Advertising
Advertising

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.

Advertising

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.

Advertising

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

    Advertising

    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:

          Advertising

          • 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.

            Featured photo credit: mama_mia via shutterstock.com

            More by this author

            Grishma Giri

            Grishma Giri is a passionate writer who shares about lifestyle tips on Lifehack.

            10 Simple Steps to Let Go of the Past 5 Best Free Websites To Learn Photography Skills Easily How To Live a Rich Life Without Lots of Money car accident 8 Ways To Protect Yourself After An Accident send flowers to your loved ones The 8 Best Reasons to Send Flowers To Your Loved Ones

            Trending in Food and Drink

            1 20 Easy Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss 2 The Best Refreshing Morning Routine: Have a Vegan Breakfast 3 25 Best Weight Loss Breakfast Ideas for Busy People 4 8 Best Teas for Weight Loss and Fat Burning 5 27 Healthy Pressure Cooker Meals (with Easy Recipes)

            Read Next

            Advertising
            Advertising
            Advertising

            Last Updated on March 30, 2020

            Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (And What to Do About It)

            Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (And What to Do About It)

            Feeling tired all the time?

            Have you ever caught yourself nodding off when you’re watching TV, listening to someone drone on during a meeting or even driving a car?

            I know I have, especially when I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive.

            Feeling tired all the time may be more widespread than you think. In fact, two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week.[1]

            If you’re tired of feeling tired, then I’ve got some great news for you. New research is helping us gain critical insights into the underlying causes of feeling tired all the time.

            In this article, we’ll discuss the latest reasons why you’re feeling tired all the time and practical steps you can take to finally get to the bottom of your fatigue and feel rested.

            What Happens When You’re Too Tired

            If you sleep just two hours less than the normal eight hours, you could be as impaired as someone who has consumed up to three beers.[2] And you’ve probably experienced the impact yourself.

            Here are some common examples of what happens when you’re feeling tired:[3]

            • You may have trouble focusing because memory and learning functions may be impaired within your brain.
            • You may experience mood swings and an inability to differentiate between what’s important and what’s not because your brain’s neurotransmitters are misfiring.
            • You may get dark circles under your eyes and/or your skin make look dull and lackluster in the short term and over time your skin may get wrinkles and show signs of aging because your body didn’t have time to remove toxins during sleep.
            • You may find it more difficult to exercise or to perform any type of athletic activity.
            • Your immune system may weaken causing you to pick up infections more easily.
            • You may overeat because not getting enough sleep activates the body’s endocannabinoids even when you’re not hungry.
            • Your metabolism slows down so what you eat is more likely to be stored as belly fat.

            Are you saying that feeling tired can make me overweight?

            Unfortunately, yes!

            Feeling tired all the time can cause you to put on the pounds especially around your waist. But it is a classic chicken and egg situation, too.

            Heavier people are more likely to feel fatigued during the day than lighter ones. And that’s even true for overweight people who don’t have sleep apnea (source: National Institutes of Health).

            Speaking of sleep apnea, you may be wondering if that or something else is causing you to feel tired all the time.

            Why Are you Feeling Tired All the Time?

            Leading experts are starting to recognize that there are three primary reasons people feel tired on a regular basis: sleep deprivation, fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

            Here’s a quick overview of each root cause of feeling tired all of the time:

            1. Tiredness occurs from sleep deprivation when you don’t get high-quality sleep consistently. It typically can be solved by changing your routine and getting enough deep restorative sleep.
            2. Fatigue occurs from prolonged sleeplessness which could be triggered by numerous issues such as mental health issues, long-term illness, fibromyalgia, obesity, sleep apnea or stress. It typically can be improved by changing your lifestyle and using sleep aids or treatments, if recommended by your physician.
            3. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a medical condition also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis that occurs from persistent exhaustion that doesn’t go away with sleep.

            The exact cause of CFS is not known, but it may be due to problems with the immune system, a bacterial infection, a hormone imbalance or emotional trauma.

            It typically involves working with a doctor to rule out other illnesses before diagnosing and treating CFS.[4]

            Always consult a physician to get a personal diagnosis about why you are feeling tired, especially if it is a severe condition.

            Feeling Tired vs Being Fatigued

            If lack of quality sleep doesn’t seem to be the root cause for you, then it’s time to explore fatigue as the reason you are frequently feeling tired.

            Advertising

            Until recently, tiredness and fatigue were thought to be interchangeable. Leading experts now realize that tiredness and fatigue are different.

            Tiredness is primarily about lack of sleep.

            But fatigue is a perceived feeling of being tired that is much more likely to occur in people who have depression, anxiety or emotional stress and/or are overweight and physically inactive (source: Science Direct).

            Symptoms of fatigue include:

            • Difficulty concentrating
            • Low stamina
            • Difficulty sleeping
            • Anxiety
            • Low motivation

            These symptoms may sound similar to those of tiredness but they usually last longer and are more intense.

            Unfortunately, there is no definitive reason why fatigue occurs because it can be a symptom of an emotional or physical illness. But there are still a number of steps you can take to reduce difficult symptoms by making a few simple lifestyle changes.

            How Much Sleep Is Enough?

            The number one reason you may feel tired is because of sleep deprivation which means you are not getting enough high-quality sleep.

            Most adults need 7 to 9 hours of high-quality, uninterrupted sleep per night. If you’re sleep deprived, the amount of sleep you need increases.

            So, quantity and quality do matter when it comes to sleep.

            The key to quality sleep is being able to get long, uninterrupted sleep cycles throughout the night. It typically takes 90 minutes for you to reach a state of deep REM sleep where your body’s healing crew goes to work.

            Ideally, you want to get at least 3 to 4 deep REM sleep cycles in per night. That’s why it’s so important to stay asleep for 7 or more hours.

            Research also shows that people who think they can get by on less sleep don’t perform as well as people who get at least seven hours of sleep a night[5] So, you should definitely plan on getting seven hours of deep restorative sleep every night.

            If you are not getting 7 hours of high-quality sleep regularly, then sleep deprivation is most likely reason you feel tired all the time.

            And that is good news because sleep deprivation is much simpler and easier to address than the other root causes.

            It’s also a good idea to rule out sleep deprivation as the reason why you are tired before moving on to the other possibilities such as fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which may require a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

            4 Simple Changes to Reduce Fatigue

            Personally, I’m a big believer in upgrading your lifestyle to uplift your life. I overcame chronic stress and exhaustion by making these four changes to my lifestyle:

            1. Eating healthy, home-cooked meals versus microwaving processed foods or eating out
            2. Exercising regularly
            3. Using stressbusters
            4. Creating a bedtime routine to sleep better

            So, I know it is possible to change your lifestyle even when you’re working crazy hours and have lots of family responsibilities.

            After I made the 4 simple changes in my lifestyle, I no longer felt exhausted all of the time.

            In addition, I lost two inches off my waist and looked and felt better than ever.

            Advertising

            I was so excited that I wanted to help others replace stress and exhaustion with rest and well-being, too. That’s why I became a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.

            Interestingly enough, I discovered that Dr. Sears recommends a somewhat similar L.E.A.N. lifestyle:

            • L is for Lifestyle and means living healthy including getting enough sleep.
            • E is for Exercise and means getting at least 20 minutes of exercise a day ideally for six days a week.
            • A is for Attitude and means thinking positive and reducing stress whenever possible.
            • N is for Nutrition and means emphasizing a right-fat diet, not a low-fat diet.

            The L.E.A.N. lifestyle is a scientifically-proven way to reduce fatigue, get to the optimal weight and to achieve overall wellness.[6]

            And yes, there does seem to be an important correlation between being lean and feeling rested.

            But overall based on my personal experience and Dr. Sear’s scientific proof, the key to not feeling tired all of the time does seem to be 4 simple changes to your lifestyle.

            L — Living Healthy

            Getting enough high-quality sleep every day is the surefire way to help you feel less fatigued, more rested and better overall.

            So, whether you’re sleep deprived or potentially suffering from fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, you probably want to find a way to sleep better.

            In fact, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body isn’t getting the time it needs to repair itself; meaning that if you are suffering from an illness, it’s far more likely to linger.

            As unlikely as it sounds, though, fatigue can sometimes make it difficult to sleep. That’s why I’d recommend taking a look at your bedtime routine before you go to bed and optimize it based on sleep best practices.

            Here are 3 quick and easy tips for creating a pro-sleep bedtime routine:

            1. Unplug

            Many of us try to unwind by watching TV or doing something on an iPhone or tablet. But tech can affect your melatonin production due to the blue light that they emit, fooling your body into thinking it’s still daytime.

            So turn off all tech one hour before bed and create a tech-free zone in your bedroom.

            2. Unwind

            Do something to relax.

            Use the time before bed to do something you find relaxing such as reading a book, listening to soothing music, meditating or taking an Epsom salt bath.

            3. Get Comfortable

            Ensure your bed is comfortable and your room is set up for sleep.

            Make sure you room is cool. 60-68 degrees is the ideal temperature for most people to sleep.

            Also, it’s ideal if your bedroom is dark and there is no noise.

            Finally, make sure everything is handled (e.g., laying out tomorrow’s clothes) before you get into your nice, comfy bed.

            If your mind is still active, write a to-do list to help you fall asleep faster.[7]

            Advertising

            Above all, be gentle with yourself and count your blessings, some sheep or whatever helps.

            This article also offers practical tips to build a bedtime routine: How to Build a Good Bedtime Routine That Makes Your Morning Easier

            E — Exercise

            Many people know that exercise is good for them, but just can’t figure out how to fit it into their busy schedules.

            That’s what happened in my case.

            But when my chronic stress and exhaustion turned into systemic inflammation (which can lead to major diseases like Alzheimer’s), I realized it was time to change my lifestyle.

            As part of my lifestyle upgrade, I knew I needed to move more.

            My friends who exercise all gave me the same advice: find an exercise you like to do and find a specific time in your schedule when you can consistently do it.

            That made sense to me.

            So, I decided to swim.

            I used to love to swim when I was young, but I hadn’t done it for years. The best time for me to do it was immediately after work, since I could easily get an open swim lane at my local fitness club then.

            Also, swimming became a nice reason for me to leave work on time. And I got to enjoy a nice workout before eating dinner.

            Swimming is a good way to get your cardio or endurance training. But, walking, running and dancing are nice alternatives.

            So find an exercise you love and stick to it. Ideally, get a combination of endurance training, strength training and flexibility training in during your daily 20-minute workout.

            If you haven’t exercised in a while and have a lot of stress in your life, you may want to give yoga a try because you will increase your flexibility and lower your stress.

            A — Attitude

            Stress may be a major reason why you aren’t feeling well all of the time. At least that was the case with me.

            When I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive, I felt chronically stressed and exhausted. But there was one thing that always worked to help me feel calmer and less fatigued.

            Do you want to know what that master stress-busting technique was?

            Breathing.

            But not just any old breathing. It was a special form of deep Yogic breathing called the “Long-Exhale Breathing” or “4-7-8 breathing” or “Pranayama” in Sanskrit).

            Advertising

            Here’s how you do “Long-Exhale Breathing”:

            1. Sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight and your hand on your tummy (so you know you are breathing deeply from your diaphragm and not shallowly from your chest)
            2. Breathe in deeply and slowly from your diaphragm with your mouth closed while you count to 4 (ideally until your stomach feels full of air)
            3. Hold your breath while you count to 7 mentally and enjoy the stillness
            4. Breathe out through your mouth with a “ha” sound while you count to 8 (or until your stomach has no more air in it)
            5. Pause after you finish your exhale while you notice the sense of wholeness and relaxation from completing one conscious, deep, long exhale breath
            6. Repeat 3 times ensuring your exhale is longer than your inhale so you relax your nervous system

            This type of “long-exhale breathing” is scientifically proven to reduce stress.

            When your exhale is twice as long as your inhale, it soothes your parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates the relaxation response.[8]

            Plus, this is a great technique for helping you get to sleep, too.

            N — Nutrition

            Diet is vital for beating fatigue – after all, food is your main source of energy.

            If your diet is poor, then it implies you’re not getting the nutrients you need to sustain healthy energy levels.

            Eating a diet for fatigue doesn’t need to be complicated, time-consuming though.

            For most people, it’s just a case of swapping a few unhealthy foods for a few healthier ones, like switching from low-fiber, processed foods to whole, high-fiber foods.

            Unless your current diet is solely made up of fast food and ready meals, adjusting to a fatigue-fighting diet shouldn’t be too much of a shock to the system.

            Here’re 9 simple diet swaps you can make today:

            1. Replace your morning coffee with Matcha green tea and drink only herbal tea within six hours of bedtime.
            2. Add a healthy fat or protein to your any carb you eat, especially if you eat before bed. Please note that carb-only snacks lead to blood-sugar crashes that can make you eat more and they can keep you from sleeping.
            3. Fill up with fiber especially green leafy vegetables. Strive to get at least 25g per day with at least 5 servings (a serving is the size of your fist) of green vegetables.
            4. Replace refined, processed, low-fiber pastas and grains with zucchini noodles and whole grains such as buckwheat, quinoa, sorghum, oats, amaranth, millet, teff, brown rice and corn.
            5. Swap natural sweeteners for refined sugars and try to ensure you don’t get more than 25g of sugar a day if you are a woman and 30g of sugar a day if you are a man.
            6. Replace ice cream with low-sugar alternatives such as So Delicious Dairy-Free Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Cream.
            7. Swap omega-6, partially-hydrogenated oils such as corn, palm, sunflower, safflower, cotton, canola and soybean oil for omega-3 oils such as flax, olive and nut oils.
            8. Replace high-sugar yoghurts with low-sugar, dairy-free yoghurts such as Kite Hill Plain Yoghurt with 1g sugar or Lifeway Farmer Cheese with 0g sugar.
            9. Swap your sugar-laden soda for sparkling water with a splash of low-sugar juice

            Also, ensure your diet is giving you enough of the daily essential vitamins and minerals. Most of us don’t get enough Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, Calcium, Iron and Magnesium. If you are low on any of the above vitamins and minerals, you may experience fatigue and low energy.

            That’s why it’s always worth having your doctor check your levels. If you find any of them are low, then try to eat foods rich in them.

            Alternatively, you might consider a high-quality multi-vitamin or specific supplement.

            The Bottom Line

            If you are tired of feeling tired, then there is tremendous hope.

            If you are tired because you are not getting enough high-quality sleep, then the best remedy is a bedtime routine based on sleep best practices.

            If you are tired because you have stress and fatigue, then the best remedy are four simple lifestyle changes including:

            • Enough High-Quality Sleep with Bedtime Routine
            • Regular Exercise You Love
            • Stress Reduction with Long-Exhale Breathing
            • Fatigue-Reducing Diet

            Overall, adopting a healthier lifestyle Is the ideal remedy for feeling more rested and energized.

            More Tips to Help You Rest Better

            Featured photo credit: Cris Saur via unsplash.com

            Reference

            [1] YouGov: Two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week
            [2] National Safety Council: Is Your Company Confronting Workplace Fatigue?
            [3] The New York Times: Why Are We So Freaking Tired?
            [4] Mayo Clinic: Chronic fatigue syndrome
            [5] Mayo Clinic: Lack of sleep: Can it make you sick?
            [6] Ask Dr. Sears: The L.E.A.N. Lifestyle
            [7] American Psychological Association: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
            [8] Yoga International: Learning to Exhale: 2-to-1 Breathing

            Read Next