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9 “Healthy Habits” You Should Stop Practising

Every day we follow routines that we think is good for our health, but we never stop to think if they really work or not.

From using hand sanitizer to avoiding eating fats so as not to get fat, these are some of the “healthy habits” that you should stop doing now.

1. Eat only low-fat foods

What really matters is the type of fat, not the amount. There are healthy fats, such as those that have nuts, fish or avocado, which are really good for your health and that we should incorporate into our diets, but like everything always in moderation

When we buy low-fat, low-fat or low-calorie foods, we are most likely choosing foods loaded with chemicals. In addition, there are studies that show that this type of food is not as effective as we think to reduce the risk of some diseases, or to lose weight.

Instead, it is best to opt for whole and natural foods that have not been processed. And highlight the quality over the amount of fats we eat.

The important thing is the quality of the fats 

2. Avoid gluten

Unless you suffer from celiac disease, gluten has no negative effect.

3. Avoid using the microwave to cook

We have all heard that using microwaves causes food to lose nutrients, but this is totally false.

Microwave ovens heat food causing molecules to vibrate rapidly. Some nutrients are lost when the food is heated, but this is the case regardless of how the food is heated.

4. Take juices as substitutes for the fruit

It is not correct to think that with juices we can get all the benefits of fresh fruit and vegetables.

When the fruit and vegetables are crushed, all the fiber is removed, but all the sugar is preserved.

In the short term, a diet high in sugar and low in protein does not quench hunger, and is usually associated with mood swings and low energy, and in the long term, it could also cause muscle loss, since muscles depend on proteins.

Better fresh fruit and vegetables than juices

5. Take multivitamin complexes

Many people think that this way they will be healthier, but really it does not have any justification.

Studies show that with diet, as a general rule, we get enough vitamins, without any supplement.

6. Take tons of vitamin C to avoid a cold

While a little more vitamin C can increase the performance of the immune system, taking too much will have the opposite effect.

More than 2,000 milligrams a day of vitamin C a day can cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, headaches and other side effects.

7. Use hand sanitizer

If you wash your hands regularly during the day, using a hand sanitizer is unnecessary.

Disinfectants are not effective in eliminating germs like soap and water. Some germs are immune to disinfectant gels.

The hand sanitizer does not eliminate all germs

8. Brush your teeth right after each meal

It is best to wait at least 30 minutes after a meal so that the saliva can neutralize the acid in the mouth and strengthen the enamel.

9. It is not good to crack your knuckles

Many people think that cracking the knuckles is harmful to the joints. It seems that it is the opposite.

Some studies suggest that it could be a good indicator that a joint is well lubricated.

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