What are anti-inflammatories and why do we need them?

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Anti-inflammatories as the name suggests reduce inflammation. Inflammation occurs on a daily basis throughout the body and is the body’s attempt to protect itself by trying to remove foreign substances from the body, and start the healing process.

Your body’s inflammatory response is triggered when tissues are injured by bacteria, trauma, toxins, heat, or any other cause.  An acute inflammatory response is meant to heal the body. Chronic or excess inflammation, though, harms the body and causes most chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, liver problems, cancer, dementia, fibromyalgia, and autoimmune disease like thyroid disorder, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Three years ago, when researching gut health, Jamie Baird stumbled upon a recipe which originated in the 70’s, by herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, who coined the phrase “Fire Cider”. Fire Cider is popular in the US but mostly unknown in the UK, although we are slowly getting onboard. Fire cider has been known as the remedy for everything from dull skin and dandruff to digestion, weight loss and having a healthy immune system.

Jamie started experimenting with the recipe making it in his garage and was fascinated with the ingredients and their individual health benefits. Is it really possible to have all those benefits and all that goodness in one small daily shot?

As a personal fitness trainer and busy dad to three kids, Jamie says, “To me this recipe seemed the ultimate solution to keep my immune system fully charged, and more than that, you know what – it really does work!‘

Fast forward a few years and Jamie is now a ‘Chief Steeper’ having launched the UK’s answer to fire cider with a product called ‘Steeps One Shot’, a fiery blend of seven raw, natural, sustainably-sourced organic ingredients – turmeric, ginger, chilli, garlic, onion and horseradish all infused (steeped) for 12 weeks in Apple Cider Vinegar and he recommends taking a 10ml shot daily.

But do we want to be drinking horseradish? Or having a shot of chilli? Surely not? However, these seven raw ingredients are natural anti-inflammatories and the more we’ve looked into this, the more we realise how much we need them and if you can get all that from one shot… the question really becomes… why not?

Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of these anti-inflammatory ingredients.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (ACV) contains beneficial enzymes and probiotics and has antimicrobial and antioxidant effects. There is evidence to suggest the health benefits may include aiding weight loss, reducing cholesterol, lowering blood sugar levels, and improving the symptoms of diabetes. It contains gut-friendly bacteria which helps to improve digestion and keeping your digestive system working properly helps you to avoid, or combat, stomach problems like indigestion and heartburn. It works by neutralising the stomach acid and by fighting harmful bacteria.

TURMERIC has an active powerful ingredient inside it called Curcumin and this has powerful biological properties. Ayurvedic medicine recommends it for a variety of health conditions, including chronic pain and inflammation. Removing inflammation from your body supports your immune system by taking the heat off it, so it can work to its full capacity and basically do it’s thing, meaning you’re more likely to ward off diseases and infections.

GINGER has been around and used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. This odd shaped spice’s possible health benefits include reducing nausea, pain and inflammation. It’s loaded with antioxidants, which are compounds that prevent stress and damage to your body’s DNA and therefore helps your body to fight off chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, and diseases of the lungs. If that’s not enough, it also promotes healthy aging.

CHILLI also goes by the great name of “Capsicum” and is another great ingredient used for fighting inflammation. Chillies also aid weight loss by reducing appetite and increasing fat burning, they are powerful little things. As well as all that they can also help with pain relief. 

HORSERADISH is neither a horse nor a radish but this vegetable has been used for hundreds of years for its wide variety of health benefits. Horseradish is naturally antibacterial, boosting circulation and clearing mucus as a decongestant. It speeds up metabolism and also aids weight loss and digestion.

ONION and GARLIC 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 and help to combat sickness.


STEEPS ONE SHOT is a fiery blend of seven raw, natural, sustainably-sourced organic ingredients – turmeric, ginger, chilli, garlic, onion and horseradish. All lovingly peeled, chopped and infused (steeped) for 12 weeks in Apple Cider Vinegar.

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. It’s the one shot your body needs. 

STEEPS ONE SHOT is wheat free, gluten free, dairy free, keto and paleo friendly, chemical free with no preservatives whatsoever.

Benefits of Steeps One Shot 
– It boosts gut health
– Boosts your metabolism and digestion
– A natural way to support the immune system
– The anti-inflammatories help everything from arthritis to dandruff issues
– It helps prevent and cure acid reflux (20% of people in the UK suffer from this). Steeps One Shot have launched a specific acid reflux programme.  


Give the bottle a good shake and take one shot daily, using the marked STEEPS shot glass to measure your required amount, 10ml, 20ml or 30ml.


STEEPS ONE SHOT 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.

STEEPS ONE SHOT is 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.

Also available:
The ‘On It’ Starter Pack, containing 1x 250ml bottles, 1x bottle of Organic tomato juice and 1x enamel cup, perfect for mixing (RRP £19.95).

The ‘Supercharged’ Starter Pack containing 2x 250ml bottles and a 1x STEEPS shot glass (RRP £24.90).


For more information and to purchase a bottle visit www.steepsoneshot.com




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