Are you unknowingly making these 7 health mistakes?

Are you unknowingly making these 7 health mistakes?

Happiness and health requires doing the right things and NOT making these mistakes…

by Kelsey Frizzell via MindBodyGreen

There are some habits that have been ingrained into us for so long that we might not even realize that they're detrimental to our health.

Whether unconscious habits from our personal lives or misguided values from society, our lack of attention toward these health mistakes can have medical repercussions down the road.

Here are seven common health mistakes most people don't even realize they're making. Become aware of these, and you're well on your way to changing your life for the better!

1. Not drinking enough water

We're constantly hearing about the revitalizing benefits of drinking water, but how many of us actually consume enough each day?

Along with being a vital resource that every living thing needs, healthy levels of water intake can help energize muscles, revitalize skin, and promote weight loss (better water than high-calorie soft drinks!). It also flushes out your kidneys and promotes regular bowel function.

In general, drinking more water makes us feel refreshed and less tired, so drink up!

2. Holding tension in your muscles

It's easy not to notice when our anxiety manifests in our muscles. We often tense up and stay tense for hours after a stressful period. Over time, this can lead to bad backs, tension headaches, or even more serious conditions.

Take a moment during your daily routine to loosen up your body and release all the stored anxiety. Rolling your head in slow circles and shrugging your shoulders are two simple examples of exercises that can be done anywhere.

3. Eating more meat than veggies

Meat consumption in the West has grown tremendously, and nowadays it's common for people to serve themselves a flank of steak with a small scoop of veggies on the side.

Actually, according the U.S. government's My Plate initiative, a healthy serving of meat is about the size of a deck of cards, with grains and veggies both playing a much larger role.

Meat is an acidic food, so in order to balance the pH levels in our bodies we should eat equally large or larger portions of alkaline foods such as fruits and vegetables.

Instead of making meat the focus of your meals, try to incorporate it as a side dish or complement. Or, even better, try to eat meat-free at least one dinner per week…

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