Shots, shots, shots! Take a swig of one of these immunity shots and rest assured, you’re doing your body an immense favor.
These recipes are potent elixirs that are as much of an affront to your senses as regular alcohol-based shots, only without the alcohol and the accompanying acidity. No matter the season, it is important to keep your immunity in check to thwart illness while also feeling and looking your best. An immunity shot is a quick and effective way to deluge your body with a two-ounce burst of anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and antioxidant effects.
All of theese immunity shot recipes have something in common: they feature ginger. Ginger is a panacea when it comes to overall health and immunity. Ginger contains the bioactive compound gingerol, which is responsible for much of the spice’s medicinal properties. Ginger can help treat nausea and morning sickness, reduce muscle pain and soreness, improve joint health, lower blood sugar levels and cholesterol, prevent cancer, boost heart health, improve digestion, and fight infections.
The other accompanying ingredients in each recipe are meant to provide a good dose vitamin C, cleanse the cells of toxins, and fight inflammation, all important elements in boosting immunity.
While you could make the ginger juice while making these individual recipes, I like to make a weekly batch of ginger juice – a liter or so – and keep it ready for whenever I want to pour myself a quick shot. I also like to use the ginger juice for other things besides these shot recipes, such as in soups, smoothies, and even on its own for a quick pick-me-up.
3 Immunity Shot Recipes
1. Carrot Garlic Shot
Makes three 2-ounce shots
- 4 carrots
- 1-inch nub ginger
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 2-4 cloves garlic
Run the garlic and ginger through the juicer, followed by the carrots. Squeeze the lemons separately. Add the lemon juice to the carrot mixture. Stir and serve!
2. Orange and Turmeric Shot with Manuka Honey
Makes two to three, 2-ounce shots
- ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger juice
- 2 tablespoons manuka honey
- 1 tablespoon fresh turmeric juice (or 1 teaspoon turmeric powder)
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
Whisk all of the ingredients together and serve.
3. Wheatgrass and Aloe Shot
Makes two, 2-ounce shots
- ¼ cup wheatgrass juice (preferably freshly juiced at home)
- ¼ cup aloe vera (food grade)
- 1 tablespoon ginger juice
Stir the ingredients together and serve!
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