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Mar 2016

Alcohol – Changing ‘The You’ in You

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Life is a like a puppet show without a puppet master, no one is pulling the string but we still dance and play along. Some of us who get tired of playing find ways to run away from it. When life leaves them high and dry they lean towards whiskey and rye. Some people say alcohol is like the liquid version of Photoshop, it edits the reality into something beautiful but the truth is the reality remains the same.

Life might look better when you are drunk but alcohol is only a mask of happiness as soon as it wears off the harsh reality remains the same. Alcohol affects you physically and mentally. A study on alcoholism recommends men to consume a maximum of two drinks a day and women to limit it to one drink a day. If an alcoholic is consuming alcohol in the recommended quantity then it can also be a little beneficial for a person. It decreases the chances of someone getting coronary heart disease, blood clot, kidney and gall bladder stones and it has also been observed to increase bone density in females.

People who consume larger or more than the recommended quantity are more likely to experience the negative effects of alcohol. It includes many kinds of cancer, shrinkage of the brain, memory loss and change in personality. Long term use of alcohol could have many effects on you.

  • Abusing alcohol could increase the chances of heart disease.
  • It also makes an individual an addict which could lead to self-destructing behaviour changes. A person becomes lethargic with continuous consumption of alcohol and also becomes less functional which affects their working abilities.
  • This hugely affects their professional life. If the parents in a family are alcohol abusers then the kids are more likely to think that this is a normal thing. This kind of dysfunctional atmosphere can impact a kid’s mind deeply. There is a higher chance of depression in kids if the kids are brought up in a dysfunctional family.
  • Reports have shown that a majority of people who committed suicide have been abusing alcohol to run away from the daily stress.
  • Alcohol can also lead to pancreatitis which makes the pancreas hyper active and releases acid in the body affecting other organs. An acute pancreatic patient can have severe stomach aches and burning sensation and it also increases the chances of having sugar and other conditions.
  • Insomnia is another commonly found condition in alcoholics. Alcohol abusers find it hard to sleep without drinking which leads to other psychological problems.
  • Alcohol is known to damage the liver which helps purifying the blood that pass through the digestive tract and also produce proteins that make it possible to clot blood.
  • It causes brain to shrink and it impacts daily life of an individual. Alcohol causes conditions like Alzheimer’s disease where a person is not able to recollect memories.

It about time you take control over your life and push away the alcohol that can drive your life towards nothing but destruction.

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Mar 2016

How Is Alcohol Making You Repulsive And Anti-Social?

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Drinking is an easy way out from all the stress and tensions of the daily life. It makes you feel light and happy and takes you into a state of euphoria. It might also increase self-confidence and makes an individual more social. These are the primary reasons why someone would toss down a few peg or pints in their system. This psychological satisfaction is like cheating your brain to be in a state of happiness when in reality you are stressed.

According to studies, alcohol works like a depressant and one of its main side effect is depressing the functioning of the central nervous system. The ironic thing is that people abuse alcohol to feel light and escape the depression but in reality they are sinking even deeper into it.

Apart from psychological side effects there are other things that affect your social life. In the beginning people might like you because of the social ability you got after gulping a few pints but eventually when you become an addict it will make you repulsive.

  • People don’t like a person with drinking problem because when you are 3-5 drinks down, you are confident and funny and people would like having you around but after having 5 or more drinks you become a liability for them.
  • Being a long term drinker can cause brain shrinkage, depression, tremors, insomnia and dementia etc. that could impact your personal and professional life. When these negative effects comes kicking in then initially your friends and family would empathise with you but if you keep on walking the same path, you would not get the same support.

Alcoholism would impact your professional life too. When you become an addict to alcohol you start experiencing problem with sleeping without alcohol and which also impacts your day to day functionality. You would be lazy and lethargic at work which could get you into some serious trouble. Your boss would curse you for being sluggish at work and there is a possibility that you could lose your job. This could make you depress and again you would lean towards the one thing which caused all this.

Alcohol can make an individual moody and perverse. An alcoholic can become difficult to deal with and could cause disturbance in a household’s equilibrium and make the family dysfunctional. Children who grow up in this kind of atmosphere think that this is normal. Alcohol abuse could cloud your judgment and make you irrational. There have been many reports of child abuse in families where parents were alcoholic.

Think twice before it is too late, becoming an addict is easy but getting rid of this addiction is very difficult and could make you self-destructive. One can get rid of alcoholism with will power and support of your loved ones. Only you can get rid of this addictive substance which could poison your life. When your loved ones will see that you are trying to quit, they will definitely come back to support you through this. It may feel like ripping off a bandage that has been on your skin for a long time but once you rip it off the mark will eventually fade away.

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Feb 2016

The ‘What’ & ‘Why’ of Post-Holiday Body Cleansing

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‘Weekends, Holidays, Festivals and Vacations’ – When you hear these words, you see the light of hope at the end of the tunnel. This tunnel is the days spent at work and when you finally reach at the end of it then you think that you will live like there is no tomorrow. Get real guys! Because this tomorrow would come eventually and you’ll regret it when it is here.

Everyone needs a break from the day to day stress and tension caused because of working hard to achieve the life you desire. This break is necessary to maintain work life balance. So, when the weekend arrives you switch on your binge mode on without thinking about the outcomes. You drink and you eat and you repeat the same thing till you pass out and when the next morning hangover comes bursting, you feel like your body had taken a toll last night both mentally and physically.

I say it is okay to live it up a little bit and you deserve it; but what you also deserve is to know how you can prevent yourself from a dire situation when things go south. Ergo, we are here to rescue you from the hangover:

  • The first and foremost thing that will push the restart button of your body is sleep. Get a good night sleep of 8 – 10 hours for the next 5 days and try to wake up at a normal time as per your daily routine. This will reset your body clock back to its optimum level.
  • In order to flush out all the toxins in your body that have been built up because of all the different drinks you had in the weekend or during the holidays. It is essential to drink 2-3 liters of water a day to cleanse your body.
  • A tea is an amazing ingredient to help cleanse your body and one such tea is dandelion root tea that will detoxify your liver. It can be easily be found at the super mart near your home. Green tea is considered to be effective as well, being consumed worldwide as it contains essential antioxidants.
  • A healthy diet plan is necessary to fulfill all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Eat green and fresh vegetables like broccoli, spinach and asparagus and keep your hands away from those sweets, no matter how tempting they are.
  • You may take vitamins in order to replenish your system, the count of which drastically reduces during the weekend’s course.
  • I know some of you might be itching to get back to the gym and some of you will deny needing it, but remember that exercise releases all the toxins out and is very therapeutic for your body.

Well, there it goes! Just be religious towards your body no matter what. Stay balanced by having fun in a wholesome manner and then give due consideration to your health needs as well. This way you’re golden!

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