Donya Currie is the editor of The Free Lance-Star's Healthy Life section and Healthy Life Virginia newsletter.
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Too much of a good thing?
The Weather Channel recently posted an article titled “13 Healthy Habits That Can Hurt You.” Some of these were pretty eye-opening:
The vitamin D from sunlight is actually good for you. “ But too much sunlight, especially without proper protection, is also responsible for about 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers and 65 percent of all melanoma cases, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.”
2: DRINKING WATER
It would be fair to say most of us fall short of our daily water-drinking needs, but it’s possible to overdo it. A condition called acute hyponatremia is an imbalance in the amount of water in your body with the amount of sodium and can even be deadly.
Again, many people fall short of the recommended 30-60 miutes of daily exercise, but there are also those who fall prey to overtraining. Make sure to take at least one rest day a week.
As someone who’s reveled in completing a half marathon, I also know running too much can lead to injury. A recent study also pointed to a connection between excessive running and heart problems. Listen to your body, and never run through true pain.
5. STRICT DIETING
“Eat a well-balanced diet, and don’t overdo it,” advises Dr. James Muntz in the Weather Channel post. Be wary of eating plans that completely eliminate entire food groups. And allow yourself an occasional treat.
6. HEALTY EATING
Wait, what? Yes, people can take healthy eating to an extreme. The condition orthorexia nervosa, an eating disorder, is characterized by preoccupation with avoiding certain foods. Balance is key.
This is another difficult one to grasp because an estimated 70 million Americans report they have trouble sleeping. but too much sleep can be bad for your health. Aim for 7-8 hours a night.
8. BRUSHING YOUR TEETH
Be careful not to brush too vigorously. That can lead to tooth sensitivity and receeding gums. Yikes.
A high-protein eating plan can help you shed weight but in the longer term are not good for your heart, kidneys or digestive system.
Light drinking (that’s one drink a day for women, two for men) might be good for you, according to several studies, but downing much more than than can lead to higher risk of liver disease, stroke and high blood pressure.
A lot of conflicting research on vitamins has emerged in recent years. Conventional wisdoms says you should talk to your doctor about what supplements you might need, and try to eat a varied diet that includes lots of whole foods that are rich in nutrients.
Check out the entire Weather Channel slideshow here.