We are constantly bombarded with advice on personal hygiene, health, food, eating, habits and exercise, but what happens when these tips aren’t actually that good for us? We’re looking at habits that most people believe are healthy that are not actually as good for us as people say. Many of us are already in the habit of doing many of these things, so it might be time for us to unlearn these behaviors cause they might end up causing more harm than good in the long run. Here are 10 “healthy” everyday habits that you might want to nip in the bud!
10. Vitamins and Supplements
Taking vitamins and other supplements isn’t necessarily healthy and overloading on them can actually hurt you. Too much vitamin C or zinc could cause nausea, diarrhea and stomach cramps while too much selenium could lead to hair loss, gastrointestinal upset, fatigue and mild nerve damage. It is better to opt for a varied diet that is full of fruit and vegetables, which will give you all the nutrients that your body needs.
9. Light Beer
Opting for a light beer when you are out isn’t necessarily a healthier choice. Light beers are brewed to be lower in alcohol, which means that you need to drink more if you are looking to get your buzz on. More light beer means more calories.
8. Brushing After a Meal
Brushing your teeth right after a meal might sound good in theory, but it is not in practice. Research shows that brushing too soon after eating or drinking can cause dental erosion. Wait at least 30 minutes after a meal to brush so saliva can neutralize any acid in your mouth. That way you can avoid pushing the acid deeper into the enamel and dentin.
7. Fat-Free Foods
Fat-free food usually lacks flavor, so food makers typically add other ingredients, like sugar, flour, thickeners and salt to the products, which just adds more calories. Fat-free foods are also quite unsatisfying, which means that people end up eating more.
6. Antibacterial Soap
There is no evidence to support that antibacterial soaps are any more effective at reducing your risk of getting sick or passing on germs to other people than ordinary soaps. New data suggests that antibacterial soaps actually contain chemical ingredients like triclosan and triclocarban, which may carry unnecessary risks.
5. Daily Showers
Showering or bathing too frequently can dry out or irritate the skin. This is because of soap, which is designed to remove the oils from the skin. If you need to shower everyday, only use soap under your arms, in the groin area and on your feet – skip the chest, back, legs and arms. Also, use lukewarm water and keep your shower short.
4. Catching Up on Sleep
Contrary to popular belief, you can’t actually catch up on sleep. Sleeping in on weekends to make up for getting less sleep during the week won’t improve the performance of your brain. Sleep experts suggest getting a set number of hours every night and waking up at the same time everyday to adjust your body to a schedule.
3. Enhanced Water
Watch out for flavored water drinks like Vitamin water and Smart Water. They are usually filled with sugar and artificial sweeteners. You’ll probably get more nutrients from adding real fruit to your water instead.
2. Protein Bars
Protein bars are usually highly processed and are high in calories and sugar. If the protein bar contains more than 200 calories and eight grams of sugar, it’s more like a candy bar with some extra protein than an actual protein bar.
1. Diet Soda
Drinking diet soda isn’t that much better than drinking regular soda drinks. Diet soda might save you calories in the short term, but there is no evidence that it prevents obesity and other related health problems.