Nothing is more inconvenient than a spring cold – that’s why this recipe is such a lifesaver. If you’re feeling a cold or flu coming on, whip up a batch of this tart juice shot and take it regularly. It can help aid digestion, fight inflammation, and give your immune system a much-needed boost. Best of all, it’s made from ingredients that you can find at most health food or high-end grocery stores, so it’s accessible and easy to make.
The ingredients that make up this juice shot are known for their potent medicinal effects, and there’s real science to back up the claim that they can help your body prevent and recover from illness and injury. You’ll need a simple fine cheese grater to grate the turmeric, and a food processor or juicer to blend the ingredients, but overall this recipe is simple and easy to prepare.
Cranberry-Turmeric Juice Shot Recipe
- 1 handful fresh cranberries (frozen will do if you can’t find fresh ones)
- 1 lime
- 1 inch-long piece of turmeric root
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 2 cups coconut water or regular water (coconut water will give a sweeter taste)
Peel the lime, then grate the turmeric root and blend the ingredients well using a food processor or juicer. Add honey to taste – you may need to add more if you like a sweeter drink. Serve in shot glasses and take it twice a day. Even if you’re not feeling sick, this can be a great pick-me-up during the day! Try taking it in the morning with your breakfast, or in the late afternoon after you’re done with work for the day.
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How It Works
Turmeric is famous for its inflammation-fighting abilities, making it essential when your body is fighting off an infection(1). Much like over-the-counter anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen, it can also help with pain relief as well.
Cranberry is chock-full of vitamin C, which has an important role to play in promoting your immune system. Cranberries have been used in traditional herbal medicine for generations(2), and with good reason – studies have shown that they have numerous health benefits, including preventing oral diseases(3).
The combination of these two natural medicines is particularly potent, and taking them in a freshly prepared juice shot is better for your body than taking them in capsules. So next time you start to feel like something’s “off” in your body, try this vitamin C-rich drink.