A Shot A Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Taking ginger shots is the HOTTEST new health trend now. And, when I say HOT, I mean it both literally and figuratively. If you know, you know. If you've never had ginger or a ginger shot, you're probably wondering, what's the deal with ginger? Well, I'm glad you asked.
Most people, including myself, swear by the miracles ginger is doing for their bodies and health. The good news is that you can make these bad boys in the comfort of your own kitchen or you can buy them in stores already in shot form.
Ginger is a root plant, mostly known and used in Asian cuisine. It’s used as both a spice but also as a natural remedy. A ginger shot is a small glass of pure, concentrated ginger juice. Ginger juice is made by pressing or juicing fresh ginger root. Ginger root has a very spicy taste therefore it's best to drink it in a few quick sips. The taste definitely takes some getting used to at first. Make sure to keep a glass of water handy to soothe your mouth after your ginger shot.
Ginger has numerous health benefits including the following:
it boosts your immune system, which means that is a natural weapon against cold and flu.
improves digestion, cardiovascular health and inflammation.
Is Ginger TOO Hot?
A ginger shot is pretty spicy. If you're looking for something a bit milder, a turmeric shot will suffice as the perfect replacement. Turmeric is also praised for its health benefits and it tastes slightly smoother and less spicy than ginger. Many turmeric shots in stores contain a lot of ginger. The kick is still there, but it's softer.
Feeling A Little Off? Try This Tip!
A great natural remedy if you're not feeling too well is the mixture of ginger, lemon and honey.
Again, ginger has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and is known to improve brain functions, heart health and even lower blood sugar levels. It’s also used to treat a variety of digestive ailments and helps fight colds and the flu.
Not only is lemon brilliant for your immune system, due to it’s high Vitamin C content, but it also contains antioxidants that work to detox and cleanse the digestive system and liver. Lemon juice can even work to balance out your bodies pH level, with alkaline properties.
Not only is honey delicious but it also contains antibacterial/antiviral and antioxidant properties, that help to boost immunity, fight infection and improve the digestive system as a natural cleanser. I use raw honey.
Start by rinsing and scrubbing the ginger root. There's no need to peel it, just cut it into small enough piece so they can pass through the juicer. If they're big pieces, the juicer will make LOUD noises.
Then, begin by juicing the ginger.
Once the ginger is juiced, you can juice the lemons accordingly. You can pass it through the juicer if you remove the skin and white rind. However, I keep the skin on.
Mix the ginger and lemon juice together.
Finally add honey and stir well to thoroughly combine.
Depending on how much you juice, separate into shot-sized portions (60ml) and keep refrigerated for up to a week.