“Healthy” Things That Could Actually Be Really Bad for You

We’ve all been there: diligently following advice that’s supposedly good for us, only to find out later it’s not only not helpful, but it could actually be setting our health and wellness goals back, which means we’ve wasted our time at best, and harmed our health at worst!

That being the case, let’s take a look at some of the supposedly “healthy” practices that could actually be really bad for us all:

  1. Cleaning Your Ears with Q-Tips

Q-tips. Those fluffy little swabs that are oh-so-satisfying to twist around in your ears. But here’s the thing: jamming Q-tips in your ears is like inviting disaster to a wax party. Instead of cleaning your ears, they often just push the wax further in, potentially causing blockages, infections, or even damaging your eardrums. Yikes! Your ears are pretty good at self-cleaning, so let them do their job, and if you do need to give them some TLC, check out proper techniques for ear cleaning. Trust us, your eardrums will thank you.

  1. Overusing Hand Sanitizer

We get it—hand sanitizer is a godsend, especially when soap and water aren’t available. But going overboard with the squirt-squirt every five minutes can backfire. Excessive use can strip your skin of natural oils, leaving it dry and cracked, which is practically rolling out the red carpet for germs. Plus, overuse of alcohol-based sanitizers can contribute to antibiotic resistance. So, wash your hands when you can and use sanitizer in moderation.

  1. Juice Cleanses

Juice cleanses are all the rage, with promises of detoxing your body and shedding pounds. But let’s be real: living on liquid veggies isn’t the magical cure-all it’s cracked up to be. Juice cleanses can lead to nutrient deficiencies, muscle loss, and a grumpy disposition (hangry, anyone?). Your body already has a liver and kidneys to handle detoxing, so stick to a balanced diet and let your organs do their thing.

  1. Charcoal Detox Products

Activated charcoal is the darling of the detox world, popping up in everything from toothpaste to smoothies. But beware: consuming charcoal can bind to nutrients and medications, potentially making them less effective. So, while a charcoal mask might be great for your skin, think twice before chugging that black smoothie or brushing your teeth with charcoal paste every day.

  1. Over-Exfoliating Your Skin

We all want that smooth, glowing complexion, but over-exfoliating can turn your skin from fab to drab. Scrubbing too much can strip away natural oils, irritate your skin, and even cause breakouts. Moderation is key—give your skin time to recover between exfoliation sessions and choose gentler methods if you’re prone to irritation.

  1. Drinking Too Much Water

Hydration is important, but guzzling gallons of water in a day can lead to water intoxication (yes, it’s a thing!). Overhydrating can dilute the sodium in your blood, causing cells to swell and potentially leading to serious health issues like seizures. Listen to your body and drink when you’re thirsty, aiming for about eight glasses a day, give or take.

  1. Using Antibacterial Soap

Antibacterial soap sounds like a germaphobe’s dream, but it’s not necessarily better than regular soap. In fact, it might be worse. Many antibacterial soaps contain triclosan, which can contribute to antibiotic resistance and hormone disruption. Stick to good old regular soap and water—your hands will be just as clean, without the chemical baggage.

If you’re doing any of the not so healthy things, time to stop!


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