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• Everyone reacts differently to alcohol.
• If you’re someone who has reactions after one or two drinks, you may actually be alcohol intolerant.
• Intolerant reactions can include a runny nose, nausea, hives, and low blood pressure.

Getting sick from alcohol can happen if you drink too much, but if you’re someone who has severe reactions after one or two drinks, you may actually be intolerant.
Symptoms vary from person to person, but there are some clear signs your body is intolerant to alcohol that you need to know

It’s important to pinpoint an alcohol intolerance, as it can have some severe longterm effects over time. “First, it’s important to note that it has nothing to do with alcoholism or addiction,” says Dr. Russell Surasky in a phone interview. “It instead has to do with an individual’s genetic makeup.

Some people are born with a deficiency of the enzyme acetaldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH2) or the enzyme isn’t functional. When it’s not working properly and you drink alcohol, you get a buildup of acetaldehyde, and it’s this buildup that causes symptoms.”

It’s also important to note that alcohol intolerance is different than an alcohol allergy, as the latter is much more serious, according to Healthline. Someone with an alcohol allergy has a reaction to an allergen in alcohol, such as barley, hops, yeast, etc.,
and these reactions can include stomach cramps, difficulty breathing, and even collapse.

If you and alcohol frequently don’t mix well, you might want to consider these nine signs that your body could be intolerant to
1. Runny Nose
A stuffed or runny nose is one of the most common symptoms of an alcohol intolerance, according to Mayo Clinic. Nasal congestion is the result of inflammation in the sinus cavity, according to Livestrong.

“This is also due to high levels of histamine found in alcoholic beverages, especially wine
and beer,” says Dr. Christopher Calapai over email.

2. Flushed Face
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Skin flushing is another extremely common symptom of an intolerance. “The speculation
on this is that it’s caused by a rise in blood pressure due to the ALDH2 gene deficiency,” says Calapai. “When the body can’t break down acetaldehyde, that redness appears on the face and sometimes throughout the

3. Hives
An alcohol intolerance can lead to warm, itchy bumps on the skin, also known as hives. This again is a result of a ALDH2 deficiency, but it can also be from histamines in your drink or allergies to specific ingredients, according to Everyday

4. Nausea
It’s no surprise that alcohol intolerance can lead to feelings of nausea. “This is attributed to an increase in stomach acid which
irritates the esophagus, intestines, and stomach,” says Calapai.

5. Vomiting
Along with nausea, vomiting can occur as well. Vomiting is also a sign of drinking too much, but if you feel that you immediately
throw up from very few drinks, it’s likely a sign of an intolerance.

6. Diarrhea
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“This is common even for those who are not alcohol intolerant, but for those who are, it’s more severe and comes on quicker,” says Calapai. “When alcohol is consumed it affects how water is absorbed in the large intestine
leading to more fluid and quicker stool passage.”

7. Fast Heart Beat
“An alcohol intolerance can cause
tachycardia, or a fast heart beat,” says Surasky. A fast heart rate can also be a sign of a greater alcohol allergy, according to Livestrong, so if you experiencing a racing heart after drinking, it’s best to go see a

8. Worsening Of Asthma
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An alcohol intolerance can cause worsening of respiratory issues, says Surasky. “If you have asthma, you can have asthmatic reaction at that moment,” he says.

9. Low Blood Pressure
It’s not something you might be able to tell on your own, but an alcohol intolerance can cause a drop in blood pressure after drinking, according to Mayo Clinic. Some indicators that your blood pressure has dropped include dizziness, lack of concentration, fatigue, rapid shallow breathing, and more.

When in doubt, it’s best to cut back on the alcohol, but also be sure to see a doctor, who can help you come up with the correct

Naija Foodie Update


High Blood Pressure is a dangerous condition that can damage your heart. It affects one in four people in Nigeria and 1 billion people worldwide. Left uncontrolled, High Blood Pressure raises risk of heart disease and stroke. There are a number of things you can do to lower your blood pressure naturally.

Regular exercise helps make your heart stronger and more efficient at pumping blood, which lowers the pressure in your arteries.
In fact, 150 minutes of moderate exercise, such as walking, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise, such as running, per week can help lower blood pressure and improve your heart health.

Salt intake has been linked to high blood pressure and heart events, like stroke. If you already have high blood pressure, it’s worth cutting back your salt intake. Swap out processed foods with fresh ones and try seasoning with herbs and spices, rather than salt.

Drinking alcohol can raise blood pressure. In fact, alcohol is linked to 16% of high blood pressure cases around the world.
Drinking alcohol in any quantity may raise your blood pressure. Limit your drinking to no more than one drink a day for women, two for men.

Potassium helps the body get rid of sodium and ease pressure on your blood vessels.
Foods particularly high in potassium include vegetables, especially leafy greens, tomatoes, potatoes and sweet potatoes. Fruit, including melons, bananas, avocados, oranges and apricots. Drink more milk, eat more beans and fish such as tuna and salmon.

Caffeine causes an instant boost in blood pressure. It may have a stronger effect on people who don’t consume it regularly.
Caffeine can cause a short-term spike in blood pressure, although for many people it does not cause a lasting increase.

Stress is a key driver of high blood pressure. When you’re chronically stressed, your body is in a constant fight-or-flight mode. On a physical level, that means a faster heart rate and constricted blood vessels. To reduce stress, listen to soothing music and work less.

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A new study suggests that people who abuse alcohol also boost their risk of three cardiac conditions: atrial fibrillation, heart
attack and congestive heart failure.

The possible added risk appears to be about the same as that linked to high blood pressure, smoking, obesity and diabetes, the researchers said.
“We found that even if you have no underlying risk factors, abuse of alcohol still increases the risk of these heart conditions,” lead researcher Dr Gregory Marcus said in an American College of Cardiology news release.

Marcus is the director of clinical research at the University of California, San Francisco’s
division of cardiology.
The study was based on a database of close to 15 million Californians aged 21 and older who had outpatient surgery,
emergency room treatment or inpatient hospital care between 2005 and 2009.

About 2% had been diagnosed
with alcohol abuse.
The researchers adjusted statistics so they wouldn’t be thrown off by various other risk factors. They found that alcohol abusers were twice as likely to have atrial
fibrillation; 1.4 times more likely to have a heart attack; and 2.3 times more likely to have congestive heart failure than other people.

Surprising findings
The study did not prove that alcohol abuse directly caused these risks to rise, however.
Conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity are thought to boost the risk of these cardiac conditions by similar degrees, the researchers said.
Read: Type 2 diabetes and heart disease a dangerous combination
“We were somewhat surprised to find those diagnosed with some form of alcohol abuse were at significantly higher risk of a heart attack,” Marcus said.

“We hope this data will temper the enthusiasm for drinking in excess and will avoid any justification for excessive drinking because people think it will be good for their heart. These data pretty clearly prove the opposite,” he added.
He suggested the new research may be more reliable than previous findings.

“The great majority of previous research relied exclusively on self-reports of alcohol abuse,” Marcus said. “That can be an unreliable measure, especially in those who
drink heavily. In our study, alcohol abuse was documented in patients’ medical records.”
It’s not clear, though, how much the participants in this study drank.

The findings were published on 2 January in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Healthy Eating


I will not leave you as orphans comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless]; I will come back.

In today’s article, i will be discussing on “5 Hidden Facts About Sugar Processed Food” under “Healthy Eating”.

The excessive amount of hidden sugar in processed food has quite become alarming in the Sub-Sahara region, including Nigeria.

It is difficult to know the exact amount of natural sugar versus added sugar by just looking at their label, most foods that are typically considered “healthy” can contain shocking amounts of added sugar or fructose, in form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) according to Dr Robert Lustig, a professor of clinical paediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at UC San Francisco, it’s important to distinguish between Natural Food-Base Sugar Versus Added Sugar.

He notes that a small serving cup of plain yoghurt has about seven grams of sugar in the form of Lactose a natural sugar found in dairy which does not cause any major harm.     Click here to continue reading


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Being diagnosed with high blood pressure, is not the end of the world as some might think. This is because you can lower your high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease without medication by adopting a proper diet as well as making lifestyle changes.

To Connie Igwe, a nutritionist and lifestyle coach, one way to do this is to have an eating plan that will help you control it. This is where The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) comes in.
“DASH places emphasis on eating whole grains, vegetables, fruit, nuts and low-fat dairy products, while limiting or avoiding salt, fat, and sugar overall,” she said.

She noted that a high BP diet should be high in vitamins, antioxidants, potassium and magnesium and these are found mostly in vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains and others.
Suitable foods for controlling high BP include tiger nuts (which are rich in potassium and magnesium and help in lowering high BP), guavas, bananas, beans and cabbage.

Tiger nuts contain high content of amino acid arginine which helps the body make nitric oxide that keeps our blood vessels dilated and have a normal blood flow.
Guavas are beneficial in regulating blood pressure due to its high potassium content, which reverses the effects of sodium, thereby regulating the balance of blood pressure. Also, it reduces cholesterol levels in the blood by preventing it from thickening.

Beans are high in fibre, magnesium and potassium. Having a bowl of breakfast cereal, especially whole-grain, high-fibre cereals like oatmeal, oat squares, bran flakes or shredded wheat, can reduce your chance of developing high blood pressure.
Other foods include African yam, sweet potato, garlic, onions, tilapia, olive oil and beetroot.

These foods play an important role in lowering blood pressure as they are good sources of vitamin B-6. This vitamin is important in protecting blood vessels from damage. Vitamin B-6 also breaks down a material known as homocysteine, which increases the risk of medical conditions such as heart attacks and strokes.
Foods to avoid While it is important for high BP sufferers to know the right foods to consume, they also need to be aware of the food items to avoid, to keep blood pressure to a normal level.

Top among these is sodium, commonly known as salt. Consumption of excess salt in foods not only increases the chance of high BP, but also damages the heart and arteries. For a patient with high BP, ideal salt intake should not be more than 2,400 milligrams or 1 teaspoon of salt every day. To add flavour and taste to your food, use herbs or spices.

Red meat is another food item that should not be included in a high BP diet. This is because red meat may contain chemicals and toxic substances consumed by the animal. This is not suitable for the body and can increase the chances of high BP. White meat such as fish and poultry are recommended for such patients along with plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts.

Other food items that patients suffering from high BP should avoid include fats, sugar, alcohol and processed and packaged foods (most of which are high in salt, fats and preservatives and do not contain essential nutrients) among others.

Exercise helps
Another way of lowering your blood pressure naturally is by regular physical activity. Doing a form of exercise at least 30 minutes most days of the week can lower your blood pressure by 4 to 9 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). It’s important to be consistent because if you stop exercising, your blood pressure can rise again.

If you have slightly high blood pressure (prehypertension), exercise can help you avoid developing full-blown hypertension. If you already have hypertension, regular physical activity can bring your blood pressure down to safer levels.

The best forms of exercise for lowering blood pressure include walking, jogging, cycling, swimming or dancing. Strength training can also help reduce blood pressure. You should talk to your doctor about developing an exercise program that’s suitable for you.

Healthy Eating


And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name (Luke 10:17).
Satan has lost his right to this world! You never have to fight or struggle with him! When he shows up, or you perceive that he’s stirring trouble around you,
cast him out! Thats what James 4:7 says. Wow! What authority have has been given unto Us of Our Father.

To the main subject of the day, today is another day in which I will be discussing on “Healthy Eating Tips (Part 10)”

Eating a variety of foods does not guarantee all the nutrients you need, in the body, Rather, Eat foods that prevent disease and aid Healing.

Start the year by filling your kitchen with these “Top 10 Healing Foods”

The protein in this staple diet can prevent you from the negative effect of Serotonin. The vitamin B in the Chicken breast is a great source of energy which helps in burning fat in the body.

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