8 Habits We Think are Healthy, but They’re Not

· August 5, 2015
It’s not a good idea to take vitamin supplements unless advised by a doctor. In general, it’s better that we get our required daily nutrients through a healthy and balanced diet.

Maintaining good health is a simple matter of keeping habits that we can easily work into our daily routine without costing a penny. A healthy lifestyle is a matter of choice, and there are a number of things we can incorporate at any time to promote good health. But there are plenty of myths and half-truths that make us think we’re doing the right thing for ourselves and our health, while in reality can be causing quite the opposite. Here is a list of 8 habits we think are healthy but are not.

Eating fat-free products to prevent unwanted weight gain

We can find any number of fat-free foods in the grocery store, and these are usually recommended for people with high cholesterol or who are obese. But some people think that having a 0% fat intake is good for weight loss, when the truth is that it is not. Fat free foods can contain flours, refined sugars, and plenty of other additives that can cause weight gain.

Drinking water all day long

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It’s true that water is good for you and it plays an important role in keeping our bodies functioning properly. But nevertheless, drinking excess amounts of water during the day can alter the function of the kidneys and the makeup of the blood. Experts recommend drinking 6 to 8 cups of water every day, or a maximum of 2 liters.

Getting vitamin D through sun exposure

Staying out in the sun is one way to get our daily dose of vitamin D. But in order for the body to process this vitamin we have to go out without sunscreen or with a low protection factor sunscreen, and this can cause serious damage to our skin. Excess sun exposure can lead to serious sunburns, skin dryness, and is of course a risk factor for skin cancer.

Doing crunches to trim the tummy

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Abdominal exercises do indeed help burn belly fat and produce a flatter stomach. But a lot of people think that just doing crunches will achieve this result, without thinking about the fact that to meet this goal it’s also important to have a healthy diet and do other types of regular physical activity.

Taking vitamin supplements

When it comes to vitamins and minerals, most people think that the more you can take, the better it is for your body. However, this isn’t entirely true. Overuse of supplemental products can produce negative health effects. Supplements shouldn’t be taken without the supervision of a doctor, and it’s always better to get the vitamins and minerals you need from a healthy diet.

Teeth whitening

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Tooth whitening is usually performed to give the appearance of cleaner teeth. But people who abuse those products and procedures can develop diseases like blancorexia and can also experience cracks in the tooth or the enamel, increased tooth sensitivity, and in extreme cases changes in taste and flavors.

Using q-tips to clean the ears

Most people think that cleaning the wax out of their ears is a matter of daily hygiene, but this is not the case. Earwax is an antiseptic secretion that protects the skin of the ear canal from germs and other outside contaminants. When we remove it, we expose the inner ear to infection – but what’s worse, when we use q-tips we are actually pushing some of that wax inward, which can create a blockage. As a result of this, it can cause hearing damage or loss by blocking the path to the canal.

Eating for two people during pregnancy

Some women have the false conception that they need to eat twice as much to feed the baby inside them. This is a serious mistake that can cause excess weight gain during pregnancy and lead to other risk factors like gestational diabetes, problems during labor, and larger-than-normal fetal growth. During your normal pregnancy checkups, your doctor will most likely recommend that you keep a healthy, balanced diet and only increase the consumption of folic acid, if extra is needed.