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16 Habits you believe are healthy but aren’t

Mfonobong Akpan

There are a few everyday habits you may believe are doing our bodies and over all wellbeing a lot of good, but in actual fact they are more harmful than you think. Here are a few of these habits and how to manage them to our own advantage.

Drinking water all day : Water is definitely good for the body as it plays an important role in keeping our bodies functioning properly. Nevertheless, drinking excess amounts of water all  day can alter the function of the kidneys and the makeup of the blood. 6 to 8 cups of water every day, or a maximum of 2 liters is recommended everyday.

Eating for two people during pregnancy: There’s the misconception that pregnant women have to eat twice as much to feed the baby inside them, but this is a serious mistake that can cause excess weight gain during pregnancy and lead to other risk factors like gestational diabetes, problems during labour, and larger-than-normal fetal growth. It’s better you keep a healthy, balanced diet.

Eating fat-free products to prevent unwanted weight gain: We can find any number of fat-free foods in the grocery store, and these are usually recommended for people with high cholesterol or who are obese. But some people think that having a 0% fat intake is good for weight loss, when the truth is that it is not. Fat free foods can contain flours, refined sugars, and plenty of other additives that can cause weight gain.

Antibacterial soap: Most of us want to scrub out all the dirt and bacteria on our bodies, so we opt for antibacterial bathing soap, but regular soap and water is just as beneficial when it comes to staying squeaky clean .

Brushing right after every meal: Wait at least 30 minutes after a meal so saliva can neutralise the acid in the mouth and strengthen the enamel on those chompers.

Avoiding the sun: While too much sun could cause a nasty burn (or worse!) sidestepping the sun at all costs may lead to a lack of Vitamin D which is essential for proper muscle and bone development . Excess sun exposure can lead to serious sunburns, skin dryness, and is of course a risk factor for skin cancer.

Daily showers: Stop the scrubbing! Hopping in the shower too often may irritate and dry out skin. If you really need to freshen up, spray on some perfume or cologne and save the shower ‘till tomorrow.

Catching up on sleep: We’re sorry to break it to you, but it’s pretty tricky to catch up on sleep. So rather than skimping on sleep in order to cash them in later, aim for a solid seven to nine hours a night.

Sitting up straight: Yeah, we’re surprised too. Sitting up straight may be bad for the back, so skip the seat and try a standing desk at the office sometimes .

Avoid salt completely: Consuming salt has been demonised as a contributing factor to heart disease for years with it’s links to increasing blood pressure. However, when you completely avoid salt, you’re actually restricting a food rich in minerals and electrolytes that help replenish your stores and support optimal health.

Cleaning with disinfecting products: There’s some evidence that certain chemicals in disinfecting products could lead to asthma . Simply use a regular cleaning product or detergent without the chemicals instead.

Hitting the gym daily: Exercise is important, but spending too much time at the gym leaves little time for muscles and the mind to recover. Make sure to get at least one or two days of rest.

Doing crunches to trim the tummy.: Abdominal exercises do indeed help burn belly fat and produce a flatter stomach, but a lot of people think that just doing crunches will achieve this result, without thinking about the fact that to meet this goal it’s also important to have a healthy diet and do other types of regular physical activity.

Taking vitamin supplements: When it comes to vitamins and minerals, most people think that the more you can take, the better it is for your body. However, this isn’t entirely true. Overuse of supplemental products can produce negative health effects. Supplements shouldn’t be taken without the supervision of a doctor, and it’s always better to get the vitamins and minerals you need from a healthy diet.

Teeth whitening: Tooth whitening is usually performed to give the appearance of cleaner teeth. But people who abuse those products and procedures can develop diseases like blancorexia and can also experience cracks in the tooth or the enamel, increased tooth sensitivity, and in extreme cases changes in taste and flavors.

Using q-tips to clean the ears: Most people think that cleaning the wax out of their ears is a matter of daily hygiene, but this is not the case. Earwax is an antiseptic secretion that protects the skin of the ear canal from germs and other outside contaminants. When we remove it, we expose the inner ear to infection – but what’s worse, when we use q-tips we are actually pushing some of that wax inward, which can create a blockage. As a result of this, it can cause hearing damage or loss by blocking the path to the canal.

source: foodmatters.tv; septohealth.com; greatist.com