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If you’re like most people, you want to be healthy – inside and out. You follow your doctor’s advice, get plenty of sleep and exercise, and try your best to eat well-balanced meals. But what if some of the healthy choices you’ve been making aren’t that healthy for you?

Here are four things many people do regularly that can cause everything from vitamin deficiencies to damaged teeth. It’s just a reminder that healthy choices aren’t always that healthy for you.

Using Sunscreen

Sunscreen is good for protecting you from sunburn, a leading cause of skin cancer. However, it tends to block the absorption of vitamin D, and vitamin D is important for the absorption of calcium and promotion of bone growth. Low vitamin D can lead to a variety of cancers, heart disease, and depression, among other maladies. This doesn’t mean you should stop using sunblock; just make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D.

In addition to getting vitamin D from the sun, you can eat your way to improved vitamin D levels by including plenty of salmon, sardines, egg yolks, and fortified milk, yogurt, and orange juice in your diet. Those under the age of 70 need about 600 IUs per day. Over the age of 70, your daily needs increase to 800 IUs.

Consuming Citrus Fruits and Juices

Sure eating a grapefruit or drinking a glass of orange juice might be a great way to get your daily dose of vitamin C, but it can damage your teeth. Specifically, repeated exposure to acidic foods such as citrus fruits and juices can erode tooth enamel and expose you to tooth decay.

It’s not necessary to give up your favorite fruit, however. Just limit your intake and be sure to wash your mouth out with plain water afterwards. Then use a mouth rinse with alkaline pH and fluoride to rebalance your mouth. You also can chew sugar-free gum in order to produce more saliva and help neutralize the acid.

Two things to keep in mind: first, lemons are the most harmful citrus, so eat them sparingly. Second, don’t brush your teeth immediately after eating or drinking because acid softens tooth enamel and can cause additional harm.

Eating “Diet” Food Items

When you consume food items called “diet” or “lo-cal,” it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re eating healthier. It all depends on how much and what you actually eat.

First, processed foods are often high in Trans fats and saturated fats. Fat helps food taste better. Unfortunately, these specific fats raise your bad cholesterol, lower your good cholesterol, and put you at risk for stroke and heart disease. Instead, look for polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.

Next, food items that are low in fat usually contain more sugar or sodium. Again, it’s about making the food taste better. Unfortunately, sugar offers empty calories and has no redeeming health qualities. Experts have linked it to such diseases as diabetes type II and cancer. Large quantities of sodium (salt), on the other hand, can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.

Finally, according to experts, people who eat food items labeled “sugar-free” or “diet” often consume more of them believing there’s no harm. However, too many diet drinks can lead to health issues including kidney problems and obesity.

The best thing to do is to read labels carefully and to limit your intake of processed food. If you have questions or concerns, talk with your doctor.

Taking a Daily Shower

While it’s imperative to wash your hands thoroughly after using the restroom, washing the rest of your body too frequently can lead to issues. Primarily, over-washing can lead to dryness and irritation. This is particularly an issue as people age. Additionally, you risk infection by washing away good bacteria.

By not bathing as often (say, two times weekly), you preserve your body’s natural oils. Using warm, not hot, water and taking shorter showers can help as well. Finally, don’t forget to moisturize afterwards.

It’s not tough to make small adjustments to ensure the things you do really are healthy. It’s all about finding the right balance.

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8 Fashion Mistakes That Could Be Ruining Your Look

There is no getting around it. You will have to invest money and energy into your clothing, especially if you want to look your best. But are you setting yourself up for fashion failure? Are you guilty of one of these common fashion mistakes? Change your ways, and reclaim your sensational style.

The clothes don’t fit.

Are you wearing clothing in the wrong size? Come on, you can tell us.

The first step in looking great in your clothes is wearing something that fits you. It’s a mistake to get stuck on a size number because sizes can vary spectacularly depending on brands and even the style of clothing. You may need a larger size in a blouse to accommodate your chest but a smaller size in jeans or the other way around. Some styles may not fit you at all, simply because the cut doesn’t conform to your body type.

And remember, just because you can get into it doesn’t mean it fits. This is an easy fix – just be flexible when it comes to size.

The bra is all wrong.

Your bra is the most important article of clothing that no one is going to see. When undergarments go wrong, it can throw off your entire outfit. Bras that are too tight can cause rolls and hills where you don’t want them, and bras that are stretched out or too loose will not give you proper support.

If necessary, ask for a fitting each time you buy a new bra. Make sure your entire bosom fits neatly into each cup and that the bra hooks easily without you having to yank on it.

Once you have a great bra, take care of it. Your bra should never see the inside of a dryer, and hanging it from a door handle to dry is going to pull it into a non-symmetrical shape. Read this article to learn more.

Thinking it’s okay to skip the iron.

We all do it. Who irons jeans anyway, right? And some people don’t iron at all, and that’s okay… if you never leave the farm. Unless you have a closet full of travel-wear that doesn’t wrinkle then maybe you should consider the ol’ iron on occasion.

If you want to wear a piece of clothing that can wrinkle, you need to make a commitment to ironing it. When you walk into a room in wrinkled clothing, you might as well be wearing knit shorts and a t-shirt. It makes you look sloppy and unable to handle the world. And no one wants to make that kind of impression.

You don’t double-check your whites.

Crisp, white clothing can be classic and stylish, but you can easily give all those advantages away by neglecting to check yourself in white.

White is problematic for two reasons. One is that light travels right through it, and the other is that it doesn’t hide much. Before you wear white, check your undergarments. Stand in natural light and check to see if you, or someone else, can see right through that white fabric. And be sure that your underwear is smooth, understated and doesn’t call attention to itself!

Forgetting to check every angle.

You check your look in the mirror every day, but you might forget that all you’re seeing is the view from the front.

Before you leave the house, you should be sure you’ve covered all the angles. Twist and turn to see your whole body, get a mirror that shows multiple angles, or even take a picture. Just make sure you get a good look at what is behind you.

Gettin’ lazy with the laundry.

Think of your clothes as an investment, and treat them like valuables. Keep your clean laundry folded or hung in your closet instead of in a pile on the floor or bed. And when you are cleaning your clothes, follow the instructions! Not doing so is probably the biggest no-no we’re all guilty of. Almost all clothing has a tag that will tell you how to wash and dry it. Read that tag before you buy anything. If you never use a dry cleaning service, it doesn’t make sense to buy clothes that are dry clean only.

Wash clothing in cold water whenever possible and avoid the dryer when you can. Hanging clothes on a clothesline to dry is typically the best option for keeping them looking as new and fresh as possible.

Keep it balanced.

Wearing tight clothing all over isn’t a good look, and loose clothing from head to toe can swallow you. Make sure you are keeping a balance between your form-fitting clothes and your free-flowing pieces. If you are wearing a tight top, balance that out with a loose, full skirt. Alternatively, wear an oversized or boxy top with skinny jeans.

You don’t have clothing tailored.

We’re talking dressy or professional clothing here, which will probably be used less often, but is just as important. Dressy pants and suits should fit your body in a very specific way, and every body is different. Get on the sewing machine and make sure that all your tucks and hems are in the right places and if you don’t sew then find a good tailor, it is well worth it.

You choose your outfits carefully, so be sure to get the best from them. Start by cutting out any fashion mistakes you are making, and your efforts will certainly be reflected by the way you look.

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