If COVID-19 taught us anything, it is that we need to take charge of our own health. Compounding this revelation is the current state of the economy, with runaway inflation and mounting financial obligations making it more difficult to stretch the dollar. Getting sick is more impactful on both the psyche and the wallet, so it’s important to take one’s health seriously.
Instead of relying on Big Pharma, people are looking at how they can make changes in their own lives to improve health. Eating a balanced diet, including exercise into the daily routine, losing weight, getting fresh air and enough sun exposure for the all-important Vitamin D, and consuming vital nutrients that are already in the refrigerator, pantry, and spice rack.
Wellness shots are an easy way to get these nutrients into you, and they are a cinch to make. You may have seen little vials of brightly colored liquid sold as “immunity shots” in the supermarket and gasped at the price of these little guys. There is no need to let someone else make these tasty, zesty, tangy, sometimes spicy, shots when you can do it yourself.
These three simple and different recipes for wellness shots from iHerb require just a few ingredients, some of which you probably already have in the pantry or fridge. Citrus, such as orange and lemon, is a key player in the Anti-Inflammatory Wellness Shot, which gets its power from turmeric and black pepper. Turmeric contains a chemical called curcumin which not only gives the spice its orange-yellow color but also contains anti-inflammatory properties. But the body can’t absorb it readily, so black pepper, which contains the active ingredient piperine, comes to the rescue.
Apple cider is another important component in wellness shots as it contains the antioxidants polyphenols, which help the body fight against free radicals and cell damage. It joins pomegranate and cherry juices in a luscious shot. It also contains vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, and potassium according to WebMD.
And it is well worth your while to pick up a large knob of ginger along with lemons for the classic Cayenne Pepper Wellness Shot. Cayenne pepper helps boost your metabolism and aids digestion, so don’t be afraid of it!
So get serious about your health and make these shots to start your day, every day.
Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Wellness Shot
- 1 orange, juiced
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1/8 tsp. turmeric, ground
- 1/8 tsp. black pepper, ground
Combine all ingredients into a glass or shot glass, mix it up, and drink. Be sure to stir before drinking as the powder may settle to the bottom of the glass. Makes 2 shots.
Pom, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Tart Cherry Wellness Shot
- 1 oz. pomegranate juice
- 1 oz. tart cherry juice
- .5 oz. apple cider vinegar
Combine all ingredients into a glass or shot glass, mix it up, and drink. Makes 1 shot.
Cayenne Pepper Wellness Shot
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1/4 tsp. ginger, ground
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
Combine all ingredients into a glass or shot glass, mix it up, and drink. Be sure to stir before drinking as the powder may settle to the bottom of the glass. Makes 2.
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