Most of us want to be as healthy as we can be, so it is upsetting when we find out that some of the things we are doing/living with each day could actually be harming our efforts to stay fit and healthy. However, it’s important we do know if things are affecting our health so we can change them, which is why we’ve put together a list of a few surprising things that could actually be bad for you…
Sleeping too much
We all know how important it is to get a goods night’s sleep for the sake of our physical and mental health, so you could be forgiven for thinking that having a lie-in now and then would be great for your health, but it really isn’t. Studies have shown that too much sleep can increase your risk of heart disease (by as much as 13 percent if you’re an older woman sleeping more than 9 hours for example) so be sure to stick to the optimum of 7-9 hours a night if you want to be as healthy as possible.
Having crooked teeth
We generally think that having crooked teeth is nothing more than a cosmetic issue that can be corrected with braces, or even better, clear retainers if we so wish, but it could be more serious than that. You see, crooked teeth are more likely to collect plaque and other debris, which means you’re more likely to suffer from cavities and gu disease if you don’t straighten your teeth. Poor oral health has also been linked to an increase in heart issues, so it really can have a huge effect on your overall health, and it’s probably a good idea to see your dentist about getting them fixed if you possibly can.
We all need the right mix of vitamins and minerals, so many of you reading this probably take a supplement or two to ensure you’re getting all you need. You might want to stop that. Why? Because not only have studies shown that most vitamins and mineral supplements for most people have a negligible effect, but also because it’s surprisingly easy to overdose on them, which can have some pretty unpleasant side effects from diarrhea to dizziness, and potentially even hospitalization. Only take vitamins if you’re truly deficient and as directed by your doctor or health professional.
Diet soda seems like the smart choice because it isn’t loaded with sugar. However, studies have shown that drinking diet soda can cause your body to crave sweetness, which means you’re more likely to overeat when you’re drinking it. More worryingly, some research has found a potential link between diet soda and an increased risk of stroke later in life, which although it needs more investigating, is certainly something to bear in mind.
Kissing your dog
You may love smooching your furry friend, but did you know you could contract Capnocytophaga canimorsus, and be quite sick if you do? Probably safer to stick to petting your beloved pet in the future.
Were you surprised by any of these?