7. Swordfish

Swordfish

Eating fish and seafood is usually considered a healthy way to live because these animals give your body essential omega-3 fatty acids and are great sources of important minerals like selenium. However, some fish – like swordfish – are consuming too much mercury in their diet. That means harmful levels of mercury could be passed on to you when you eat it. 

Industrial pollution produces excess mercury that settles into oceans, rivers, and streams. Swordfish absorb more mercury because they prey on smaller fish that also absorb mercury. If you love swordfish, it’s best to eat it rarely or have some safer salmon instead. 

6. Sugary Drinks

Soda

Not only are sugary drinks bad for weight management they could take a toll on your heart health too. According to the American Cancer Association (ACA), drinking 12 ounces of soda, sugary juice, and sports drinks more than once a day “may lower ‘good’ cholesterol and increase triglycerides, fat in the blood that can lead to heart disease.” 

Regularly having sugary drinks is also linked to tooth decay and blood sugar dysfunction that could result in developing type 2 diabetes. 

5. Energy Drinks

energy drinks

Protect your heart and nervous system from stress overload by not buying energy drinks anymore, or by only having them occasionally. Energy drinks can lead to heart palpitations that could result in serious heart trouble. They can also cause anxiety and insomnia when you need rest the most. 

Did you know that sleep deprivation can be linked to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia? Doctors and researchers are spreading the word that consistently getting 7-8 hours of deep restorative sleep can do a world of good toward protecting the health of the brain as we age.  

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