The mistakes people make when obsessed with their health
One: People buying only organic vegetable and fruit. This can be seen a wise decision for some foods, such as meat, strawberries, eggs or avocados. However It is a mistake to assume that organic food is healthier than conventional food or the organic label is synonymous with healthy food. High calorie organic food is still a bad choice for dieting. If you want to lose weight for organic and ecological reasons only then it's understandable.
Two: Getting up too early may seem healthy, but it is better to sleep between seven and eight hours especially if you are going for a morning run. Our bodies need time to repair themselves with plenty of rest. Studies have shown that adults need to sleep at least seven hours a day to keep the body in good a condition. Lack of sleep can be linked to several diseases, including hypertension, diabetes and diseases involving the immune system. Be sure to sleep plenty after sport and exercise.
Three: Taking too many vitamins and supplements. Frequent visits to the herbalist can sometimes be counter productive. A recent study involving 30,000 women saw that those taking daily supplements, such as iron, tend to have a higher mortality risk. Although researchers failed to explain and pinpoint the exact reasons why.
Four: Having Unnecessary medical tests. Just as taking vitamins and minerals does not automatically mean that they you are healthy, visiting the doctor a lot, getting a lot of X-rays done and undergo all kinds of medical tests is not synonymous with good health. Apart from medical equipment emitting harmful radiation, some of these procedures can actually give false positive results, i.e they can misdiagnose and call for treatments and drugs that are not needed. There are medical tests that are recommended only for patients at risk. For a healthy person it can actually do more harm than good.
Five: Over doing it with the antibiotics. For example, pressuring your doctor to prescribe you antibiotics for the flu. Taking antibiotics in abundance is not a always a good idea because you will create drug resistance. When the medication is no longer effective in your body your immune system won't be strong enough to fight even the smallest of infections, therefore you because dependent on these drugs.
Six: Too much washing, washing hands all the time, disinfecting all surfaces, uses too much soap and detergent. Medical evidence actually suggests that it is important to have some exposure to germs in order to maintain a strong and healthy immune system which prevents allergies. An overly sterile environment is not always good for health. Ideally we need a good balance between hygiene and bacteria as this is part of our ecosystem.
Seven: Relying too much on alternative medicine. It's true that acupuncture, homeopathy, herbal remedies, etc.. may be a good treatment option with less side effects than traditional drugs. But these methods are not for treating everything. Muscle pain may be fine for using alternative medicine as treatment, however if you have something like a tumor is it very important to go with medicine that has proven effectiveness, such as chemotherapy. Alternative medicine is not always the best option.
Eight: Medical examinations at least once a year are often the best way to diagnose a potential disease. Beware as some symptoms can result in an unnecessary aggravation.
Nine: Exercising only to lose weight. Exercise should be done regularly and not only when you need to lose a few kilos. Sporadic practice of physical exercise actually increases appetite and often calorie intake making you put on even more weight.,
Ten: Over exercising. Rest is extremely important, especially after a hard workout. Without adequate rest you can experience physical and mental fatigue, sleeping problems, injuries and muscle aches. To keep in good shape, it is best to vary the workout and leave days off between workouts.
Eleven: Drinking diet soda. These sugar-free drinks may have fewer calories, but it is disputable that it means they are healthier, according to two studies presented at the American Diabetes Association. In one of the studies older people who consumed diet sodas often have a five times greater abdominal circumference.
Twelve: Drinking excess water. Of course one has to avoid dehydration, but it is important not to overfill yourself with too much water. Particularly if you are training to run long distance or some other high intensity sports.Taking too much water can lead to risk of contamination, a syndrome called hypothermia.
Thirteen: People thinking they know more than their doctor. With Dr. Google at their feet, leading them to well presented media on the net covering their symptoms, many think that this is the way forward - self diagnosis. Some are satisfied with the information they get on forums and even avoid got to the doctors full stop. People on online forums can not physically assess you, only real doctors can.
Fourteen: Skipping vaccines. many people choose not to get vaccinated which protects people from exposure to diseases. Travelling to certain areas of the world without being vaccinated may be a reckless act.
Fifteen: Having healthy friends. Good habits are contagious and so are bad ones. Obesity, smoking, and even happiness are spread through our network of friends. Sometimes we smoke or drink more normal due to peer pressure from friends, it is also true that we can exercise more or eat better because of them.
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