12. Too Much Stress

Stress

Stress kills. Literally. It’s not always in the form of a sudden aneurysm or heart attack; sometimes it’s a long process that goes unnoticed. This is because stress leads to increased levels of cortisol, a hormone that stores fat, and contributes to higher blood pressure. Lots of things can contribute to stress, such as a lack of sleep or nutritional imbalances. Fortunately, there are also a lot of ways to manage stress. Exercise, for example, can help, as it will directly affect your blood pressure levels and help you burn fat. It may also relieve your stress due to the release of endorphins.

11. Too Much Coffee

Too Much Coffee

Do you just have to have your cup of joe in the morning? Well, you may want to start cutting back. This is especially true if you have multiple cups per day or late in the day. High levels of caffeine can make it difficult for you to get to sleep on time, which can contribute to a whole host of other problems, as mentioned in the point about sleep. If you need something to get you started in the morning, consider drinking green tea. It still has caffeine, though a lot less than coffee, and also provides other benefits.

10. No Fish

No Fish
Related: Why You Should Take Omega 3 Fish Oil Supplements

While red meat, particularly the fat and salt-heavy kind, can be bad for you, fish is a much healthier alternative when it comes to protein. This is because of the type of fat found in fish differs from that in red meat. Called omega-3 fatty acids, or omega-3 for short, these helpful fats can play a role in lowering your LDL (bad) cholesterol, which ultimately improves your heart health. Additionally, they are beneficial for the brain, too. Omega-3 fish oil is also available in capsule form, but if possible, you’re better off getting it (and all your nutrients) from the foods you eat, rather than supplements.

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