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6 Toxic Habits That WILL Destroy Your Life

by Saad Jamshaid 2 months ago in health
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Your habits aren’t just affecting your health and well-being, they’re also influencing the way others treat you and how you experience your life on a daily basis. Toxic habits are those that will absolutely destroy your life if you don’t nip them in the bud as soon as possible, and these 6 toxic habits to avoid at all costs have just about ruined many lives before yours


1. Alcohol

The effects of alcohol are well-known and aren’t good for anyone. Prolonged, excessive consumption can lead to high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, and many other issues.

It’s also a depressant — not what you want to be taking if you’re already prone to depression or have mental health issues. Alcohol is definitely one habit that will do more harm than good in your life.

Cut it out now before it becomes an even bigger problem than it already is. If you need help getting there, make sure to consult a physician or therapist as soon as possible!

Alcohol is a major hazard to your health and overall happiness. It will kill your liver, lower your self-control, deplete you with vitamins and minerals, contribute to weight gain, and destroy your social life.

If you have a problem with alcohol or think that you might have a problem with alcohol, try cutting it out completely for one month. Then monitor yourself for three months to see if there are any negative consequences from not consuming any at all.

Alcohol is directly responsible for health problems such as liver disease, impotence, and cancer. The effects of drinking are cumulative. The more you drink, and over a longer period of time, the more damage will be done to your body and mind.

2. Sugar

Sugar is not only toxic but it’s extremely addictive. Eating too much sugar can cause low energy, give you a lack of focus and make you feel like crap. It has also been shown to raise cholesterol levels in your body which increases your risk for heart disease.

We don’t recommend cutting sugar out of your diet completely but we DO recommend eliminating processed sugar from any food that contains it and replacing it with fruit or honey instead.

Remember to check ingredient labels because food manufacturers are sneaky little devils and love sneaking hidden sugars into their products! Start reading labels on everything you buy and eliminate all processed sugar from your diet and watch how much better you’ll feel.

This habit will change your life for sure! Sugar makes our hunger cravings fluctuate quickly, meaning we end up consuming even more calories over the course of the day.

If you’re trying to lose weight, it’s a good idea to monitor your intake of sugar and refined carbs. To drop these extra pounds safely but quickly, switch to a sugar-free diet.

A diet high in sugar can wreak havoc on your mood, energy, and focus levels. When you eat sugar, your body responds by producing excessive amounts of insulin.

This flood of insulin induces hunger, which makes it hard to avoid eating sugar again. If you want to lose weight and lower your risk for health problems like diabetes, it’s essential to cut out sugar from your diet entirely.

3. Stress

Stress is one of our biggest enemies when it comes to achieving happiness. If we let stress get out of control, it can lead to anxiety and depression which will affect every aspect of our lives including family, work, and friendships.

As I already mentioned in a previous paragraph, we need to take time each day to focus on ourselves instead of other people or things. We also have to plan ahead in order for us not to have too much stress about any given situation.

When something bad happens in your life you need at least two days off from anything that could create even more stress. Stress makes you gain weight by sending chemical signals to your body that cause you to crave high-sugar and high-fat foods.

Stress also makes it harder for you to sleep soundly, which is essential for staying healthy and slim. Simply put: stress will make you gain fat — if you don’t manage it properly.

Take a few minutes every day to do something that brings you pleasure, whether it’s listening to music, taking a walk, or enjoying a hobby.

Stress is an inevitable part of our lives, but we don’t have to let it become debilitating. How you deal with stress will determine whether or not it has a negative impact on your life. To lose weight, try deep breathing exercises.

4. Sleep Deprivation

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get seven to nine hours of sleep each night. While teenagers need nine to ten hours a night, most of us don’t realize how important sleep is for our bodies and minds.

When we don’t get enough sleep, stress hormones are produced that can lead to an increased risk of depression, obesity, and diabetes; we become more prone to accidents as well.

What’s more: Researchers believe lack of sleep can actually alter brain structure in adulthood.

Although you may think you’re helping yourself by cutting back on sleep (to cram for an exam or finish a project), your life will be negatively impacted in more ways than one if you continue to skimp on zzzs.

At first, not getting enough sleep seems like no big deal, but over time your body can become accustomed to not getting enough rest. Sleep deprivation may lead to serious illnesses like diabetes and heart disease and can even cause death.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 50–70 million U.S. adults suffer from a chronic condition related to insufficient sleep.

Not sleeping enough is also associated with an increased risk of depression, obesity, and dangerous driving accidents caused by drowsy driving.

People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to develop an addiction and are more likely to relapse. Sleeping too much also has its own problems.

5. Smoking

It’s no secret that smoking can kill. It kills your breath, and your fitness, and could even shorten your life. Thankfully, it’s also easy to quit smoking when you want to get in shape.

But if you have a few extra pounds to lose before you start exercising for weight loss, quitting smoking can be a great place to start. It’s been proven again and again that if you quit smoking first and then try to lose weight.

Whether with exercise or dieting — you’re far more likely to stay on track and reach your goals faster than if you begin with a diet or exercise plan alone.

Bad habits are a lot like tattoos: A lot of people get them, but few admit to having them. Smoking is one of those habits that’s often kept hush-hush.

But whether you puff away your stress in secret or you’re just wondering if it’s time to kick the habit, consider these five reasons why smoking is ultimately terrible for your life — and get motivated to quit now!

We already know that smoking causes lung cancer, but it also causes many other diseases such as stroke, heart disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Smoking can even increase your risk of skin cancer. If you’re trying to live a healthier life, getting rid of bad habits like smoking is a must!

6. Social Media

This is one of those habits that people know they should stop, but somehow never find time to actually do. Social media can be fun and interesting — but it can also take over your life in a pretty bad way.

And now that you’re all grown up and trying to live your best life, you should really unplug at least once a week and spend some time doing something else. Set aside sometime in each day for yourself with no phones or computers around so you can have real conversations with other human beings!

You might be surprised by how much better you feel about yourself when you aren’t constantly comparing yourself to others on social media. Plus, spending more time outside is great for your health!

Social media is a great way to connect with people, but it can also be a serious time-suck. Being connected all day, every day is not healthy and will only add to your feelings of stress and overwhelm.

Before spending another minute on Facebook or Twitter, ask yourself: Do I really need to know what my best friend ate for lunch?

According to a recent study published in Computers in Human Behavior, more than two hours a day of social media use can lead to depression and loneliness.

This includes Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and other platforms. Ironically, many users believe they’re using these sites as time-killers — when really they’re doing themselves far more harm than good.

If you feel like your social media use is slowly killing you inside, maybe it’s time to take a break.


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Saad Jamshaid

My articles cover a variety of topics, so you can find all the information that interests you! || Blogger and I Provide writing services.

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