Ever since I studied naturopathic nutrition, I’ve been a firm believer in taking control of my health in terms of what I eat and drink.
In saying that, it’s not always easy or possible to take in five plus fruit and veggies a day, drink two litres of water and keep sugar to an absolute minimum. And don’t get me started on alcohol intake. Big fail!
But what we put into our bodies has an effect on our immune systems. Did you know that 80 per cent of our immunity is in our gut? So, what we allow to enter that gut is of vital importance.
If Covid-19 has achieved one thing it’s made us realise the importance of our immune systems. If immunity is compromised we’re simply not as good at fighting off illness.
So I was interested to try a product which seemed to have a lot to offer gut health. Steeps One Shot is a fiery blend of seven raw, natural, sustainably-sourced organic ingredients – turmeric, ginger, chilli, garlic, onion and horseradish. All peeled, chopped and infused for 12 weeks in Apple Cider Vinegar – organic ACV that is, with the web of beneficial enzymes, called The Mother.
I’m a big fan of ACV, having suffered with gall bladder issues in the past. I’ve found a regular shot of organic ACV, avoiding certain foods, like pastry, and dropping weight have all meant that I’ve held on to my gallbladder when surgery was looming. I’ve not had a flare up in years despite having gall stones.
In One Shot the addition of garlic, ginger, horseradish, turmeric etc, all known for their anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties has to make this a wonder product. The cost, which seems a little high, is understandable when you take into consideration the use of organic products and the process and bottling required. It’s also delicious, much tastier than drinking straight ACV, which can make me feel nauseous on an empty stomach.
It’s a powerful once-a-day gut-friendly wellness shot that gets your metabolism and digestion firing on all cylinders. And the natural anti-inflammatory properties of all the raw ingredients takes the heat off your immune system, helping to keep those nasty bugs at bay.
Jamie Baird, Founder and Chief Steeper, says “Steeps One Shot started three years ago, when I stumbled on a recipe which originated in the 70s while researching gut health and the microbiome. The original recipe was created by herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, who coined the phrase “Fire Cider”. I started out experimenting with the recipe and making it in my garage, as I was fascinated with all of these great natural ingredients combined into one easy to take drink. To me this recipe seemed the ultimate solution to ward off colds and flu bugs and keep me fully charged.
“I don’t take myself seriously, but I do take my health seriously and as a freelance fitness trainer and a busy dad to three kids I need to keep my immune system fully charged at all times. This has been my best kept secret and now I’m really excited to share it with everyone.”
WHY SHOULD I TAKE IT?
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (ACV) – ACV naturally occurs and contains beneficial enzymes and probiotics.
TURMERIC – Curcumin is the active powerful ingredient in turmeric, containing powerful biological properties. Ayurvedic medicine recommends it for a variety of health conditions, including chronic pain and inflammation.
GINGER – It’s been around for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. This odd shaped spice’s possible health benefits include reducing nausea, pain and inflammation.
CHILLI – Also goes by the great name of “Capsicum”. Used for fighting inflammation.
HORSERADISH – It has been used for hundreds of years, due to its wide variety of health benefits.
ONION – Onions contain antioxidants and compounds that fight inflammation, decrease triglycerides and reduce cholesterol levels — all of which may lower heart disease risk. Their potent anti-inflammatory properties may also help reduce high blood pressure and protect against blood clots.
GARLIC – Can help to reduce cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, combat sickness.
ORANGES AND LEMONS – A high source of antioxidants, vitamin C and flavonoids, especially when you use the organic ones.
MIX IT UP!
This product is also a powerful addition to drinks and salads. Shake it up, then mix it with hot water, honey and lemon; fire-up up a tomato juice or throw it over a salad.
Available in two different size bottles: 250ml (RRP £12.95) and 750ml (RRP £34.95), with the latter available to purchase as yearly and quarterly subscriptions.