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6 Must-Try Wellness Shot Recipes to Boost Your Health

Wellness shots have become hugely popular in recent years as an easy way to get a concentrated dose of nutrients. Typically made by juicing or blending whole fruits and vegetables, these small but powerful elixirs pack a nutritional punch in just a couple of ounces.

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As a health enthusiast, I'm a huge advocate of using food as medicine. Wellness shots are an excellent way to incorporate more vitamins, antioxidants, and superfoods into your diet. They provide a quick boost of energy, support detoxification, and may offer numerous other benefits depending on the ingredients. Here are six of my favorite wellness shot recipes to boost your health!

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1. Apple Cider Vinegar Shot

Made with just apple cider vinegar and water, this simple shot promotes digestion and gut health. Apple cider vinegar contains prebiotics to feed beneficial gut bacteria. The acetic acid may also help moderate blood sugar levels after meals. I recommend using raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the "Mother" to gain the most benefits.

Mix 1-2 tbsp apple cider vinegar in 2 oz water. Shoot it back before your main meal to support healthy digestion.

2. Turmeric Anti-Inflammatory Shot

Harness the natural anti-inflammatory power of turmeric by blending it with pineapple juice in this antioxidant-rich shot. Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine for its healing properties. Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme with its own inflammation-fighting abilities.

Combine 1/2 inch knob fresh turmeric (or 1/4 tsp powdered), 1/4 cup pineapple juice, 1/2 lemon juice, and a pinch of black pepper. The pepper aids with turmeric absorption.

3. Cilantro Detox Shot

Heavy metals and environmental toxins can accumulate in the body over time. Counteract this toxic load with the natural detoxification properties of cilantro. Combine cilantro with celery, lemon, ginger, and apple juice to mask any intense flavors in this refreshing shot.

Blend 1 cup firmly packed cilantro leaves with 1 stick celery, 1/2 lemon juice, 1/2 inch knob fresh ginger, and 3 oz apple juice. Bottoms up!

4. Moringa Energy Shot

Get an energizing dose of nutrition with moringa, a superfood powder made from the moringa tree. With a mild flavor similar to matcha green tea, moringa contains antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Paired with a banana, you'll get plenty of potassium, too.

Mix 1 tsp moringa powder with 1/2 frozen banana, 1 date, 1/4 cup coconut water, 1/4 tsp vanilla, and a dash of cinnamon. Enjoy this revitalizing shot in the morning or when you need an afternoon pick-me-up.

5. Carrot Immunity Booster Shot

Give your immune system a helping hand with this carrot shot spiked with ginger and turmeric. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which forms vitamin A to promote healthy vision and immunity. Ginger adds extra anti-inflammatory oomph, while vitamin C-packed lemon supports antioxidant status.

Juice 3 medium carrots with a 1/2 inch knob of fresh ginger and 1/2 lemon. Add a pinch of black pepper to increase absorption of the anti-inflammatory compounds. Drink up for a delicious dose of immune-enhancing vitamins.

6. Beet Detox Shot

Get your liver detox flowing with this brightly colored shot made of beet, carrot, apple, and lemon. Beets contain betaine, an amino acid that stimulates bile flow to promote the excretion of toxins through the liver. Apples provide an added boost of cleansing fiber.

Juice 1 small beet with 1 carrot, 1/2 green apple, 1/2 lemon, and a thumb-sized knob of fresh ginger. The ginger helps ease any GI upset from the powerful detox properties. Drink this purification potion at least 3 times per week.

Enjoy!

The possibilities are endless when crafting your own wellness shots. Let your creativity run wild, and don't be afraid to try new combinations of superfoods and healing herbs. Whip up a nutritious shooter to start your day, or use them as an afternoon pick-me-up. Just remember that food is medicine, so drink up!

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