12 'Healthy' Habits That Can Actually Be Harmful
A healthy lifestyle is a goal for many people, but some common practices can actually do more harm than good. Whether it's getting too much of a good thing or buying stuff you probably don't need, here are some allegedly healthy habits that may not be all that great in the long run.
When you fall ill, there's an urge to head to the doctor and get medication. But over-prescribing of antibiotics has led to antibiotic resistance, which means some drugs are less effective than they used to be. Discuss the issue with a doctor and resist the urge to ask for an antibiotic if you don't need one.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that hand sanitizer is the next best thing to washing with soap and water, the Food and Drug Administration has expressed doubts about the safety of the ingredients. There is also concern that using hand sanitizer too often can lead germs to develop resistance. If possible, scrub well with soap and water instead.
Those who have a medical need to avoid gluten (such as celiac disease) should avoid it, of course. But the gluten-free fad, which suggests that people should abstain from gluten to be healthier, can have the opposite effect for those who eat prepackaged, high-calorie substitutes, such as gluten-free cookies and snacks.