Sometimes if you follow new health trends, you can actually harm yourself. This is all because of marketers who push trends aimed at young people who have strong and healthy bodies. But those who have some chronic illnesses or other ailments have to be very careful about the health trends they follow.
We at Bright Side want to share the results of some studies with you — but keep in mind, not everything that seems safe is healthy for everyone.
1. High-intensity interval training
The people who dream of having a perfect body think that this training is pure magic. But a study conducted by Rutgers University showed that those who do this at a fast pace are more prone to getting injured and suffering from inflammation of the knees and shoulders. It’s just that in order to do this kind of training, you have to have a certain level of preparation. But if you’re a beginner and decide to lose weight quickly, this is definitely not a good option for you.
Keeping all this in mind, make sure you always warm up before you train and move onto more intense exercises gradually.
2. Charcoal toothpaste
Recently, it has become trendy to use charcoal not only for clearing your stomach but for cosmetic purposes as well. If you want to use a toothpaste that contains charcoal, you should remember that it is abrasive. By clearing the outside surface of your teeth, it also partially scraps off the enamel which, unfortunately, doesn’t get restored. This makes your teeth more sensitive and appear dimmer. In addition to this, little pieces of coal can get stuck in fillings and dents, causing irritation.
Dentists claim that in order to have a perfect smile, you should just visit a dentist.
Electronic cigarettes with changeable cassettes are becoming more and more popular (IQOS). They are believed to be less harmful than regular cigarettes. But because the heated electronic cigarettes generate nicotine aerosol that consists of tobacco and other chemicals, they’re turning out to be even more harmful to people’s health.
Based on the results of some studies on bronchus epithelium in people who smoke IQOS, electronic cigarettes can lead to inflammation, oxidative stress, and other bad consequences for the lungs and the airways. In the long-term, it can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cancer.
This clearing method can lead to changes in the microflora of the internal genital organs, irritation, itching, and bacterial vaginosis. And oftentimes, douching can increase the risk of developing cervical cancer.
So, if you’re noticing some kind of discomfort in your genital organs, don’t do anything by yourself and don’t trust commercials — go see a doctor.
5. Vitamins without a prescription
Doctors often remind us that taking vitamins too often without a prescription can have negative consequences. For example, taking too much vitamin C can lead to the formation of kidney stones.
If you think that you’re not getting enough nutrients, consider changing your diet to a better quality one or consult with a nutritionist that can provide a good food plan for you.
6. Kegel exercises
Kegel exercises are designed not only for women but for men as well, and if done correctly, they’re supposed to make the muscles of the pelvic floor stronger. But this kind of exercise has a lot of contradictions. For example, if a person has pain in the pelvis or urinary incontinence, this exercise can worsen things or hurt the bladder and kidneys. More than that, many people do this exercise the wrong way or do too many reps, hoping to get a faster result.
If you have health issues or want to get rid of them with Kegel exercises, you should consult a doctor first.
What other health trends do you think are dangerous?