Top 10 health habits everyone should avoid
There is always plenty of news and wellness tips about what we should be doing to be healthier and fit. However, we tend to ignore or overlook the things that we shouldn't be doing. Unfortunately, the reality is that often it is the things that we give up, that can often make the most beneficial difference to our health. So if you are looking to be healthier in the coming year, here are the 10 health habits everyone should avoid...
The bottom line here is-if you don't smoke, don't start, and if you do smoke, quit today! They call them cancer sticks, for a reason. Not only has cigarette smoking been definitely linked to cancer, but it also contributes to a host of other diseases, as well as, giving you yellow teeth, premature wrinkles, and even ruins your hair!
Drink sugar-loaded sodas
The soda industry in the United States, is worth billions of dollars, for a reason. Americans drink more full-sugar soda then anyone else in the world. Giving up full sugar soda, not only lessons your risk of obesity and all its complications, but is simply good for the environment. The reason for this is the production of high fructose corn syrup has been linked to global warming.
While it may be fun and tempting to go for that fourth margarita, on a Friday night, keep in mind that excess alcohol has been linked to everything from throat cancer, to destroying brain cells.
Engaging in high risk sex
Today there is no reason not to be educated about how to protect yourself. Remember that STD's are an unpleasant gift that can keep on giving-enough said!
Spend day after day on the couch
Do you feel like spending all of your spare time watching TV or playing video games? Medical experts advise that you if you do, you should take your pick of obesity, diabetes, stroke, heart attack and early death, as your next feature film. Simply getting up and moving at least 30 minutes a day, can ward off these problems.
Baking in the sun
If you are heading outdoors or to the tanning salon, for that golden glow, you are simply stuck in the 80's. Being baked to a golden glow shows that you are not up on what's really healthy. Today's sun savvy worshipers understand the real need for sunscreen, and go for that natural look.
Sucking in air pollution
While you may be "California dreamin", keep this in mind, studies show that air pollution contributes to at least 24,000 deaths a year in the Golden state. If you live there or anywhere else with heavy air pollution take steps to protect yourself on the worst days.
Wearing super high heels
While this may seem like an inconsequential problem compared to the ones listed above, doctors report that they are seeing women in ever growing numbers, with serious foot injuries, caused by extreme high heels. These heels have been known to cause broken bones, severely sprained ankles and muscular imbalances that contribute to back and neck problems. Remember anything over a 4-inch heel puts your whole body at risk.
Skipping your check ups
No one really likes going to the doctor, but having a regular checkup can mean the difference between treating health problems while their small and treatable, versus having serious health problems that take longer and are much more expensive to treat. If you don't like your doctor, find one that you do and then schedule your next checkup!
Stress is a major factor in the development of high blood pressure and other heart problems. If you have a lot of stress in your life, then now is the time to find constructive ways to get rid of it. Worse yet, people who have chronic stress have been found to gain weight much more rapidly then those people who can calmly let it go.
Signs that you are under to much stress
Many people view stress as a faceless boogie man that haunts them through their busy lives. However, you may be surprised to learn that there are very real symptoms of stress. Your body will simply not continue on carrying to much stress. There are real consequences if you are unable to successfully manage your stress. Sadly, most people are unaware of how stressed they really are, until they experience a large medical crisis. However, if you pay attention to your body, you can pick up symptoms of stress, and deal with them, before they become large medical problems. Here are some signs that you are under to much stress
You're constantly sniffling and sneezing
The bottom line is that stress weakens your immune system, which means that you may have a more severe reaction to any allergens. While allergies alone are not life suffering, medical studies have shown that people with allergies are much more susceptible to cold and even flu. There is a two fold reason for this. First, not only is your immune system weaker, but the constant dripping from your nose, attracts airborne pathogens that can really make you sick. The solution to this is to find some time to deal with your stress. While you can successfully treat your allergies with over the counter meds, hitting the gym can help as well. The reason for this is that epinephrine (your body's decongestant) is at its highest after regular exercise. Fitness experts recommend at least 30 minutes a day, 5-6 days a week.
You're breaking out
When you are feeling stressed, your body will send out a lot more adrenaline. This in turn causes the production of sebum. Sebum is the oil that causes the skin to make pimple. It's a vicious cycle as stress=adrenaline=more sebum=more pimples. The best way to deal with this is to make sure that you are washing any problem areas, at least 2 times a day. Dermatologists recommend that you use foam or gel based cleaner that is designed to dissolve oil. If you need further help, talk to your dermatologist about getting a prescription, for acne fighting retinoid cream.
Your hair is looking sparse
If you are beginning to see more of your scalp then you really want to, it could be stress related. If you are experiencing high levels of stress, it can actually cause your hair to stop growing. While using gentle hair care products is recommended, you should also make sure that you are getting enough iron, Omega-3 and vitamin B12. These are all vitamins and minerals that will promote your hair to grow. There are certain foods that have these vitamins and minerals as well, such as: broccoli and salmon.
Your jaw hurts all the time
This problem could be brought on by stress that is making your grind your teeth at night. The first thing to do is to see your dentist, to rule out any other dental problems. Then before you go to be at night, put a warm washcloth on your jaw. This should be done for at least 5 minutes. The warmth will help to relax your muscles and reduce the chance of your grinding away at night. If this method is still not working, then head back to your dentist, to get fitted for a guard that you can wear at night, that will prevent you from grinding.
You constantly want junk food
When you are under a high level of stress, your body is producing cortisol. This is the stress hormone that will prompt your body to crave sweets. Unfortunately this is all about willpower. While an occasional indulgence is ok, keeping low fat, low sugar snack on hand is your best bet, for getting through a sweets craving.