When the temperature drops, the cold season starts running. We like to use home remedies, which are supposed to strengthen the immune system and ward off any virus. A real miracle weapon is the ginger shot immune booster recipe, which we outline — with some alternative versions as well that are great for your health.
Effect of ginger
Above all, it’s sharp – but ginger can do so much more. For example, the tuber from Asia has ingredients that function similarly to acetylsalicylic acid, the main component of aspirin. Therefore, ginger can relieve pain, and has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects. On the other hand, it has compounds that act on the stomach and thus help against nausea.
It is also the compounds that make ginger a secret weapon against colds. They are thought to heat up the body. Pathogens therefore have a hard time getting hold of our system and making us sick if the ginger is there to ward them off.
If you drink a little ginger shot every morning, your metabolism boosts and you can start the day full of energy. That’s why today we show you a simple basic recipe, which you can change according to your wishes.
Note: In case of illnesses, allergies or intolerances, please check with your family doctor.
Ginger shot immune booster recipe: Basic blend
– 100g ginger
– 3 lemons
– Optional: Honey for sweetening
First, squeeze out the lemons, peel the ginger when needed, and dice it. The lemon juice, ginger and honey are then added to the blender. You can also make the ingredients into a juice with a purée stick. But then you should maybe let it go through again, so that it becomes nicely fine.
If the juice has the right consistency, fill it in a bottle and store it in the fridge. Then it lasts 4-6 days.
Tip: It’s best to drink only a shot glass in the morning. You will quickly realize that this is enough and you don’t need any more than that. If you have a sensitive stomach, you should definitely only drink the shot after you have eaten something. And if the concentrated power of ginger is too much for you, you can dilute it with a glass of water.
Alternatives to the basic recipe
The basic recipe Ginger Shot can vary as desired. Oranges bring a slight sweetness, which balances the sharpness a bit. If you are looking for the right kick, you can try to refine the shot with chilli powder. And the ginger shot brings a bit of Christmas with mandarins and cinnamon. We’ve once again kept our eyes open and found a few recipes to conjure up your own personal immune booster.
With superfood and a bit softer: The Goji Ginger Shot. To do this, you take dried goji berries and mix them together with ginger, dates, oranges and lemons. Goji berries have a very high vitamin C content. Paired with ginger, this juice is a small miracle weapon to survive the winter unscathed.
Ginger with lime and apple
The apple is also a nice contrast to the spicy ginger. In addition, instead of lemon limes come in and it is sweetened with maple syrup. A great juice for beginners who want to get to the sharpness of the ginger first.
Ginger Shot with Turmeric
A ginger shot with turmeric is the classic this winter. The root of Ayurvedic medicine is added to the ginger, as well as a bit of black pepper. Turmeric also has an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect, thus reinforcing ginger. To really boost the effect of turmeric, you need black pepper.
Or you can just take our basic recipe and fine-tune it as it suits you! The main thing is that it tastes good. In the first few days, the sharpness of the ginger will still be quite unpleasant, but you get used to it quickly. And who knows – maybe the immune booster can replace your coffee?
Author: Genevieve Dumas is a food, fashion, health and beauty writer from New York, who has worked for a range of major magazines.