The Smartest Way to Make Your Alcoholic Beverage a Well-Healthy Choice

The alcoholic beverage industry has a huge market to serve. Many people are trying to find the right way to make their alcoholic beverages a healthier choice. Instead of drinking a beer, they are trying to find the best way to drink it. The easiest way of drinking a beer is by just drinking it. However, there are some situations where you have taken too much and you have ended up having an alcoholic beverage addiction. In such cases, things can turn out very bad for your health and life in general.

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Today we’re going to tackle the alcohol consumption and benefits according to Ayurveda. Theories and concepts are from Dr. Sumit Kesarkar and from National Library of Ayurveda Medicine (NLAM). Read on to find out what are the benefits of alcohol!

Alcoholic Beverages based on Ayurvedic Literature

In Vedic literature, we come across the term ‘mad’ meaning incognizant or having false pride and ego. The entities that are called mad are termed as ‘madkari’, it is defined as the state of dependence in relation with a person, beverage or alcohol. The madkari entity reaches the quality of ‘tama’ which means inebriation, inertia and comatose. Those entities are termed as ‘madya’ or intoxicants. 

According to Rigved, Madya is divided into two words which is first ‘som’, meaning to consume during rituals and ceremonies. Second is ‘sura’, meaning to be consumed only for pleasure. In addition, both words find their origin through the root word ‘su’. Which in context, means to press or to distill.

They have found 84 types of Madya in the different ayurvedic literature. But we can differentiate it based on the ingredients and the fermentation process. One made from sugars, one made from fruits, grains, herbs, vinegar, medicated wine, and triyoni (flour + honey + jaggery). 

Charak describes properties of alcohol as:

  • Hot potency
  • Quick penetrating
  • Spreads through micro channels
  • Cleanse pathways
  • Nourishes all tissues

Charak also describes the medicinal effects of alcohol:

  • Cures anorexia
  • Acts as an appetizer
  • Cardiac tonic
  • Skin tonic
  • Strengthen vocal chords
  • Adaptogen
  • Anti-depressant
  • Nourish all tissues
  • Removes phobia
  • Removes fatigue
  • Cures in insomnia
  • Cures constipation

But Charak specifically highlighted that you can experience these benefits only in the first stage of alcohol influence.

More Health Benefits of Alcoholic Beverages

The health benefits of alcoholic beverages are many. They offer a lot of benefits to people. This article will talk about some of them. 

  1. Alcohol may improve a person’s general health and reduce pain and discomfort of a variety of diseases, specifically including hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol levels, heart attacks, strokes and even cancer.
  2. Alcohol also has an effect on the brain. It may be helpful for people who have problems with memory formation or learning process in their brains. Alcohol decreases the stiffness and shrinkage of the brain. It also helps people with mental diseases.
  3. Alcohol affects the blood sugar level in a person’s body. It helps the body to supply enough energy for it to function properly.
  4. Alcohol is useful for people with diseases of the heart, kidneys and lungs including congestive heart failure, chronic bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, pneumonia and also bronchial asthma or emphysema.
  5. Alcohol is a depressant and it affects the brain, heart and nervous system. It also makes people feel sleepy and drowsy. 

Although this blog is about alcohol consumption, please be reminded that if you consume more than enough it will lead to other bad effects. So always remember to drink responsibly. 

Single Malt Whisky 

According to Dr. Sumit Kesarkar, single malt whisky has more health benefits compared to other wines and beers especially when aged. 

The single malt whisky is a type of Scotch whisky. It is made from malted barley and is distilled in Scotland. Scotch whisky is produced with a single distillation process. The liquid left after the distillation, known as wash, is returned to the stills in order to be captured and condensed again, which gives Scotch whisky its characteristic taste. 

Single malt whisky is a type of Scotch whisky that has no added sugar or preservatives. It is distilled specifically from the mash of malted barley, which gives it its distinctive taste.

The main benefit of single malt whisky is that it has antioxidant properties and helps to prevent the aging process in the body. It also has a strong flavor and aroma, which are desirable characteristics for any brand of whisky. 

The Process

The malt is milled using a process called “glutting” that involves leaving the grains in their natural state of un-milled particles. The amount of time spent in the kiln varies depending on the specific type, but ranges from three to four weeks.The mashing (the water and grain interaction) takes place at between 80 and 110 °C (176 and 212 °C). The first fermentation takes place at around 35-40 °F/2-3 °C. 

The subsequent fermentation is done at around 55–65 °F (-15 ~ -20° C) for two to three months, with the temperature varying from 40 to 60 °F/4~10°. When the whisky reaches optimal temperatures, it is moved to the cask. Depending on the style and packaging, keeping the whisky in bourbon casks for three years can give a good indication of how well matured it is.

The distillation process begins at 57-62 °C (135-144 °F). A series of stills are used to distill the spirit down until it reaches its final proof level. The distillation is carried out at between 78 and 92 °F (25 to 28° C). The whisky is then moved back into the barrel, where it will spend another year or more in a storage system, as well as being bottled at around 90% of its final proof. 

Drink Responsibly

Alcoholic drinks are one of the most commonly consumed products all over the world. They can be found in almost all types of beverages such as soft drinks, beer and wine. Alcoholic beverages are also known to be very harmful when consumed in large amounts . They can cause heavy weight gain and many other health problems. On the other hand, they can also improve your mood, save you from having depression, stress and reduce your memory loss. It is important to have a balanced view of alcohol when it comes to its nutritional value. Just remember to always drink responsibly! Hope you enjoy reading this blog. If you follow Organic Ayurveda Life, you will be on your way to a healthier, happier family. Thanks for reading. Namaste. 

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