Alcohol consumption is not typically associated with maintaining a healthy lifestyle as it is often associated with negative effects. But not all alcohol was created equal. With that in mind, you may be wondering, is gin bad for your liver?
We all know that drinking in excess can lead to an inflamed and swollen liver, but moderate drinking has actually been shown to have several benefits.
Keep reading to learn all about the origins of gin, its properties, and the ways in which moderate gin drinking can actually be good for you.
The origin of gin
Derived from the old English word "genever" and the Latin word juniperus, gin is a natural spirit that has been enjoyed in taverns for centuries.
Over the years, it has gained quite a reputation as a more refined alternative to other types of liquors, thanks in part to research that has demonstrated how powerful it is in elevating overall health.
The juniper berries used to make gin have several stimulating and disinfecting qualities that have been heralded across generations.
The power of juniper berries
Described as super berries, juniper berries are used to make gin and contain flavanoids that are known to improve blood circulation to help with water retention, which is one of the main benefits to drinking gin in moderation.
These dark purple berries can fight off infection, prevent heart disease and a have a host of other benefits that will talk about later.
More antioxidants, fewer wrinkles
If you thought only lotions could save your skin from premature wrinkling, think again! Juniper berries are packed with antioxidants that can boost cell regeneration, helping you achieve skin that is healthier, smoother, and glowing.
In fact, it's just another way to fight the aging process when you switch it up with anti-wrinkle cream. Have a gin martini and encourage that skin and cellular restoration!
Low in calories
Many alcoholic beverages are loaded with calories, but that's not the case with gin.
In fact, gin has the fewest calories of all spirit, with less than 100 calories per shot, on average. The juniper berries help with digestion by increasing enzymes so that bloating is minimized. And the herbs that are used to make gin help break your food down better while increasing stomach acid secretions.
Gin staves off kidney and liver disease
Since juniper berries assist in water retention in the body, you're able to pass more water through your system, which helps in flushing out the more harmful toxins and bacteria in alcohol.
Good for the bones
Gin has also been proven to reduce joint pain and gout. The alcoholic content combined with the juniper berries serve as an effective remedy for chronic inflammations like arthritis.
Raisins soaked in gin and stored in a jar are one remedy that can be eaten daily to receive the benefits.
Up your herbal intake
It’s not just herbal teas that can improve your overall health; gin is also known for its healing properties. Add coriander, nutmeg, cassia, angelica root, and a few other spices to gin and you have one of the healthiest liquors around and it's completely natural.
Gin protects against congestion
Not only does gin protect against coughing, but the oils that are found in juniper berries have also been shown to alleviate coughing and expel mucus found in the throat. When mixed with herbs, gin is also quite effective against sore throats.
Gin can extend your life expectancy
Of course, heavy drinking will not lead to a longer life, but when done in moderation, gin has been shown to aid in blood circulation as you age, which can prolong your life expectancy.
The flavanoids found in juniper berries come with several benefits for overall cardiovascular health that include atherosclerosis prevention, unclogging arteries, and preventing heart disease.
Drinking gin does not necessarily have to come with adverse health benefits. When you drink gin in moderation, you can even improve your health.
For those of you on the fence about whether or not to occasionally imbibe, feel free to have a nightly gin and tonic and achieve healthier skin, look younger, and maintain a trimmer waistline.
Here’s a toast to you and your health!
Rory used to spend his days tinkering with airplane engines in a Raytheon hangar. But on a junket overseas, a fellow grease monkey talked him into visiting a British distillery that offered tastings. Now he chases the scent, potency, and promise of spirits up mountains, through jungles, and over wide deserts in search of the next transformative mouthful.