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Health Mistakes Even Savvy Souls Make

By Sandy Schroeder

Most of us key in to health tips, and pride ourselves on following through, but everybody makes a few blunders.

See if you recognize any of these mistakes from Prevention.

Turning up the tunes – An MP3 player’s normal range is 60 to 120 decibels. Steady use above 85 decibels may cause hearing loss. If a friend standing next to you can hear your music, it’s too loud. Consider using earphones that isolate sound, drowning out background noise.

Losing sleep every night – When there are too many tasks in a day, it’s tempting to work later, and get up earlier. Shaving hours off the recommended 7 to 9 recommended number of hours of sleep can leave you groggy and ineffective as you prop up the day with espresso. It can also sabotage your overall sleep routine, and lead to weight gain, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and accidents on the road or in the home.

Salads dominate lunch – If they come loaded with fried chicken strips, bacon, croutons or rich dressings, they may rival your favorite burger for calories. Either pack your own and load it with healthy veggies like kale, broccoli, beets and carrots, or scan the fast food salads online to see what you are really getting.

Flossing happens sometimes – Brushing morning, after lunch and evening works, but flossing needs to happen, too. Almost 23 percent of women between 30 and 54 have severe gum (or periodontal) disease, which attacks the tissue and bone structure, frequently causing tooth loss. Even more important, if the bacteria enters the bloodstream, it can generate chronic inflammation, increasing the risk for cancer, stroke or heart disease. Floss at least once a day.

Ignoring ongoing pain – We have all pushed ourselves through deadlines, or a string of social commitments, ignoring fatigue, ongoing back pain, coughs or indigestion. Be aware of the symptoms of serious illness, check out any new developments promptly and stay current on all screenings.  

Assuming home cooking is healthy – Eating at home is usually healthier than dining out or doing takeout, but researchers say rich ingredients and large serving sizes can undermine good intentions. Start with low-calorie healthy recipes and do portion servings instead of family style dining with second helpings.

Your scale is gathering dust – It’s easy to sidestep the scale at this time of the year, but tracking your weight can tell you if you are five or 15 pounds up, and the former is a lot easier to lose than the latter. If you are trying to maintain a loss you recently achieved, check your weight at least once a week. If you are up over five pounds, it’s time to get back on track.

Enjoy the season but keep an eye on your health. That's the best gift of all.

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

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