The Celery Juice Craze

The Celery Juice Craze

A search for #CeleryJuice on Instagram returns over 133k posts (not including all the variations on the hashtag). Users say that drinking the green juice has cured them of a variety of problems. Goop even shares stories touting its “potent healing properties.”

There’s something else about celery juice that could explain its popularity on social media, according to Malina Malkani, registered dietitian nutritionist and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “The beautiful green color of celery juice also lends itself to gorgeous photos in an Instagram feed.” LOL

Celery has become the most expensive ingredient across numerous juice bars and healthy cafés. The increase in demand is partly fuelled by Anthony Williams, a self-proclaimed medical medium.

So, what are these health benefits?

Celery, while low-calorie (just 3 in a 5-inch stalk), provides a healthy dose of fiber, and vitamins C and K and potassium. Other advantages include helping with inflammation, boosting energy levels, adding anti-oxidants, improving overall health as well as a way to cleanse or ‘reset’ your body.

Despite the claims, few studies have investigated whether drinking celery juice actually improves health. Food experts say there is no evidence to prove celery as a superfood.

And with that in mind, here’s my attempt at #CeleryJuice:

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I found the taste of straight celery juice too strong, so I added one apple. Although, it’s believed the greatest benefits come when celery juice is consumed on its own. (William says celery juice is most powerful when you drink it solo.)

What are your thoughts? Do you have a cup of celery juice to start your day?

#Unfollows a Form of Rejection?

#Unfollows a Form of Rejection?

Recently, against my better judgement, I downloaded an app that tracks and reports Instagram unfollowers. Why? Well, a friend on Twitter mentioned she had recently done it out of curiosity and so I think that pressured me. I’m not quite sure why, but it rattled me. Am I shallow? It’s bizarre, and I picture my mom rolling her eyes, but it’s an odd psychology. Many of us use social to maintain relationships with those we care about, although we may never interact. In short, we just accumulate contacts, then never engage them.

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Social media’s effort of recovery during Hurricane Harvey

Social media’s effort of recovery during Hurricane Harvey

At the time of this writing, #HurricaneHarvey is an active tropical cyclone causing catastrophic flooding in southeastern Texas.

So many calls came into 911 in the Houston area this past weekend, many began turning to social media for help. Facebook activated its Safety Check, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army accepted donations via text message, and a Reddit thread was kept up-to-date with news, requests and information to aid in the effort of recovery.

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Hashtags are Providing Insight into Cultures and Countries

Hashtags are Providing Insight into Cultures and Countries

Last week, you may have seen #GrowingUpBlack become a trending hashtag in the United States. With more than 1.26 million tweets, the hashtag has elicited comedy in 140-characters as users share their experiences of black identity in the states.

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