Anti-Inflammatory Vitamin C & Ginger Shot
A make at home raw gut shot to help support immune function, proper digestion, and help with inflammation. This do-it-yourself at home recipe is easy on your budget but big on nutrients. The anti-inflammatory juice shot includes nutrients like Vitamin C, digestive enzymes, healing spices and other ingredients to support and heal digestion.
What is a gut shot?
A trendy health term you might have heard of. Gut shots or raw juice shots are a small size health shot packed full of high quality nutrients. They are meant to give you a boost - either energy, detox, or immune support. If you shop at Whole Foods, you have probably seen them before! I love the concept and the flavor but I don’t love the cost when you are trying to be aware of your budget. Less than 2oz coming in at $3.99 per shot. So I tried out my own recipe and I thought it was pretty tasty.
Anti-inflammatory Vitamin C and Ginger Shot
Combined in a glass mason jar
I recommend the plastic lids because the AVC can react with the metal ones.
1 cup cold pressed orange juice
1/4 cup cold pressed pineapple juice
1/4 cup of organic, raw apple cider vinegar with the mother
1/2”-1” knob of ginger, grated or minced
Half of a lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon ground turmeric
Shake to combine mixture before you take each shot.
Why cold pressed?
Cold pressed juices are better than traditional juices mainly because the nutrients are extracted through pressure instead of high heats or pasteurization. Whenever ingredients are extracted at a high heat it damages the nutrients in the end product.
For the orange juice, I found an unpasteurized, cold-pressed orange juice at Trader Joe’s. You can choose any brand of your choice as long as it is organic, cold-pressed, unpasteurized.
Benefits of Orange Juice
Most of us know that orange juice is high in Vitamin C and when we think we are getting sick we stock up on it, right? But how does Vitamin C help to support our body. It is a powerful antioxidant and fights free radicals. Which in simple terms means when our bodies are in higher levels of stress - from eating junky, processed foods, higher sugars, or dealing with emotional stress, etc - it leads to oxidative stress (an overload of free radicals). An imbalance of antioxidants and free radicals can lead to cancer and chronic illnesses. So why do we make the connection between orange juice and feeling sick? Well, that is because Vitamin C actually helps to increase our white blood cell count and helps us fight off whatever we might be coming down with..
There is one more interesting fact about Vitamin C. It is actually essential to build the collagen in our joints and skin. It is needed to help put the collagen you are ingesting into action to help your joints and your skin elasticity.
Benefits of Pineapple Juice
I added pineapple juice to my shot recipe mainly for additional flavor but it packs a nutritional punch as well. Pineapple is also a good source of Vitamin C but what I especially love about pineapple is that it contains the enzyme bromelain. Enzymes are important to break down different types of foods in our body and help us digest and absorb nutrients. The enzyme bromelain happens to be known for breaking down proteins. This helps to support proper digestion in those of us that are working to heal our guts and improve our digestion. Bromelain has also been effective for reducing inflammation, swelling and improving wound healing.
Benefits of Ginger
When I think of ginger, I immediately think of digestive support. A powerful herb that helps to improve and soothe the digestive tract as well as stimulant bile production which is beneficial in breaking down fats. It has also been found to reduce inflammation in the digestive system which is another reason I love it for when my stomach is feeling upset.
Benefits of Turmeric
A herb you might have heard of for reducing inflammation. Turmeric contains a polyphenol called curcumin. It is well known for its bright golden color and the ability to reduce inflammation.
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
In this digestive cocktail, raw, organic apple cider vinegar and lemon juice are going to help stimulate HCl production in the digestive system. Contrary to popular medical belief, you actually need stomach acid to break down proteins, carbohydrates and to kill off unwanted bacteria and unwanted parasites that we might consume in our food. In today’s society, many of us are lacking in the hydrochloric acid department because chronic stress, poor diet and lifestyle factors, and mineral and nutrient deficiencies decrease HCl production which means we get further depleted of nutrients because we aren’t fully absorbing the food we are eating.
More of a good thing doesn’t equal a good thing
You might be reading these amazing benefits and be thinking this sounds like exactly what I need. As humans we have the tendency to feel like more is always better however often that is not the case! If you start downing a glass of ACV or decide to increase this meant to be juice shot to 2 glasses a day, chances are not only will your stomach feel the side effects you can also ruin the enamel on your teeth.
This juice shot can be beneficial to implant as a small shot 2-3 times a week or when you are feeling like you need a little extra immune or digestive support. It could also be beneficial taking twice a day for a week to give your system a boost when you feel a cold coming on. I recommend taking it before or after a meal.