6 Health Mistakes You Don’t Know You Are Making

Eating fast food, failing to exercise, smoking a pack of cigarettes per day, avoiding the doctor… Everyone knows that certain habits, practices, and lifestyle choices are seriously bad for your health. However, there are many health mistakes you’re probably making without even realizing it. The good news is, all of them have an easy fix — and Eat This, Not That! Health will tell you how.

You’re Applying Heat to an Injury

Patch and stiff neck

“It might be your first instinct to apply heat to painful areas, but it could actually aggravate your injury,” explains Dr. Thanu Jey, Clinic Director at Yorkville Sports Medicine Clinic. “Applying heat to painful areas can actually make things worse,” he explains. “If you’ve suffered a recent injury, inflammation to the damaged tissue is likely to follow. Although heat feels good and loosens up stiff tissues, it actually promotes an increase in inflammation, which can lead to more stiffness, pain, and mobility loss.”

You Assume That “Organic” Or “All Natural” Means It’s Good For You

woman checking food

According to the USDA, certified organic foods are “grown and processed according to federal guidelines addressing, among many factors, soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and use of additives.” But it doesn’t mean they’re healthy. For example, processed foods like macaroni and cheese — or even candy — might be “organic,” but most nutritionists would never recommend them.

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