Here's how to DIY your own ginger juice shot at home and reap the benefits.
Fresh ginger juice ranks somewhere between Harry Styles's "Adore Me" music video and crying in the shower on my list of favorite things (so, pretty high up there). However, paying $5 or more for a single shot of this immunity- and gut health-boosting elixir is a splurge even I—the person you go to when you need someone to say, "yes, you should absolutely buy that adult onesie/cast iron bakeware set/third suction sex toy"—can't justify every day. Thankfully, making your own ginger shots is incredibly easy, and it will save you money. In the latest episode of Well+Good's YouTube series Plant Based, herbalist and holistic health coach Rachelle Robinett shows us how to make ginger shots that help with digestion.
Ginger juice shots actually have some surprising benefits. "In herbalism we consider ginger a pungent aromatic," Robinett says. The root is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-viral. It's also soothing on the digestive tract, and can help ease constipation and nausea. So sipping on a concentrated dose of ginger in the form of a juice shot could help calm an upset stomach.
While ginger shots are great for digestion on their own, Robinett adds a few other ingredients to increase the benefits. First up is apple cider vinegar—or ACV, as it's known colloquially—which can potentially help with constipation. Robinett also adds chamomile because "it's considered a carminative, which is helpful for increasing gastric acid in the stomach," she says, aka the stuff that helps you digest your food. A sprinkling of fennel seeds, which can help with gas and bloating, round out the good-for-your-gut ingredients in this ginger shot recipe.
Ready to start sipping on some homemade ginger shots and improve your digestion? Watch the video above to get the full recipe.
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