In times of uncertainty, restrictions, lack of sleep, extreme diet change and fear, our bodies resent stress within every molecule. Our cells activity is turned upside down, the sleep cycle is disrupted and our immune system weakens.
In times like these, the only way to stay balanced is to maintain order while stuck the middle of chaos – maintaining simple routines, going to bed and waking up the same time every day, eating balanced and at the same hours, keeping things clean and tidy and keeping your mind focused on useful tasks (reading, learning new things, creating or meditating).
Tricking my brain that things are under control, embracing uncertainty and nourishing my body with nutrients that support your immune system – here is my way to fight against chaos. This ginger shot is one of my favorite ways to boost the immune system – it has an intense aromatic and refreshing taste, and encapsulates a great deal of nutrients.
Ginger Shot Benefits
Ginger is one of the ingredients that’s never missing from my kitchen, because I like its flavor and use it extensively to a lot of dishes.
I also use it on its own, following an Ayurvedic practice of drinking a freshly grated ginger elixir before eating, to boost the digestive fire (Agni), increase the nutrient absorption and break down toxins.
When it comes to ginger shots, the benefits are even more extended, because you’re adding more nutrients to the combo. I use a lot of ginger, carrots, fresh citrus fruits, turmeric and fresh mint to create it, so here are my ginger shot benefits:
- Immune system boost – because of its high content of vitamin C, gingerols and other antioxidants. Bioactive components of ginger assists detoxification and promote healthy sweating and the activation of a protein that may help fight infections.
- Anti-inflammatory properties – because of turmeric’s curcumin and gingerols, the active compounds in ginger.
- Age-related oxidative stress reducing – giving the high load of antioxidants in ginger, surpassed only by pomegranate and some type of berries.
- Anti-cancer activity – studies proofed that bioactive compounds in ginger can prevent or suppress some types of cancer.
- Digestive relief and improvement – as most of the ginger metabolites accumulate in the gastrointestinal tract, its most common use is for relieving the digestive distress, nausea and boosting the digestive activity.
How To Make a Ginger Shot?
There are two main ways to drink your ginger – grated and mixed with liquid, or juiced and diluted with water or other fruit and vegetables juices.
When I need a quick medicine for digestive issues (feeling bloated after a meal for instance), I mix one teaspoon freshly grated ginger with 3 tbsp water and drink the shot for instant relief.
If my aim is to boost my immune system or improve my antioxidant reserves, I make my ginger shots using a cold-press juicer and juice the ginger with other nutrient-packed veggies, fruits and herbs, and I drink them every day for at least a week.
Can I Take Ginger Shots on an Empty Stomach?
While ginger is considered a digestive-friendly ingredient, some people might experience discomfort if drinking a ginger shot on an empty stomach.
I personally don’t have a problem drinking it, as it actually energises me if I drink it first thing in the morning. If you have a sensible stomach, you might consider taking your ginger shots between your meals.
If you want to strengthen your immune system with powerful food medicine, here are some elixirs I love making at home:
I love seeing your take on my recipes, so if you made this ginger shot don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @theawesomegreen so I can see them and share with the community!
Ginger Shots for a Quick Immune Boost
- 2 inch ginger piece
- 2 lemons peeled
- 1 orange peeled
- 2 carrots
- 5 fresh peppermint leaves
- 2 tsp turmeric powder (or 2 small roots, peeled)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Juice the ginger, carrots, mint and citrus fruits using a cold-press juicer.
- Add the turmeric and ground black pepper, mix and drink straight away