Shots might not be the first thing that come to mind as you’re waking up on a cold, autumnal morning but these ginger turmeric shots are anything but your boozy, night-out sort. This ginger turmeric shot is one of my favourite immunity recipes for staving off colds and flu as well as keeping the immune system strong throughout the year. Turmeric and ginger are both a powerhouse of immune-boosting and inflammatory properties that help to keep the body healthy, balanced and strong.
This 10-minute recipe is so easy to make and I’ll show you how you can use either a juicer or a blender, whichever you have to hand, to make this super, immunity shot. You can also make this large batch ahead to last a good few days, stored in a sealed bottle in the fridge. I also like to freeze some in an ice cube tray and add it to water, cocktails, salad dressings and even into Golden Milk lattes.
BENEFITS OF GINGER
Ginger really is one of the best roots on the planet when it comes to its multitude of health benefits. It’s widely considered to have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Ginger has also been used for thousands of years, especially in Ayurveda for alleviating nausea, vomiting and a variety of other stomach issues and digestion so it’s perfect for consumption after a large meal.
Studies show it even acts as an anti-carcinogenic. Some studies also suggest that ginger can also help with period pains, reducing cholesterol and fighting cold/flu.
BENEFITS OF TURMERIC
Turmeric, just like ginger has similar properties. It can increase the antioxidant capacity in the body, protecting it from free radicals which in theory can lead to a slowing down of the ageing process.
Through its anti-inflammatory properties, it can also reduce chronic inflammation and calm the body.
It has also been scientifically proven to have the potential to prevent heart disease, cancers and it can also reduce symptoms of depression and arthritis.
Curcumin is the main ingredient in turmeric and it’s this compound that helps to prevent a number of conditions from heart disease to arthritis by regulating blood pressure. Curcumin alone isn’t easily absorbed into the bloodstream which is why it’s often recommended to take it with black pepper which helps it to be absorbed. It really is a must in order to get all the benefits from the ginger turmeric shot.
The combination of turmeric and ginger isn’t something new. In fact, Jamu is a traditional tonic from Bali, made from turmeric and ginger. It’s thought that in the past it was a drink of the Gods- the Gods owing their strength to this concoction.
What does it taste like?
The taste of turmeric and ginger can be overwhelming for some people but not all. Many people find that they love the taste. Both these roots are powerful and have a strong and spicy taste. Luckily if you find it too strong you can dilute the shot with water or even orange juice, however, I do recommend taking it just like a shot, in one go and this way it’s over in seconds.
GINGER TURMERIC SHOT RECIPE
200g of ginger
200g of turmeric
1/5 tsp black pepper
Wash the turmeric and ginger thoroughly. I normally use a vegetable brush to do this. If using a juicer check to see if you need to peel the turmeric or ginger before putting it through.
JUICER: Place the turmeric and ginger into the juicer and juice. Then put in the lemons- make sure to peel the skin first. Finally, stir in the black pepper and serve. It’s best to use a high-quality slow juicer to preserve all the vitamins and nutrients from your ingredients. I love the Hurom Slow Juicer as it’s so easy to use and clean.
BLENDER: To blend slice the ginger and turmeric for easy blending. Put the ginger, turmeric and peeled lemons into a blender with 1/4 cup of water. For easier blending use a small, powerful blender, my favourite is the Nutribullet. Blend until smooth.
The daily dose of this ginger turmeric shot is about 60ml per day- the perfect little shot measure. You can keep this stored in a sealed jar or bottle for a few days in the refrigerator.
Notes: For a bit of added sweetness stir in a tbsp of honey or agave to the tonic.
If the taste is too strong try diluting with water or with natural, freshly squeezed orange juice for some added sweetness and Vitamin C.
If you give this ginger turmeric shot a go then let me know how you got on below, I’d love to hear from you.
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