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The Wellness Shot Trend
You’ve probably been to a cafe or grocery store before and seen these small colourful bottles in the fridge section: they’re called wellness shots (or juice/health shots). When I first saw them, my eye immediately shifted to these petite yet seemingly powerful juices. The colourful selection of these bottles and the combination with words like ‘detox’, ‘boosting’, ‘immunity’ seem to be a hook for a lot of people who are drinking them these days. Due to the unprecedented circumstances, it’s no surprise that many people are resorting to new ways to support their immune system and their health.
So what are these juices that everyone seems to obsess over? They’re essentially extracts of fruits and/or vegetables often combined with spices. The combinations differ from product to product. Although these pricey little juices can seem to be a viable alternative to energize our body, some health experts don’t think they’re as beneficial as some people may think.
Dr. Scott Jamison in an interview with the Greatist, said they “can be a quick and valuable way to get the benefit of fruits and vegetables”. Kristine Gedroic, from the Gedroic Medical Institute, in an interview with Men’s Journal, claimed that since these juices are so small in sizes (usually don’t go over 100ml), they probably won’t make a difference to your overall health. Plus, she also says that people should remember that these bottles won’t erase “poor choices”, so you shouldn’t convince yourself that a bad diet is erased as soon as you drink some juices.
Although these juices may add a few benefits to your diet, most medical experts agree that they shouldn’t substitute your daily intake of fruits and veggies. Mara Weber, a dietitian from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, suggests that these juices can be helpful as an addition to a balanced diet. She says “While wellness shots could supplement a balanced diet, you’re better off eating a variety of healthy foods and trying to include these extra ingredients when you can.”
Wellness shots can be a useful way to integrate some extracts of fruits and veggies in your diet, however you should look out for the amount of sugars that are in them, which can defeat the whole point of being a healthy supplement. Furthemore, you should also keep in mind that when these juices are extracted, they get rid of fiber. This is important in helping our digestive system and reducing the risk of some blood diseases. Fiber also helps us keep fuller for longer and it can be found in beans, potatoes, breads and fruits.
With the recent trend of wellness shots all over the internet, it can be overwhelming to try them due to the variety of combinations and products out there. However, there are a few types of health shots that are consistent across different brands. I chose a few that can be easily found among the thousands of choices online.
Turmeric is also a powerful source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are especially important to protect our body from free radicals, they are particles that can cause oxidative damage which can develop diseases. Curcumin contains antioxidants which can neutralise the effect of these free radicals. As a result turmeric, which contains curcumin, can be a very beneficial addition to a balanced diet thanks to its antioxidant properties and in helping combat inflammation, which causes various diseases such as cancer.
Ginger is quite a popular choice when it comes to health shots. When trying it, be aware of its zingy and powerful taste which may not be appreciated by everybody. Ginger is known for reducing inflammation. A study involving male athletes showed that a daily intake of 1.5 grams of ginger powder proved to be anti-inflammatory over a period of 6 weeks.
Also ginger seems to help our immune system as it contains many anti-oxidants which can support it. An animal-based study showed that the inclusion of ginger powder in their diets “showed a significant influence on birds' immune response, probably because ginger had strong antioxidant activity and the probiotics stimulated the production of natural antibodies.”
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Wheatgrass is another popular ingredient often found in juice shots. This ingredient contains a wealth of vitamins, such as iron, calcium, magnesium and vitamins A, C, K. Among its benefits, some are regulating blood sugar levels, supporting healthy skin as well as helping patients who suffer from anemia, diabetes and constipation. A paper from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in India focused on the benefits of wheatgrass and concluded that its combination with a balanced diet can be significantly beneficial for our overall health.