Wellness shots, what are they? Haven't heard that before!
Well, you’ve probably been to a cafe or grocery store before. Wellness shorts ate these small colorful bottles in their fridge. When I first saw them, my eye immediately shifted to these petite yet seemingly powerful juices. These bottles are in combination with words like ‘detox’, ‘boosting’, ‘immunity’. These words seem to hook a lot of people who are drinking them these days. Due to the unprecedented circumstances, it’s no surprise that people are resorting to new ways to support their immune systems.
What are these wellness shots?
Wellness shots are quite a trend now. 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 be a viable alternative to energize our bodies, health experts disagree with their benefits.
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 size (usually don’t go over 100ml), they probably won’t make a difference to your overall health. She also says that people should remember that these bottles won’t erase “poor choices”. They shouldn’t convince themselves that a bad diet is erased as soon as they drink some juices.
These juices may add a few benefits to your diet. But, 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 into your diet. However, you should look out for their sugar content, which can defeat the whole point of being a health supplement. Furthermore, you should also keep in mind that these juices get rid of fiber upon extraction. 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's present in beans, potatoes, breads, and fruits.
Types of wellness shots
With the recent trend of wellness shots all over the internet, it can be overwhelming to try them. The variety of combinations and products is huge. However, there are a few types of health shots that are consistent across different brands. I'm sharing a few of these below:
This spice is often added to juices to boost health benefits and give juices a zingy, yellow color. Turmeric is known for its numerous health benefits, due to curcumin which is an ingredient found in the spice. However, it’s important to keep in mind that turmeric itself is not easily absorbed by our blood but black pepper can help this process as studies show. So if you want to give it a try, consider mixing them with black pepper to maximize its benefits.
Turmeric is also a powerful source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are especially important to protect our bodies from free radicals. Radicals are particles that can cause oxidative damage which can develop diseases. Curcumin contains antioxidants that can neutralize the effect of these free radicals. As a result, turmeric containing curcumin can be a very beneficial addition to a balanced diet. Its antioxidant properties help to 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.
Ginger is also beneficial when it comes to our digestive system. Ginger can help reduce nausea and vomiting, as well as bloating. A study involving over 100 pregnant women who incorporated ginger in their diets and found that it significantly helped reduce their nausea.
Also ginger seems to help our immune system as it contains many antioxidants 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.”
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. Some of its benefits are: helps in regulating blood sugar levels, supports healthy skin as well as helps 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. It concluded that its combination with a balanced diet can be significantly beneficial for our overall health.
A study conducted on animals by individuals from the Assam Medical College in India found that wheatgrass can help reduce fatigue and anxiety levels after highly demanding physical exercise.
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