Proper nutrition is full of misconceptions. Everyone seems to just “know” what is right and most of the time based on no evidence at all. It is good that people now value their health much more than they did a century ago. It is healthier for people themselves and for people around them. However due to the numerous misconceptions, they often end up making some brutal nutritional mistakes that effect our health badly. Here are 10 of the biggest health mistakes you can easily avoid by taking care of your nutrition intake:
1. Binge Drinking: The risk guidelines for drinking alcohol in sitting for men is eight units and for women is six. We often observe that people save their units during the week and drink much more during the weekends. This is not only harmful but also increases the chances of stroke, hypertension, and heart disease along with numerous liver problems. Thus, maintain a more regular but moderate alcohol intake. You may think that having several alcohol free days is better but when your intake increases suddenly, your body reacts and destroys your internal mechanisms.
2. Replacing gym for your daily activity: In one of the shocking researches at the University of Maastricht, it was found that people who visit the gym 3 times a week burn much less calorie than the people who have an active lifestyle. Obviously, the gym goers did not have an active style. They spend their rest of the day in front of the office desk or on the sofa. So having an active lifestyle is more important than just keeping up with the gym visits.
3. Low fat does not mean low calorie: If all of us read the label before we consumed anything, we would have been a lot healthier. We often think that low fat food also has low calorie. That is not at all true. Just because the fat is reduced does not mean that there is no fat at all. They must have reduced the fat content from 20g to 15g. Still that is too much. Often sugar related ingredients are added to it, filling it with high calories that replace the reduced fat. Thus, you need calories not fat.
4. Smoking: Okay you are only a casual smoker. Therefore, you smoke at most one cigarette a week. It is harmless right. However, do you know that you are inhaling a drug that is as addictive as the mainstream drugs? Nicotine only takes seconds to reach your brain and the damaging effect starts right away.
5. Coffee and Caffeine: Coffee is great and everyone will vow for that. Too much of anything is bad. Even Coffee. Excessive coffee due its caffeine overstimulated the adrenal glands keeping you nervy and on the edge. It also effects your sleep patterns and increases your heart rate. So always, go for quality rather than the quantity of caffeine.
6. Poor posture: This is for everyone with a desk job. You spend a minimum of 50% of your daytime in front of your desk with a bent backbone. This leads to back pain, stiffness in your shoulder muscles and restricted movement. Sit upright and if possible move your body now and then. It would not only keep you active but also reduce all your posture related problems. Take care of how you sit and move.
7. Excessive sun bathing: A healthy tan is lovely but excessive exposure to the sun leads to wrinkles, fine lines and also increases the possibility of skin cancer.
8. Stress, Stress, and Stress: There is no life without stress but you need to learn how to deal with it. If you do not then it would not only effect your health but would also have adverse effects on your personal life. High levels of stress often causes high blood pressure and heart disease.
9. Over-relying on supplements: Supplements are good for health but they do not run your body. Your body needs a combination of proteins and calories that can only be gained through a proper diet. Thus over-relying on supplements can be harmful and destabilize your digestive system.
10. Health checks and diagnosis: Often performing some simple health checks can save your life. Even having a health insurance helps a lot. You should also get a health insurance while travelling. If you are travelling to the European countries, you can easily get an EHIC that provides you access to state provided healthcare during a temporary stay.