I’ve been drinking turmeric-ginger tea for ages, but someone on one of my WFPB (whole-food, plant-based) groups recently mentioned doing daily turmeric-ginger shots. I thought I’d give it a try because my tea is more of an infusion of the grated roots and with the shots, you’re drinking the root pulverized in a high-speed blender. It’s basically like the difference between green tea and matcha: with the matcha, you’re actually consuming green tea leaves, so it’s better for you.
- a thumb-sized chunk of turmeric
- a thumb-sized chunk of ginger
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
Blend in the Vitamix for a minute and decant to a jar. Take a shot each morning and/or add an ounce or two to boiling water for tea.
So what’s the deal with turmeric root? Why am I so keen on getting it into my body? Well, as I’ve mentioned before, according to Dr. Greger, turmeric is the bomb-diggity:
And here’s the thing: I did a shot of this turmeric-ginger-pepper mix and then diluted some later in the day in hot water. When I awoke the next morning, my face, usually a bit blotchy first thing in the AM, was as clear as I’ve ever seen it. Not a red blotch to be seen! And I wasn’t actually looking for this result–I was so surprised by my clear skin that I had to think back to what I had or hadn’t eaten the day before. I mean, I don’t actually obsess over my blotchy morning face (I AM sixty, after all), but red blotches are a sign of inflammation; thus, a LACK of splotchiness is a sign that the turmeric is doing something in my body!
The only difference? The turmeric-ginger shot!!
So I’m down for this little concoction every day!!
The other thing I made was Beet Kvoss–a fermented beverage that actually sounds kind of interesting.
I used this recipe and now I just have to wait a few days to see if it works!
And our music of the day matches my turmeric shot: Alexi Murdoch’s “Orange Sky”: