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13 So-Called Healthy Foods That Really Aren’t So Great For You

You know what’s better than sitting down in front of a big bowl of kale? Sitting down in front of just about anything else.

A cup full of razor blades? Yup. A dish piled high with rusty nails? You bet. A plate of discarded dreams? Pretty much.

Very obvious (and probably abnormal) distaste for kale aside, green stuff is good for you. If you feel lethargic, irritable, sluggish, or generally out of shape, you’re probably not getting enough of it. That being said, there are some fruits, veggies, and dishes out there that get off on masquerading as health food just to watch us squirm. Here are a few culprits that your body really wouldn’t miss if you replaced them with chocolate.*

*Don’t replace vegetables with chocolate.

1. Peas

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Okay, so here’s the deal with peas and why they’re the worst. Not only do they taste like a combination of moth balls and sadness, but they’re really not all that good for you because they’re high on the glycemic scale. High-glycemic foods have been linked to weight gain and acne. Bye, peas. Bye.

2. Bell Peppers

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Because the universe has a personal vendetta against me and wants to rip the vegetables I actually like from my weak, unhealthy hands, bell peppers contain something called solanine. Basically, this little chemical can lead to inflammation that can eventually morph into diabetes and/or heart disease. The only domino effects you can count on in life are bad ones. Remember that.

3. Frozen Veggie Burgers

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Bad news, veg friends. The frozen veggie burgers we all know and love are usually packed with highly processed soy. To enjoy veggie burgers that actually contain vegetables, try making some from scratch.

4. Coconut and Almond Milk (in Cartons)

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Because drinking dairy milk is hands down one of the weirdest things human beings do, plenty of us opt for almond and coconut milk. And that’s fine. The downside is that those of us who have made the switch also purchase our milk of choice in cartons at the supermarket. Commercial producers of the stuff have to extract a lot of it in a short period of time, which leads to the addition of artificial vitamins like vitamin D2. These artificial versions have been linked to birth defects and brittle bones.

A substance called carrageenan is also used in this process, which was determined by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a carcinogen. We’re all screwed.

5. Margarine

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If there’s one thing that sends me into an existential crisis, it’s the fact that I have to live my life knowing that butter is bad for me. While opting for fat-free, oil-based spreads like margarine might make you feel like you’re making a healthy choice, hydrogenated oils turn into trans fats at room temperature, and those are even worse than saturated fats. Everything is horrible and happiness is an illusion.

6. Celery

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There’s no long, drawn-out explanation for why celery isn’t the best choice. It’s just kind of pointless. If your intake of nutrition-packed veggies is adequate, go ahead and make some ants on a log. If it’s not, don’t rely on these crunchy little guys to get you where you need to be.

7. Whole-Grain Bread

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Why can’t the universe just let me be great? Here I am thinking that choosing whole-grain bread over white bread at the grocery store is the best way to go, but nah, nothing works. As it turns out, many of those lying, scheming loaves are dyed versions of their paler counterparts. They also tend to contain hydrogenated oils and added sugar. I love everything! (No I don’t!)

8. Yogurt

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Because I’m apparently wearing a sign that says “please play me” on my back, most yogurt in grocery stores contains as much sugar as a candy bar. Your best bet is to go as plain as possible and add your own fruit and toppings at home.

9. Dried Fruit

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Loved by crunchy people the world over, dried fruit also has a candy-like effect on the ol’ bod. Packed with sugar and preservatives, these snacks aren’t much better for you than gummy bears. And they’re obviously not half as good, so you’re playing yourself here.

10. Agave Nectar

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While artificial sweeteners are horrible, using agave nectar as an alternative just because it’s natural isn’t any better. In fact, it contains more fructose than any other common sweetener. Things just got real sour real quick.

11. Sandwich Thins

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You can just go ahead and assume that anything that calls itself “bread” and also comes with a mile-long ingredient list probably isn’t healthy. Instead, be way too cool for your friends and eat open-faced sandwiches if you want to skip out on some carbs.

12. Egg Substitutes

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Egg substitutes will essentially help you trade a little cholesterol for way too many preservatives (and will rob you of a few key vitamins in the process). Eating a few whole eggs a week isn’t going to hurt you.

13. Wraps

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My whole world is crashing down around me. Basically, tortillas are almost always made with white flour and packed with a third of your daily value of sodium. The other issue here is psychological. Because we’re excited about cutting back on bread, we opt for crispy chicken instead of grilled. We indulge on a little ranch dressing. Those calories add up. Guess everything is a lie, folks.

If you need me, you can find me in the kitchen eating my feelings (and I won’t be using a wrap to find sweet, edible relief).

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14 Exercises That Will Get You In Good Shape…And Improve Your Sex Life

Everyone wants to be fit and healthy, whether they care to admit it or not. One of the main reasons why people want to get in shape, lose weight, or get healthier is to make life a little easier for themselves and the people they love. It also helps in the romance department, if you know what I mean.

Something that’s important to many people is having a good sex life. But did you know that there are simple exercises out there that will improve all of that? If that sounds appealing to you, you’ll definitely want to keep reading.

1. Pushups

Pushups will help you gain the stability and strength you’ll need to hold yourself up during sex. They work the chest, shoulders, triceps, and all of the muscles in your core, which are all necessary when it comes to having great sex.

2. Squats

Having strong legs means that you can hold yourself (and possibly your partner) up for long periods of time. Squats work the glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves.

3. Bridges

Bridges are great for opening up your hips. Having stiff hips isn’t conducive to having awesome sex, so you’ll want to make sure that they are free and open. Bridges will also work your calves, glutes, and abs.

4. Stability Ball Crunches

This exercise is a core-training staple. If you do some crunches while balancing on a large ball like this, you’ll be able to work your abs, obliques, and even the muscles in your back. You’ll be stable and ready for anything if you improve your core.

5. Lunges

Lunges work your quads, hamstrings, glutes, and calves. They also open up your hip flexors, and we already know why that’s a big deal.

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6. Straddles

This is more of a stretch than an exercise, but you can’t beat strengthening your lower back and loosening up your hips at the same time.

7. Back Bends

Back bends improve flexibility in your back, but they also work out your shoulders, glutes, wrists, and ankles. Those last few joints go overlooked sometimes, but trust me, you’ll want to keep your wrists and ankles flexible.

8. Inchworms

These loosen up your entire body and help improve overall flexibility over time.

9. V-Sits

This move requires a lot of power in your hips and core muscles, but if you can perform v-sits, it will vastly improve your sex life.

10. Plié Squats

This version is a simple spin on the old standby that will target your hips and glutes in a totally new way.

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11. Planks

Planks are essential to any core exercise routine. It’s important for you to be able to hold yourself up while having sex, and this exercise will help you do that.

12. Reclined Butterfly

While this is also a stretch, it is essential for improving hip flexibility and strength.

13. Lying Leg Raises

These are great for improving core strength and stability.

14. Hollow Body Hold

This hold will work your core and hips incredibly hard while stretching out your back, which is often injured during sex.

(via Women’s Health / Livestrong / Men’s Health)

If you want to have better sex, I suggest you start taking some notes on these exercises. It looks like they require a lot of core strength, stability, and hip flexibility. If you learn to target those areas of the body, you’ll be able to have the sex that you’ve always dreamed of.

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These Products Might Not Get You In Shape, But They Will Get You Some Strange Looks.

Want to lose weight? Badly enough to spend your hard-earned money on these ridiculous products? Apparently, some of us do.

Getting in shape isn’t easy, so I can’t say that I blame them for exploring their options, but why go down these bizarre paths? While I’m sure some of these products do work, albeit in an unorthodox manner, it seems like the most exercise you get from most of them is when you return them to the store.

Check them out!

1.) iGallop – Strengthen your core muscles while riding this horse-less horse. Yeehaw!

2.) Walkstation – Perfect for those who don’t feel enough like they’re going nowhere with their career.

3.) WiFi Body Scale – This device automatically tweets your daily weigh-ins, so don’t even think about unfollowing your diet.

4.) The Slimming and Toning System – Vacuum cellulite away! Or at least try to with this sucky product.

5.) Mandometer – This product lets you know if you’re eating too fast… so don’t swallow your food whole.

6.) Taizo the Robot – Because personal trainers who don’t understand human emotion are too hard to come by.

7.) Gamercize – Participants must keep moving or else the game they’re playing will shut off. I hope there’s a pause button.

8.) Hawaii Chair – Try this at work and hula your job away.

9.) The Dumbbell Phone – Sure your weight might go down, but you know that phone bill is going to go up.

10.) The ABhancer – Yeah, man, you GET those indentations!

11.) Talking Hand Exerciser – If this thing says anything other than “I don’t respect you,” it’s a liar.

12.) Sit Fit Exercise Device – The only thing this exercises is your coworkers’ patience.

13.) The Europlate Vibraslim – You’ll probably burn some calories trying to figure out what this does.

14.) The Rock and Go Exerciser – For those about to rock, we shake our heads at you.

15.) The Peddler – Biking without any of the fun.

16.) The Gazelle Freestyle – Ponytail not included.

17.) The Neckline Slimmer – I don’t know if it will make your neckline any slimmer, but it will certainly thin out that wallet.

18.) The Bounce Back Chair – I’m for any exercise that involves sitting, even if it doesn’t work.

19.) The Shakeweight – I know you want to get jacked, but maybe tone it down a bit.

20.) The Free Flexor – Gross. Get a workout room, you two!

21.) Treadmill Bike – I’m all for getting rid of a bike’s pedals, but bring back the pegs!

22.) 2-Step Under-Desk Dancercise for Feet – Silently shuffle those pounds away.

23.) The Slendertone Bottom Toner – Call me when it’s The Slendertone Bottom Embiggener.

24.) Toning Shoes – Just because Kim Kardashian does something doesn’t mean you should.

25.) The Face Trainer – The only way to make that mug of yours unbreakable.

(via Distractify, Huffington Post)

If you’re going to spend money on this crud, you might as well just get a gym membership or pay people to tell you how great you look. Getting results is never easy, so if it sounds too good to be true? It probably is.

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Let’s Talk About How To Make Your Farts Less Stinky

Farting. It’s just a part of life.

In fact, a healthy person farts between 10 and 20 times a day. And even though most of us do our best to keep this particular bodily function private, we’ve all been in a room where someone let one rip and the stench filled the space. Not to give credence to the “he who smelt it, dealt it” saying, but that person might have even been you.

Luckily, we have science to tell us just what’s going on in our bodies and how to avoid these stinky embarrassments.

Dr. Myron Brand, a gastroenterologist, recently spoke to Thrillist about why farts smell.

He said, “Smelly odor is not bad, it’s just a function of what you’re eating and what your bacteria is doing inside your gastrointestinal tract. Everyone is different. Foul smell just means the carbohydrates you consume are being malabsorbed — it’s fermented.”


Unfortunately, eating healthy foods can lead to more gas.

According to fitness and nutrition scientist Cassandra Forsythe, apple, pear, watermelon, cabbage, asparagus, leeks, onions, garlic, avocado, mushrooms, and cauliflower are some of the biggest flatulence offenders.

Dr. Brand recommends a high-protein diet with a low carbohydrate intake for fewer nose-plugging moments.

Read More: People In These 5 Locations Around The World Are Living Longer — Here’s Why

However, it’s important to remember that smelly farts are just kind of part of the deal for humans.

If you’re experiencing an excess of flatulence, though, it’s good to check in with a doctor. If it’s only the smell that’s bothering you, try incorporating more protein into your diet.

Read More New Study Shows The Dangerous Side Effects To Drinking Coffee On Empty Stomach

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Could These Food Habits Help You Live Longer? Science Says Yes

It’s no secret that maintaining a healthy diet and exercise plan is key to living longer. That being said, doing that would be a lot easier if we all lived in nations around the world that have been classified as “blue zones.”

David Katz, president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, was able to pinpoint five blue zones across the world where thousands of people live to 100 and beyond. This discovery is the end result of over a decade of research. Areas with the highest concentrations of centenarians on Earth are Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; Ogliastra, Sardinia; Loma Linda, California; and the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica.

To help you live more than a century, here are the best dietary habits from each blue zone.

1. Loma Linda, California

This community is filled with Seventh-Day Adventists, many of whom outlive most Americans by over a decade. This Christian group practices a strict routine in terms of diet and fitness. They avoid meat and dairy products at all costs. While some eat meat in moderation, this area of California is mostly vegan. They center their diets around grains, nuts, and legumes, and quench their thirst by drinking only water.

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2. Sardinia, Italy

The people pf Sardinia are known for growing their own food and living off the land. This allows them to eat the freshest foods while getting a good amount of exercise. The cost of slaughtering animals is incredibly high, so meat consumption is saved for special occasions. They typically stick with a diet of fish, vegetables, and whole grain foods, all of which are beneficial to cardiovascular health.

3. Okinawa, Japan

With crystal blue oceans, it’s not hard to believe that the people of Okinawa rely heavily on a fish-based diet. However, you might be surprised to learn that soybeans also play an important role in their longevity. These beans are full of protein and carbohydrates and low on fat. Because stir-fry is so popular in this blue zone, it’s worth noting that people’s diets in Okinawa are packed with veggies.

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4. Ikaria, Greece

Like those in Sardinia, the people of Ikaria reap the benefits of a Mediterranean diet. Meal portions are reminiscent of Spanish tapas, which means that they’re pretty small. Products made with goat and sheep’s milk along with bread made of wheat, rye, and barley are key components of the Ikarian diet. These whole grain breads help increase fiber intake. The people of Ikaria experience a 20 percent lower risk of cancer than Americans.

5. The Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

Meals in the Nicoya Peninsula are typically cooked earlier in the day than we are accustomed to. People in the region also believe in eating what is necessary and nothing more. Science has proven that the combination of eating early and only eating what is essential can help extend a person’s life by at least a few years.

If you’re already a coffee addict, you’ll be excited to know that these people consume a ton of the stuff. Coffee is believed to help cut down the risk of dementia and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Listen, I’m not worried about whether or not I’ll make it to 100, so I think I’ll keep focusing on living life to the fullest with a cheeseburger and fries every now and then. What about you? Does this make you want to change your eating habits?

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/life-prolonging-foods/

According To Science, These Are The Things We Should Do To Become Immortal

Immortality is one of the most sought after super-powers in fables. There’s always some evil super villain who burns down a village to get his hands on the potion that will grant him invincibility. Well, good news guys. You can put down the torches and pick up the candy bars because science has finally given us the deets on an eternal existence. Follow this guide and you should live to be 300 years old… maybe.

1) Eat More Nuts – According to The New England Journal Of Medicine, the more nuts a person eats, the less likely they are to die. 7 or more servings a week could lead to a 20% reduction in death.

2) Buy A Cat –  Believe it or not, The University of Minnesota’s Stroke Association states that simply owning a cat can cut your risk of a heart attack by nearly one third.

3) Drink More Beer – Based on their data, The Journal of the American Dietetic Association believes that drinking beer can greatly reduce the risk of a heart attack. It makes the human blood less sticky and therefore less likely to clot.

4) Chew More Gum – Stress is a known killer. Fortunately, scientists at Swinburne University in Melbourne believe that chewing gum regularly can drop your anxiety levels by nearly 17 percent.

5) Stop Eating Red Meat – Recently, The Harvard Health Publication linked regular consumption of red meat to an increase in L-carnitine-loving bacteria. It’s a significant discovery that helps explain the higher risk of heart issues associated with red meat.

6) Watch More Sports – Exercise has been linked to longer lifespans, which is good news for sports fans. The School of Medicine at the University of Western Sydney has found evidence that just watching your favorite team play will actually jumpstart your nervous system as if you were playing in the game. The effects are minimal, but shhhh I WANT TO BELIEVE.

7) Hold Hands With Someone – Researchers at The University Of North Carolina (the smart one) recently found data that shows holding hands with someone for 10 minutes could measurable slow the release of cortisol in the brain. In layman’s terms, this would reduce your stress levels and keep you alive longer.

8) Stop Screaming – Obviously frustrated with their argumentative spouses, researchers at Duke University concluded that screaming could increase your chances of suffering heart disease or a stroke. 

9) Eat More Chocolate – We should all listen to the Cleveland Clinic because their research shows that eating a moderate level of chocolate can offer your body some sweet benefits. They include vascular health, improving blood flow to the brain, and lower blood pressure. I think I speak for everyone when I say: “THANK YOU.”

 

Look. If science tells me to eat more chocolate, I’m going to listen. BRING ON THE FOOTBALL. Oh, right… no screaming. Studies also show that sharing this post with your friends will increase awesomeness levels. Who doesn’t want that?

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11 Reasons Why Running Is Not As Good For You As You Might Think

Running is an incredibly simplistic form of exercise. All you need is some jogging clothes and a pair of shoes and you’re off. It’s a go-to for a lot of people who are trying to lose weight and work up a sweat.

But running may not be as good for you as you think. There are a lot of dangers associated with running that you might not even know about. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should probably pump the breaks on jogging.

1. Running is a high-impact exercise that can do a number on your joints and ligaments. Once you wear that cartilage away, you can’t get it back.

2. If you run on sidewalks and roads, you are putting yourself at risk for joint damage because of the hard landing your body has to endure with every step.

3. Other forms of exercise are far more effective than running in terms of burning calories and boosting your heart rate, and they don’t kill your joints. Swimming, rowing, and even weightlifting can burn more calories than jogging.

4. You can burn more calories in a shorter amount of time with those other forms of exercise. Plus, they’ll help you build muscle.

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5. If you are running for cardiovascular exercise, you could be doing more harm than good. People who are hardcore runners have been known to suffer from arterial plaque buildup and inflammation of the heart.

6. Because of all the stress you put on your body while running, it really wears you out. If you do this every day, your muscles won’t heal properly.

7. If you run outdoors, it can get pretty hot. It might make you want to take your shirt off. Well, running for long periods of time in the hot sun increases your risk of getting skin cancer, so be sure to put some sunblock on when you’re out there.

8. Taking a brisk walk can be just as effective when it comes to burning calories and losing fat.

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9. Your vertebrae get jammed together with every running step you take, and that can cause a lot of discomfort down the line.

10. One study found that people who run every day for many miles have the same life expectancy as those who don’t jog at all. This is because the heart is compromised by the large amount of stress that running puts on the body.

11. Take a look at long distance runners’ bodies and then take a look at the bodies of gymnasts. If you’re more into the sculpted look, try gymnastics, yoga, weightlifting, CrossFit, MMA, and exercises like that. Running alone will not get you there.

There you have it, folks! There are obviously many benefits when it comes to running, but the activity comes with its fair share of risks. How will you broaden your fitness horizons?

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Guess What — Most Of The Stuff We Eat For Breakfast Is Terrible For Empty Stomachs

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but for many people, it’s also the most difficult. Finding time to chow down on something nutritious is almost impossible when you have to get ready for work and get the little ones off to school.

At this point, most of us feel like eating anything at all is an accomplishment. As it turns out, however, some foods that we think are healthy breakfast stapes are actually terrible to eat on an empty stomach.

Even those of us with the sturdiest stomachs can see long-term negative effects on our health by eating the following 10 foods first thing in the morning. But don’t fret! We also have 10 foods that are okay to eat right after getting out of bed. While you might have to trade in a breakfast favorite or two, there are plenty of delicious alternatives.

1. Yogurt and other fermented milk products form hydrochloric acid in an empty stomach. Over time, this can disrupt your gut’s natural bacteria system.

Read More: Here’s Why We All Have To Stop Eating Nutella Because Life Is Full Of Suffering

2. Pastries and donuts are high in yeast, which can irritate the stomach and cause gas. Not to mention they contain a ton of sugar, which brings us to our next point.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/breakfast-food/

She Lost 145 Pounds And Had The Last Laugh When Her Haters Tried To Date Her

Who hasn’t wanted to lose a little weight at one point or another?

Every year, I promise myself that I will achieve my optimal weight, but soon enough, Cheetos, soft drinks, and late-night Netflix binges worm their way back in. Losing weight takes serious dedication, perseverance, and above all, time. It’s not something that happens overnight, especially when you’re talking about dropping as much as 145 pounds.

Taking a look at these two photos side by side, you’d never guess that they were of the same woman.

However, both are 23-year-old Emma Pope from San Marcos, Texas. After deciding to pursue a career in medicine, she lost an astonishing 145 pounds through hard work and clean eating.

Her decision to lose weight was a long time coming. For year, bullies taunted her, calling her “fat girl” and even telling her to get off the court during a volleyball game.

As much as the cruel words made Pope desperate for change, she knew her journey to health would not be successful unless it came from within.

Instead of her daily diet of pizza and pasta, she started eating plenty of protein and grains. Of course, she added plenty of fruits and veggies to the mix, too!

She also works out a ton. On average, Pope hits the gym four times a week and consumes only 2,000 calories per day.

The results have been absolutely life changing. She told The Daily Mail, “I’ve had messages from guys telling me they are sorry for what they said to me…I doubt they are apologizing out of the kindness of their hearts. There’s definitely an ulterior motive, so any attempts to flirt with me, I reject them immediately.”

Haters aside, Pope is happier and healthier. She recently told her followers on Instagram, “Wanting to be a better, healthier person is what fueled my fire. Having people bully me and then turn around and apologize years later after seeing how successful my life turned out was just the cherry on top. If I can do it, anyone can.”

You go, girl!

If you need me, I’ll be at the gym.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/amazing-weight-loss/

5 Health Risks You Encounter Every Day Without Even Realizing It

When it comes to risk assessment, things like flights and camping trips typically come to mind.

Although the news certainly hasn’t been helping in the flying-is-awful department, your mother has probably told you a million times that you’re more likely to die doing something routine (like driving, for example) than you are to die in a plane crash.

And she’s right, but here’s the thing. Driving isn’t the only risk you encounter on a daily basis. Here are a few more modern-day activities that regularly put you in harm’s way.

1. Being a sedentary creature.

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Where am I as I write this? You guessed it. At my desk. Where are you as you’re reading this? Probably at yours. Most of us in the working world are pretty sedentary, which can lead to health complications like heart disease and diabetes down the line. While that’s probably not news to you, this might be.

Standing desks are all the rage now, and they were created with the intention of combatting all the not-so-fun stuff that comes along with sitting all day. The only downside is that there’s really no research to support the idea that standing desks make a significant difference for people with office jobs as far as health is concerned. Check out this study in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology for more details.

2. Looking down at your phone all day.

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Playfully referred to as “tech nech” and “iHunch,” the slouchy, droopy effect that comes along with looking down at your phone day in and day out can not only make you look older, but it can cause some serious posture problems. That leads to back pain and eventually to the development of an annoyingly close relationship with your chiropractor.

According to Dr. Kenneth Hansraj from New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, if you asked your neck, it’d tell you that a human head that weighs between 10 and 12 pounds feels like it weighs 60 pounds. I’m paraphrasing, but you get the idea. The fix? I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but you know those 15-year-old girls at Starbucks who prop their elbows on the table and hold their phones right in front of their faces? They’re onto something. Be like them. Bring your phone up to your face whenever possible.

3. Trusting BPA alternatives to be safe.

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Because BPA, which is found on receipt paper and in plastic bottles, was deemed unsafe, a few more scientists who were probably up to no good came up with its new cousin, BPS. Although it’s not quite as awful, BPS has been shown to trigger the production of fat cells. Not good. Basically, stick to the same guidelines that you would when it comes to avoiding BPA.

When you can, use stainless steel water bottles, warm your food up in heat-resistant glass, and throw out plastic containers that look cloudy, because they’re out to get you.

4. Not getting enough vitamin D (or getting it the wrong way).

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We’re so much more careful about sun exposure now than we were even five years ago. We slather on sunscreen because cancer and wrinkles aren’t cool. The only downside is that not much is known about how that affects vitamin D absorption. While experts tend to agree that being outside, even with sunscreen on, will still give you a little jolt of vitamin D, many suggest talking to your doctor about taking a supplement. Relying on sun exposure alone isn’t going to get any of us where we need to be, and lack of vitamin D over an extended period of time can lead to bone-density issues.

5. Diving head-first into internet dieting fads.

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Three words: Consider the source. Because we all live online now, diet fads headed up by so-called experts abound on the internet. Because our bodies are complex machines, we need to make sure that they keep functioning as such. So much of what’s seen online is about taking foods away, but make sure you’re not missing out on key nutrients by stripping your diet down to nothing. Spoiler alert: You won’t find one actual medical professional or nutritionist touting juice cleanses as being good for you.

By drastically changing your diet every time a popular fad comes along, you’re actually putting your health at risk. Any change, even if it’s a largely positive one, is a stressor, and the stress factor is only increased when you drop everything to adopt the latest trend. Basing your diet plan around what’s trending on Instagram can lead to serious physical and psychological consequences.

While none of these act quite as swiftly as the horrific tragedies we see on TV, these modern-day health risks should not be ignored.

(via Huffington Post)

We’re living in a world ruled by instant gratification, but our everyday behaviors can have lasting effects in the long run. You might not feel your neck aching for your phone’s sake yet, but you certainly will when you find yourself in a doctor’s office wishing you’d just looked up every now and then.

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