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Wellness ‘shots’ are on the rise. They may be small, but they are meant to pack a serious health punch. However, do they deserve the hype?
Here are 5 of the most popular out there and whether they are worth a shot.
Aloe Vera shots might not be the most appealing things in the world, but they are meant to come with loads of health benefits from keeping your digestive system running smoothly to helping clear up acne.
It has also been linked to helping control weight. However, the results of this are anything but conclusive. While the shot is not likely to do you any harm, it might not be doing you noticeable good either.
If you’re going to shot Aloe Vera look for ones that are organic, decolourised and purified to prevent any nasty side effects.
Apple Cider Vinegar
A reoccurring theme when it comes to wellness ‘shots’, Apple Cider Vinegar is anything but delicious. However, just as with Aloe Vera, it is meant to be worth it… apparently.
Back in 2007, the Diabetes Care Journal found that when people with Type 2 diabetes drank two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar before bed, they had a lower blood sugar level the next day. Other studies have also linked it with encouraging weight loss. However, the evidence for this is pretty weak.
Not only is it unlikely to help with weight loss, but downing apple cider vinegar straight (apart from being the worst pre-drinks ever) can also erode your tooth enamel and potentially damage your oesophagus.
Basically, if you’re taking Apple Cider Vinegar to lose weight, the chances are you’re not going to see much success. Although it does make for a mean Queso sauce! Check out the recipe here.
A little more appealing than the other two, but still not great on its own, ginger is supposed to help with bloating and help you to build a stronger immune system. While studies have shown that ginger can help to increase the rate of gastric digestion and even reduce your DOMS, both of these studies have been contested.
When it comes to increasing your metabolic rate, sadly it doesn’t look like a shot of ginger is going to be of much help.
You might not be losing weight, but there is not doubt that it makes for a good flavouring! Check out this chocolate ginger smoothie.
Finally, something that tastes good!
Arguably the best tasting on the list, lemon water has been linked with reduce bloating and can apparently help to burn body fat. While a study that was published in the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition did reveal that lemon peel and juice can help to burn fat, this study was done on rats being fed a high-fat diet.
Whether this translates to humans is debatable…
Check out Krissy Cela's top tip for using lemon juice here.
Last but not least is Spirulina. You might have heard of people throwing this into their smoothies, but you’d be forgiven for not actually knowing what it is. Basically, spirulina is a blue-green algae (delicious) that is often used as a source of protein and vitamin B12 – perfect for vegans.
Studies have shown that spirulina can help to protect our hearts and improve lipid and glucose metabolism. However, where improvements have been seen, they’re not really anything to write home about, and there is nothing remarkable when it comes to fat oxidation either.