There are some habits we are used to that we wrongfully think are healthy not knowing that they could be harmful. Here are some of them.
DRINKING WATER FROM PLASTIC BOTTLE: Drinking water is good for your kidneys and skin, and keeps you hydrated. That is true. But, the plastic bottles you’re drinking from might contain harmful chemicals that get into your body via the water. So stick to drinking your water from a glass. That’s still healthy!
LOW FAT DIET: Watching your calories and fat intake is a good thing, but going too extreme with a low-fat diet can actually do more harm than good. Our bodies need some fat to absorb the healthy stuff in vegetables. Plus going too low with fat intake can make you hungry and can wreak havoc on your sleep.
MAKING YOUR BED EVERY MORNING: Who knew making your bed every morning could actually bed bad for your health? Sadly, it’s true. By making that bed look perfectly made with those crisp corners and tight sheets, you’re actually sealing in moisture that has no chance to air out, making your perfectly made bed a breeding ground for dust mites. Who knew?
DIET SODA: If you’re drinking diet soda because it’s not as bad as drinking full-calorie soda, you may want to rethink that. Soda, in general, can rot your pearly whites. And there are some studies that show diet soda can actually lead to weight gain. What?! So maybe bye-bye to soda and get your sweet tooth elsewhere? There’s always water.
AVOIDING THE SUN ALL TOGETHER: So we’ve all read the same studies about how bad the sun is for your skin. But sun-rays also blast your skin with Vitamin D, which your body needs. Sunscreen blocks Vitamin D. And avoiding the sun altogether means your body is missing a very important nutrient. Doctors recommend 10 minutes of sun exposure during the summer (without sunscreen) and more in the winter.
BINGE SLEEPING: So your weekdays are jam-packed, meaning you live on less sleep than college students, and so you plan to catch up on the weekends. Catching up on sleep doesn’t mean your body actually gets the sleep you deprived it during the week. What the bod needs is consistent sleep each and every day. A lack of sleep can lead to impaired brain function and even weight gain. So get to bed earlier during the week so you don’t have to binge sleep your weekend away.
RUNNING: Running is great for your heart and even better for burning calories, but too much running is a death sentence down the road for your knees. Studies show that athletes and weekend warriors who are into running extreme distances actually have more plaque buildup in their hearts than runners who chose more moderate distances. So don’t trash your running shoes, but do go for moderation.
SKIPPING MEALS: While it may seem like a great diet strategy to skip a meal or two, that missed meal may actually make you heavier in the long run. We overeat when we’re hungry. And overeating can lead to weight gain, diabetes and high cholesterol. Instead of skipping a meal, just make it smaller. You’ll be thankful you did.
EATING FROZEN DIET MEALS: A frozen meal can be a great way to get lunch while at work, or to have dinner made when you don’t have time to cook it. But that frozen meal can also be really unhealthy. Frozen food is usually filled with sodium, which helps it stay fresh. But high levels of sodium can also raise your cholesterol and be bad for your heart.
HOT TUBBING: There’s nothing more inviting than jumping in the hot tub when you need to relax. The bad news is that hot tubs are a breeding ground for bacteria. So make sure you’re relaxing in a hot tub that looks clean. If it’s questionable, choose another way to relax.