Pass the Bottle for the 8 Health Benefits of Vodka

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Vodka is one of those drinks everyone has simply because it's easy to order. As your drinking tastebuds mature, so does your vodka drinking game. We don't love the stuff just because it's a cocktail shaker's dream; the health benefits of vodka, also, make for a doctor's dream. Vodka has some historic roots with stories of its invention dating back to the 8th and 9th century - depending on if you talk to a Polish or Russian person. Early on, vodka was used more for medicine and less for enjoyment.

Prescribed internally as a tonic and externally as a lotion, it was a cure all for things like skin ailments, fatigue and to prevent early labor (it was only 14 percent alcohol back then,so kind of like drinking a glass of wine).

Today, vodka of the most popular spirits in the world when it comes to happy hour, but that doesn't mean it has lost all of its health benefits. In moderation, vodka can do some amazing things.

1. Disinfectant, Antitoxin, and Antiseptic

Vodka hits the trifecta when it comes to keeping things clean. It's a great disinfectant, antitoxin and an impressive antiseptic when it comes to curing things like bad breath and healing tooth aches.

If you've got to clean toothbrushes and hairbrushes, it's one of the best rinses out there.

2. Stress Reducer

This claim can be made for most alcohols, but vodka has the science to prove that it truly does reduce stress. It also has sleep-inducing properties that can relax the body and calm the brain.

This might have been why a tonic of vodka was often given to prevent preterm labor centuries ago.

3. Hair & Skin Enhancer

Alcohol is an ingredient in many pore tightener and facial cleansers on the market. So it's no surprise that vodka can do the same things those expensive lotions and creams can.

When applied as an astringent, it can help clean clogged pores and when applied to the scalp, helps eliminate toxins from hair to prevent dandruff and promote healthy hair growth.

4. Heals Arthritis

New studies show that vodka can actually help heal symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Part of the reason vodka works so well is because it helps reduce inflammation.

5. Reduces Risk of Disease

Vodka helps to develop collateral vessels.

Basically, that means increased free blood flow and prevention of development of major illnesses such as stroke and cardiac arrest.

6. Reduces Hypertension

Vodka aids in creating HDL, basically goood cholesterol in the body. Good cholesterol means a reduced risk of high blood pressure.

7. Fever Reducer

When rubbed onto the body as an ointment or lotion, vodka can help reduce fever.

Rubbing a few drops onto your temples has also been an old Russian folklore remedy for treating headaches and fevers.

8. Aids Digestion

Moderate consumption of vodka has been used to treat irritable bowel syndrome and relieve digestive issues.

So what do you say, a nightcap of vodka before bed tonight?

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