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5 Impressive Reasons Vodka Is Actually Great for Your Health

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Could a vodka shot a day truly keep the doctor away? The answer might stun you. As a trendy drink that is easy to order and complements a cocktail shaker’s dream, numerous studies over the years outline the plethora of benefits vodka reaps on the responsible drinker.

It might surprise drinkers to learn that the distilled spirit composed primarily of water and ethanol was actually created as a source of medicine dating back to the 8th and 9th century, proving it’s made more for just Moscow Mules and White Russians.

Whether it’s a cold winter or breezy spring, vodka does a lot more than helping to warm you up and keep you relaxed. To help you make the most of that vodka on your shelf, we explore five reasons the beloved spirit is so great for your health. As always, moderation is key and if you are unsure, consult your doctor before mixing yourself a drink.

Vodka cures all

It’s no secret that vodka is a natural disinfectant, antitoxin, and antiseptic because of its alcoholic properties. Not only can it be used to treat clean wounds, but it can also treat a toothache, bad breath and help you clean your home, ensuring it’s spic and span.

Major stress reliever

We are all love wine and know how it can naturally relax our nerves, but vodka has been researched as a valid method to relieve tension more so than wine. According to a study from the Journal of Psychopharmacology, vodka had a clear effect in reducing stress, whereas red wine did not. Meaning, it can relax your muscles and reduce your body’s level of stress hormones. Moreover, vodka’s sleep-inducing properties that can calm the brain.

Considered a heart-healthy drink

Drinking vodka in moderation with responsibility can increase blood-flow and circulation in your body by creating collateral vessels, in addition to preventing clots, strokes and other diseases. In a study from the American Heart Association, vodka  also lower your cholesterol and for those watching their weight, it’s a great way to alterative to a lower-calorie beverage. And unlike beer and wine, Livestrong reports that a shot of vodka can reduce blood sugar levels and most effective when taken straight up.

Great for hair and skin

Because vodka has disinfectant properties, it is an effective method in cleansing your skin and tightening your pores. When applied as a toner diluted with equal parts of water, it goes deep down into pores to clean out dirt and debris, while eliminating toxins from hair when mixed with shampoo. Not only does it prevent dandruff, but it also promotes strong, healthy hair growth, as reported by the Beauty Gypsy. However, use cautiously because it does have a dehydrating effect, so for those with particularly dry or sensitive skin, beware.

Reduces inflammation

According to a study from WebMD, patients who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis who drank semi-regular vodka beverages throughout the month noted at least 20 to 30 percent less pain and inflammation associated with their disease. Conversely, for those who experience irritable bowel syndrome and any other digestive issues, vodka is known to be a wonder drink when drunk in moderation to treat IBS symptoms and digestion issues, according to Benefit Of. Of course, excessive intake can lead to liver issues, so again, moderation.

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