Staying healthy is sometimes a challenging endeavour, with your limited time and your other commitments and responsibilities. Which is why you carefully pick out your habits for staying fit, planning them out like a blueprint. You probably compress them in as little time as you can, and insert them in any strategic way you can to your daily routine. Genius? In some ways, it is. In other ways, not so much.
You see, there are healthy habits like exercise, for instance, that you think are doing your body well, but they can do just the opposite. Some so-called healthy habits don’t have the medical backing they should. Anyone can write a book on health, after all. You may go on every day, doing the same things over and over, without realizing that you are endangering yourself on so many levels.
Are You Starting To Feel Concerned?
First of all, you have to know that not all sweat-bearing, food-depriving or other seemingly body-fitting habits are as healthy as you thought them to be.
As much as you want to form habits that are healthy, it sometimes has the opposite or worse results, especially if you use the wrong approach.
It still boils down to knowing how these habits affect your health and what other aspects it would affect in the process. Without much ado, here is a list of “healthy” habits that can be brutally bad for you:
Vitamins are good. Don’t take this the wrong way. Vitamins are really awesome for the body. Have you ever heard the saying “too much of a good thing is dangerous”? That very much applies to this scenario. Sure, vitamins are good for the body and can help you in many ways. They keep you strong, prevent sickness and help your body to function normally.
That is until it goes on overload. See, the substances that we have in our bodies, our blood, our systems, work in a balance harmoniously. Cue in vitamins and the balance gets boosted up to a healthier rhythm. Add more vitamins – more than enough – and it’s like the functions get a race car nitro boost or put everything on fast forward. The representation is clear enough for you to realize that too many vitamins could tamper with your body functions and eventually wear them out.
Obsessive-compulsiveness is a disorder, but you don’t have to have this disorder for you to be tagged as “too clean.” Cleanliness is good.
Cleanliness shows purity, and makes you and your surroundings look fresh and relaxing, but being too clean is not really a good thing. Shocker? Not really.
Being too clean means you are more vulnerable to bacteria and more likely to be attacked by virus. You see, there are good types of bacteria, as well, and they help fight the bad bacteria away. Being obsessive about cleanliness could mean flushing out these good bacteria also. We all need a small amount of bacteria in our bodies. It keeps the balance and helps your insides functioning well. Therefore, don’t overdo the cleanliness.
Here’s what usually happens – you try to control the sugar and fat intake of your body, so instead of ordering dessert, you opt to go for another round at the buffet table because hey, you’re passing up on sugar anyway, right? Wrong. The truth is, it’s better to just order the dessert and not go for that second plate.
You can bet that the second plate of buffet food contains more calories than the small fudgy brownie that you are depriving yourself of, and even after you eat it, you’re probably still craving the brownie. Choosing not to eat dessert over another plateful is just not a healthy option.
Despite all the hustle and bustle about skin cancer, sunlight is not the enemy. At least not early in the day, or later in the day. The sun is the strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., so that’s the time you want to avoid it or use sunscreen.
Doctors recommend getting between 10 and 15 minutes of sunlight a day, because sunlight, without the UV and harmful rays, can provide a healthy amount of vitamin D to the body.
Because of the skin cancer fear, many people are avoiding the sun and are not getting enough vitamin D. You need all the natural vitamin D that you can get. So by all means, try to take a walk around the park or around your neighbourhood early in the morning to expose yourself to the sun.
We sometimes make fun of people who don’t shower every day. Truth is, the tables will eventually get turned and they will be laughing at us, because showering everyday is not really a healthy thing to do. But not cleaning yourself up – that’s a different thing. This is talking about full-blown, shampoo and conditioner, bodywash and facial wash type of shower.
Processed foods are everywhere around us in this day and age. It’s a challenge sometimes to identify which foods are healthy and which are not because the ads are getting really good, to the point where we believe that cholesterol is good for us.
News flash: cholesterol is still bad. If you’re not careful, you could be eating cholesterol in all your meals.
Here’s a tip: no matter how healthy it says it is on the package, it’s still processed food. Processed foods always have preservatives, because that’s what helps them stay fresher longer than natural foods. Eating processed food is fine once in awhile, just don’t make a habit of it. You should still eat fresh foods mainly, and eat processed foods only if absolutely necessary.
Skipping meals is simply not healthy. You may think it helps you lose weight, but it has the opposite effect on your body.When you skip meals, your body goes into starvation mode, and your metabolism slows down to conserve energy, making it harder to lose weight.
Your body is made to eat three times a day, at least. Breakfast, lunch and dinner should be an essential part of your day.Skipping breakfast or dinner because you’re trying to lose weight is really depriving your body of the nutrients that it needs to get from the food that you are supposed to eat. Know what you can do? Still eat the meals, but eat less and choose the healthier options.
Boy, this is one’s a toughie to stop. Have you ever felt that sudden urge to sleep when you’re full? No matter how sleepy you are or how much you think it’s okay to sleep after eating, because sleeping is resting and its good for the body, it’s really not.
You see, when you sleep, you body obviously sleeps with you. Along with it are the functions that your body does, which also slow down dramatically. When you sleep, your stomach functions for things like digesting foods will also slow down or even come to a full halt. This is why you sometimes wake up with a gassy stomach, because the food did not digest normally.
There is no such thing as diet soda, unless there’s a soda that does not taste sweet, then maybe it can pass. But soda is always a sweet drink. Diet soda means it has less or no sugar. So, why is it still sweet? That is because of the artificial sugar that takes the place of the actual sugar.
You know what artificial ingredients are, right? They’re chemically made and processed, therefore making them a foreign invader in your body. Studies show that artificially-sweetened sodas can make you fat, and that’s just unhealthy.
You’re probably too busy to cook yourself a meal sometimes. So instead, you buy a ready-prepared full course meal that you just need to heat in the microwave. It contains fish, potatoes and peas, so it’s safe, right? Wrong. These seemingly healthy, prepared meals that you buy in the grocery store are anything but healthy.
No matter how green and healthy it looks, it has already been stuffed with salt and preservatives, so it can stay in the grocery store longer. You know what you can do? Cook yourself your own meal. Make time for it, or make extra to freeze for later. That’s always a healthy option.
So it basically goes back to an awareness of your actions and how they affect your body. Just because the soda can say it has no sugar, it does not mean that it is healthy for you.Artificial sweeterners can do bad things to your body, as studies have shown. Again, staying healthy is a challenging endeavour. You have to find the fine line between the habits that make you fit and the habits that do the opposite – and highlight that line, so that you don’t go over.
It may seem twisted; paradoxical, even. But, if you really want to stay fit, you have to avoid artificial ingredients, salt, sugar, saturated fats and preservatives. Read every label and make your own meals. Some people even grow their own fruits and vegetables themselves.