Fenton, Writer & Yoga Instructor, based in New York
Crystal has published extensively on wellness, women’s health, fitness, sports & travel.
It’s no secret that getting your greens in does a body good. Green vegetables, which are water-rich and packed with antioxidants, flood the body with raw nutrients to flush or eliminate toxins from the system while simultaneously improving hydration levels in the body. Green vegetables such as celery can also bolster immunity, enhance metabolism, reduce bloat, regulate blood pressure, and minimize inflammation.
Celery juice has recently taken its place in the spotlight–and on social media–as an Instagram-worthy superfood. However, celery juice has long been considered a powerful, healing tonic thanks to its anti-inflammatory, alkalizing properties and array of vitamins and minerals. The health benefits of celery juice include lowered blood pressure, improved gut health, decreased inflammation, improved alkaline and pH levels, and aiding in the elimination of waste. When juiced, the pulp (fiber) is removed, making celery’s healing benefits even more powerful.
Adaptogens are super herbs that help the body fight the adverse effects of stress hormones and nourish overworked adrenal glands. Adaptogens also have a powerful impact on the HPA axis (hypothalamic pituitary adrenal), the group of glands and hormones that regulate the response to stress, particularly adrenaline and cortisol, according to Olivia Esquivel, founder of Wildcrafted’s adaptogenic collection which is custom blended with non-toxic mushrooms.
Turmeric is an adaptogen that is also a great natural anti-inflammatory; its medicinal compound is curcumin, which is associated with reducing inflammation, relieving pain and arthritis, decreasing blood clots, aiding in digestion, and detoxifying the system. If you are looking for other options ginseng, ginger, and maca have great adaptogenic health benefits as well.
“Adaptogens go where they are needed: If you’re stressed out, they’ll help you relax and refocus. If you’re feeling lethargic, they’ll get you back to your optimal performance,” explains Esquivel. So, right now when we are all trying to keep our immune systems as strong as possible, it’s the perfect time to add an adaptogenic juice to our health regimens.
Adaptogenic, Alkalizing Green Juice
This recipe pairs celery with adaptogens to make a nutrient-rich green juice. Packed with powerful ingredients that can boost immunity, strengthen and enhance metabolic and digestive function, alkalize the body, boost energy levels and improve mood, this juice is also super-simple to make and has less than five ingredients.
Total Time: 7 minutes | Prep Time: 5 minutes | Serves: 2
- Five celery stalks with ends removed and chopped into small pieces
- ½ lemon, juiced
- ½ tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 inch of ginger root,
- One of your preferred adaptogenic herbs such as Tumeric, Siberian Ginseng, Arctic Root, or Schisandra or a pre-made supplement like Wildcrafted’s collection.
- Add chopped celery, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar into a blender.
- Blend until smooth; add water if needed to thin out the celery chunks.
- Add your preferred adaptogenic:
Tumeric, Maca, Ginseng, Ginger, or a pre-made supplement such as Wildcrafted Energy adaptogenic herbal supplement; blend again.
- Pour into two glasses over ice (or store one serving into an air-tight mason jar).
- Serve and enjoy!
*As always, if you are making changes to your diet and trying new supplements, check with your doctor to make sure they do not interfere with any other dietary or medical needs you may have.