Have you seen the tiny juice shot bottles lining the shelves of your local juice bar or health food store? If you haven’t yet tried one, we’re here to tell you that needs to change! We are partial to ginger shots-- they’re our favorite way to start the day. Once we have downed our daily ginger shot, our body feels more alive and ready to work hard for us. We put our bodies through so much, it’s important to give back. Try giving yourself a little TLC with a ginger shot.
The Many Benefits of Ginger
Ginger root isn’t just used to spice up food. Yes, it has a delicious zippy flavor and can enhance any dish, but that’s not the only reason ginger is beloved by foodies and health nuts alike. Ginger actually boasts many wonderful and potent medicinal properties. Chinese and Indian culture have been using ginger to treat the body for over 4,700 years. If you haven’t hopped on the ginger train yet, you will now. It’s an incredible addition to any healthy diet.
The magic of the ginger root lies in its gingerol content. Gingerol is the oily resin from the root. Of the 115 different chemical compounds found in ginger, gingerol is the most therapeutic. Ginger’s reputation as a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory is all thanks to gingerols.
Ginger Soothes Upset Stomachs & Aids Digestion
Ginger is an incredible natural remedy for nausea and upset stomachs. Pregnant and suffering from regular bouts of morning sickness? Try some ginger tea or take a ginger shot. Hungover and feeling sick to your stomach? Down that ginger shot stat. Ginger root not only soothes the stomach, it also aids digestion. It eases bloating and constipation, as ginger relaxes the smooth muscle in your gut to help move food along through the digestive tract. It also improves nutrient absorption. Since it promotes regular and healthy digestion, ginger is a great tool to prevent and protect against malabsorption.
Ginger Boosts Your Immune System
In today’s modern world, people are busier than ever. You work hard and play hard, but that can really take a toll on your bodies and immune systems. Adding ginger to your daily diet via a ginger shot or otherwise is a great way to combat this. As an antioxidant, ginger root helps fight free radicals and toxins in your body, as well as cleans out your lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system is essentially your body’s sewage system, so by keeping it clean and functioning, you’ll prevent further toxic buildup in your body. If you are already sick and hurting, take an extra ginger shot or sip on some ginger tea to help you heal and feel better faster. Since ginger is also an anti inflammatory agent, it soothes internal inflammation so that your immune system doesn’t have to work so hard and wear itself out.
Ginger Fights Infection
Ginger root is naturally antimicrobial, meaning that it kills bacteria. By taking a ginger shot, you are helping to remove harmful bacteria from your system. In 2011 study published by The Journal of Microbiology and Antimicrobials, it was found that ginger’s ability to kill two common and dangerous bacterias -- staphylococcus aureus and streptococcus pyogenes -- far surpassed the conventional antibiotics’ abilities. If you are coming into contact with unknown bacterias regularly, like if you ride public transportation or work in the medical field, adding ginger to your diet can help protect you. Ginger is also a great natural antifungal agent, so it can help kill any nasty fungus that might be lurking in your body.
Ginger Revs Up Your Metabolism
A ginger shot first thing in the morning can be a great way to start your day and wake up your metabolism. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or build muscle, adding ginger to your diet is a great way to boost your metabolism. Ginger root causes your stomach to produce more acid, which stimulates your metabolism and essentially turns it up a few notches. This extra acid helps the body to burn more calories and fat. If you want to burn more calories during your next workout session, throw back a ginger shot before heading to the gym.
Ginger Helps Your Body Recover Faster Post-Workout
The time spent recovering from a workout is just as important as the time spent actually exercising. When your muscles get sore, it’s because they have tiny tears in the muscle fibers. This happens when you lift weights or strength train. After you’ve completed an especially intense workout, it’s important you recover properly. Your muscles need to repair themselves, which in turn builds new muscle mass and makes you stronger. They need proper fuel to recover. Taking a ginger shot after a workout can really help, as ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory. Ginger can actually speed up your workout recovery and help your body to heal faster and more efficiently.
Ginger Regulates Blood Sugar
When you feel anxiety strike, it can often be due to your blood sugar levels. Spikes and dips in blood sugar can cause anxiety, unhealthy cravings, energy crashes, and dizzy spells. Diabetics are especially vulnerable to these symptoms, as their bodies are unable to regulate their blood sugar. If you are diabetic, you must monitor your blood sugar throughout the day to prevent spikes and dips from throwing your body out of whack. Everybody can experience unhealthy spikes and dips in blood sugar levels though, not just diabetics. It’s important to keep your body’s levels even and regular. Ginger actually helps to regulate your blood sugar and fights these symptoms. So next time you are feeling like reaching for that candy bar to get you out of your midday slump, grab a ginger shot instead. It’s so much healthier and satisfying.
Make Your Own Ginger Shot At Home
Not everybody has access to a health food store or juice bar like Pure Green. That doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the wonderful benefits of a ginger shot. You can actually make one in the comfort of your own home!
Ginger & Lemon Shot
Ginger and lemon shots are a great way to start your day. Try drinking one first thing in the morning upon waking. Ginger gives you all the aforementioned benefits, and is a great way to spike that metabolism and wake up the digestive system.
The lemon juice adds its own benefits too. It’s great for the immune system because of its high vitamin C content. It also boasts alkalinizing properties, so it’s a great way to balance your pH. Many people have bodies that are too acidic, which is toxic and leads to many problems, like fatigue, acne, and weight gain. It’s important to keep your body’s pH levels balanced and healthy. Lemon juice also contains antioxidants that help to cleanse the liver and digestive system. This helps the body to release toxins and lose extra weight you may be carrying. Give this shot a try today, and you’ll be hooked. Plus, it only takes about a minute to make!
Juice of ½ a lemon
1 large knob of ginger
Peel the skin off of the ginger knob and put it into your juicer. Mix the ginger juice with the lemon juice. Now drink! Don’t sip-- throw that sucker back. Easy!
Ginger, Lemon, & Cayenne Shot
If you like a spicy kick, try this shot. This a great shot for if you’re hungover or feeling ill. It’s similar to the ginger and lemon shot above but with a little special extra- cayenne pepper! This is a classic juice shot that cleanses the body, detoxifies the organs, and boosts metabolism.
Cayenne has many medicinal and health benefits, like ginger and lemon. It aids in healthy circulation throughout the body, which is great for those suffering from circulatory issues. If you are prone to blood clots or at risk of clogged arteries, try adding cayenne to your diet. This shot is a great way to do so every morning. Cayenne contains a compound called capsaicin that reduces inflammation and soothes pain. It’s also an anti-irritant, which makes it a great remedy for ulcers, upset stomachs, coughs, and diarrhea. Cayenne boasts many powerful vitamins too, like A and E. Vitamin A maintains healthy vision, skin, and neurological function. It’s also an antioxidant that fights free radicals. Vitamin E is required for proper organ functioning, but it also helps slow the aging process. Cayenne also helps digestion. It stimulates saliva production, which is imperative for healthy digestion (as well as preventing bad breath). It also increases the flow of enzyme production, which is equally important to a properly functioning digestive system.
Juice of ½ a lemon
1 large knob of ginger
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Peel your ginger and throw it in your juicer or blender. Pour it into your ginger juice and add the cayenne. Stir well and throw back the shot. The zip should really get you going.