1. Gin contains natural ingredients.
Of course, every gin is made with a different combination of ingredients, but besides the main berry, juniper, gin can include coriander, sage, cassia, nutmeg, rosemary, and angelica root. It’s like a much more fun version of the paleo diet…right?
2. Juniper berries are jam-packed with health benefits.
The main ingredient in gin is taken by many people as a daily supplement due to it’s medicinal properties. It combats infection (gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria), renal insufficiency, bad coughs and lung congestion, and can jump start a late period.
3. It’s a natural remedy for arthritis.
The stuff that helps chronic conditions is found in gin and can therefore help with loss of tone in tissues and organs, as well as joint pain, gout and rheumatoid arthritis. Many people have recently started to eat gin-soaked raisins at night as a homeopathic formula to keep inflammation at bay.
4. It can help eliminate wrinkles in your skin.
Alcohol, in general, contains antioxidants, but the added juniper-boost aids your body in regenerating cells, which in turn is great for maintaining smooth, line-free skin.
5. It fights kidney and liver disease.
Gin contains diuretic ingredients, which eases kidney filtration and therefore helps get rid of bad bacteria.
6. A gin and tonic can help prevent malaria.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get shots before travelling, but the cocktail was used in the days of the British Empire to prevent catching the disease that was ravaging both its colonies and colonizers. Quinine, which is used to make tonic water, was consumed religiously by English colonial people in order to stay healthy, and it didn’t take too long for people to realize that adding a bit of gin would make the tonic water a little more exciting.
7. Your digestive system will thank you.
The bitter herbs contained in gin can cause increases in digestive enzymes and stomach acid secretions, which helps break down food quickly and improves digestion.
8. It fights cancer.
The high antioxidant levels in gin help to “neutralize free radicals in the body,” which are some roots of cancer. These same kinds of benefits are found in fad drinks like kombucha, but wouldn’t you rather skip the ‘buch and get tipsy?
9. It won’t jeopardize your waistline
Gin happens to be one of the least calorific types of alcohol at about 97 calories per 1.5 ounces. Since your digestive system is being revved up by the juniper, you’re also less likely to bloat and develop a urinary tract infection as it helps flush out toxins. That’s the kind of cleanse we can get behind.
10. A decent gin will not cost you an arm and a leg.
11. Frank Sinatra liked it.
How much more classy can you get?