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7 Health Mistakes You May Be Making

For the most part we all have good intentions when it comes to our health. However mistakes do happen, despite our best efforts to avoid them.

Here is a list from eDiets on the top seven mistakes most people make so that you can learn from other's mistakes (and maybe your own too):

  1. Most people don't drink enough water! Water is the single most important thing for long, good health. We are talking water, not coffee, soda, juice, milk and just plain water.
  2. Most people think their produce or vitamin supplement is providing all the vitamins and minerals that they need. Even people who eat really good fruits and veggies are not meeting the bodies nutritional needs. Our soils are depleted and our produce is grown so fast that it does not have time to absorb what it needs from the ground. All vitamins are not equal, so do your research before you buy your supplement.
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  4. Most people think they have to go to the gym to exercise. Any good health program includes exercise and going to the gym would be terrific for everyone, but the fact is that most people do not consistently set aside time to go to the gym. "Do anywhere" exercises are more effective because they can be practiced for the rest of your life along with your daily activities.
  5. Most people think it is OK to eat chemicals. I do not know where modern man got the idea that it is OK to eat chemicals, but it is a big mistake! Chemicals are addictive. They have no nutritional value and are poisoning our bodies. Chemicals are addictive, and we are addicted to food. The more chemicals you eat the more you want.
  6. Most people buy food for what is not in it as opposed for what is in it. This is a terrible mistake and is a sabotage to your system. Humans need fat, protein and carbohydrates to perform all the bodily functions properly. For 2000 years man has been consuming fat, carbohydrates and protein. Any diet that eliminates an entire food group for an extended period of time is not sound. This alone is jeopardizing your health.
  7. Most people do not read the ingredients lists of the foods they buy. Most people buy their food for what it says on the label. Labels are designed to entice you to buy the product. The ingredients are the facts. If you only take one thing to heart out of this article, I challenge you to start reading the ingredients list.
  8. Most people trust that the government is insuring the safety of our food. Yes, the government is watching out for the additives and the foods we eat, but they are really slow at it. Rarely will a product be deemed unfit for human consumption until it is determined beyond a reasonable doubt to be dangerous. This sometimes takes generations to determine if a food additive is harmful.


Swangeese Swangeese 10 years
Chemicals are not bad. Water (dihydrogen monoxide) ,for example, is a chemical. And "artificial" chemicals are not automatically bad for you either. What is bad is a diet full of processed foods. Processed foods are refined and therefore stripped of their nutrition. Even enriching or adding vitamins and minerals back in is still not good enough. Scientists are discovering that putting X vitamin back in food may not be enough to digest it. That you need Y substance for that. Refined foods are also processed by the body quickly. You eat more food because the refined food you ate lacks in things like fiber and the high simple sugar content causes the pancreas to dump large amounts of insulin. Therefore it is always best to eat as many unprocessed foods as possible. Not only are they more nutritious, but they are usually more filling as well.
kellyanne kellyanne 10 years
I watched Dr. Oz the other day and he was basically saying the same thing. I am so guilty of trying to buy food for what isn't in it, that I am malnourishing myself! I go for the fat-free, sugar-free version of everything, forgetting that there is no nutritional value. I am working on accepting some calories in exchange for more fiber, vitamins etc.
dior_show dior_show 10 years
the book Skinny Bitch really goes into depth about government health and eliminating things from your diet. Although there is a good part of the book that is about adapting to a vegan lifestyle, it is still really informative even if you chose to still eat meat
MissLee82 MissLee82 10 years
Excellent list!!!
Anais18 Anais18 10 years
Great Tips, I pretty much follow them already. Although, drinking more water wouldn't hurt me. One thing I don't get with people is their tendency to follow stupid diets like Atkins, South Beach and all that crap that bans a certain food group. I mean, that DOESN'T make any sense! In order to be healthy, we need to consume all food groups!
Hollie86 Hollie86 10 years
I should definitely drink more water.....
mizlynz mizlynz 10 years
I don't really trust the government with our food anymore. Not with all the crap that's been in the news.
laurarose520 laurarose520 10 years
Yeah. I just started reading ingredients. I try to stay away from hydrogenated fats and High-fructose corn syrup.
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
thanks for all the great reminders fit.
cocogal cocogal 10 years
Thanks for the reminders. Another mistake is that many people don't listen to signs and symtoms that their own bodies are telling them!
Renees3 Renees3 10 years
I'm trying to be better and eat better and be more environmentally aware, but man it's HARD! sometimes I just get overwhelmed. One thing at a time I guess!
JBlondie JBlondie 10 years
Thanks Fit! I am a vegetarian and try to eat mostly organic foods because of all the chemicals that are added to our foods. These are some very good tips!
bizzybee bizzybee 10 years
I have been training myself to eat more fresh produce and to cook healthy meals instead of relying on fast food or take out. I do keep some quick easy prepared food items around for those times when I'm running low too. It makes a difference.
sugababee sugababee 10 years
i try to drink plenty of water, around 1 to 2 liters
janetmouse janetmouse 10 years
I agree about working out outside the gym...esp. when it's nice out...fresh air!
mizz_jennii mizz_jennii 10 years
I'm guilty of not reading labels. But I'm getting into the habit of it....
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 10 years
I always read the ingredients; I want to make sure it healthy. I don't trust the goverment w/ food safety; after a recall they all say it's safe when really nothing is different, they're covering their you-know-what.
RebeccaAdele RebeccaAdele 10 years
Sorry, my computer locked up. Didn't mean to post so much!
RebeccaAdele RebeccaAdele 10 years
Thanks for educating people, Fit! I'm trying to get my friends to relize these points because I want them to be around for a while, you know? :)
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 10 years
Good to know. I'm guilty of quite a few of those. I never read the ingredients...only the nutritional info labels.
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