A shot of wellness

— Amber Trejo M.S., beRevolutionarie Nutritionist

I learned what powerful effects ginger and pineapple have on our health from my pain and inflammation class when I was studying for my masters in nutrition. This class was by far my favorite because I was able to explore just how potent food can be in the management and prevention of chronic illness. Since this class, these two have been a staple food combo in my house with this recipe.

There is strong scientific evidence supporting the effects both ginger and pineapple have on pain and inflammation. Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain that is responsible for its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. Studies have observed bromelain may help reduce the severity of pain associated with menstrual cramps, injuries, and rheumatoid arthritis. Aside from being rich in bromelain, pineapple is a great source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, manganese, and copper.

We can thank gingerol, the potent phytochemical compound in ginger that is responsible for the health benefits. Ginger is great for easing an upset stomach and giving our immune system some support when we are under the weather. Ginger is not only for when we are down and out with a cold, but it is also a powerful pain reliever! Studies have shown that regular consumptions of ginger may help ease muscle soreness post-workout and help manage arthritis pain. If you work out intensely and frequently or suffer from arthritis, this wellness shot may be a good thing to sip on daily.

Elderberry and lemon kick the health benefits up a few notches. Lemon provides us with vitamin C which is essential for healthy skin and a strong immune system. Elderberry has been around for centuries for medicinal use. While evidence needs further investigation, it has been documented to help shorten the severity and length of the cold and flu. This could be in part to elderberries’ high content of vitamin C, phenolic acid, and anthocyanins, all of which help are powerful antioxidants that work on reducing oxidative damage in the body and support the immune system. There is research supporting a diet high in antioxidants can help reduce our risks of developing a chronic disease. So sip up and live well with a shot of wellness!

What you need:

3 oz organic cold-pressed pineapple juice

1 oz organic cold-pressed ginger juice ( I prefer Santa Cruz Organic ginger juice)

1 lemon wedge squeezed

30 drops liquid elderberry ( I use Mary Ruth’s Organic Liquid Elderberry Immunity)

What to do:

  • In a small glass, combine ginger and pineapple juice
  • Squeeze your lemon wedge in the glass
  • Add the elderberry drops into the glass
  • Mix and be well!

Note: If you want to make this more of a drink and less of a shot, use 8 oz cold filtered water. This is really refreshing on a hot summer day or to stay well hydrated if you are actually sick.