The basics of staying healthy seem pretty easy to follow: Eat well, exercise, get enough sleep and you should   be on the right track, right? Surprisingly, it can be more complicated than that.Many people known to follow certain health habits that they may find quite hard to stop. Some of these habits may prove to be potential health risks.Some habits may be considered as relatively safe and healthy but actually may also be pose some type of risk in one way or another.

Here are just some of them:

Compulsively using hand sanitizer:

Many such sanitizers, whether a brand name or a generic version — work well, and are increasingly found in hallway dispensers in hospitals, schools, day care centers and even atop the gangways of cruise ships as one more safeguard against the hand-to-mouth spread of disease. However, recent research has shown that those containing triclosan may promote bacteria and virus resistance to antibiotic medications (this goes for antibacterial hand soaps that contain triclosan, too).

Skipping meals to “save up” for later.

Women have gotten into the habit of saving their calories for the fun stuff later on,” says Danine Fruge, MD, associate medical director at Pritikin Longevity Center  Plus Spa in Miami. Unfortunately when you don’t eat breakfast or lunch you can develop cravings and irritability, which can lead to overeating later on in the day,” she explains. A smarter approach to eating. Fill up on protein-packed meals and nutrient-rich snacks that’ll keep your satisfied all day, so when dinnertime or cocktail hour rolls around you won’t be tempted to fill your plate with calorie-rich and high-fat foods

Brushing Teeth Too Vigorously

A lot of people may think that brushing teeth a bit harder than usual can be effective in keeping it clean and clear from dental problems. Many people have grown the habit of brushing their teeth too vigorously thinking that it will be good for them. But the thing is, doing so can actually be bad.

Brushing teeth too hard can cause injured gums and even your teeth. The damage can sometimes further worsen dental problems instead of improving them. It is better to use gentle pressure when brushing your teeth since it would have the better effect of maintaining clean and health teeth and gums. Flossing regularly would even.

Drinking only bottled water.

By reaching for a bottle of H20 you may think you’re doing your body some good by avoiding tap water, which can be filled with who-knows-what. But that’s not the case. “Bottled water contains no fluoride, and we’re seeing more and more adults suffer from a fluoride deficiency, which can lead to tooth decay,” says Dr. Diamond. “Instead, fill your glass with water purified by a Brita or PUR water filtration system” which will keep your water free from impurities commonly found in tap water, but still allow you to reap the benefits of fluoride.


People feel that the harder their efforts in exercising, the better will be the results for them. Regular exercise does provide health benefits. But too much of it can also be bad. Exercising too much too soon can easily cause more harm than good. It can cause muscles to tear up or injure the tendons. Over-exercising may also cause muscle pain and fatigue that would actually prevent you from continuing your exercise. It is better to go through gradual exercise to help build up your capacity to do more over time than by risking injury by exercising too much all of the time.

Wearing flip-flops

Forgoing sky-high heels and toe-pinching boots for the freedom of flip-flops is giving your feet a much-need break, right? Not  exactly. Turns out, your summer shoes aren’t doing you any favors. According to Jordana Szpiro, DPM, a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Boston, “Flip-flops and other unsupportive sandals, which have no arch support and give no structural support to the foot, can lead to stress fractures since your uncushioned feet become strained when they try to support too much weight,” she explains.

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