As we grow, we learn to imbibe certain healthy choices into our lifestyle such as eating healthy, brushing after meals, avoiding fatty foods and many more. However, not all of these are hard-and-fast rules as we may be fooled into thinking. Follow these health rules that are backed by science and desist from those that are illogical.
Look at these 5 health rules that you can break.
Don’t crack knuckles
Cracking knuckles is believed to cause arthritis. There is no scientific evidence that links popping of fingers to arthritis. There is simple logic behind the cracking noise–stretching your fingers causes an air bubble to form between the joints. It is when this bubble bursts that you hear a cracking noise.
A good night’s sleep lasts 8 hours
The duration of a good night’s sleep has been medically recommended to be of 8 hours. However, this doesn’t apply to everyone. Not everyone needs 8 hours of Zzz; some people run fine on 8 hours sleep while others can barely function without a minimum of a 9-hour sleep. The amount of sleep you need also depends on factors such as illness, stress, physical activity and more. If you feel tired after sleeping, you probably need more.
Don’t read under dim light
You may have been warned often by your parents not to read under poor lighting. As suggested, it scientifically doesn’t cause headache or permanent damage to eyesight. But, yes you must not sit too close to a television. Reduce eye strain caused by close television watching by sitting at a comfortable distance and take breaks often (every 15 minutes).
Exercise – no pain, no gain
You don’t need to make a strenuous effort to the point of feeling pain or exhausted. Moderate-intensity activity if done regularly is enough to stay fit. There is no evidence to support that more activity will make you fitter. Workout at your own pace!
Avoid red meat
A heart attack on a plate is not what red meat is. In moderation, red meat consumption can be healthy. A study at the Harvard School of Public Health found that increased cardiovascular disease risk from red meat consumption actually comes from processed food options such as sausage, hot dogs, and cold cuts. Red meat is a good source of iron and immunity-boosting zinc besides linoleic acid, a type of fat that may decrease cancer risk and reduce body fat. Choose lean meat and avoid anything processed.
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