The human body is the most incredible machine on Earth. It is the structure that carries us, wrapped up in its largest organ known as “skin.” But, did you know that our body also communicates with us?
Indeed, our bodies have the ability to inform us when an organ is not functioning properly or when something compromises its flawless performance. If you have a hormonal imbalance, for example, one way in which your body might let you know is by “gifting” your face with acne, or if you don’t drink enough water throughout the day, your lips will get chopped..
So by turning your face red after you drink, what does your body want to tell you?
Intense redness and/or red flushes on the cheeks, sometimes on the neck and shoulders, indicates that the body cannot process the ingested alcohol in an efficient manner. This condition, known as alcohol flush reaction (or more commonly known as Asian flush) affects more than 50% of East Asians, but it doesn’t exclude Europeans, Africans or Americans either. With symptoms like intense redness and hot flushes, there is still no known cure for Asian flush reaction.
However, there are some products that prevent this extreme blushing, the most effective one being our Sunset pills! Not only do our pills stop the reaction and control of the redness, but they are also infused with very potent antioxidants, Vitamin C, and other active ingredients that help in solving the underlying cause of this reaction. But before we get into that, let’s take a look at the main reason why this reaction occurs in the first place.
Reasons for Alcohol Flush Reaction
It’s been known for quite some time that consuming alcohol induces blood pressure, but that’s not the biggest reason why you start to look like Santa after only one glass of wine. The actual reason why your face turns red is because of its inability to properly metabolize the very same alcohol you’re drinking. This makes the flush something between a medical condition and an allergy, always resulting in skin reddening which is this condition’s most distinguishable effect. You may also experience conditions such as headaches, nausea, and/or a rapid heartbeat.
When we drink, our body uses the liver to break down and metabolize the alcohol. While it’s doing that, the alcohol gets converted in acetaldehyde, a cancerogenic toxin, which is further broken down into acetic acid. This is eventually broken down into carbon dioxide and water. Sounds like a simple process, but what happens to Asian flush sufferers?
Well, the process gets to a pause right after the alcohol is converted into acetaldehyde. This causes accumulation of this poisonous and potentially very dangerous toxin, which needs a long time to get out of the body’s system.
Unfortunately, it’s actually all the alcohol metabolization’s main two enzymes’ fault. The first enzyme is responsible for turning alcohol into acetaldehyde, whereas the second one turns the acetaldehyde into CO2 and water. With those who have this condition, both of these enzymes don’t function properly; the first one working too fast, while the second one not working at all. So, the alcohol quickly turns into the dangerous compound acetaldehyde, while this harmful toxin does not get converted into the harmless CO2 and water. Instead, it just accumulates in the body, causing the red flashes and all other symptoms associated with alcohol flush reaction.
How to Prevent Alcohol Flush Reaction
Even though there is still no known cure for this reaction/allergy, there are a couple of ways you can manage it, and even prevent it.
The first one is obvious, limit your alcohol intake and consume light-colored, chilled drinks like white wine or champagne. This way, the risk of you blushing will be much lower, however, it will not get rid of the problem altogether. It may be less intense, but it’s not a solution.
The second way is by using antihistamines. These histamine blockers should be taken 20-30 minutes before you start drinking, preventing the occurrence of any flashes. However, there’s one negative side to this. You shouldn’t drink too much alcohol since these blockers increase the rate of your blood alcohol content, meaning that you’ll get drunk faster than you normally do.
The third and most successful way in which you can actually prevent this uncomfortable alcohol flush reaction, is by using special pills that regulate and reverse the flushing. Our Sunset pills to be exact! As they are all-natural and extremely effective when it comes to alcohol flush prevention.
Sunset works in two ways that complement each other. Firstly, it helps the enzyme responsible for turning the alcohol into acetaldehyde by assisting it to work more efficiently. And secondly, if there are any leftovers, the histamine blockade will not allow for the red flushes to happen, thus preventing this not so pleasant reaction. You can take this kind of medication before drinking, or after the flushes occur – as it will have the same effect.
The alcohol flush reaction can be very inconvenient and stressful, quite possibly capable of ruining one’s night in a flash. It makes it difficult for a person to dance, socialize, and simply feel good and enjoy the night, not to mention the health risks that can occur when acetaldehyde accumulates. Think of it like this, the more someone endures this so-called Asian glow, the more exposed to serious illnesses that person is, cancer being on top of the list since acetaldehyde is, in fact, carcinogenic.
So, you can either limit your alcohol intake and avoid red wine and hard alcohol, or use pills like Sunset to help out those enzymes that don’t seem to work properly. Either way, you’ll feel much better and keep your health in check.