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Apr 2018

Walk Your Way to Moderation (Mindful Drinking)

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It cannot be emphasized enough that moderation is a key to a blissful life. Be it leading a day-to-day life, each step taken in this direction, whether big or small bears fruits. Thus, bearing the torch of moderation forward, it must be noted that drinking responsibly clearly highlights consuming alcohol in moderation.

So, what’s this hullabaloo about drinking in moderation? First and foremost, let’s be clear on the basics, let us recall that WHO defines moderate drinking or ‘low-risk drinking’ as consumption of alcoholic drinks which are not more than 14 drinks per week for men and not more than 7 drinks for women. The given definition clearly specifies the number of alcoholic beverages consumed on any single day and should not be taken as an average over several days.

Set Your Goals and Be On the Right Track

This one’s a rule of thumb, we say. Planning in advance comes in handy here. Pick a realistic number of days and number of drinks which you can stick to. Also, know the standard drink sizes served which in turn would make it easier for you to keep a tab on the number of drinks consumed, especially with mixed drinks.

Don’t Forget the Food

Mark this one in red, never to drink on an empty stomach. Eating food would lead to slower absorption of alcohol in your body. Speaking of food, eating right is very important. Foods you must stay away from are spicy, salty and fried food as they tend to leave you dehydrated with the risk of upset stomach. And watch the sugary-rush; it isn’t the best combination with your drinks. Keep yourself hydrated with the water of life and go slow on the drinks.

Alternatives Are Helpful Too!

Why not try non-alcoholic beverages for a refreshing change? Or perhaps you can try the ones with lesser alcoholic content. While you’re at it, yet another trick you might want to try is to dilute your drink. Alternating your drinks here stands for alternating between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and not mixing different alcoholic drinks.

When In Doubt, Keep That Glass at Bay

This grey area is a territory you most definitely want to avoid. ‘To be or not to be’, when your mind plays this trick, remember ALWAYS choose the safe route and just let it be! Very often we get carried away and misjudge our capacity to hold a drink and we end up drinking much more than we should. Raise your hand if you’ve fallen into that drunken pit?

Don’t Let the ‘Triggers’ Deceive You, Learn To Say NO

It is important to be mindful of what ‘triggers’ you to drink watch out for it. Are there certain places, people or feelings which compel you to drink? The reasons may be aplenty and you may find it difficult to navigate your way through such circumstances but remember that the ‘golden key’ remains with you. Do not let outside circumstances deter you from your resolution to drink in moderation. Friends, feelings, places-draw a thick line between them your resolution.
If you find yourself in the company of alcoholic bullies who force you to drink, it is advisable that you stick with a firm NO like a strong glue.

Small steps make a big difference, so choose better. Drink in moderation and lead a full life. Once you resolve to choose the middle path- the safe path, stick to it even if the stakes are too high. According to some studies, moderate consumption of alcohol is considered as quite beneficial- it is good for the heart and circulatory system. Think about it, drinking in moderation can actually save you a lot of health troubles besides saving you from a lot of embarrassing
episodes of drunken memories. Didn’t we tell you that moderation bears fruits! It is just as important to make informed choices which is why, the wise people say, ‘cheers and drink it up, but drink wisely’!

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20

Apr 2018

Tips To Remove Wine Stains

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Like the prominent expression goes- ‘been there, done that’, the tragic tales of spilled wine glasses indeed ring a bell of familiarity. Haven’t we, after all, experienced our world at a party blissfully waltzing away to glory when all at once the sound of a toppled glass brings it crashing down. It’s that moment which feels like the heart almost skipped a few beats at the sight of spilled wine glasses on the finest attire, or perhaps on the much-celebrated couch. So, we’ll take it as a universally accepted common sense that as much as we love the heavenly taste of wine, we surely don’t like the stains of wine. Getting wine stains on your clothes, carpet or other upholstery can be quite dismaying and removing
them can be quite challenging; but do not worry, we bring you some useful tips to get rid of those stubborn stains.

Teeth

Ever wondered why does wine, which tastes like heaven (well almost!) leave you with an unattractive purplish grin? It is because wine is highly acidic alcoholic beverage which leads to sensitive teeth and enamel erosion. Also, the pigment-producing tannins aid the chromogens in binding to teeth which leads to unattractive stains.

But we love wine, don’t we? And when it comes to red wine, well nothing can come between this love, right? So do not fret about your pearly whites because we have got you covered, you no longer need to be worried about the horrendous purplish grin! Follow these simple tips to keep at bay that scary purplish grin.

● The experts say that brushing your teeth before stepping out removes the plaque or tartar on teeth. Red wine tends to stick to the plaque which worsens the stain so brushing before drinking lessens the chances of stained teeth. Brushing your teeth after drinking leads to damaged tooth enamel, and it makes them more susceptible to damage in the long-term.
● Don’t forget to drink water in between those glasses of wine. Besides keeping you hydrated, it keeps those nasty stains at bay.
● Avoid white wine because the higher acid content in white wine strips off the natural protective layer of teeth; which in turn means greater susceptibility to staining.
● Eat fibrous food because they scrub away the stains as you chew on and help in producing more saliva in the mouth.
● Eating cheese builds up calcium layer on your teeth. It closes the micro-pores on teeth which prevents wine stains.

You can flash that charming smile of yours and sip on that glass of wine, and don’t forget to pay the dentist a regular visit for a healthy set of pearly whites!

Carpets and other Upholstery

So you hosted a party last night and your drunken friend spilled over some wine on your carpet. Oh good Lord, those perfect moments of love and hate! Or wait, it could also be the other way around, maybe it’s the clumsy ‘you’ who did the dreadful deed…so now what do you do? Here’s what you can do, begin with the sheepish smile and help your friend with this simple step-by-step guide to fight those stubborn wine stains.

● Red wine tends to settle in the fibers so, the sooner you act, the better are the chances of getting rid of stains.
● Blot the stain with a cloth, the more it soaks up the better.
● Pour cold water directly on to the wine stain. Water helps in diluting the remains of stain which helps in proper blotting.
● Prepare a paste by adding three parts of baking soda and one part of water. Apply this paste to the stained area. Vacuum the stain once the paste dries off.
● REMEMBER – Do not scrub the stain as it only worsens it.

Clothes

● Gently dab the stain with a cloth.
● Salt is quite a useful tool as it soaks up the excess liquid and prevents it from penetrating to cloth fibers.
● Apply baking soda to neutralize the stain. Make a paste by adding three portions of baking soda and one portion of water and apply this paste on the affected area. Follow this tip by soaking the garment in white wine or club soda.
● If above methods fail, you can perhaps use stain removal formula available in the markets and then wash the garment in a washing machine. Use cold water wash and a good quality detergent. Also, avoid hot water because it lets the stain to set in.
● Again, REMEMBER – Do not rub or scrub the stain!

We hope that these tips prove to be quite useful to you and in a small way. The curtain now falls and the show is over ladies and gentlemen, you may now roll up these useful tips up your sleeves and be a fine stain removal ninja as you can be. We say, keep calm and clean on!

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20

Apr 2018

Alcohol Intolerance

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Has it ever happened to you that you are few sips down the glass of alcohol and you sense that annoying feeling of being hungover setting in earlier than it usually should? Even though hangover is quite common after alcohol consumption, it differs significantly from alcohol intolerance. The latter is characterized by the sudden onset of unpleasant and discomforting reactions such as nausea, vomiting, sinus congestion, shortly after consuming even one alcoholic drink.

Dear alcohol lovers, take heart, this reality check is certainly not the Nature toying around with its whimsical ways! Alcohol intolerance is as real as it sounds, moreover, it can happen to anyone. Thus, without leaving you with the guesswork, let’s brace up and dig deeper to learn further about what alcohol intolerance implies.

Understanding Alcohol Intolerance and What Causes It?

Are you wondering why would your body fight against alcohol? Here’s why…

You can blame it on your genes, quite literally! Intolerance to alcohol is a genetic condition in which the body becomes incapable of breaking down toxins in alcohol effectively. To explain it further, the alcohol we so gladly consume contains ethanol which gets metabolized by the liver to a chemical named acetaldehyde (a known carcinogen). Alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and Aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) are the primary two liver enzymes responsible for flushing out toxins from the body. When the liver ineffectively becomes unable to break down the ethanol, it leads to unpleasant reactions.

As per the various studies conducted, it is known that alcohol intolerance is more prevalent as genetic Asian predisposition. The gene anomaly dates back to 10,000 years ago which was developed in Southern China and according to a study more than 36% of East Asians, which includes Japanese, Koreans and Chinese suffer from this characteristic condition.

In some cases, intolerance to alcohol and allergic reactions get triggered by the presence of certain ingredients found in alcoholic beverages, such as wheat, rye, barley, chemicals, sulfites (preservatives and antioxidants), histamine (due to processes such as fermentation and brewing), etc. Although excessive histamine levels in the body cause allergy-like symptoms, it isn’t an allergy but an intolerance to histamine found in fermented or brewed alcoholic beverages. The sensitivity to sulfites leads to allergy-like reactions and may also trigger an asthmatic attack.

What Are The Symptoms?

– Flushed face or redness of face

– Hives (Warm and red itchy bumps on the skin)

– Sinus congestion (Stuffy or a runny nose)

– Headaches

– Stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting

– Low blood pressure

– Diarrhea

– Difficulty in breathing

– Heart palpitations

Is It Different from Alcohol Allergy?

Let’s clarify in no specific terms that being allergic to alcohol and being intolerant to alcohol are two different things. Alcohol intolerance may cause prompt, irritant and obnoxious reactions once you’re guilty of sipping even small amounts of that drink. In contrast to intolerance to alcohol, alcohol allergy is quite uncommon. The symptoms of the two often overlap, however, in alcohol allergy symptoms get aggravated and often accompanied by acute aches and pains.

A sudden onset of symptoms may be due to newly developed intolerance to alcohol. If the symptoms persist or get aggravated, it is advisable to consult a medical practitioner. If left untreated, some allergic reactions have the potential to turn fatal.

Risk Factors and Complications

– Genetic Asian predisposition

– Allergic rhinitis or asthma

– Allergy to certain food ingredients found in alcoholic beverages (Grapes, wheat, rye, barley, hops,
yeast, etc.)

-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (In rare and severe cases)

Besides the above-mentioned risk factors, complications to alcohol intolerance may include migraines and in rare cases, it leads to severe allergic reactions which may turn potentially life-threatening and require urgent medical help.The troublesome reactions of alcohol intolerance can be avoided by abstaining from consuming alcohol altogether. Alternatively, labels on alcoholic beverages should be carefully read to find about any such additives which one may be allergic to. And needless to say, that in case of aggravated symptoms, one must seek immediate medical assistance. Alcohol is not your enemy unless you make it to be by abusing it. Drinking responsibly endorses drinking in moderation. However, caution must be observed in case of certain medical conditions in which avoiding alcohol is advisable.

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