Are You Making These Health Mistakes? (Part 1)

You’re going to go through life and make mistakes. It’s part of being an imperfect human living in a flawed society. Having said that, some mistakes are avoidable. The key is to identify your mistake, learn from it, and stop repeating it. Below are 22 of 44 health mistakes people make every day.

1.) Failing to take a stand

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Numerous studies testify of the dangers of sitting. Not only does sitting not offer any health benefits, but it wreaks havoc on your posture and increases your risk of cardiovascular disease. To prevent health disorders brought on by a sedentary lifestyle, find ways to stay active throughout the day, such as going for a walk after lunch.

2.) Lighting up the grill

While grilling is a fun method to infuse your food with flavor, the blackened, charred pieces of food contain cancer-promoting compounds called heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic amines. Yet with a few tweaks you can keep carcinogens to a minimum. First, limit the amount of time your food spends on the grill by defrosting your meat. Second, trim away excessive fat to reduce the amount of fat dripping into the flames. Third, stick to marinades that contain vinegar or lemon juice. Finally, flip your meat often to prevent either side from becoming scorched.

3.) Filling up a to-do list

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In order to lead a life of health and wellness, you need to leave yourself ample time throughout the day to de-stress, and you cannot do that if you’re too busy checking items off of your to-do list. Keeping a full to-do list can cause stress, and too much stress leads to health issues, such as weight gain, heart disease, anxiety, depression, concentration issues, and digestive problems. The next time you notice yourself becoming stress or anxious, stop and take a breather.

4.) Sipping artificial sweeteners

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Sodas, diet sodas, energy drinks, juice, and even certain foods all contain harmful artificial sweeteners that can potentially cause cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke and heart attack, as well as induce an appetite for sweets. Swap out your sugary drinks for carbonated water or coffee and tea sweetened with natural sweeteners.

5.) Binge-Watching late into the night

Those late favorites of yours are costing you your health. Watching television late into the night and wee hours of the morning exacerbates insomnia. Exposure to the blue light of the screen can disrupt your body’s circadian rhythms. Rather than watching a show, engage in activities that promote sleep, such as reading or listening to soothing sounds.

6.) Brushing your teeth right after you eat

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In the old days, dentists told you to brush your teeth right after you eat to reduce the amount of acid build-up. Today, it turns out brushing directly after a meal can damage the protective layer surrounding your pearly whites. A better strategy is to rinse with water and wait for 40 minutes before your grab your toothbrush and toothpaste.

7.) Turning up the Volume

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Blasting your favorite tunes is not a good idea. While loud music may motivate you and help you stay focused, it comes at a heavy price–namely your hearing. For example, exposure to sounds greater than 90 decibels for more than eight hours a day could result in permanent hearing damage. Keep your hearing intact by lowering your volume.

8.) Not getting enough sleep

Everyone is aware of how crucial sleep is for their health and wellness, and everyone knows that the recommended amount of sleep is six-eight hours. However, the majority of people fail to achieve the optimal amount of sleep. Individuals who regularly skimp on their sleep may have an increased risk of depression, cancer, memory loss, and heart disease. 

9.) Skipping the floss

I hating flossing as much as the next guy, but not flossing will affect more than your pretty smile. Several studies have found that gum disease is connected to heart disease. Fortunately, the solution is simple–suck it up and start flossing.

10.) Storing your smart phone by your bed

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Getting cozy with your phone can lead to serious disrupt your sleep patterns. The light from your screen can increase your risk of insomnia, while beeps or vibrations could jar you awake. Think about leaving your cell phone outside of your bedroom.

11.) Not Drinking enough water

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Human-beings are 60% water. Suffice it to say, our health depends on our water consumption. A lack of water can lead to dehydration which can result in fatigue, headache, constipation, dizziness, and heart palpitations. Your physical health is not the only part of you that is negatively impacted by the lack of water. Your mental health is hurt as well.

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