4 reasons gin is great for runners

Trying to get fit but struggling to ditch your nightly tipple? While we wouldn’t recommend drinking the bar dry, the good news is our all-time favourite aperitif has some surprising health benefits, (when consumed in moderation) making it the perfect post-run nip for thirsty runners.

4 reasons gin is great for runners

Gin is a superfood!

OK so that’s not strictly true, but gin is made from juniper berries, which are packed with antioxidants and come with a multitude of health benefits, making it a super drink by default!

A study published in the medical journal Pharmacognosy Research confirmed that juniper berries help to neutralise free radicals in the body, which eventually lead to the development of diseases like cancer, arthritis and cardiovascular disease.

The little purple berry has also been linked to fighting infection, helping to prevent heart disease, improve blood circulation and even prevent kidney and liver disease. Originally used as herbal medicine as far back as the Middle Ages, gin has so many health benefits it’s a wonder they don’t serve it at aid stations on race day.

Gin keeps you youthful

Hard liquor is not normally associated with a youthful complexion, but the antioxidants found in juniper berries have been linked to maintaining healthy, youthful skin by fighting wrinkles, promoting cell regeneration and reducing inflammation.

Juniper berries are also rich in flavonoids which are great for preventing heart disease and improving your blood circulation as you age, promoting youth and beauty all the way! Just try not to drink it for breakfast.

Gin is low in calories

As spirits go, at 97 calories per shot gin is one of the more conservative tipples when it comes to your waistline. Juniper berries are also said to increase the number of enzymes that break down food and aid digestion thanks to the diuretic effect of the little fruits, meaning you’ll feel less bloated the more you sip on the good stuff. 

However, gin’s favourite accompaniment tonic water tends to be fairly calorific, so stick to the low-fat version if you want to keep trim, or be really rock n roll and drink your gin neat. Once you get home from your workout of course; we wouldn’t recommend adding it to your water bottle, as drunken exercise is generally frowned upon in polite society.

Gin is good for bone health

Perfect for weary runners, a good gin is said to relieve achy joints and even gout. The high alcohol content coupled with magical juniper berries also works as an effective treatment for chronic pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, so if you’re suffering from post-race achy joints, make it a double!

Please note: the information within this article was not provided by a medical professional and should be taken with a pinch of salt. And some chips.

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