Of course, we all know that eating junk food, not exercising, and drinking like a fish isn't good for our health, especially in the event of a pandemic. But did you know that most of us indulge in a slew of other behaviors, rituals, and practices that are wreaking havoc on our health—and we have no idea? Keep reading about what leading health and medical experts throughout the country disclose about all the ways you're damaging yourself without even realizing it.
1. You don’t hydrate your body properly
It's difficult to remember to drink enough water. However, keep in mind that not drinking enough water can be harmful to your health. Dehydration can exacerbate venous insufficiency. When you drink enough water, your blood is thinner and flows better. Vein insufficiency might be exacerbated when your blood is thicker.
To treat venous insufficiency, drink lots of fluids. The National Academies of Sciences' Institute of Medicine recommends drinking between 2.7 (11 cups) and 3.7 liters (almost 16 cups) of water each day. Stay hydrated to keep your entire body, especially your veins, healthy.
2. You don’t eat enough fiber
Many people, like those who do not drink enough water, do not ingest enough fiber. Fiber is necessary for weight loss and efficient digestion. Fiber not only makes you full, causing you to eat less, but it also provides nutrition that your body needs. People who follow fad diets, such as juice cleanses, lose important fiber from fruits and vegetables.
3. You drink fruit juice
The majority of us were raised to believe that drinking fruit juice was beneficial to our health. There is a wide range of fruit juices that are heavy in sugar and high fructose corn syrup. There isn't much of the actual fruit in the beverage. You're really just drinking sugar!
If you're going to drink juice, make sure it's made entirely of fruit and has no added sugar. Better yet, eat a piece of fruit to receive the fiber your stomach craves.
4. You consume too much gluten
Plant proteins called lectins are abundant in whole grain products, and they are part of the plant's defense system against being eaten. Lectins play a significant role in leaky gut, arthritis, depression, weight gain, brain and heart illness, and autoimmune diseases.
Reduce how much gluten you consume. In most cases, removing gluten and other lectin-containing foods from the diet resolves autoimmune problems and leaky gut in a few months.
5. You have a sedentary lifestyle
Sitting for long periods of time can cause a variety of health problems. The majority of people do not receive enough physical activity. Even people who meet the American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) physical activity standards for Americans have lower health outcomes if they sit the rest of the time. Our bodies were designed to move, and modern office life does not allow us to do so.
Make an effort to move around more and sit less. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans encourage 150 minutes of moderate level activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise per week, with muscle-strengthening activities being prioritized at least two days per week, according to the guidelines. This may help you live longer.
6. You eat a lot of large fish, like tuna
Yes, many fish are high in healthy fats and can be beneficial to your diet. On the other hand, we point out that size does matter when it comes to a swimmer's overall health. The bigger the fish, the more probable it is to have high amounts of mercury and other poisons. This is because the fish has lived a longer life and has acquired poisons over time.
Smaller fish, such sardines, mackerel, and anchovies, are a better choice. Alternatively, choose a deep-water fish that isn't affected by the same pollutants.