The fire shot is a game changer. I have always been one to test just about every detox method I come across. There are a few I have stuck with and seen some results after a week or so, but I could see results the next day after having a fire shot. If you are just looking for a quick fix to make you feel better about your beach day tomorrow, this drink is for you. And if you are looking for an easy way to incorporate more nutrients into your diet, this drink is also for you. I have made a fire shot almost every day for the past four weeks. I haven’t weighed myself, but I definitely feel slimmer and my stomach looks flat due to less inflammation and bloating.
I stumbled across this recipe from a holistic nutritionist and personal trainer, Lyzabeth Lopez. She swears by it, and now, so do I. Some of the benefits of the Fire Shot are reduced inflammation, anti-nausea properties, clear skin and a boost in metabolism.
It is best to drink the fire shot 15-20 minutes before having a heavy meal, especially with red meat. The combination of these ingredients aid in digestion which helps your body to break down food faster and conserves more energy. I also like to have the fire shot first thing in the morning. It wakes me up and gets me ready for the day. A warning, you may become addicted to the fire shot. I can’t explain why, but my mom and I can’t stop drinking them!
- 1 organic lemon juiced
- ½ organic orange juiced
- 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar (with mother)
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
- 5-10 grams of organic turmeric root
- 5-10 grams of organic ginger root
- 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tbsp. raw honey
- 3 handfuls of ice (optional)
- Blend all ingredients for at least 30 seconds
- You can use any blender (Magic/Nutri Bullet, Ninja blender, etc.)
- Drink immediately
Here is a more in-depth look at some of the benefits:
Lemons contain more potassium than grapes or apples. Potassium is good for the heart. Lemons are alkaline, which means they help balance the body’s pH levels. They are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like the flu and colds. Lemons also help detox us and improve liver function which aids in weight loss.
Fresh Orange Juice
Fresh orange juice is full of vitamin C and antioxidants which are great for our immune system and skin. Oranges are rich in dietary fibers which can help relieve constipation and lower cholesterol. Studies have also shown that oranges can help fight liver cancer and prevent kidney disease.
*Pro tip – you can juice the fruit by hand or use a hand juicer like this one
Apple Cider Vinegar
So I must say ACV has an acquired taste but give it some time and you will get used to it, the health benefits are worth it. ACV is a great digestive aid and helps to break down meat because it contains probiotics. ACV also helps with weight loss, lowering cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels, it increases satiety and reduces your risk of heart disease. The suggested amount is 2 tbsp. per day to see results. You can also increase your ACV intake by adding it to your salad dressings. Make sure to buy a bottle “with mother” because that is where a lot of the nutrients are.
Cayenne pepper boosts our metabolism, acts as an anti-inflammatory and helps our bodies digest. Cayenne also has detoxing properties and aids in weight loss. Cayenne can ease an upset stomach, reduce muscle and joint pain and lower cholesterol. And better yet, it helps us reduce those salty and sweet cravings, which let’s be honest, are almost everyone’s weakness (and it’s definitely mine).
Most of the nutritional values that are in turmeric lie in one of its ingredients, curcumin. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant that helps boost brain power and fight inflammation. Turmeric has been found to prevent cancer, fight depression and reduce your risk of heart disease. Turmeric is best absorbed with a pinch of black pepper, I often swallow a few peppercorns before my fire shot.
*Pro tip – Tumeric root can be hard to find in local grocery stores, try looking at a Whole Foods or a Fresh Market. In a pinch, you can use ground turmeric but make sure that you get the organic option.
Ginger is packed with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain. Ginger also has many antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea properties. For this reason, ginger is a great way to calm an upset stomach or cure a hangover. *Note: the more ginger you add, the spicier the drink will get
Raw honey is great! It contains a lot of vitamin B and antioxidants. Plus, it has natural sugars, which are a good source of energy and boosts your metabolism.