Alcohol Flush Reaction: The Low Down

Also known as Asian Flush, Asian Red Face, Asian Flush Syndrome Oriental Flushing Syndrome, Alcohol Flush Reaction is an embarrassing condition that affects around 50 per cent of all alcohol drinking Asian people.

If you are one of them, you will be all too familiar with the distressing symptoms of a red face, blotchy and sometimes swollen appearance in the skin of your face, neck, and upper body. In some cases, even small amounts of alcohol can generate an almost instant headache and feelings of dizziness and nausea. Clearly, these are symptoms which can seriously cramp your style when socializing!

Perhaps one of the biggest frustrations for sufferers is the fact that people misunderstand the common symptoms. Seeing a red face can make others feel uncomfortable as they mistakenly jump to one of two conclusions:

1. You must be very shy, bashful, and lack self-confidence.
2. You must be very drunk!

Of course, neither conclusion is particularly helpful in social situations. People are naturally attracted to confident people, so your apparent shyness makes you a less attractive presence in the room by default! Even if you do manage to convey your confident personality, your red face still becomes the focus of other people’s attention and they begin to treat you differently.

It’s All in Your Genes
As you may know, Alcohol Flush Reaction is a genetic condition. If you are a sufferer, you have inherited your symptoms from your parents. With this in mind, Alcohol Flush Reaction is either something you have or you don’t have and it’s not something you can develop or grow out of in life … it just is. The cause of the reaction is a deficient enzyme in your body. The enzyme known as ALDH2 (aldehyde dehydrogenase 2) plays an important role in the metabolism of alcohol in your body. In non-sufferers, two copies of the ALDH2 enzyme are responsible for the normal breakdown process of alcohol but in sufferers of Alcohol Flush Reaction, the breakdown process is hampered by the fact that only one ALDH2 enzyme is active and the other is inactive. It is the subsequent slowing down of the normal metabolic process that is the cause of your symptoms.

A normal by-product of alcohol breakdown is a substance known as acetaldehyde. With two active enzymes, acetaldehyde is cleared through your system without difficulty but with only one active enzyme and one inactive enzyme, acetaldehyde levels build-up in your bloodstream, resulting in the reddening or blotching skin reaction. However, even though it just is, it’s not something you just have to live with. You can now get rid of all the symptoms and avoid the embarrassing blushing and blotching when you decide to have a drink at a business lunch, with friends or with someone special.

Giving Your Body a Helping Hand
Living with Alcohol Flush Reaction can make social or work related events involving alcohol something to dread instead of something to enjoy, so it’s not surprising that more and more people are looking for an Asian Glow treatment that works. The fear of going red in the face and the potential conclusions that others may jump to, can be a source of anxiety that prevents you from being yourself and enjoying a normal social life. Not drinking any alcohol is one obvious solution for avoiding the symptoms, but unless it’s your personal choice to be a teetotaler (someone who completely refuses to drink alcohol), it’s fair to say that alcohol consumption in moderation is all part-and-parcel of relaxing and socializing with friends … as well as making potential new friends or sealing business deals.

A much more acceptable solution to the problem is to give your body a helping hand. AF Formula™ is that solution. The natural mix of herbs, vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients contained in the Formula helps to restore the metabolic balance in your body, effectively making up for the inactive ALDH2 enzyme. You can’t change your genetics, but in the case of Alcohol Flush Reaction, you can change the effect your genetics have on your life.

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