I’m a doctor and here are 7 things you should never do – Eat This Not That

Even though we try to live a healthy and clean life, there are still some bad habits we pick up along the way and many of them are more dangerous to our health than we realize. While some are harder to stop than others, there are a few that should be stopped immediately, according to Dr Hector PerezChief surgeon with Bariatric Diary. He shares with us seven bad habits to quit now and why. Read on to learn more and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss Already had COVID? These symptoms may “never go away”.


Dr. Perez says, “Skipping breakfast can make you feel tired and lethargic throughout the day. Be sure to eat something healthy in the morning to energize you and help you stay focused throughout the day.

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“Getting enough sleep is crucial to maintaining your health,” emphasizes Dr. Perez. “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 various long-term health issues. Aim to get 8 hours of sleep a day.”

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“Processed foods are often high in unhealthy ingredients, such as sugar, salt and fat. They have little or no nutritional value and can harm your health if eaten in excess. Always opt for foods fresh and whole instead,” Dr. Perez reminds us.

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Dr. Perez says, “Water is essential for the proper functioning of our body. It helps eliminate toxins and keep our cells hydrated. glasses of water a day, more if you’re active.”

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“Regular physical activity is necessary to maintain good health,” says Dr. Perez. “It helps improve our cardiovascular health, reduces our risk of chronic disease and controls our weight. If you don’t already have an active lifestyle, start by adding some simple exercises to your daily routine.”

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Dr. Perez shares, “Mental health is just as important as physical health. When stressed, anxious or depressed, it can have adverse effects on our bodies and lead to physical illnesses. Be sure to take time for yourself and doing things that make you happy.If you’re feeling trouble, don’t be afraid to seek professional help.

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“It’s important to see your doctor regularly, even if you feel healthy,” says Dr. Perez. “They can catch problems early and help you stay on top of your health. Be sure to schedule an appointment at least once a year for a physical exam.” And to protect your life and the lives of others, do not visit any of these 35 places where you are most likely to catch COVID.

Heather Newgen

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

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