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Rachna Chhachhi

Rachna Chhachhi is a certified holistic cancer coach and a nutritional therapist. She works across 21 countries to treat patients for cancer, autoimmune and lifestyle related diseases.

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Connect With Family Over A Glass Of Wine

Drinking alcohol in our country has been a taboo. But a sundowner with your family is surely a healthy sign of drinking, especially when the sundowner is wine

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I’m sitting in the wine countryside at Nashik. Louis Armstrong is playing in the background and while a mother is enjoying her glass of wine, the father is taking care of their 4-year-old son. It’s a good, healthy and emotionally-satisfying sight.

Drinking alcohol in our country has been a taboo. But a sundowner with your family is surely a healthy sign of drinking, especially when the sundowner is wine. Whiskey, single malts, scotch and rum have no benefits though loyalists will bring out an obscure data and lynch me.

The only effect I see is bloated faces the next morning, a crazy amount of pigmentation on the cheeks and a compromised gut. The gluten then compromises digestion, leading to acidity, bloating, sluggishness and weight gain over the next few days.

Alcohol is a two-edged sword. If you drink the right one in the right quantity, it’s a boon. It lowers inflammation and increases HDL, the good cholesterol. It has heart protective qualities. It also helps people with inflammation-related health issues like arthritis. It reduces pain and helps manage it with minimal medicines.

However, the catch is what alcohol and how much should you consume. So, here is your checklist of what you should drink in 2017 and why. Then you can send me your queries, as always, once you stop celebrating the fact that everything is allowed.

Drink wine. Though beer has less alcohol content, it raises uric acid. Wine, preferably red, is an anti-inflammatory. It is better to have wine than pain killers, which affect our liver and kidneys and compromise our digestion and affect our heart.

Make it a family affair. Alcohol has been a taboo in the lower classes or conservative families because the men go out and drink it, come home and leave the wives fuming.

Instead, involve everyone over the age of 21 years to have a celebratory drink. This will help the youngsters in your family realise that it’s okay to bond with you over a drink or help your dad realise that his son or daughter can share their day’s work over a drink without any taboo. It will also help women of the houses get comfortable.

The best thing that will happen is that because you’re enjoying a drink with loved ones, you will stay within limits and drink as per your capacity. Now that’s really good for your heart.

Eat sensibly. Just like it’s easy to drink more than your body needs, it’s easy to eat more because alcohol makes you hungry and impairs your brain’s capability to recognise that your stomach is full. So eat before you drink and snack on nuts, olives and salad while you drink.

Hydrate. One drink, one glass of water. Don’t give me that logic of “oh but that kills my high.” That’s for teenagers.

If you are over 35-40 years and reading this, it’s uncool to get drunk and create a scene. A man or a woman must be able to hold their alcohol sensibly or happily, not negatively. So if too much alcohol will bring out the beast in you, definitely hydrate.

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Magazine 09 January 2017 healthcare family opinion wine