If you’re concerned about drinking a ginger shot on an empty stomach, then there really is no need to worry. 

The reasons why drinking healthy juices on an empty stomach can be a good thing, are actually the exact same reasons why drinking alcohol on an empty stomach is bad for you - i.e. because everything contained within the drink is absorbed much faster by the bloodstream. 


In this blog, we’ll explain in more detail what happens when you take a ginger shot on an empty stomach. 


What is an empty stomach?

In order to understand how your body reacts to different foods and drinks on an empty stomach, it’s important to know what the definition of an empty stomach actually is. 


You may think that the empty stomach sensation is something you associate mornings with. After all, it’s first thing in the morning that you will be furthest away from your last meal. However as a general rule of thumb, an empty stomach can be defined as one hour before eating, or two hours after eating. 


This might mean you’re curious as to whether or not you can drink a healthy juice shot on an empty stomach, either first thing in the morning, or between meals when you’re feeling a hunger pang. 


An empty stomach can help nutritional absorption

Generally-speaking, the order you consume food in is the order in which it is processed by the body. That means if you eat a heavy meal followed by some ginger root or a ginger juice or tea, it will follow the food to be processed by the body and find itself in a sort of digestion queue. 


During this ‘queue’ process drinks such as juices begin to ferment. This fermentation process produces ethanol and other intestinal gasses, which can make the digestion process uncomfortable. 


However, when you consume a fresh ginger juice or ginger shot on an empty stomach, the liquid will go directly to the intestine to be processed. This will mean the vitamins and minerals contained in your ginger shot can be absorbed by the body in as little as 15-minutes. This is great news for those looking for a healthy shot that will provide an almost instant nutritional benefit to the body.



Drinking a healthy shot is better than gulping down a glass of juice 


It’s also important to know that drinking a healthy shot or slowly drinking a glass of juice is the best way to consume a healthy drink. This is because your saliva helps your body to properly digest juice, so you want to get a good ratio of saliva to juice. If you gulp down a huge glass of fruit juice then there will not be enough saliva to assist with the digestion process, again making it slightly less comfortable. 


But what impact does ginger specifically have on an empty stomach?


It’s a well-known fact that ginger can assist with soothing the stomach. This is part of the reason why it’s such a popular healthy ingredient. However, when it comes to consuming a lot of ginger on an empty stomach, it’s important not to overdo it. 


Ginger stimulates the production of bile in your stomach. This helps with the digestion of food, but on an empty stomach when you have no solid food to break down, this bile can rest in the stomach which, again, can cause some digestive discomfort. 


However the key takeaway here is to enjoy everything in moderation. Our ginger root shots contain 10% ginger root and we recommend taking just one shot on an empty stomach. This should enable your body to reap the benefits of turmeric, ginger, black pepper and more, without causing any stomach discomfort. 


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