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With all of the information available on the Internet, there’s much more knowledge and opinions that are readily available. The truth is that even if you’re able to determine the truly healthy practices to incorporate into your life, you could be overdoing those practices and rendering them useless or even counterintuitive.
Brushing Teeth Too Frequently
Like most children, you probably grew up with your parents telling you to brush your teeth three times a day to prevent your teeth from falling out of your head. Realistically speaking, that’s a faulty notion and recent studies suggest otherwise. According to Jeffrey M. Cole, D.D.S., the 2013 president of the Academy of General Dentistry, those extra brush strokes can erode your tooth enamel.
This means that your good intentions are overzealous. While your shouldn’t be brushing three times a day, once a day isn’t enough either. Brushing in the morning and once in the evening is the right amount, but if you’re worried about your office presentation you should opt to simply floss after your midday meal.
Restraining Your Fever
While running a fever isn’t necessarily a good thing, it’s not a bad thing either. As it turns out, all it means is that your body is gearing up to fight off an incoming illness. According to a recent article, Elizabeth Repasky, Ph.D., a researcher at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, states that an increase of just 1 to 2 degrees in your body temperature boosts the productivity of your immune cells to help fight off infection.
Though many people try to cool down their body temperature or self medicate for relief, it turns out you should allow your body the time it needs to prepare your immune system. The general idea is to seek medical help with your fever if your temperature rises above 103°F or lasts longer than three days. With a fever your body tends to shiver, so give in to your desire to climb under the covers and first try to fight off your incoming illness naturally.
Overeating Healthy Foods
We’re all guilty of listening to hearsay or finding an article online proclaiming that certain fruits or vegetables are the miracle cure for any and all ailments and weight issues but event the best foods can be harmful when overeaten.
Avocados are great for your heart, hair, skin, and digestion. Coconut is loaded with nutrients like lauric acid, potassium, and fiber. And smoothies are a great way to have a healthy breakfast on the go, but all of these things can lead to gaining unwanted pounds when consumed in large quantities. There’s a delicate balance to each of these healthy foods. Sticking to half of an avocado, two teaspoons of coconut, and making smoothies at home to avoid extra sugar will allow your body to reap the benefits of these healthy foods without overindulging.
Drinking 8 Glasses of Water
No one is lying when they say that water is good for you. In fact water is very good for you, but it’s not necessarily a requirement to drink eight glasses a day. Anyone who has tried to drink that amount of water a day knows just how monotonous the task is. As it turns out, it’s not accurate to judge your hydration requirements based on a standard. Depending on your activity level, diet, and age, you may need more or less than the so-called standard of eight glasses.
According to Stavros Kavouras, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of Arkansas who studies hydration, you should hold your hydration needs to another standard entirely. Rather than counting the number of glasses of water you drink, take note of your restroom habits. If you’re making at least five trips to the bathroom during the day, chances are that you’re well hydrated.
Even the healthiest of practices must be done so in moderation because too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Seeking guidance from an informational source is the best advice that anyone can give.