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I'm a Doctor and Here's 7 Things You Should Never Do

Doctor warns to stop doing these things now. 
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As much as we try to live a healthy clean life, there's still bad habits we pick up along the way and many of them are more dangerous to our health than we think. While some are harder to quit than others, there's a few that should be stopped immediately, according to Dr. Hector Perez, Chief Surgeon with Bariatric Journal. He shares with us seven terrible habits to quit now and why. Read on to find out more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss Already Had COVID? These Symptoms May "Never Go Away".


Skipping Breakfast

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Dr. Perez says, "Skipping breakfast can make you feel tired and sluggish throughout the day. Make sure to eat something healthy in the morning to give you energy and help you stay focused throughout the day."


Overlooking the Importance of Sleep

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"Getting enough sleep is crucial for maintaining your health," Dr. Perez emphasizes. "When you don't get enough sleep, your body doesn't have time to recover from the day's activities and repair itself. This can lead to a variety of health problems in the long run. Try to get 8 hours of sleep everyday." 


Indulging in Processed Foods

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"Processed foods are often high in unhealthy ingredients, such as sugar, salt, and fat. It has little to no nutritional value and can be damaging to your health if eaten in excess. Always opt for fresh, whole foods instead," Dr. Perez reminds us. 


Skimping on Water

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Dr. Perez states, "Water is essential for our bodies to function properly. It helps to flush out toxins and keep our cells hydrated. Many people take the health benefits of water for granted and don't drink enough daily. Try to drink eight glasses of water per day, or more if you are active."


Having Little to No Physical Activity

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"Regular physical activity is necessary for maintaining good health," says Dr. Perez. "It helps to improve our cardiovascular health, lowers our risk of chronic diseases, and keeps our weight in check. If you don't already have an active lifestyle, start by adding some simple exercises to your daily routine."


Neglecting Your Mental Health

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Dr. Perez shares, "Mental health is just as important as physical health. When stressed, anxious, or depressed, it can take a toll on our bodies and lead to physical illness. Make sure to take time for yourself and do things that make you happy. If you feel like you are struggling, don't be afraid to seek help from a professional."


Missing Doctor's Appointments

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"It is important to see your doctor regularly, even if you feel healthy," Dr. Perez explains. "They can catch problems early and help you stay on top of your health. Make sure to schedule an appointment at least once a year for a physical exam." And to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Heather Newgen
Heather Newgen has two decades of experience reporting and writing about health, fitness, entertainment and travel. Heather currently freelances for several publications. Read more about Heather
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