We have all come across the saying, ‘Health is Wealth’. This stands particularly true in the age in which we our living. Our lifestyle is causing havoc on our health. It secretly, very slowly, steals precious years from our lives. While most of us know what are the things to do for healthy living, our knowledge about what not to do for healthy living lacks. Thus, to help you in enjoying the fruit of better health, we bring forth our list of top 15 habits you should avoid for healthy living and better lifestyle.
1. Stop Overeating At Night:
Most of us believe that not eating or less eating at night targets people who are fat and are trying to reduce weight. But this is a myth. Your night meals should be very light. Overeating at night causes acidity. This is because, most of us go to bed immediately after having food. Body needs rest at night; and thus, its metabolism is slower at night on comparison with the morning. This results in acid reflux which can cause indigestion, constipation and bloating.
2. Stop Eating Junk Food:
Junk food has become a staple diet in today’s world. It is loaded with artificial flavours and bad fatty acids that are sometimes even carcinogenic. They increase the body’s toxicity level which results in problems like gas, bloating, acidity and constipation. They also increase cholesterol by increasing LDL (bad cholesterol) level and decreasing HDL (good cholesterol). This increases the risk of heart diseases.
3. Stop Smoking:
Smokers might reason that smoking reduces stress level. But it is no rocket science that it kills as well. Nicotine is highly addictive and potentially very dangerous. Smoking not just increases the formation of free radicals in the body, it simultaneously decreases the amount of antioxidants. Free radicals in high amount cause toxicity, acidity, senescence, and cancer.
4. Stop Drinking Alcohol:
Alcohol disturbs and deteriorates the quality of life. It is one of those slow poisons that damage the body gradually. It increases the risk of high blood pressure that can lead to heart stroke and cardiac arrest. It also affects the brain that may result in forgetfulness and anxiety. The most hard hit organs are liver and stomach. Body already contains HCL for food digestion. When the acidic level increases, the mucous lining protecting the stomach walls from acid melt. It results in ulcers and internal bleeding.
5. Stop Drinking Aerated Beverages:
No matter how tempting they are and how good they taste, they are full of caffeine in large amounts. They also contain uncontrolled calories and artificial flavours and sweeteners. Excess amount of caffeine causes addiction that can lead to insomnia and hormonal imbalance. Also, such drinks contain calories that are devoid of any nutrition. Such calories are called empty calories. They increase the blood sugar level and can cause obesity. They also affect bone health.
6. Stop Stressing:
Stress is a major health foe that leads to different physical and mental disabilities. It increases blood pressure that increases the possibility of heart attacks and stroke. It can also result in major mood swings and anxiety. It also results in disturbed sleep pattern that affects memory. It reduces concentration that can affect your day-to-day life.
7. Stop Eating Processed Meat:
This is one of the major reasons why vegetarians live longer and have better life quality than non vegetarians. Processed meat is full of nitrates. Nitrate poses the risk of increasing blood sugar level suddenly, without giving any warning. It makes you more susceptible to diabetes. Nitrate is also one of the major reasons behind colon cancer. Processed meat also contains alarming level of sodium that results in bloating, indigestion and hypertension.
8. Stop Skipping Your Breakfast:
Breakfast is the most essential meal of the day. You should have a heavy breakfast so that you have enough calories for the day to keep you energetic. Skipping breakfast slows down your body’s metabolic rate. Reduced metabolism means reduced concentration and improper digestion. Not eating breakfast also reduces your blood sugar level that can actually lead to unhealthy and unwanted weight gain.
9. Stop Slouching While Sitting:
First of all, we spend more than half of our time in a day sitting. And if on top of it we slouch, it can cause serious troubles. Wrong posture can cause spondylitis. It also results in headache and backache. It stiffens the body muscles that results in lesser blood flow and lesser oxygen content. It leads to bone weakening as well.
10. Stop Wearing Heels:
This one targets women. Short or tall, fat or slim, wearing heels on a daily basis should be a big no. Walking in heels results in severe ankle pain. If you do that more often to increase your style quotient, you are keeping your health at stake. The feet muscles are overworked and get damaged and strained. It can result in permanent back ache and disk problems. It can also cause plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a tissue disorientation problem that results due to torn ligaments and muscles.
11. Stop Ignoring Your Oral Health:
Ignoring oral health can result in much more troubles than just bad breath and swollen gums. Not brushing your teeth twice a day or not brushing them properly after having food results in the formation of plaque. And plaque is one of the lesser known reasons that cause high blood pressure and diabetes.
12. Stop Watching The Television/Video Games For Hours:
The more hours you will spend sitting idle in front of your TV and video game, the more fat will accumulate. This kind of fat leads to insulin dependent diabetes. Television also causes serious addiction that reduces sleep hours and increases anxiety, and affects concentration and memory. All these factors cause major mood swings and irritation.
13. Stop Using Painkillers:
Most of us take antibiotics and painkillers without consulting a doctor in case of fever and inflammation. Over consumption of painkillers and antibiotics reduce the pain threshold and immunity. Excessive medicines are no less than drugs. The body starts depending on them. They also result in acidity and ulcers. They can further interfere with body’s metabolism and slow it down. It can cause constipation and indigestion.
14. Stop Midnight Snacking:
Various researches prove that body’s metabolism is time dependent. Eating heavy breakfast increases metabolic rate and overeating at night slows it down. But midnight snacking causes addiction and disturbs the sleep pattern. You keep craving for snacks and till you have them, you fail to fall asleep. This turns into a habit quite easily and results in severe lethargy and constant acidity. It also leads to gastrointestinal problems. It actually also results in weight gain and obesity.
15. Stop Over Exercising:
Excess of everything is bad. The same stands true for over exercising. While exercising is good and it increases the heat beat and results in burning calories. But over exercising can increase the heart rate. Skipping more than 5 beats per second can lead to stress. It results in mental disorders like insomnia, palpitation and restlessness. It can also result in lack of concentration, constant fatigue, muscle tearing and emotional disturbance.
So, start avoiding all the above listed habits before you become addicted to them. Lifestyle improves only with a perfect balance. Thus, your stamina and health build not just by adopting healthy habits, but also by discarding unhealthy ones.