4 Healthy Habits You’re Probably Doing Wrong

toothbrushYou’ve probably read a lot of things about the best ways to stay healthy.  Drink plenty of water, get plenty of sleep, eat right and exercise.  All of those are healthy, but there may be some healthy things you just aren’t getting right.  Here’s a list of healthy habits that most people are doing wrong.

Brushing Your Teeth

Growing up you may have heard that you need to brush your teeth 3 times a day in order to keep those pearly whites, well, pearly.  It turns out that you really only need to brush twice a day because any more than that can actually erode enamel from your teeth.  This leaves your teeth more prone to cavities and decay.  It seems counter-intuitive, but the goldilocks zone of teeth brushing is once in the morning and once in the evening for two minutes.  Too much is definitely bad and too little won’t be good to those choppers either. 

When You Have a Fever

What do you do when you’re sick?  Your first impulse may be to take something to reduce the fever, but the truth is that you need a fever in order to heal.  It’s not so much your body’s sign that you’re sick as much as it’s your bodies sign that it’s trying to get better.  The lesson here is to listen to your body and let it work out the infection on its own with its own defenses. But do see a professional if your fever is 103 degrees Fahrenheit or higher or lasts longer than three days.

Cleaning a Cut

What do you do when you get a scrape or a cut?  If you cover it with a bandage then congratulations!  You’re doing it right.  If you let it “breathe” until it scabs over, you may want to reconsider.  Letting a wound scab instead of keeping it moist is more likely to cause inflammation which will make healing time longer and leave scars.  Put down the hydrogen peroxide, too.  The sting does definitely not mean that it’s working.  Hydrogen peroxide has actually been shown to be ineffective against bacteria.  The best thing you can do is wash your hands and then flush the wound with water, dab it with petroleum jelly and then put on a bandage.

Hydration

Water is the way to go in order to stay hydrated, but you don’t need 8 glasses a day like you’ve been taught.  Instead of counting your cups, it’s better to look at how much urine your body is producing as an indicator of how much water you need.  If you are adequately hydrated you will usually pee about 5 times a day and if you’re urine is the color of lemonade or lighter you are properly hydrated.

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