3. Popping Multivitamins
You may think grabbing a multivitamin each morning is a healthy choice for your body. However, many multivitamin tablets contain ingredients that may not be right for your particular health needs, metabolism, or condition. Furthermore, many vitamins are not as well absorbed in pill form as they are when consumed in food. If your doctor finds you to be deficient in a vitamin, he or she can make recommendations based on your specific needs. In the meanwhile, enjoying a wholesome diet of whole grains, fresh produce, legumes, and lean proteins should provide your body with the nutrients it needs.
2. Neglecting Annual Checkups
When you are over 40, it is especially crucial to visit your doctor each year for a checkup. An annual visit allows your doctor to catch any health issues before they get out of control. High blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer are all medical problems that can be best managed with early intervention. It is also critical to get your annual flu shot to avoid the illness, lost wages, and risk of complications associated with the flu.
1. Consuming Artificial Sweeteners
You may have turned to artificial sweeteners in an effort to protect your body against the negative health effects of sugar. However, artificial sweeteners carry health risks of their own. Some studies suggest that artificial sweeteners may contribute to weight gain, rather than preventing it. Furthermore, there are studies, such as this one in Molecules, that suggest artificial sweeteners negatively affect the natural flora of the gut. Your best bet may be avoiding foods and beverages high in either added sugar or artificial sweeteners. Instead, stick to naturally sweet treats such as whole fruit.