In the convoluted world of health and fitness, it’s easy to fall prey to bogus information and “studies” that have no scientific merit. What’s even worse is when this information starts negatively affecting your health without you realizing it.
That’s why we have compiled a list of 4 common health mistakes you don’t know you are making to help you cut through the garbage and live a healthy and productive life.
1. A Low Fat Diet
Guess what folks! You have been lied to! Fat is not the enemy. For years low fat diets were espoused as the greatest way to eat while people’s health slowly got worse and worse without realizing that the culprit was the very diet they were told would make them healthier.
Studies from numerous institution have shown that eating an abundance of good, clean fats in your diet is an absolute must for a healthy body. The mistake people make is having too much of the wrong kinds of fats. Any sort of processed Trans Fat and hydrogenated oil is terrible for you… Period! If your fat sources do not come from nature (i.e. animal and plant fats) then they are in fact killing you.
However, eating high quantities of natural fat from meat, fish, nuts, and has actually been shown to increase your overall health and energy.
For the men out there, this high fat diet has also been shown to boost your testosterone and human growth hormone, meaning that you will sleep better, gain muscle easier, and have a higher sex drive than your low fat peers.
2. Eating too Many Grains
Once again, the health industry has mislead into a terrible health trap you didn’t even realize you had fallen into.
Remember that food pyramid you looked at growing up that said you should eat 11 servings of grains a day? Well recent studies have shown that frequently consuming processed grain is actually one of the worst things you can do for your body!
Grain causes a buildup of Phytic acid in your body, stripping away calcium and other minerals, it also creates a huge boost in insulin production, completely wrecking your hormonal balance and making it much easier to gain and retain body fat.
And if that wasn’t enough, grain has also been shown to increase inflammation in your body which can lead to all sorts of disorders and health problems.
3. Sleeping too Little
In our society today, sleep deprivation is worn like a badge of honor. We always seem to be competing with our friends to see who is the busiest and who is abusing their body the most to achieve success in their careers. This is the single most bass awkward way of thinking around!
When you deprive yourself of sleep, you destroy your body! Your brain functioning begins to slow down, your insulin sensitivity increases (making you store fat) and your whole body begins functioning at a lower level.
Studies have shown that frequently getting insufficient levels of sleep weakens your body and immune system and makes you more susceptible to a plethora of diseases and disorders. While there is no true consensus on the number of hours required each night, there seems to be an agreement among most doctors that 6 ½ hours is the minimum required for optimal performance.
So do yourself a favor…catch some more Z’s.
4. Having a Poor Quality of Sleep
If you are sleeping 6-8 hours and still feel lethargic when you wake up in the morning, then odds are that the quality of sleep is lacking.
While there are several things you can do to increase the quality of your sleep such as sleeping with the temperature on 65 or below, sleeping naked (yes it really does help), sleeping in a dark room, and eating a high fat meal before bed, the best thing you can do is upgrade the quality of your mattress.
While this may be an expensive investment at first, it will pay for itself 100 times over in your health and performance throughout the year. And, to help defray the cost of a new mattress, you can always look for online deals from vendor like Dreams.
So there you have it! The top 4 health mistakes you don’t even realize you are making! Where you go from here is up to you, however by eliminating grains from your diet, increasing the amount of good fats you eat and increasing the quality and quantity of sleep you will set yourself up for optimal health for years to come!