I know you are probably thinking “Celery and papaya juice? YUCK!” If not, cool. But I promise it is delicious and most importantly, a natural way to relieve constipation. This juice recipe was given to me by a doctor when I was aat the Dominican Republic. In the spring of 2011, I withdrew from college because I was very sick. I was suffering from extreme abdominal pain and constipation. My parents and I were tired of seeing doctors in the United States. I have seen about three or four gastroenterologists. My parents sent me to the Dominican Republic for two months. I think that was probably the best thing that I could have done.
I needed the break, sun, and warm weather. I was severely depressed and exhausted. That time off changed me. Anyway, I went to see a holistic doctor who was located in the capital, Santo Domingo. She examined me and gave me my diagnoses a few days after. She told me the same thing that the doctors in the United States told me, that I had irritable bowel syndrome. Irritable bowel syndrome is a gastroenterological functional disorder. Basically, I suffer from abdominal pain, constipation, bloating, and loss of appetite. It is taxing on the body. However, she gave me this recipe as an alternative remedy for IBS-C. And it was an absolute blessing. My aunt bought papaya and celery and threw them in a blender. Four years later, I still drink this smoothie when I am either feeling constipated or just feel like clearing up my digestive system.
I also did tons of research on the nutritional benefits of papaya, celery, and now mango. They each are high on fiber. This juice is a great source of both insoluble and soluble fiber. It is great to have a combination of both in order to keep your fiber intake balanced. Adding the mango makes the juice taste so much better. I am even thinking of adding coconut water to give it that islandy taste.
- Half of papaya
- 1 mango
- 1 stalk of celery
- ½ cup of water
*This juice can be made with just blending the ingredients together. Personally, I like to use both a blender and a juicer. I am not a big fan of chunks of fruit in my juices. Haha. If I juice the celery, the smoothie would come out smoother.*
Juice the stalk of celery. Blend the papaya, mango, and celery juice to your liking. You may choose to juice the papaya, but personally, I think I get less juice. This yields about two cups of juice. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. Cheers!