Drinking Gin Can Help You Burn Calories Faster | 22 Words

There are a lot of things we could all be doing to take better care of ourselves. For instance, I should probably try to break the habit of eating four bowls of cereal every morning, but I try to rationalize that by telling myself that Frankenberries are actual fruits.

If you've been feeling bad about the types of things you've been putting into your body lately, I'm here to help you feel just a tiny bit better about yourself. Researchers recently discovered some rather surprising evidence that a certain type of alcohol may, in fact, be packed with health benefits and can actually do a number of good things for your well-being. Keep reading to find out what it is.

And I'll just tell you right now to get it out of the way: It's not Four Loko. In fact, that stuff should probably be banned in every country.

We all do our best to make healthy lifestyle choices.

And that can mean different things for different people. For me, I assume that incorporating twice as many avocados into my daily diet will cure all of my ailments and result in an epic weight loss, which has yet to work so far. But I'm still holding out hope.

For some people, it's all about portion control.

A Harvard professor recently made the deeply upsetting statement that you should really only be eating six fries total.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Six. If you have the willpower to stop after six, I'm pretty sure you don't need to be making healthy lifestyle changes.

In fact, you'll probably live to be 200 years old.

Because after six fries I just want a neverending supply of more fries. Six fries is a slap in the face to fry lovers everywhere!

Some people try to lose weight by adopting a rigorous exercise regiment.

Running, swimming, Zumba, HIIT workouts...it's all about getting your blood pumping and being consistent, meaning you have to do it more than roughly once per month in order to see any actual difference. Which isn't fair, but that's life, I guess.

But what if I told you that something you've always thought was terrible for you might actually help you lose weight?

No, it's not your weekly Taco Bell run. ...although you can pry my Cheesy Gordita Crunch out of my cold, dead hand.

And no, it's not your complete addiction to Diet Coke, either.

In fact, diet soda is probably even worse for your body than you can imagine. It's basically rotting you from the inside out.

Drumroll, please....

It's ALCOHOL! That's right, folks. You may not have been poisoning your body every night all throughout college after all!

Dreams DO come true!

I always knew that this day would come!

But don't chug that Mike's Hard Lemonade just yet.

It's one alcohol, in particular, that has scientists talking. And it might not be at the top of your list.

It's gin!

The classiest of all spirits! Okay, that's just my personal opinion, but do you really think James Bond would settle for anything less?

If you're making a grossed-out face at the very thought of gin right now, I've got just a few choice words for you:

Gin and tonic. Martini. Ramos gin fizz. Tom Collins. And let's not forget the most prolific wordsmith of our time Snoop Dogg's drink of choice, gin and juice. Need I say more?

A recent study conducted by the University of Sigulda in Latvia discovered something surprising (and awesome).

It all started with a group of mice. Half of them were given water, and the other half, gin.

So basically, they were working with some very drunk mice and some very sober and, I'm assuming, cranky, mice.

Scientists then observed how many calories they were able to burn during a specific period of time.

It turns out, gin is calorie-busting gold.

The mice who were lucky enough to be in the "gin" group showed an increase in their metabolic rate, meaning they burned an elevated amount of calories when compared to the "water" group.

But wait, there's even more good news for gin lovers!

Some mice even showed an incredible increase of 17% in terms of metabolic rate.

But what about those mice that were only given water?

Researchers found no change in their metabolic rate whatsoever. Take that, water!

So what is it about gin that causes this boost in metabolism?

It's something that scientists refer to as the 'afterburn effect'.

This effect causes the metabolism to rise while the liver is breaking down the alcohol.

"The spirit may have a slimming effect on the body," said Thisa Lye, the author of the study. This will, however, need to be conducted on humans in order to confirm this theory. Allow me to be the first to volunteer as a test subject for this study.

Ready for your mind to be blown even more than it already is?

Gin has yet another trick up its sleeve when it comes to solving all of your health products.

Along with helping to kick-start your metabolism, it can also help you out with those annoying allergy symptoms.

If you suffer from hayfever, you might want to consider trading in your antihistamines for a few gin and tonics. According to Asthma.org, "Clear spirits like gin and vodka are considered more ‘asthma friendly’ because they contain less histamine and fewer sulphites."

Okay, so G&T's won't cure your hayfever completely.

But, since most alcohol makes allergy symptoms worse, gin is your best option if you're looking to enjoy an adult beverage between nose-blowing.

But wait, there's more!

The popular spirit, which was actually hailed as a healing elixir back in the middle ages, is made from juniper berries. These tiny, dark-purple berries have super food properties which can be highly beneficial to the human body.

The health benefits of juniper berries are actually pretty impressive.

They've been known to help prevent infection, combat heart disease, prevent kidney and liver disease and improve blood circulation.

Your evening gin and tonic can also do wonders for your skin.

Because of the insane amount of antioxidants in juniper berries, gin can help to minimize wrinkles and keep your skin smooth and luminous. It's like a facial in a glass!

It's also good for your bones.

If you've been experiencing some annoyingly achy joints lately, it might be time to up your intake of gin and juice, because juniper berries have been shown to relieve chronic pain and inflammation.

And lastly, it's basically a much more fun version of Dayquil.

Feel a cold coming on? Gin has been shown to expel mucus and help to clear out lung congestion.

So what should we do with this information?

If you have a sudden urge to run out and buy an enormous bottle of Bombay Sapphire in hopes of it curing all of your ailments, well...don't do that.

The key to receiving the full effect of these health benefits is to enjoy gin in moderation.

Meaning, one or two glasses per week ought to do it.

But I don't blame you if you're feeling pretty on top of the world right now.

I know I am. Gin is, after all, my absolute favorite type of liquor, and although I totally didn't need more reasons to love it, I'm pretty stoked that I'm now able to justify drinking it more often. It's for my own good, after all.