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Bad Habits That Hold Your Health Back

By Sara Butler

Everyone has habits. Some are good and some are, well, not so good. If you could change your habits in a way that helps you to be healthier, wouldn't you want to do it? Keep in mind that habits are developed as a way to save you energy and time. Some are for the good and some are for the bad, but all of them can be changed. Here are a few habits you may need to take a look at since they could be holding back your good health.

You Don't Sleep Enough

Research supports that people who don't sleep enough pay for it with their health. When you don't get enough sleep, then your body can't function as it was meant to. This opens you up to a variety of increased health risks such as diabetes or heart disease.

The National Sleep Foundation says that adults should get seven to eight hours of sleep per night, so make sure that's what you're shooting for. Oh, and that's time actually asleep, not just in bed.

You Drink Diet Soda

It seems like a very natural assumption to make that if you switch out sugary soda for artificially sweetened soda, then it's better for you. But that's not been found to be true at all.

Sure, calorically speaking you're having less, but several studies have found that people who drink diet soda were more likely to be at an unhealthy body weight over the course of 10 years than those who don't drink any soda at all. Researchers are still taking a look at artificial sweeteners to see how they impact blood sugar levels. Until more information is known, opt for black coffee or tea instead.

Your Plates Are Too Big

What do big plates have to do with your health? Quite a lot, actually.

Studies have found that larger plates can lead to eating more calories, mostly because people don't stop eating when they feel satiated but keep going until the plate is clean. You can easily keep your food portions in check by using smaller dishes to serve yourself food. If you're still hungry after you finish the first plate, then you can always go back for more.

If you're concerned that your habits are leading you down an unhealthy road, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today about how to start making some healthy lifestyle changes!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.

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