Ginger turmeric shots with lemon, cayenne, and orange. These wellness shots have powerful anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties!
When I think of shots, “healthy” is usually the last thing that comes to mind.
But wellness shots are a recent health trend that’s really taking over. These potent little tonics pack a concentrated dose of vitamins, micronutrients, and antioxidants.
They’re being used for everything from an energy boost, to gut health, and even to fight inflammation depending on the ingredients you use!
These ginger turmeric shots are specifically made for their anti-inflammatory properties. They’re also great for boosting our immune systems.
Not to mention they taste like little bottles of sunshine (trust me that’s a real flavor).
Turmeric Ginger Shot Benefits
So what makes these wellness shots so healthy?
The main active ingredients are gingerols (from ginger) and curcumin (from turmeric). These plant compounds have powerful medicinal properties with a variety of potential health benefits.
The curcumin found in turmeric has been shown to have extremely powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Curcumin has actually been shown to be as effective at treating inflammation as some modern prescription drugs. 
Ginger is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties. One study found ginger extract helped to significantly reduce pain in patients with osteoarthritis. 
Gingerol is a very effective anti-bacterial compound, helping to fight infection by preventing the growth of harmful pathogens. 
Turmeric also has immune supporting properties. Curcumin is able to modulate the immune response and even enhance antibody responses, improving our bodies natural defense systems. 
But Why SHOTS?
Through juicing, we are able to get a very concentrated dose of gingerol and curcumin that would be difficult to achieve any other way.
Turmeric and ginger are both known for the “spicy” burning sensation they have when eaten. That’s why shots are the perfect method of delivery for this healthy juice.
A glass full of straight ginger or turmeric juice would be pretty unpleasant, but shots mixed with added lemon and orange juice are delicious!
How To Make
Ginger Turmeric Shots
Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel the lemons and oranges. Cut the fresh produce to size so that it will fit in your juicer.
Bring 3/4 cup of water to a boil in a small pan. Once the water is boiling, add about 1/4 cup of turmeric root and boil it for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, remove the turmeric root while reserving the liquid in the pan. Put liquid in the fridge to cool.
Fresh Tip: Heating the turmeric first helps to increase the absorption of its main active ingredient – curcumin.
Using a juicer, juice the turmeric root, ginger root, lemons, and oranges.
Stir in the cayenne pepper, black pepper. Stir in the remaining cooled liquid from boiling the turmeric.
*Optional: To help with absorption, stir in 1/4 tsp of oil if you aren’t taking the shots with food.
How to Increase absorption of turmeric shots
The curcumin in turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory compound, but unfortunately it is poorly absorbed by our bodies.
Luckily, there are a few ways we can substantially increase curcumin’s effectiveness and absorption rate.
- Black Pepper: Black pepper contains a compound called “piperine” which has been shown to increase absorption of curcumin by up to 2000%! 
- Heat: Studies found that heating turmeric first can help to increase the absorption of curcumin without degrading it. 
- Fat: Curcumin is fat soluble. To get the most out of turmeric shots it’s important to add a small amount of fat like an oil or take them with a meal that has fat in it. 
Now I’ll be honest, juicing can be a bit of a hassle because most juicers are hard to clean – especially with turmeric because it stains literally everything.
If you don’t have a juicer (or don’t want your hands stained orange for the day), you can still try these potent little health tonics at most cold pressed juice bars.
My favorite wellness shots are from a company called Jus By Julie. They even ship their shots and juice cleanses all over the US.
- 4 inches Turmeric Root (about 1/4 cup fresh or 2 tbsp powder)
- 4 inches Ginger Root (about 1/4 cup)
- 2 Lemons, peeled
- 2 Oranges, peeled
- 3/4 cup Water
- 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 1/8 tsp ground Black Pepper (for turmeric absorption)
- 1/4 tsp Oil (*Optional: for turmeric absorption, see recipe notes)
- Wash and dry fresh produce. Peel the lemons and oranges.
- Bring 3/4 cup of water to a boil in a small pan. Once boiling, add turmeric root and boil for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove turmeric root while reserving the liquid in the pan. Put liquid in fridge to cool.
- While liquid cools, juice the turmeric root, ginger root, lemons, and oranges in a juicer. Stir in the cayenne, black pepper, and oil. Stir in the remaining cooled liquid from boiling the turmeric.
- Pour into shot glasses and enjoy! Store the leftover ginger turmeric shots in an air tight container in the fridge. They will last about 2-3 days.
- The active ingredient in turmeric called “curcumin” is not easily absorbed by our bodies. A compound called “piperine” in black pepper increases the absorption of curcumin by 2000%. Absorption is also increased by heating the turmeric. Curcumin is fat soluble so adding oil or taking the shots with a meal will increase their effectiveness.
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