Healing addiction issues is not just a matter of willpower like many people believe.  Anxiety, and alcohol and drug addiction are linked to brain inflammation.  Healing the gut lowers brain inflammation, making relapse less likely.  

Newly discovered brain cells respond to the gut microbiome lowering brain inflammation, according to a recent research study by the Women’s Brain Initiative at Brigham Women’s Hospital.  study

Why is this key to addiction recovery? 

If you or someone in your family has ever struggled with addiction, it can feel like you’ve lost complete control and your life is a roller coaster.  At least, that’s how I felt.  I felt like I never knew what to expect and that any happiness I experienced could be ripped out from under me at any moment.  

How can you heal the gut and lower your chances of relapse?  It’s way easier than you think; just drink celery juice when you wake up.  In my family, drinking celery juice was part of the turning point that finally stopped relapse and brought peace to life.  

Yes, it is a total pain in the butt to make celery juice every morning.  People give me dirty looks in the grocery store when I load my cart with a mountain of celery, but I don’t care.  

Celery Juice heals and activates the gut by restoring hydrochloric acid which helps us digest things faster and more efficiently.  Celery juice is also loaded with nutrients and antioxidants according to Dr. Jessica Drummond, founder of the Integrative Women’s Health Institute:  Blog post.  Celery juice has really healed my gut and improved my digestion.  I can’t go a day without it now!  

Bestselling author Anthony William explains how celery juice helps addictions, “”Often addiction is spurred by a lack of nutrients. A dysfunctional liver that’s not able to transform nutrients and deliver them adequately through the bloodstream to the brain and the rest of the body is one major part of addiction. A high level of toxic heavy metals such as mercury, copper, and aluminum in the liver and brain is another major part of it. Emotional duress, stress, compromises, wounds, and injuries can also contribute. Celery juice can help with all of it.” Blog post.

The crazy thing is that research also shows celery creates pheromones that make men more attractive to women.  Celery contains androstenone (5α-androst-16-en-3-one), a steroidal pheromone.   

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Sara Lopez is a Holistic Therapist and Reiki Healer from Vermont, U.S., who helps people get to the root cause of anxiety or addiction issues and step into the flow of healing.

Celery juice is one piece of a holistic protocol for addiction recovery.  It’s important to work with a medical professional, and to add in many different pieces which could include medication, support groups, rehab, exercise, etc.

Check out my Nutrition for Addiction Recovery blog post.