It is said that drinking gin has been proven to have countless health benefits – from longevity, to rejuvenation and of course, hydration. Below are ten ways in which drinking gin might actually be good for you (not that I think anyone needs an excuse to drink a G&T!)
- Fight off illness – Juniper berries are an incredibly healthy fruit that carry a multitude of medicinal benefits. Used for centuries as an topical antiseptic, juniper berries can also help fight off coughs and lung congestions. The oils contained in juniper berries agitate bronchial passages and expel mucus.
- Calm your joint woes – Try a bit of gin if your joints are aching or if you suffer from arthritis. gin’s makeup helps to relieve the pain caused by achy joints, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Improve your digestion – The herbs used to create gin can increase both stomach acid secretions and digestive enzyme which in turn will lead to better digestion.
- Keep malaria at aay – If you happen to be traveling to a country where malaria occurs, you may want to order a gin and tonic when you get there. Quinine, the essential ingredient in tonic water, is known to both cure and prevent malaria.
- Flush out your aystem – Since juniper is a diuretic, it stops water retention. If you’re having issues with bloating, or urinary tract infections, gin may be able to help.
- Get your liver in shape – Since the juniper berries in gin are diuretic, they can theoretically be helpful with liver disease
- Increase your herbal intake – The composition of gin makes it an excellent choice for those who seek a more “natural” alcohol. Made of juniper berries, coriander, cassia, nutmeg, sage, angelica root, and rosemary (among others), it’s a smorgasbord of natural and nutritious herbs. In short, gin is probably the healthiest liquor on the market today.
- Keep your skin young – Gin is packed with antioxidants that work to keep your skin fresh, dewy, and youthful.
- Extend your life span – Drinking Gin moderation, it may help your blood circulation as you get older, which can prolong life.
- Manage your weight – Gin is a relatively low calorie alcoholic drink. A shot of gin weighs in at 406 kilojoules. I’ll drink to that!
See my post The Gin Revolution for info on how the G&T came about.
See my post Gin Cocktails for a variety of classic and modern cocktails.