Immunity shots are a great way to get a whole heap of nutrients into your body with minimal effort.
These small but mighty health tonics are ideal if you need a health boost due to overindulgence, illness or stress. Or perhaps, like me, you’re about to travel half way around the world in a flying germ mobile, more commonly known as an aeroplane.
I’ve created 3 shots jam packed with immune boosting, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant rich ingredients that will help heal you from the inside out. One for your gut, because a healthy gut is paramount for overall well being, one for alkalising and general detoxing and one to fight free radicals and promote radiant skin.
1.The Great Gutsby
For gut health, improving digestion and absorption of nutrients, reducing internal inflammation and soothing an upset stomach.
Potent compounds present in the spices turmeric, ginger and cinnamon fight inflammation and certain studies have found turmeric to treat bloating and gas. Ginger is anti nauseous which is very useful for travelling and cinnamon helps control blood sugar levels.
Raw honey is antibacterial and promotes wound healing, including inflammation of the gut. It’s also been found to inhibit the growth of stomach ulcers.
Apple cider vinegar increases the acidity of the stomach which when drunk 15 minutes before eating aids digestion of the meal. Moreover, raw unpasteurised apple cider vinegar with ‘the mother’ (the strange cloudy bit that lurks at the bottom) contains enzymes and gut friendly bacteria that promote gut health and healing.
¼ tsp turmeric
pinch black pepper
¼ tsp ginger
1/8 tsp cinnamon
¼-1/2 tsp honey
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (with the mother)
3 tbsp water
*best drunk before a meal
2.Lemon La Verde Loca
For alkalising the body’s ph, cleansing and nourishing.
Green powders like spirulina, chorella, wheat grass, barely grass, spinach, kale and matcha, are alkaline. Our bodies work best when they are ph balanced but the most commonly eaten foods: dairy, meat and grains are acidic. A highly acidic body is more vulnerable to illness and disease. Eating greenery is essential for rebalancing ph levels, purifying blood and providing natural energy.
Lemons support liver health (the centre of toxin processing and elimination) thus adding lemon juice to your diet can aid toxin elimination. Furthermore, the acidity of lemon juice aids digestion in the stomach and reduces gas and bloating.
Aloe vera, referred to as ‘the plant of immortality’ by the ancient Egyptians, is one of the best body cleansers. It is most effective in the colon (last stage of digestion) but also aids toxins elimination for the stomach, kidneys, spleen, bladder and liver.
1 tsp greens powder (I used Biolgan Green Boost found for £1.99 in Tkmaxx)
Juice of ½ a lemon
2 tbsp aloe vera
2 tbsp water
*best drunk first thing in the morning
For an antioxidant boost to assassinate free radicals and promote youthful skin, hair and nails.
We all have free radicals and antioxidants present in our bodies. Free radicals cause cellular damage which could lead to faster ageing, diseases and even cancer. Antioxidants are like molecular assassins that are able to break free radical chain reactions before cell damage occurs.
Sadly free radicals are pretty much everywhere; internal they can be found in places such as mitochondria and phagocytic cells (foreign substance eating cells), externally they reside in fatty processed foods, alcohol, smoke, pollution, radiation, pesticides and toxic products.
Cue this potent antioxidant rich shot. Berries are among the highest scoring antioxidant foods on the planet, they’re high in vitamin C which plays a key role in collagen synthesis and they taste delicious.
Luric acid in coconut water is anti microbial which wards off skin infections including acne. Electrolytes present in the water hydrate the body and plump skin, and the cocktail of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, zinc and selenium nourish skin, hair and nails.
1 tsp acai powder
1 tsp berry powder (I used Bioglan Berry Blast again £1.99 in Tkmaxx)
4 tbsp coconut water
*best drunk when you fancy something sweet