Whenever I feel cold symptoms creeping up on me, or when I am experiencing workout discomfort I turn to shots! No, not the alcoholic ones at the bar. I’m talking about wellness shots.
Shots are quick hits of concentrated nutrition. One of my go to shots is Ginger, Lemon, and Turmeric. Although the quantity of liquid is small, it’s potent, gives you a burst of energy almost immediately, and boosts the immune system. You can make these shots in many different combinations to address different ailments.
So, why lemon, ginger, and turmeric you may ask?
Lemon is an immune system booster and provides a concentrated dose of vitamin C to the body. They are natural detoxifiers and have a diuretic effect. Lemons are extremely alkaline which makes them great for balancing the pH of the body.
Ginger root is anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, anti-viral, anti-histamine, it’s powerful! Ginger relieves body aches and pains, and settles the stomach.
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory root that can help to decrease muscle soreness after an intense workout. It also helps detox the liver and neutralizes free radicals which can lead to wrinkles, cellulite, and fatigue.
Here’s how to make the shot:
¾-1 whole lemon
1 thumb sized chunk of ginger
1-2 Teaspoons of fresh turmeric
BENEFITS OF TURMERIC:
Prevents cardiovascular disease at a magnitude comparable to that of 30-60 minutes of exercise per day
A safe and effective remedy for rheumatoid arthritis
May work as well or better than leading anti-inflammatory drugs for osteoarthritis.
A powerful antioxidant
Decreases the damaging effects of lupus on the kidneys
May reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease
You can increase the bioavailability of turmeric by combining it with black pepper, which contains piperine, a potent inhibitor of drug metabolism, meaning it slows the liver’s ability to eliminate the curcumin. Even just a pinch of pepper increases bioavailability by 2000%! Also eating it with fat helps it travel through the lymphatic system, bypassing the liver and increasing absorption.