As L.A.’s juice trend (cold) presses ahead, we’ve been keeping our ear to the ground to discover new directions in liquid wellness. The latest development? Root juices.
That’s right: turmeric is trending and ginger is hot. These “adaptogen” herbs have such a wealth of benefits—from digestive health to anti-inflammatory properties—that we’re keen on making them a part of our daily wellness routine.
But juicing the gnarled roots at home can be messy and time consuming, and most fruit juice blends that incorporate them do so in such small amounts (and with such high sugar content) that the benefits are negligible.
Kor Shots, produced locally in Malibu, offers an easy way to get straight to the roots. The Wellness shot is a zingy mix of cold-pressed ginger and lemon juices with coconut water and cayenne pepper, while the tart Vitality shot contains cold-pressed turmeric and lemon juice with coconut water. All of the ingredients are 100 percent organic and each shot contains only 1.5 grams of sugar.
High-pressure processing is used to preserve the raw juices, extending the shelf life while leaving the nutrient and enzymatic properties intact. You can find the shots in the refrigerated section of Whole Foods, Erewhon and other local natural markets.
How to enjoy them? Pour a shot into a bottle of water and savor it throughout the day. Empty a shot into a mug of hot water and you’ve got a tasty ginger or turmeric tea.
Or just go bottoms up!