7 Health Mistakes You Don’t Realize You’re Making Throughout The Day

shutterstock_48675874We go through our every schedules without realizing how un-healthy some of our habits are. If we re-focus our energy on correcting some missteps, it’s possible to increase our overall health.

Here are 7 common health oversights most people are guilty of: Become aware of these, and you’re on your way to changing your life for the better!

Drink water

There are people who don’t drink ANY water! The health benefits of being properly hydrated are huge!

It gives energy to muscles, renews skin tissue, promotes weight loss and cleanses the kidneys. Drink as much water as possible.

Release tension

Without focused attention, it’s easy not to notice how often our muscles are tense during the day, often for hours at a time.

Caused by stress and long hours at work, over time it can lead to back problems, headaches and more serious problems. Spend a few minutes each day stretching and loosening up, the way you would before or after a workout.

More veggies

According to statistics, a healthy serving of meat should be about the size of a deck of cards, which belongs next to a bigger serving of vegetables.

Meat contains acid, which should theoretically be balanced with vegetables or fruit. These days, with so many vegetarian and vegan products out there, it’s easy to reduce or eliminate our meat consumption.

Posture

A common byproduct of hours spent in front of the computer, either at work or home. Bad posture can lead to permanent damage to the back as well as gastrointestinal complications and poor circulation.

More sleep

Everyone should get as much sleep as possible, allowing the body to rest and rejuvenate. Most living creatures sleep instinctually.

Our lifestyles however, find us staying up way too late and missing out on the valuable REM sleep we need for total health. Try getting to bed before midnight, for at least 8 hours nightly.

Correct breathing

Anger, stress and mere distraction all cause us to breathe improperly. Taking long, controlled breaths can slow the heart rate, calm nerves, and energize the body.

Not smiling enough

Smiling releases endorphins which battle stress in our bodies. It also creates a good mood for ourselves and those around us. Smile more! It’s easy.