7 Health facts that may suprise you…

| 13/04/2012 | 0 Comments More

7 good habits that may change your thoughts on health and change.


Everyone knows that you need to drink water and the recomendation is suposed to be 8glasses per day or abou 1.5ltrs, but excessive water can actually have a depermental effect by lowering the concentration of salt in your blood. Health-conscious water drinkers should also be wary of the trend for drinking bottled water, as studies have suggested that the chemicals (phthalates) from plastic bottles can leach into water and disrupt hormone levels.


Talking over your problems can be a great way to gain some perspective and get things off your chest. However, studies have suggested that, after a certain point, rehashing and dwelling on problems can actually be bad for your health. According to research, revisiting and analysing the same problems with friends can actually lead to anxiety, stress disorders and depression. Next time a problem arises, by all means talk it over with a friend, but try to focus on problem-solving rather than simply dwelling on the issue.


Daily Workouts are great for your health, but studies have found that heavy early morning exercise can actually be bad for your immune system and put you at increased risk of bacterial and viral infection.

Best to swap your heavy sessions for later in the day and use your early morning sessions for light jogging or gentle exercise.  The research was recently found by the Brunel University, Middlesex.


We all know that vitamins are good for us, but relying on nutritional supplements can actually be bad for your health. Separate studies have shown that high doses of vitamin supplements including iron, magnesium and vitamin B6 raise the death rate of older women, while taking vitamin E can increase men’s risk of prostate cancer. While certain people may be required to take vitamins (those with low levels of vitamin D, for example, or vegans who may be deficient in vitamin B12), for most people a better approach is to opt for a varied diet full of fruit and vegetables which will give you all the nutrients you need.

We are bombarded by it, low fat food options on every shelf, adverts telling us its the best way, however, cutting out ‘good’ fats such as omega-3 fatty acids could be detrimental to your health. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish, walnuts and flaxseeds, not only help to keep skin supple and wrinkle-free, they are also essential for good brain and heart health and can help prevent arthritis.


Now Im vertually T-Total, I like my odd glass of wine and the odd sociable drink in the pub but if you are thinking about dropping the alcoholic cocktail for the non-alcoholic version you might think about this before you swap…  While cutting down on alcohol is beneficial for your wellbeing, non-alcoholic cocktails are often high in refined sugar which research suggests is just as damaging and addictive as alcohol. For a safer swap and a shot of nutrients, make sure you stick to non-alcoholic cocktails made from pure fruit juices instead of those made from syrups.


Official advice for many years has warned about the dangers of skin cancer, causing many of us to take measures to cover up in the sun at all times. However, while it is extremely important to protect your skin, experts have more recently advised that little and frequent sun exposure is good for us, preventing vitamin D deficiency, which can lead to rickets, osteomalacia and depression. Official advice in the UK, where rickets has recently made a comeback, is to spend 10 minutes in the midday sun without sunblock each day before covering skin up.



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