Drink This: Ginger Lemon Shots
Anti-inflammatory and bursting with antioxidants
First thing we do every single morning, is swig a Ginger Lemon shot (that's 30 ml!). Sometimes we have it in the afternoon too, all that zing jolts us out of a midday slump.
Ginger’s more than a popular home remedy for health issues.
It’s one of the very few ‘superfoods’ worthy of the term, mainly due to the gingerol – the oily resin of the root — which gives it its smell and flavours, and medicinal properties.
It’s a diaphoretic, which means it encourages perspiration and may help treat feverish conditions such as influenza or colds.
It relieves pain. From muscle to period pains, ginger inhibits formation of inflammatory cytokines or chemical messengers of the immune system. There is strong evidence that it may ease osteoarthritis pain.
It aids digestion, mainly because it’s carminative – it breaks up and gets rid of excessive gas that can cause pressure and cramping. It’s also linked to elevated saliva flow and improved gastric mobility, so theoretically, it stimulates the digestive tract.
Studies have also shown that ginger may reduce lower blood sugar (blood sugar spikes can cause unhealthy cravings, energy crashes, and in the long run, diabetes 2) and LDL aka ‘bad’ cholesterol, and protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
It’s antimicrobial and inhibits the growth of many different types of bacteria, which may lower the risk of infections. Fresh ginger may also be effective against the Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) virus, a common cause of respiratory infections.
Then there’s the lemon, loaded with vitamin C, fibre and plant compounds
Then there’s the lemon, loaded with vitamin C, fibre and plant compounds – all which improves skin quality, improves digestion, and may lower cholesterol, significantly lowering risk factors for heart disease.
In short, these shots boost your immunity, rev up your metabolism and help with muscle pain and recovery.
Ginger Lemon Shots
200g ginger - we like using old ginger, it’s spicier and hotter, because it contains more gingerol than its younger counterpart. But if you’re new to ginger shots and afraid of the heat, use young ginger.
4 lemons, juiced
50ml filtered water
Peel, then roughly chop the ginger. Add to a high -speed blender (we like Vitamix), along with the lemon juice and filtered water.
Pour through a fine strainer and reserve the juice. If you like texture in your drinks, throw some of the fibre in the juice.
Makes about 300ml (10 shots). Keeps for a week in the refrigerator.