5 Types Of Liquor With Surprising Health Benefits

5 Types Of Liquor With Surprising Health Benefits

Who knew liquor could have so many health benefits?
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Pulsating music running through your body at a club. Long ladies' nights spent laughing and gossiping. Late night shots with a regrettable hangover in the morning. These are the images you get when you think of drinking liquor. Drinking liquor comes with a wild night, a foggy morning and an incredibly hilarious story in the future.

Aside from coming with a crazy experience, liquor may even have some health benefits. From weight loss to heart health, drinking liquor can help improve your health. Of course, you need to remember to drink in moderation and know that liquor isn't a cure-all; even though we'd all love it if it were!

Here are five types of liquor and their many health benefits:

1. Vodka

Vodka is a good option when you are trying to count calories. Vodka only has 69 calories per ounce. Of course, the higher the proof, the higher the calories. It can also help the heart. According to Food to Fitness, vodka helps develop collateral vessels. These vessels improve blood circulation. More vessels also mean more ways for oxygen to flow through our bodies.

Drinking small amounts of vodka can help reduce stress and lower high blood pressure. Vodka has a calming effect on the brain and induces sleep. Vodka can be used to relieve some pain of a toothache. Drinking a little bit of vodka and swishing it in your mouth allows the alcohol to be absorbed in the gums and temporarily helps.

Many herbal medicines often use vodka in their medicines. Vodka is used to make tinctures. Herbalists soak leaves and stems in the vodka. Since vodka is odorless and flavorless, the tincture absorbs the taste of the herbs. These can either be taken by mouth or as an ointment.

2. Tequila

Tequila can help you with digestion. Some say that a shot before a meal stimulates your appetite, and a shot after a meal can help you digest your food. Pairing the shot with water is even better for digestion. Tequila can also aid in lowering bad cholesterol. The alcohol in tequila breaks down dietary fats which lower your LDL levels (or, bad cholesterol).

Tequila is a probiotic. Probiotics are the healthy bacteria that are in our intestines. They are responsible for the majority of our immune systems. Some of the fructans produced from agavins that produce tequila supply our probiotics. Tequila is also prebiotic. Prebiotics make it possible for probiotics to grow and thrive. A study was done to see the effect these agave fructans have on our bodies. They found that the prebiotic attributes of tequila make our intestines the right place for probiotics to live.

Tequila can help against osteoporosis. Again, the fructans promote bone health. A study done on the effect of fructans on mice yielded interesting results. The mice fed fructans absorbed more calcium from their food and excreted less calcium from their bowls. They also showed a 20 percent increase in osteocalcin -- a protein connected to the build-up of new bone tissue.

3. Gin

Gin can help fight off illness. The main ingredient found in gin is juniper berries. The oils from the berries agitate the bronchial passages and cause you to expel mucus. Some people suffering from arthritis have found that gin helps with achy joints. The juniper berries are again to thank for this one. Some people have even used gin-soaked raisins to reduce inflammation.

Gin can help if you feel bloated. Juniper berries have often been used as a diuretic and the herbs in gin help your digestive system. Gin can increase your circulation. Alcohol is naturally a blood thinner. Now, add in the antioxidants of the juniper berries and you can increase your blood circulation and vascular health.

Gin can help regulate your menstrual cycle. Women who experience irregular periods can better predict when their next period will likely happen if they start using gin to regulate their periods.

4. Rum

Rum helps the heart in multiple ways. It combats peripheral artery disease. It restricts artery blockages. Rum acts as a blood thinner and increases HDL cholesterol. Rum can also help you get a good nights sleep. A single serving of rum can reduce anxiety levels.

If taken with moderation, it can help with muscle pain and actually prevent it. Some say drinking rum can increase your lifespan up to two to five years. It can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Rum can also help decrease the risk of getting dementia and prevent cancer.

5. Whiskey

According to studies, whiskey has been shown to successfully boost your cognitive performance and reduce the chances of getting Alzheimer's and dementia. A study for heart health has shown that whiskey can reduce the chances of blood clots. Whiskey is a blood thinner, so it lowers your chances of your blood clotting. It can also increase your good cholesterol, which in turn counteracts the effects of your bad cholesterol, further protecting your heart.

Whiskey can help reduce the chances of diabetes. Studies have shown that whiskey can sometimes reduce the chances by as much as 30-40 percent. Whiskey can improve your body’s ability to regulate insulin and glucose levels, causing the possibility of getting diabetes to decrease. Whiskey can help you relax. The barbiturates can reduce stress. Whiskey also has sedative properties to help you sleep if you have bad anxiety. A study at Harvard University says drinking whiskey corresponds with a 25-40 percent reduction in the risk of heart disease or stroke caused by blood clots.

Now, like I said before, you can't use just liquor to cure all of your health issues. But, at least when you are taking that shot of tequila or enjoying that cocktail you are also helping your body stay healthy.

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How To Play 'New Girl's' True American Drinking Game

"It's 75% drinking, 20% Candy Land, and the floor is molten lava."
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I think it's fair to say that anyone who watches New Girl knows about True American. This crazy, non-sense drinking game which pops up every so often throughout the seasons and first introduced in Season 1 Episode 20.

The game, as described by New Girl character and fan-favorite Schmidt, is 75% drinking game and 20% Candy Land with a floor of molten lava.

The point of the game is for players to navigate through the Candy Land-like spaces to the "castle," which is a table in the center of the room that holds beer "pawns" and the "king" bottle. The first person to reach and sip from the bottle wins.

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Here's how to play:

Step #1: Prepare the "castle"

First, set up your "castle." The castle is made up of beer "pawns" and the "king," a bottle filled with the alcohol of your choice.

The bottle should be in the middle of the table, surrounded by four lines of beer pawns. There is no exact number of beers necessary for each line of beer pawns. Choose any amount of beers that seems appropriate for the amount of players.

Step #2: Set up spaces

Set up spaces using pillows, chairs or any other objects players will be able to stand on. Place an equal amount of spaces around the table. You'll want about 5-8 spaces on each side, depending on the size of the room you're playing in.

Only four of these spaces should reach the castle, lining up with the parade of beer "pawns" and allowing players to take a beer pawn from the castle. For example, in the photo above, each of the chairs touch a corner of the table at the end of the line of beer pawns. Therefore, these are two of the four special spaces that allow players to take a beer. Unlike the pillows pictured, which are just regular spaces that the players can use to move around.

Step #3: Pick teams

Teams are optional. To pick teams, all of the players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers against their forehead on the count of three.

Any players who hold up the same number are a team. Unmatched players can team up as needed or simply pair up with the person standing closest to them.

Step #4: Begin

Begin with a shotgun "tip-off" to determine which player goes first.

The winner of this shotgunning contest will yell, "One, two, three...JFK!" to announce the official beginning of the game. All players will enthusiastically respond, "FDR!" then quickly grab a beer pawn from the castle and run to any space they wish to start at, excluding for the four special spaces that reach the castle.

Step #5: Make moves

The winner of the shotgunning contest has earned the first turn. From then on, the order of turns will move in a clockwise rotation. During each turn, the player will move one space toward the castle and choose to play one of the following mini-games.

Mini-game number one: the player whose turn it is will count to three then all players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers on their forehead. Any player who selects a number no one else selected can move ONE space.

Mini-game number two: the player whose turn it is will recite the beginning of a famous American quote. The first player to complete the quote can move TWO spaces.

Mini-game number three: the player whose turn it is will name two famous American people, places or things. The first player to identify what the two have in common can move THREE spaces.

For example, say it's your turn. You will move one space then choose one of the three mini-games. You and all of the players will participate in that game, and the winner will move accordingly. After this, your turn is over and it's the next player's turn (in the original clockwise rotation).

Step #6: "Play on, playa."



Continue playing by these rules until one lucky winner reaches the bottle and sips from its royal glass.

The bottle cannot be opened until every last pawn is removed from the castle. Any players who fail to keep at least one beer in hand, who accidentally end up with more than three beers in hand, or who touch the lava are immediately disqualified. Disqualified players can rejoin the game by shotgunning a beer.

Congratulations!

You are now able to impress all of your New Girl-loving friends with knowledge of the workings of the epic True American drinking game. Know your limits, drink responsibly and enjoy!

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10 Reasons I'm A Raising Cane's 'Caniac' And Always Will Be

Because any restaurant with a dog as the mascot is a winner in my book.
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Raising Cane's is a fast food restaurant that specializes in one thing: chicken fingers. It was opened by Baton Rouge native Todd Graves in 1996. In the years since, it has become a staple in the lives of many, college students in particular. As a self-proclaimed enthusiast, here's a list of 10 things I love about Raising Cane's:

1. Not the coleslaw

So, this isn't technically a thing that I love, but I felt it was important to mention. In my lifetime, I've seen maybe three people actually eat their coleslaw, and one of those people was my mom. I think all of the coleslaw should be thrown into the never-ending abyss, but I digress.

2. The few choices

Nothing is more stressful than the cashier at a fast food restaurant asking you what you want before you're ready to order. How can you give me 157 choices and ask me to tell you which one I want in 35 seconds?! Luckily, with Raising Cane's, the choices are pretty simple: you can choose from three different combos of chicken strips, or you can choose a chicken sandwich combo. No awkward pauses necessary.

3. The lemonade

It's sweet, but not too sweet. It's the perfect addition to any combo! Sure, there's an upcharge for adding it to your meal, but life is short. Get the lemonade.

4. The drive-thru people

Who can get tired of hearing, "Chicken, chicken, chicken, what combo ya pickin'?" I don't know if this is pre-recorded or not, but it's still a fun (albeit pressuring) and unique way to greet customers.

5. The late hours

The hours for Raising Cane's varies by location and days, but "The Mothership" (the very first Raising Cane's, located right off of LSU's campus) stays open until 3:30 a.m. Thursday - Saturday. This makes Cane's a perfect spot for a bite after a night out, or during an all-nighter, if that's the way you roll!

6. The speed

I'm not sure if you've noticed, but not all "fast food" is particularly fast (Sonic on Burbank, anyone?) However, this is not the case for Cane's! I can't remember a time I waited more than five minutes for my food, and it's always hot and fresh.

7. The fries

By just looking at them, there's nothing special about these fries. But they're always served hot, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. McDonald's has nothing on Cane's fries!

8. The chicken

Of course, the restaurant is called "Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers," so no list would be complete without the mention of the chicken. You'll have to wait a few minutes before enjoying them if you don't want to burn your fingerprints off, but sometimes permanent disfigurement is worth deliciousness. It's crunchy, juicy, and overall just awesome. 10/10 would recommend!

9. The Texas toast

Everyone loves bread. It's just a fact of life, honestly, and Cane's Texas Toast reigns supreme. Every piece is tasty and soft. In fact, I have a friend who only goes to Cane's for the toast. Yeah, it's that good.

10. The sauce

Thought I'd forgotten about the pièce de résistance? Nope, I was just saving the best for last. I'm convinced that Cane's sauce is the nectar of the gods. I don't know exactly what's in it, but it could probably cause world peace. Imagine if everybody tasted Cane's sauce! The world would be a better place.

And that's all! Peace, love, & Cane's Sauce!

- A Loyal Caniac
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