We have our fair share of unhealthy or bad habits that we want to get rid of. It may include straying from a healthy diet or not doing regular exercise.
But did you know that there are other everyday activities that are just as bad for you as smoking? To help you have a happy and healthy life, we have come up with a list of unhealthy bad habits, you should avoid.
Sitting All Day
Sitting for a prolonged time period is linked to a variety of health problems. Being sedentary can help increase your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and even depression.
Research have shown that sitting for prolonged time increases your chances of premature death and even for people who exercise. If you you are seated for most of the day, try to get up sometimes, even just to grab a glass of water or take a quick stroll during lunch break.
Studies have shown that regular consumption of sugary drinks or sodas greatly increases your chance of cardiovascular disease. Excess sugar consumption also increases your risk of mental illness, diabetes, fatty liver problems, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.
You can opt to try making your own soda at home by using fruit juice.
Eating Too Much Meat
Research have shown that those who eat a diet high in animal protein are more likely to die of cancer, compared to those who consumed a more plant-based diet. Get out of your meat-heavy diet by starting with Meatless days for each week.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
Not getting enough sleep can cause high blood pressure and obesity. Chronic sleep deprivation releases the stress hormone cortisol, which are linked to increased risk of stroke and heart attack and stroke.
Try to add an extra hour per night or you can take a quick 20 minute nap to boost your energy levels.
Cooking with the Wrong Oil
Research conducted on restaurants and residential kitchens shown that high-heat cooking with soybean oil and shortening releases particulate matter such as aldehydes and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. These are compounds found in cigarettes.
It is therefore important to choose the type of cooking oil best suited for your use. Olive oil for instance is not good for frying and high-heat cooking but is good for cooking at low temperatures or for use in salad dressings. Avocado oil, is good for high-heat cooking.
It is important that you look for the “smoke point” in oils that you buy. This is to make sure the oil matches your needs.