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Green+Aquamarine: Immunity-Boosting Ginger Shots

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Immunity-Boosting Ginger Shots

Ginger is one of the most popular health foods out there at the moment and it isn't hard to see why. A famous anti-inflammatory ingredient, ginger is a great digestive aid, and can settle nausea. My usual routine is to chop up a few slices of ginger to add to my hot lemon water in a morning. However, when I'm getting my juicer out or fancy something a little more potent I will make myself a shot of ginger juice.

How ginger shots can boost your immunity and start your day right. Via @eleanormayc

To make, simply peel an 5 cm chunk of ginger and feed it into your juice. You may find it helpful to use a small amount of cucumber or similar to flush the ginger out if you don't seem to be getting much juice out.

How ginger shots can boost your immunity and start your day right. Via @eleanormayc

But how to drink this powerful tonic? You can drink it neat, or with the juice of half a lemon. These two options are very concentrated but also quite strong on the palate. As an alternative, make like some of the juice cleanses out there and create a spicy lemonade. Mix the juice of half a lemon with the ginger juice and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Top this up with water of coconut water and maple syrup to taste.

How ginger shots can boost your immunity and start your day right. Via @eleanormayc

Adding ginger to your diet is so good for you at this time of year when the wet and windy weather keeps us inside, increasing the risk of catching bugs. Plus, the spicy flavour, especially when paired with citrus is energising, alkalising and fresh, perfect for if you're feeling sluggish.

Budget Tip: No juicer? No problem! As I mentioned earlier, an infusion of ginger and lemon still is my go-to. It's warming and you still get all the lovely benefits. You can also stir dried ginger into the juice of half a lemon. Ginger in itself is pretty inexpensive and you can also add chopped or grated ginger to a variety of sweet and savoury meals.

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