5 habits that “seem” harmless

evita-sedentarismoAccording to a study carried out by Duke University in the US, over 40% of the actions we take every day are habits. Researchers state that in order to change these habits we need at least three weeks, 21 days; this is the time needed for neurological patterns to get modified.

If you analyze your behavior during a day, you’ll realize you do things automatically, things that could be detrimental to your body, such as:

  • Excessive use of computers. Sitting in front of a computer too long doesn’t only cause a sedentary lifestyle posing a risk of obesity, but also affects physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Listening to loud music. According to US National Health Institutes, repeated exposure to loud noises can cause hearing loss.
  • Drinking diet soda. The artificial sweeteners contained in these drinks fool the brain into increasing food intake.
  • Drinking juices. A study has revealed that drinking a glass of juice increases caloric intake due to the amount of sugar they contain. It also reduces fiber and vitamin intake.
  • Not sleeping well. Sleep deprivation is linked to changes in cognitive activity, increases depression and affects the immune system. It is also a risk factor for obesity, stroke and diabetes.

You should analyze your habits and find a healthy way to replace them. This will not only improve your quality of life, but your body will be in optimal conditions.

Source: Banca & Negocios

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