Healthy lifestyle has long become a trend, and its components, such as yoga or herbal tea are becoming an integral part of many people’s lives. However, not all the trends are really good for your health.
For example, the fans of the so-called “hot yoga” are at risk of damaging the knees. Yoga classes are conducted at a temperature of +40 °C (104.00ºF), which causes a person to sweat heavily. However, this temperature interacts with natural body cooling mechanism, which increases blood flow to the skin. At the same time heart rate increases, and the person begins to feel more flexible than he or she really is. The joints go beyond their natural range, which increases the risk of knee injuries.
Healthy sugar alternatives, which include honey, agave nectar, cane sugar or fruit syrup are not so useful, because the body does not differentiate between them and the traditional sugar. It processes “healthy sugar” the same way as normal, which leads to weight gain. Furthermore, some “healthy sugars” contains even more calories.
No meals after 6 or 7 o’clock in the evening is effective in controlling overeating, but dangerous due to the risk of developing sleep disorders. You need to stop eating three hours before bedtime so that you do not go to bed hungry; otherwise, it’s just hard to fall asleep. By the way, there are no magic foods for a good sleep. Yes, a banana contains the tryptophan amino acid, which is used by the body to produce melatonin, the sleep hormone. However, this requires a lot of time, and eating a banana before bed is useless.
Herbal tea is harmful to teeth, as it contains acid that erodes tooth enamel. High doses of vitamins, in fact, can lead to vitamin deficiencies and serious illnesses – the excess of zinc causes the reduction in body copper, essential for healthy red blood cells and bones.