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Turmeric Shots: No Really

By on April 25, 2016
Have you had your shots?

Have you had your shots?

Long time no talk, Lifestyle Spy readers. In order to breathe new life into the column this Spring, I thought we should talk about something that’s bigger than fashion nowadays: wellness.

Hey, I figure if you’re going to be rocking the Athlesiure wear, you might as well feel good from the inside too.

Wellness encompasses a lot of things including diet, exercise, and life changes like completely giving up plastic. Of course there’s no immediate way of knowing what works and what doesn’t which is why I’m (basically) trying it all. Well, I have yet to entirely give up plastic. Let’s start off simple and talk about something really easy to do: wellness shots.

Wellness shots are basically the new equivalent of grabbing wheat-grass at a smoothie shop. Wheat-grass was really popular when I was in high school and everyone would get it at Jamba Juice (doesn’t seem that healthy in retrospect). Now every juice shop and health food store has wellness shots you can buy for pretty much whatever ails you. If you’re like me you’re not completely against the idea of purchasing these shots, but it can get expensive.

Just last week everyone I knew had some kind of sickness plaguing him or her. Naturally I feared catching something when suddenly I remembered a turmeric shot I saw on one of my favorite blogs. I decided to give it a shot (pun completely intended), and share my experience here. In my journey to be a healthier me I’m exploring everything. I’m being completely honest when it comes to this stuff. There is no sugar coating going on.

So what is turmeric? It is a root that is typically used to flavor curry and is adjacent to the ginger family. It has been used to treat ailments for centuries. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in antioxidants. It’s the immune system’s best friend. If that isn’t reason enough, turmeric is super trendy. Below is Geri’s recipe for turmeric shots and my honest thoughts on not only the shot but also the benefits.

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Recipe (from Because I’m Addicted):

1.5 cups coconut water
2-inch knob fresh turmeric
1-2 inch fresh ginger root
½ lemon
1-2 tablespoons honey
Pinch of sea salt
Dash of Cayenne (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Peel turmeric and ginger
  2. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. About 35-45 seconds.

Serve as a shot and store any extra for 2-3 days in an airtight container.

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Thoughts:

First I will mention, I amended the recipe a bit and lowered the amount of ginger used. I have a ginger-sensitive stomach and it is not my friend. I took the shots over a span of three days, and they kept well in an airtight mason jar. At first the ginger takes a bit getting used to, but hello it’s ginger. It’s also an acquired taste. I recommend taking the shots first thing in the morning because ginger is a natural boost of energy and aids in digestion.

Fun fact: ginger is a great natural cure for bad breath. That doesn’t mean skip the morning brushing though! I took mine before running out the door in the morning. It gave me a bit of pep in my step rather than stopping for a shot of espresso at the coffee shop. Oh, and no, I did not get sick. It totally works!