6 Key Ginger Shot Benefits To Spice Up Your Routine
For well over 5000 years ginger has been used for health and medicinal purposes. Discovered in Southeast Asia, it was used by the ancient Chinese and Indians as a natural remedy for various ailments. The expansion of the Roman Empire helped to promote its use globally and to this day it still continues to offer a variety of health benefits resulting in its popularity within the wellness community.
If you’ve not yet tried a ginger shot - a drink made from concentrated amounts of ginger - these little drinks really pack a punch. Recipes vary, however alongside the high dose of ginger you’ll often see ingredients such as lemon juice, orange juice, cayenne pepper and turmeric.
Their popularity has grown in recent years and the benefits of consuming a daily ginger shot (or little bottle of fire as I like to call it) is well documented.
So what is it about this knobbly root that has caused such a cult following by health experts? Check out 6 of the key benefits below:
1. Ginger and Our Immune System Work Together
Ginger contains a variety of antioxidants including gingerol, paradols, sesquiterpenes, shogaols and zingerone which can protect you from damage caused by the buildup of free radicals in your body.
These antioxidants encourage the removal of toxins through the lymphatic system, helping us to fight off infection and to stay healthy.
It also has antiviral and antibacterial properties - meaning it helps us to fight off harmful viruses and bacteria that could make us ill. Something I think we’re all keen to have more of at the moment!
2. Ginger For Nausea: A Sure Thing
Whether you’re suffering from morning sickness or having had a few too many last night, in the short term ginger can settle your stomach and help ease feelings of nausea and vomiting.
Also as it is a natural root, it is a safe option for those who are looking to avoid chemical or man-made substances.
3. Ginger is an Anti Inflammatory
Studies have shown that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce swelling, improve arthritis and joint pain as well as muscle pain and soreness. This also makes it the perfect supplement to consume post workout to aid muscle recovery.
4. Gingers Helps Digestion
It has been used as a common natural treatment for bloating and indigestion for centuries. Studies have demonstrated that consuming ginger may help increase the movement of food through your digestive system. It is known to relax the smooth muscles in your gut, resulting in food moving along the digestive tract more quickly and reducing intestinal cramping
5. Ginger Boosts Our Metabolism
As well as helping food move more quickly through the digestive system, ginger has been shown to cause your stomach to produce more acid. The production of this extra acid stimulates your metabolism, helping to burn more calories and fat.
6. Gingers Helps Control Blood Sugar
Further research has shown that consuming ginger can decrease blood sugar levels. If you’re someone who feels the effects after eating something high in sugar, following this up with a ginger shot could help to regulate this blood sugar peak.
There are so many benefits to consuming ginger on a daily basis. Why not try one of Press London’s Ginger Hot Shot Packs?
7. Our Home Ginger Shot Recipe
Servings 2 | Prep Time 5 mins | Total Time 10 mins
- 1 ginger shot
- 1-inch fresh ginger
- 400 ml water
- Lemon Slices
- Ginger Syrup
- Peel the ginger and cut it into small cubes.
- Divide the ginger shot between 2 glasses (200 ml). Add freshly chopped ginger and honey if you like.
- Cover with boiling water and add lemon slices.
- You can add honey or syrup into the hot drink to make it sweet.
Please note that ginger and tumeric can interact with medications taken for medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure as well as blood thinners. Please seek advice from a medical professional about potential interactions before using ginger.
(last updated on 18/05/2022)