Let us explain about the Ginger Shot.
January – this is the time of year when it seems like everyone is sick with a cold, virus or the flu. From kids, adults, to elderly, we are all desperately searching for ways to either fast recover from our illness, or avoid catching it from others.
If you feel like it has already got you, there’s one natural cure you could try – the power of ginger.
This is because fresh ginger root is said to contain antiviral properties. In this blog, we will share with you a recipe for homemade ginger shot that may give your immune system a much-needed boost this winter.
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Ginger shot – how does it cure sickness?
The question is – why is Ginger shot highly recommended? More than just adding a delightfully warming taste to hot beverages, ginger has long been utilised medicinally. One of its active ingredients is gingerols. The antibacterial and antifungal qualities of gingerol enhance a person’s immunity.
Moreover, ginger also has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects. In addition to relieving headaches and lowering fevers, these health benefits and side effects of ginger also help coughs and other symptoms related to the flu and common colds.
The ‘Immune Boosting’ Ginger Shot
A ginger shot, which contains all the health advantages of the spice in a little drink that you can take in one gulp in the morning to get you through the day, is one of the healthiest ways to eat ginger.
Purchasing single ginger shots from shops can be costly, too, as they can cost anywhere from £2 to £5. So why not use this helpful recipe to create your own from scratch?
If you’re tired of paying exorbitant prices for shots in coffee shops and grocery stores, you can create your own at home with simple, natural ingredients. Furthermore, all you need to prepare this immune boosting drink is a blender, rather than a juicer or other sophisticated equipment. Smooth!
How to Make a Homemade Ginger Shot
- 2 oranges
- 2 lemons
- 100g fresh ginger (more or less depending on how strong you want it to be)
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 2 cups water (OR coconut water if you want to add natural sweetness)
- Optional: 1-2 tbsp liquid sweetener of choice
How to Prepare Ginger Shot
The first step is to cut your lemons and oranges into smaller wedges. Then, peel and coarsely chop your ginger. Using them, fill your blender with all of the components.
Next, place the cover on and process until smooth on high. Pour into a big bowl after passing through a sieve. To help in sifting the juice, we recommend you to use a spoon.
If you want a smoother juice, you can instead strain it through cheesecloth. Just carefully pour the juice into your glasses by placing the funnel atop them. Finally, put them in the refrigerator to cool.
Since the skin of the ginger contains twice as many beneficial polyphenols as the flesh, which are believed to improve digestion, cognitive function, and protect against heart disease and type 2 diabetes, we advise against peeling the ginger before putting it in the blender.
The shots can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week, but we suggest consuming them within three to five days. To make them last longer, you can also freeze them and thaw them out as needed – just don’t fill the bottles too high up!
Chill, enjoy, and get well soon!