8 Hidden, Health-Destroying Habits You Are Not Aware Of

Every day you hear people on TV, on the subway, and even amongst your friends talking about healthy eating and the importance of having a healthy diet. The thing is that no matter how much some people think they lead a healthy lifestyle, the truth is that they are making some unconscious mistakes that take a good negative toll on their efforts. So what are these mistakes that so many of us are making and is there a way to prevent them?

1. A Strict Vegan Diet

A lot of people have adopted a vegan diet, thinking that this is the best way of staying in good health, losing weight, and having beautiful skin. While initially, this sounds like a good idea, you’re missing out on something. Did you identify it yet? Well yes, it’s protein. Vegetables don’t contain but vitamins, antioxidants, and also minerals, but your body also needs protein so that you don’t feel tired during the day and have enough energy to perform all of your daily tasks and then still have plenty of it to drive home without falling asleep behind the wheel.

So my advice in this regard is that you stick to your vegan diet since it’s a healthy choice, but don’t forget to add some animal protein as well. This way you’ll not feel tired anymore and you’re going to make your thyroid gland very happy.

2. Too Much Soy Is A Problem

If you’re someone who knows a thing or two about dieting and living healthily, then you are already aware of the fact that non-fermented soy foods can cause various problems to your thyroid gland, not to mention that they also promote goiter.

To include some examples of such foods, they are soy chips, soy nuts, soy meats, soy milk and so forth. It’s best that you avoid such products or limit your consumption of them as much as you can and instead go for traditionally fermented soy. Some examples of fermented soy foods include tamari, natto, tempeh, shoyu, and of course, miso.

The biggest shock is that you may be eating non-fermented soy and not even be aware of it. You’ll generally find it disguised as isolated soy protein, plant protein, bouillon, lecithin, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, and many more. You’re also going to find it in healthy breakfast cereals, protein powders, natural and energy snack bars. Therefore, from now on, no matter how healthy a product may seem, you need to read the ingredients list in order to know exactly what you’re eating, and sometimes you’ll be very surprised by what you discover.

3. Stirring Your Food For Far Too Long

You may initially think that this is not a problem and actually crack a grin, but when you stir your food so that it doesn’t burn, you prevent it from browning. As a result, the food is going to get mushy, and depending on what you cook, it may be very bad for your stomach and overall health (think uncooked meat). To make sure you don’t do this again, try to resist the urge of stirring the food constantly unless the recipe states otherwise.

4. High Heat And Nonstick Pans

Did you know that if you’re using nonstick pans, it’s recommended that you turn down the heat? Why is that? Well, it’s because at a high temperature the nonstick lining on your pan is going to release PFCs in the form of fumes. If you Google PFCs, in a few minutes you’ll realize that they can cause developmental problems and on top of that, they may also cause liver damage. To prevent this, just make sure you only turn the heat up to a certain temperature recommended by the pan’s manufacturer and never beyond it.

5. Chewing On Ice

Chewing on ice is something that a lot of people seem to be doing, but the bad news is that it can lead to a condition called Pica which makes you want to chew things that may be unhealthy for you. Some examples would include paper and of course, ice. Pica may also be caused by iron deficiency anemia, according to various authority medical websites on the internet.

In fact, when you chew on ice you could also signal to the people around you that you’re actually stressed or have other emotional problems or even suffer from OCD.

6. Drinking Less Water Than Recommended

Our body is made of 70% water, so there’s no surprise to the fact that you absolutely need to ensure you stay hydrated at all times. This is because when you’re properly hydrated, your motivation is intact, you have a stable mood and your memory is also quite sharp. Not to mention the fact that proper hydration makes your joints and muscles work better, your body can easily cool down when it’s too hot and your skin is kept supple thanks to the high amount of fluids in your body.

So the question is: how much water do you need to drink a day?

Well, most people are drinking coffee and sodas and think that they don’t need to drink water anymore. This is very wrong and that’s because these drinks contain sugar and other ingredients that are bad for your system and some of them may even lead to dehydration. So to answer the question we asked earlier, you need to drink at least 2 liters of water a day, 2.5 to 3 lit