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4 Common Health Mistakes You Don't Realize You're Making

Some habits are so ingrained within us that you may not even realize you are doing them on a daily basis, much less that they could be hurting you. The problem is that this lack of attention towards health mistakes can have detrimental consequences to your well-being down the road. Here are some common mistakes made by people and how to begin avoiding them!

Not Drinking Enough Water

You are probably constantly hearing about the importance of drinking enough water throughout the day, but do you really drink enough? Along with being a vital resource, water helps to energize your muscles, revitalize skin (read: make you look younger!) and helps to promote weight loss. It also helps to flush out your kidneys and promote regular bowel movements. So pay attention and drink up!

Tense Muscles

You may not even realize that you have been so tense lately that your shoulders are hovering around earl level. It’s easy not to notice, but over time this can lead to back aches, tension headaches and even more serious conditions. Take a moment in your day to consciously loosen up your body and release the tension and stored anxiety. Shrug your shoulders or roll your head – whatever you can do to just let it go.

Eat Your Vegetables

Mom was really on to something with this one. Many people eat way too much meat in relation to how many veggies they consume on a daily basis. Keep in mind that it is recommended you get a serving of meat about the size of deck of cards, and that deck of cards should be overshadowed by the mountain of veggies next to it. So, eat up! Give meat a supporting role in your meals instead of making it the main focus.

Don’t be a Slouch

If you work in front of a computer all day it can be really hard to keep from slouching. But, you need to try to be conscious of how you hold your body. Sitting any way for long periods is bad for your body, and it can lead to a lot of problems with your body including back and spinal conditions, gastrointestinal pain, headaches and even jaw pain. It also reduces function and flexibility long term. The answer? Get up and move! Make sure to give yourself regular breaks to get up and move around while you work. Get the blood flowing and release the way you’ve been holding yourself.

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