Unless you’re a five year old child or a superhero, it’s very likely that you sometimes wake up feeling lethargic and exhausted in the morning. It takes a shower, or a cup of tea or coffee to completely wake yourself up.
One reason for this is because as the body cleanses itself overnight it retains a lot of acids, making you feel lethargic. To get your body balance back in form, we suggest upping your dose of alkaline rich foods and drinks. Alkaline heavy shots, for instance, will quickly work their way through your system, washing out excess acidity and giving you a burst of energy.
If you visit juice bars, which have recently been springing up everywhere, you’ll see that they all have a section dedicated to healthy, rejuvenating shots. However, since it seems somewhat unlikely that you’ll be visiting a juice bar first thing every morning, we’ve put together some simple shot recipes you can try at home.
Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon & Ginger
Apple cider eases digestion and gives your body a boost of alkaline. Lemon contains vitamin C and compounds that help with digestion and healing, while ginger has antiviral, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Recipe: Combine 1/2 ounce lemon juice, 1/2 ounce apple cider vinegar + 1 pinch ground ginger
Apple Cider Vinegar
If you’re too lazy to add lemon juice and ginger to your apple cider, you can simply mix the vinegar with some water and down it.
Recipe: Combine 1 tsp apple cider vinegar + 2 ounces water
Green Juice Shot
Green vegetables such as broccoli, cucumbers and romaine lettuce are all alkaline rich, along with having generous amounts of magnesium and vitamin C. Add a touch of ginger to give your shot some zing.
Recipe: Combine 1 head romaine lettuce (juiced), 1/2 inch ginger (juiced), 1/2 cucumber, juiced
Amla and Ginger
Amla has long been recognised as a local super food; it contains anti-oxidants, fibres, minerals and calcium. When juiced, it can move around and heal your system faster.
Recipe: Combine 8 amla fruits (juiced) + 1 tbsp ginger (grated and juiced)
Turmeric + Cherry
While cherries are a rich source of antioxidants, turmeric has antiseptic properties that fight bacteria. Combined, they make a pretty sweet tasting shot.
Recipe: Combine 4 inches turmeric (juiced) + 1 cup cherries (juiced)