There are things that we do every day without thinking much of it because it’s a part of your habit. While there are times that we do some things thinking it helps us in certain ways. However, you might be surprise that most of those are actually wreaking havoc in your health. Here are the most common habits that are actually ruining your health which you should stop doing from now on.
1. Herbal Supplements
Just because it’s an herbal supplement doesn’t mean it would be good for you and that you should take it. You should always talk to your doctor before you take any herbs to make sure they’re safe and doesn’t clash with your condition or medication.
2. You Over Exert Yourself
Yes it’s important to workout in order to achieve a fit and healthy body. However, know that your body needs rests from exercises too in order for it to heal. Not doing so can lead to fatigue where your immune system drops and diseases starts to develop.
3. Not Stretching
Intense workouts can shock your body, and as a result injuries happen. You can prevent this by stretching before and after working out. This helps bring blood to your muscles and increase joint flexibility. Without this, the muscles shortens and become tight.
4. Not Getting Your 7+ Hours
Do not wear your eye bags as a badge of honor for working hard. You may think that you’re fine with just 2 or 3 hours of sleep but later in life you’ll definitely regret it. Long term effects of sleep deprivation include impaired immune system, becoming more accident prone and weight gain.
5. Not Scheduling Preventive Visits
You wouldn’t have to deal with complicated health conditions if you were able to prevent it from happening in the first place. How can you do that? Show up to your annual physicals, bi-annual dental exams, as well as those special screenings depending on your gender like mammograms at age 40 for women and prostate cancer exams at 50 for men.
6. You're A Crunch Addict
Sit-ups and crunches are famous ab-workouts. However, it may not give you the result that you want and end up causing you back pains instead if you’re doing them wrong. You don’t have to ditch crunches entirely, but you should do them slowly and use proper form. If you know you already have a back condition, consult with a spine specialist like chiropractor first before doing any form of exercise.
7. Your Bike Isn't Quite Right
Biking is a great whole body workout. But it can cause you back pain adjust the seat to make sure that it’s properly fitted for you. This way, your body can enjoy the benefits of biking without experiencing pain at the same time.
8. Skipping Breakfast
People who are always on the go either eat whatever they can buy on the way to work or skip it altogether. This doesn’t just take away the boost you need to take on the day but skipping a meal affects your weight, hormonal health, memory, cognition and mood.
9. Not Drinking Enough Water
Coffee, tea, juices, and soda don’t count. Yes they’re all beverages but your body needs water not only to hydrate but to also flush toxins out from your body. You know when your body is not getting enough water if you feel tired all the time, your skin is visibly dry, or your pee is never clear and always yellow.
10. Eating Late At Night
Nowadays, people are either having their dinner too late in the evening or snack in the middle of the night. This habit should really be changed because it’s the number one cause of acid reflux along with its associated diseases and complications.
11. Wearing Flip-Flops
If you think wearing flip-flops is giving your feet a break from high heels, you’re wrong! Slippers offer little to no proper support for your feet arch which makes it vulnerable for injuries like sprains and fractures especially when doing intense activity while wearing it like working out or hiking. Aside from that, it doesn’t give you any protection from sunburn, cuts, bruises, or insect bites.