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Wellness Shot – Turmeric Tonic With Coconut Water, Ginger And Honey

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Wellness Shot - This turmeric tonic is my “go to” when I need a natural energy boost. It has an earthy flavor with a ginger zing, and it’s infused with compounds that many believe support gentle detoxification. No juicer required!

Daddypotamus & I Have Been Doing Shots

Every single morning for the past week. It seems like an odd thing to say given that I’ve been pregnant or nursing for the past 2,335 days, but really it’s a good thing. As you probably know, intense cleansing diets are not recommended for pregnant/nursing mothers. That’s because the toxins that are released by the body can be transferred to the baby via the bloodstream or breast milk.

On the other hand, it’s important to keep normal detox pathways functioning well so that things don’t build up. That’s why I adore wellness shots – aka freshly pressed juices and tonics. They’re something that I feel perfectly comfortable giving to my little ones and taking, nursing or not.

This turmeric version is my “go to” when I need a natural energy boost. It has an earthy flavor with a ginger zing, and it’s infused with compounds that many believe support gentle detoxification. One particular component of turmeric – curcumin – has been studied for it’s ability to prevent premature aging, reduce depression, manage arthritis and blood sugar, and act as a painkiller, among other things. (source 1,  source 2) I haven’t found any studies regarding its effect on energy levels, but my experience is that it seems to help with alertness. Curcumin is a powerhouse with so many documented benefits – it’s been referenced in PubMed over 6,000 times!

No juicer? No problem!

This tonic can easily be made with a blender or immersion blender.

Wellness Shot - This turmeric tonic is my “go to” when I need a natural energy boost. It has an earthy flavor with a ginger zing, and it’s infused with compounds that many believe support gentle detoxification. No juicer required!

About The Ingredients

In this tonic, I’ve paired turmeric with “superstar” ingredients that are known in folk – and modern – medicine for their benefits:

Ginger is a powerful antioxidant that increases circulation and reduces inflammation. (source) It has long been used in folk medicine to soothe nausea.

Coconut water is often referred to as “Nature’s Gatorade.” It contains 13 times more potassium – an electrolyte needed for proper cell function – than Gatorade, plus twice the amount of another electrolyte (sodium). (source) (This brand doesn’t have any additives/preservatives)

Lemon is rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that is needed to manufacture glutathione, a tripeptide that assists with detoxification. Also, according “to Dr. Alexander F. Beddoe in Biological Ionization in Human Nutrition, the liver can make more enzymes out of fresh lemon juice than any other food element. Given more of the raw materials needed to function properly, the liver’s efficiency gets a boost from lemon consumption.” (source)

Raw honey is rich in minerals and easily digestible sugars, which signal “the body to down-regulate the production of stress hormones like cortisol. ” (source) It is also thought to boost the immune system, and certain types are even being studied for the potential ability to inhibit cancer proliferation. (source)

Unrefined sea salt contains 84 minerals that support adrenal function, help regulate blood volume and blood pressure, and assist with the delivery if nutrients to cells. It also “reduces adrenaline levels and supports overall metabolic health.” (source)

How to optimize turmeric absorption

The active compound in turmeric – curcumin – is fat soluble, so I drink mine in the morning with fried eggs or something similar. Also, is best absorbed when taken with fat and a old fashioned pepper, so I drink mine first thing in the morning with fried eggs or something similar. Also, adding ”black pepper to turmeric or turmeric-spiced food enhances curcumin’s bioavailability by 1,000 times, due to black pepper’s hot property called piperine,” says nutritionist Stacy Kennedy. (source)

Wellness Shot - This turmeric tonic is my “go to” when I need a natural energy boost. It has an earthy flavor with a ginger zing, and it’s infused with compounds that many believe support gentle detoxification. No juicer required!

Turmeric Tonic


  • 2 cups coconut water  (This brand doesn’t have any additives/preservatives)
  • 2 inch knob fresh turmeric (1 oz weighed) OR 1/2 – 1 teaspoon dried turmeric
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root (about 1/2 oz weighed)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon unrefined sea salt (where to buy unrefined salt)
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey (where to buy honey)


1. Place coconut water, turmeric and ginger root in a blender and give it a whir.

2. When the turmeric/ginger is finely shredded, strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve into a jar.

3, Add lemon juice, sea salt, and honey to taste. Serve, preferably with a food containing healthy fats and black pepper for enhanced absorption.

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67 Responses to Wellness Shot – Turmeric Tonic With Coconut Water, Ginger And Honey

  1. Monica says:

    What is supposed to be after this: “2 inch knob fresh turmeric (1 oz weighed) OR?”

  2. Marilyn says:

    I was taught that turmeric doesn’t absorb unless it’s cooked first for 20 minutes. What do you know about that?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Marilyn, I wonder if that’s a Chinese medicine thing. It’s not my area of expertise, but I know some foods are considered warming or cooling and there are cooking recommendations based on that. I’m probably saying that all wrong, but you get the idea. Nevertheless, I know it is recommended raw by many, since that is the state where all it’s enzymes are intact. From what I understand the two main factors that affect absorption are the presence of a healthy fat (since curcumin is fat soluble) and the addition of a little pepper. Hope that helps!

  3. Deborah says:

    If we don’t have fresh ginger root available, how much dry ginger/ powder do you recommend for this as it is all I have on hand?

  4. Where can I get organic turmeric root?

    • Have you looked on Azure Standard’s website?

    • Claudia says:

      If there is any type of Asian or ethnic store in your area they might carry turmeric root. And Whole Foods would have it. Also lots of other grocery stores.

      • Pamela Ray says:

        is turmeric root costly?My daughter has rare blood disease and has had two -three trsnsfusions every month for 17 years.Her liver has iron overload from all the transfusions.Will tumeric help her liver you think?She is on exjade and numerous meds but I worry about her liver.Any suggestions?

  5. Emily Becker via FB says:

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  6. This looks so amazing! My younger sister makes a ginger lemonade that’s very similar, but without the turmeric or coconut water. Hers is quite yummy, and already energizing (and because of the ginger, helps a lot with female pains…). I can’t wait to try it with turmeric!

  7. jenny says:

    How many servings is this?

  8. Los Cinco Martinez via FB says:

    Erin Blough

  9. Trayce says:

    Hi Heather, thanks for sharing your knowledge on so many topics. How big is the “shot” you and your husband drink? And do you make the tonic fresh daily or do you think it’s okay to store in the refrigerator for a couple of days?

  10. Dorine Dorota Haggarty Kalymon – I found mine at Whole Foods :)

  11. Dorine, Terrasoul Superfoods sells certified organic turmeric root powder on Amazon as well as their website. It’s awesome! :)

  12. Elizabeth Moulton-Urban via FB says:

    I wonder if the level of detox is safe for breastfeeding?

  13. Elizabeth Moulton-Urban – I can’t say what’s appropriate for anyone else, but I actually mention that I am breastfeeding at the beginning of the post. I eat a very clean diet and avoid chemicals wherever possible, but I haven’t done an intense cleanse in over 6 years because I have always been pregnant or breastfeeding. Instead, I consume fresh juices that are thought to very, very gently support normal detox functions within the body, specifically by helping the body to produce glutathione. I am not a doctor, of course. This is just what I have chosen to do based on my personal comfort level.

  14. Dorine Dorota Haggarty Kalymon, It’s also available through Azure Standard, if you have a drop point for them in your area.

  15. Angela says:

    I’ve been nursing for years too and plan to for at least probably another 2 years minimum. I’ve been watching the thyroid sessions and the leaky gut webinar and am finding conflicting information on what I can do right now. I have Hashimoto’s and I’d like to work on reversing it, but I certainly don’t want to quit nursing early so that I can do that. What techniques have you found helpful and/or practitioners that you think might better understand nursing mothers?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Angela, along with listening to the summit I also recently read The Iodine Crisis, which was written by investigative reporter Lynne Farrow. She also runs a website that explores the possible link between breast cancer and iodine deficiency. On that site, she has a list of people she considers “iodine literate” practitioners:

      Dr. Brownstein, who spoke at the summit, wrote the forward to her book, so I assume they are at least mostly on the same page regarding their approach. I haven’t met or spoken with any of the practitioners personally, but it might be worth interviewing one to see how you feel about them.

      • Angela says:

        Wow, what confirmation! :) I just ordered Dr. Brownstein’s books on Thyroid Disorders and Iodine. Wow, they are excellent and eye-opening. I’m having a little trouble finding a way to get the iodine loading test though since FFP Labs (Dr. B’s recommended lab) can’t work with NY residents. I’m not sure why yet, and I have to give them a call, but it’s probably legislation based. You can’t order your own bloodwork in NY either; you have to go through a physician. Or, you can drive to VT and do it there :)

        Oh the hoops we are forced to jump through for our health…

  16. Kim Tolmie via FB says:

    How many serves are in this recipe, please?

    • Amanda @ Mommypotamus Support says:

      Kim, Heather says it makes about two cups, which her family splits up as they see fit throughout the morning.

  17. Kim Tolmie – It makes about two cups. Serving size is up to you :)

  18. Kari says:

    OMGoodness! I am so excited to try this! I have an autoimmune disease and my Mom has been telling me that I need to try some turmeric to reduce my overall inflammation and pain. I wonder if you could add a bit of coconut oil to make an emulsion? Taste yummy and take care of the fat soluble part.

    • Wendy says:

      Have you heard of herbal ghee?
      Make some ghee and add honey and organic powdered turmeric. Look up Rasayana.
      But – I think this drink is an amazing anti-inflammatory.

  19. Charity says:

    I just made up some of your labor aid. Do you think adding turmeric would help at all with the relief of after pains? Or with labor pains?

  20. Michelle Grant via FB says:

    A blender is almost next on my “get” list.

  21. Wendy says:

    This may be a silly question, but do you take the skin off the turmeric & ginger before you blend it?

    • Heather says:

      I don’t peel mine before putting it in the blender because I am going to strain anyway, but when I’m using turmeric/ginger in cooking I use a paring knife or vegetable peeler.

      • Dawn says:

        The easiest way I have found to peel ginger is by using the a spoon and scraping the peel off. It is much easier than using a knife (at least for me) and there is less waste.

    • Wendy says:

      I have been buying raw organic turmeric as ginger for this drink. So I just scrub it and put it in the vitamix.
      I don’t peel organic veggies so I figure why not the same here. We don’t strain it, we just use the vitamix. That’s enough.
      Many people made sure that I knew to NOT use turmeric grown in India. The levels of lead in the turmeric from India can be very high.
      So we buy organic, typically it has been from Hawaii.

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  23. Dawn says:

    Can you use coconut milk instead of the coconut water? Would it have the same health benefits?

  24. Carole says:

    Calling it a shot may be the best suggestion for me….if you drink 1 cup a day…I guess it wouldn’t be so bad to take a shot (1 oz.) throughout the day…..I don’t think I could handle a whole 8 oz. at one sitting….any thoughts to that?

    • Heather says:

      You certainly could, though some of the benefits of fresh juices are lost if they are not consumed right away. Another option would be to cut the recipe on half or more :)

  25. Jesse says:

    What are your Himalayan salt vs the unrefined sea salt

    • Jesse says:

      Sorry, got in a hurry. I meant to say “what is your opinion Himalayan salt vs the unrefined sea salt”

  26. Claudia says:

    I just tried this. It’s great and will be be a daily drink for me. What a great new way to get turmeric every day. Thanks.

  27. Jen says:

    I was drinking something similar and found it raised havoc on my lower intestine and that was with a 1 inch slice of ginger and tumeric . I have since found that if I don’t drink it every day I stay I check. And after reading about it ….it can cause that lower end trouble. Have you heard of anyone else having this problem?

  28. Beth says:

    This looks delicious!

    I’ve been eating a lot of turmeric lately as a detox after zapping for suspected Lyme, since I have been pregnant and/or nursing for almost seven years now and can’t do the heavy duty cleanses. (I’m only nursing now or I wouldn’t be using a zapper, btw, haha). I’ve just been sprinkling it on over easy eggs with real salt and pepper, and it’s tasty! But, I love that this drink has so many powerhouse foods! I’m going to try it, and see if my kids might like it too.

    Also, thank you for the link to the coconut water! I’ve been using other brands of coconut water because one daughter and I can’t have dairy, and we have no access to raw milk, but all the additives are concerning. I’m going to order a pack!

  29. Dinorah says:

    How long will this keep in the refrigerator in a glass jar, if I make a few batches? Please and thank you : )

  30. Raquel says:

    Oddly, I only have black peppercorns in my grinder. Can I use that in place of the regular ol’ pepper?

  31. Wendy says:

    My TCM doctor was very happy to hear we take these shots.
    He asked if we were adding black pepper. It’s my understanding the pepper significantly increases the bio-availability of the curcumin, turmeric’ active ingredient.
    I constantly refer people to this Turmeric Wellness Shot post and only realized tonight that it doesn’t mention the black pepper. It mentions salt.
    I have never added salt, always pepper.
    And we love this drink.
    It’s the best anti-inflammatory ever!!! Just ridiculous.

  32. Suzy says:

    Can I use ground ginger instead of ginger root?

  33. Leanne Alberts says:

    I use a similar recipe, but instead of salt I use 1/2 a teaspoon of organic vanilla, liquid or paste and 1/2 teaspoon of organic Cayeene Pepper.We also drink them as shots. I also use Coconut Oil that I have frozen in small slotted ice trays, then a container. They are so easy to use and no mess, I eat them like that, with a shot.

  34. Harry says:

    The combination of ginger and coconut water sounds refreshing and invigorating! I also love adding turmeric to smoothies and juices, because it’s flavorless and so good for you!

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