Oh yes, that’s right, a health expert is giving you the green light to take shots long before happy-hour. Imagine taking three (or more) shots that will make you feel wicked and even better tomorrow! What’s the catch? Well, while we typically pick the less taste-bud-friendly alcoholic brews to throw to the back of our throat, it’s the health elixirs of this category that I’m prescribing here. My top three are turmeric, apple cider vinegar, and spirulina.
Turmeric has amazing anti-inflammatory benefits, allowing your body to recover from injury and maximising energy flow that would otherwise be constricted by roadblocks of damaged tissue. There is also a hugely beneficial antioxidant to gain from turmeric, eliminating toxins that can wreak havoc in your body if not taken care of.
Dose: ½ – 1 teaspoon in however much water you require.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been prescribed for decades as a gut health booster. Many of the foods we eat are difficult for our body to break down for adequate absorption and excretion. Since our stomach acid can often be too alkaline to be fully effective, taking a shot of apple cider vinegar can give it the extra strength it needs to get the best out of your food, take stress off your excretory system, and eliminate the bloating that plagues many of us on a daily basis.
Dose: ½ – 1 shot (15-30mls) with or without water.
Spirulina has epic benefits for your immune system, as well as a brilliant dose of plant-sourced vitamin B12 necessary for energy transportation. Spirulina is high in protein, supports liver health, binds with heavy metals to assist with their excretion, and is anti-inflammatory!
Dose: 1 teaspoon in 100mls or more water.
Adding a squeeze of lemon juice and a half teaspoon or more of ginger to any of these shots is a sure-fire way to mask some of the less-tasty aspects of the experience, while assisting your body with the absorption of all their beneficial properties.
Written by Ben Titford
Qualified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Trainer
Bachelor of Sport and Recreation, major in Exercise Science
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