It is well known that adopting healthy habits is beneficial for our general well-being. Eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep are often recommended practices. However, it is important to note that some habits that seem healthy can actually have adverse effects on our health. Indeed, practiced with excess, certain manias become harmful for our body.
Overconsumption of “healthy” products
Eating a balanced diet is the key to good health. But overconsumption of products that are or may appear healthy is harmful. Consuming too many fruits and vegetables can be harmful, especially to people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (a disease that disrupts the functioning of the intestine). It is recommended to avoid excessive consumption of raw vegetables and certain foods high in FODMAPs (categories of carbohydrates that some people have difficulty digesting). Moreover, the overconsumption of vitamins (as a food supplement) and foods that are too fatty are also harmful. Low-fat products are also very detrimental. Indeed, they are rich in artificial sweeteners, sodium or other chemical additives. Overeating these products can lead to digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, and increased sugar addiction. Fruit juices round out the list because, high in fructose and lacking the fiber in fruit, they can lead to weight gain, dental problems, and spikes in blood sugar.
The hygienic reflexes
Dental hygiene is recommended by all health specialists. However, brushing your teeth too much is highly harmful. Between the abrasion of the gums and the loss of the natural oral flora, the consequences can be disastrous.
Hydroalcoholic solutions are practical, of course, but to be used only when hand washing is impossible. The chemical components that compose them are harmful for the skin and the natural immune system.
Showering and washing your hair daily isn’t great either! The human body has its immune system and long showers and too much washing contribute to weakening it. On the other hand, daily hygiene of the face and private parts is strongly recommended.
Regular exercise is essential for maintaining good physical and mental health. But too much sport does not allow the body to rest. Fatigue sets in on all aspects of the body and weakens the immune system. Physical pain and sleep disturbances appear unexpectedly. It is therefore important to find a balance between physical activity and rest. Excess sleep is also harmful to health because, in the end, it tires and disrupts the mental balance. It can also cause cardiovascular problems, obesity, diabetes, migraines or daytime sleepiness.
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