Favourite of the Month Series #3: Winter Ginger Shots

It's winter time and you feel the first cold approaching. What can you do? I have a sustainable and healthy solution for you. No medication or chemicals involved.



GINGER SHOTS.


This winter I started drinking ginger shots and preparing them myself. They are easy to make and, touch wood, I haven't been ill this winter. So they must work! And I want to share my recipes with you because they seem to work wonders. The best thing to do is to drink ginger shots even before you get a cold. It helps preventing you from getting ill since it's the perfect immune system booster. Why though?


Ginger contains gingerol, which is a substance with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It fights toxins in our body and can cleanse our lymphatic system which consequently leads to less toxins entering the body in the first place.


Ginger can fight infections, prevent cancer, lower the blood sugars and cholesterol levels, and it can even be beneficial for our brain function and can help prevent Alzheimer. It may reduce menstrual pain, treat chronic indigestion, reduce muscle pain, it's good for your metabolism and can be used to treat many forms of nausea.


The other ingredients that I use in my ginger shots to make the shots tastier and sweeter are health beneficial too. Except maybe the maple syrup that I use occasionally.


One of the ingredients is fresh turmeric. THE BEST. Why else is it called the golden spice? It makes my hands go yellow and people stare at them and probably wonder what weird condition I have but that's okay. I only recently started buying fresh turmeric and I can tell you, fresh turmeric smells so fresh and sooooo much better than turmeric powder. If you don't want yellow hands, put on gloves though.

Same as ginger, turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties. It further helps the liver function, can relieve pain, helps the digestion, may prevent cancer. Turmeric can prevent viral infections. It helps fighting the flu and herpes.


Carrots, oranges and lemons are the other ingredient. Carrots are a great source of beta-carotene, vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin B6, potassium, fibre (which you might not get when you juice) and anti-oxidants. Oranges are high in vitamin C, can lower cholesterol levels, blood sugar, and the risk of cancer. They are an immune system booster too, and good for your skin.

Lemons too contain a high level of vitamin C and can improve skin quality. They, further, help the digestion and promote hydration. They help prevent kidney stones. Wow, that's a lot of good things! But that's about all the ingredients.



Drinking fresh juices during cold winter times helps boost the immune system and fight infections. Now that you know a little bit more about the individual ingredients, I hope you'll enjoy the ginger shots even more. Here come the two recipes! Enjoy :)




Winter Ginger Shots

1 ginger shot a day keeps the doctor away. These healthy ginger shots can be consumed at any time of the day. They are perfect for the morning since they are a real energy booster.






Does it keep? Yes, 1-2 days. Store in an airtight container.


Prep Time: 5-10 minutes










Ingredients

Recipe 1: less sweet, more gingery

6 inches ginger

1 big carrot / 2 medium carrots

lemon juice from 1 lemon

3 Tbsp maple syrup

optional (but necessary when using a blender): water


Recipe 2: sweet, fruity

6 inches ginger

2 inches turmeric

1 big carrot

lemon juice from 1 lemon

orange juice from 1 orange

optional (but necessary when using a blender): water


Method

1. Peel the ginger, carrots and turmeric (if you use recipe 2).

2. Put everything in a juicer if you have one. If you have a juicer, then you don't need to add water. Only add it if you want to dilute it.

If you make your shots without a juicer, then you need to put them in a blender. Add as much water as you need to cover all the ingredients, that should be enough water. Blend everything until smooth, then put the liquid through a nut milk bag in order to get rid of all the pulp. Pour the juice in a glass and consume directly or store in the fridge in a resealable container.


Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or any kind of professional health adviser. This is all based on my own experience and research.


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Love,

Viki xxx


Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25230520

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-benefits-of-ginger#section5

http://www.juicingnation.com/ginger-shot-benefits/

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/306981.php?sr

https://www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-turmeric

https://www.livescience.com/45057-oranges-nutrition-facts.html

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/benefits-of-lemon-water

https://livelovefruit.com/benefits-of-juicing-in-winter/


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