The Seven Deadly Health Sins

The Seven Deadly Health Sins

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Do you want to live a longer, healthier, and more vibrant life?

When it comes to our own health, many of us are our own enemy. Every time we are bored with the healthy yet tasteless foods, we are tempted to cheat and gobble on unhealthy options. Every time we don’t feel like exercising, we are tempted to just lay in bed all day without doing anything. We are choosing to live a little less well and a little less long.

There are seven common health sins that we tend to do to compromise our health. How many of these have you committed?

Obesity

Poor diet and lack of exercise have created an epidemic of obesity. If you exceed your ideal weight by 20 percent, it places much more stress on the heart to supply blood to the additional fat cells.

Physical inactivity

A sedentary lifestyle is the most common risk factor for heart disease and stroke. So, the key is eat less, exercise more.

Smoking

The probability of premature deaths among the 40-54 age group is 300 percent more amongst smokers, who die from cancer, heart disease, or respiratory illnesses caused by cigarette smoke. If you want to be healthier, stop smoking–both cigarettes or e-cigarette.

Stress

Persistent anxiety floods the body with harmful hormones, leading to inflammation, depression, weakened immune response and even cognitive decline. Read here to know more about effective stress-busting methods.

Alcohol

Excess drinking can cause several health issues. Almost every system in the body can be negatively affected by excessive or chronic alcohol consumption. Alcohol can lead to cancer, liver disease, heart attacks and brain damage. Excess alcohol can also cause risky behaviors that can negatively impact your health, like driving under influence and participating in risky behaviors, including but not limited to fight, smoking, and even self destruction.

Inconsistent hygiene

Washing your hands frequently cuts your risk of contracting a virus or infection, and of passing one on at home or work.

Sleep deprivation

Lack of sleep limits your body’s ability to repair itself. People who do not get enough sleep have shown to have higher stress levels, higher tendency to overeat and become obese, have higher risk to cardiovascular disease, and have a weaker immunity system.

 

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