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Amazing Benefits Of Celery (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

Amazing Benefits Of Celery (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

If you take celery just as an afterthought and consider it only a crunchy and low-calorie vegetable, it’s time to think again and consider it a part of your healthy diet. This often-underrated vegetable is a good source of calcium, vitamins, potassium and magnesium. Almost every part of celery can be eaten and keeps your heart and your health perfectly well.

Today, over 1 billion pounds of celery are produced every year in the United States to be served as a “major plate vegetable”. Also, this unsung veggie is available in different varieties including Australian celery, Indian celery, Vietnamese celery, water celery etc.

Let’s check the 8 amazing benefits of celery below:

1. It combats cancer

One of the best benefits of celery is its anti-cancer properties. Studies by the University of Illinois surprisingly found that celery being rich in a compound called luteolin helps to lower the growth of cancer cells in pancreas. Another study reported that a regular intake of celery is related to lower risk of breast cancer as it inhibits the formation of breast cancer cells.

2. It lowers blood pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension is a gateway to serious health conditions including fatal heat attack, and disability. To reduce the risk of suffering from these life-threatening diseases, choosing a proper diet effective in controlling blood pressure is of paramount importance. Among all superfoods, celery is the option you can’t miss!

Celery contains a compound called phthalide which reduces the production of stress hormones, thereby relaxing muscles around the arteries and facilitating blood circulation. Also, potassium in celery helps stabilize heart rate and lower blood pressure.

3. It lowers cholesterol

High cholesterol in the body is a serious issue as it leads to problems like gallstone. Taking celery regularly helps maintain normal cholesterol level to produce hormones and and regulate vitamin D in our bodies. What’s more, a unique compound called 3-n-butylphthalide (BuPh) with the function of lowering cholesterol and maintaining heart-health is present in celery.

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An animal test conducted by the University of Singapore showed that celery extracts helped rats to lower their level of lipids significantly, thereby lowering cholesterol. On a similar note, another research by the Chicago University showed that two stalks of celery a day can reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) by up to 7 points.

4. It keeps eye healthy

Vitamins are one of the most important nutrients our bodies need. Fo example, they are important to our eyes to keep our vision intact. The consumption of only one big stalk of celery can contribute up to 10 percent of our daily need for Vitamin E. Also, the presence of antioxidant like flavonoids and polyphenol phytonutrients in celery helps to moisturize our eyes.

5. It reduces inflammation

Despite acute inflammation being important to the body, chronic inflammation might lead to serious issues including Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. This is where celery comes in handy.

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, wrote that this vegetable can be used to calm our nerves and provide a great relief to joint pains, asthma, acne or lung infections.

6. It boosts man’s fertility

Many experts believe the era of “sperm crisis” has come because the sperm count in young men today is much lesser than their fathers. The decrease in sperm concentration and semen production has made fertility a pressing problem for the current generation.

Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, Director of the Smeel and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, says two pheromones in celery–androstenone and androstenol–can boost your arousal levels. Another good news is celery oil has been found effective in boosting the number and motility of sperm, when it is used together with vitamin E.

7. It improves digestion

Your body can absorb nutrients well only when your digestive system functions properly. Having hard stools or constipation are signs of improper digestion. The high water content of celery facilitates digestion and eases excretion. Similarly, a compound called NBP in celery improves circulation within the intestines, thereby helping the body to detox.

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8. It helps to lose weight

Obesity is another day-to-day problem that bother us. People fight to pick the best diet for themselves in order to lose weight. During this process, it is sometimes difficult to pick foods low in calorie, but rich in nutrients. This is where celery places itself as a perfect diet for losing weight.

While being able to provide vital nutrients like magnesium and potassium, one large stalk of celery contains only 10 calories. It also helps to regulate lipids and fats in the body to control the metabolism and restrict obesity.

How can we include celery in our diet?

Together with these amazing health benefits of celery, there are some recipes that you want to try out and make for yourself to include in your daily diet. Here are 5 best celery recipes:

Buffalo Style Celery Sticks

Buffalo style celery sticks

    Required:

    • 4 ounces blue cheese
    • 2 ounces cream cheese
    • 6 large celery stalks
    • Cayenne pepper

    Get a small bowl and mix 2 ounces of blue cheese and cream cheese together until they become smooth. Rinse and dry the celery sticks and stuff them with cheese mixture. Take another 2 ounces of blue cheese and crumble on the top and sprinkle cayenne pepper around it.

    Minty green olive-celery salsa

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    Minty Green Olive salsa celery

      Required:

      • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
      • 2 garlic cloves, lightly smashed and peeled
      • 1 cup finely diced celery (3 ribs)
      • 1 cup finely chopped pitted green olives (5 ounces)
      • 2 tablespoons drained capers
      • 2 tablespoons chopped mint
      • Freshly ground pepper

      Start heating olive oil in a small skillet and add garlic cloves to it until it turns golden for about 2 minutes. Let it cool for sometime and transfer it to a bowl. Add some diced celery, chopped green olives, capers and mint to the bowl. Season the tossed salsa with freshly ground pepper and you’re ready to serve.

      Italian Celery and Mushroom Salad

      Italian celery with mushroom

        Required: 

        • 7 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
        • 1 pound mushrooms, delicate varieties such as cremini, oyster, or shiitake are best, wiped clean as sliced as thin as possible
        • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
        • 8 ribs celery, shaved paper thin (use a mandolin if you have one)
        • 1 cup shaved parmigiano reggiano cheese
        • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
        • 1/4 cup chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley

        Take a skillet and heat 3 table spoon olive oil over medium high heat. Add mushroom and saute after the oil gets hot until they turn golden brown, for about 5-6 minutes. Season the mixture with little salt and pepper and let it cool for sometime. To prepare the salad, take 4 table spoon of olive oil and whisk it with lemon juice. Add a little salt and pepper and mix it with celery, cooled mushrooms, cheese and parsley.

        Celery soda

        Celery soda

          Required:

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          • 7 – 8 large stalks celery (about 3/4 lb) (plus inner stalks for garnish)
          • Large lemon
          • 1tablespoon black pepper corns
          • 8green cardamom pods
          • 1 1/4cups water (12 oz)
          • 1cup sugar (7 oz)
          • Seltzer water (about 2 quarts for the entire batch of syrup)

          Clean celery stalks and slice it to thin pieces and set it aside. Next, add water and sugar to a sauce pan and start boiling. After it reaches a boil, add the celery stalks and keep the heat for about 1 minute. Add pepper, cardamom and lemon zest to the mixture and stir the solution. Let the mixture cool for sometime and extract the syrup from it by pressing the celery. Juice the lemon, and add 3 tablespoons of the juice to the syrup. Stir to combine and keep it in the refrigerator, covered. Mix the syrup with seltzer water and serve over ice with a tender inner celery stalk as garnish if desired.

          Braised celery

          Braised celery

            Required:

            • 8 stalks of celery, scrubbed and ends trimmed (chop and reserve leaves)
            • 1 tablespoon butter
            • Pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper
            • ½ cup of vegetable stock

            Cut celery stalks into 1-inch slices diagonally. Take a skillet and heat the butter over medium heat and add the cut slices along with pepper and salt. Cook it until it becomes tender and add broth to it. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer the mixture for around 5 minutes. Taste for seasoning and serve immediately, garnished with reserved chopped leaves.

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            How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

            How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

            Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life. To control your thoughts means to influence the way you live your life.

            Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affects your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality)

            I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive, and just a general waste of energy.

            You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

            Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Be someone who can control your thoughts—become the master of your mind.

            When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

            I currently have a few thoughts that are not of my choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

            Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

            Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in control of your thoughts.

            If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

            Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create unhealthy and unproductive thoughts.

            1. The Inner Critic

            This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

            • Other people’s words—many times your parents
            • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples’ expectations
            • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media
            • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

            The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance, and lack of self-love.

            Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is youwhy else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

            2. The Worrier

            This person lives in the future—in the world of “what ifs.”

            The Worrier is motivated by fear, which is often irrational and has no basis. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

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            3. The Reactor or Troublemaker

            This is the one that triggers anger, frustration, and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

            This person can be set off by words or feelings and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

            The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control. He is run by past programming that no longer serves you—if it ever did.

            4. The Sleep Depriver

            This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

            The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

            • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
            • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
            • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity, and generalized anxiety
            • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

            How can you control these squatters?

            How to Master Your Mind

            You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You can control your thoughts, but you must pay attention to them so you can identify “who” is running the show—this will determine which technique you will want to use.

            Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

            There are two ways to control your thoughts:

            • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
            • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

            This second option is what is known as peace of mind.

            The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go-to” thoughts in applicable situations.

            Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

            1. For the Inner Critic

            When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

            You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

            For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

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            You can also have a dialogue with yourself to discredit the ‘voice’ that created the thought—if you know whose voice it is:

            “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

            If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready.

            This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

            • They rile up the Worrier.
            • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
            • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
            • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
            • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

            Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

            Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

            2. For the Worrier

            Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally, and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

            Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind, and creates anxiety in the body. This may make it more difficult for you to control your thoughts effectively.

            You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

            • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
            • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
            • Muscles tense

            Use the above-stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time, you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

            If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

            Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

            “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

            Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense. Both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

            If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

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            Now, take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like! Do it until you feel that you’re close to being in control of your thoughts.

            Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

            For example: If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

            “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place.

            Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

            Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

            “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

            Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

            3. For the Troublemaker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

            Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers. But until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

            The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain.

            I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

            Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds—just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

            Breathe in through your nose:

            • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
            • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
            • Focus on your belly rising.

            Breathe out through your nose:

            • Feel your lungs emptying.
            • Focus on your belly falling.
            • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

            Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize. Now, you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior, and you’ll be more in control of your thoughts.

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            One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

            Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

            4. For the Sleep Depriver

            (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher, and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

            I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

            Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

            1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
            2. Then I came up with a replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

            When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and thoughts, and I choose quiet.

            From the first time I tried this method, I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

            For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (closed, of course). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

            If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

            You can also use this technique any time you want to:

            • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon
            • Shut down your thinking
            • Calm your feelings
            • Simply focus on the present moment

            The Bottom Line

            Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or destructive purposes.

            You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable, and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

            Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. You can be in control of your thoughts. The choice is yours!

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