If you want to be leading a healthier life by the end of 2013, there are certain very common habits that you might have to give up. While you might not find anything wrong with these simple habits, researchers have a different opinion. So, if healthy living is your mantra for this year, here are two habits you need to change right away (sodium and NSAIDS).
Cut Back On Sodium
For women who want to keep their bones stronger after they menopause, it is very imperative to keep a check on their sodium consumption. According to a Japanese study that was presented at the 95th Annual Meeting of The Endocrine Society in San Francisco, excessive consumption of salt at an older age can make the bones weaker and increase the risk of non-vertebral fracture. The study found that excessive salt makes the bones more fragile and its use in the treatment of osteoporosis should be considered closely.
The research included a total of 213 postmenopausal women who were screened for several health factors, such as bone density, bone metabolism and other health conditions. This and several other studies in the past have indicated similar results; excessive salt decreases the mineral density of bones and increases the risk of bone breakdown to quite an extent. So, if you want to keep your bones healthy at an older age, it is far better to stick with the recommended daily intake of salt, which is 1,500 mg a day for people 51 and above.
Say No to Pain Relief Meds
If you are in a habit of using normal pain relief medicines regularly, you really have something to worry about – poor cardiovascular health. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as well as several common over-the-counter and prescription medicines are known to lead to negative cardiovascular health conditions if taken regularly. Medicines such as Aspirin, Advil, Celebrex, Motrin, Aleve, Anaprox and Naprosyn are quite effective in relieving pain, but they have some consequences.
The good thing is that the cardiovascular effects of these medicines are not too noticeable if they are used only occasionally. So, if you really need to use these medicines when you are actually in pain, it is quite all right to go ahead. However, taking loads of pain relief medicines everyday just because they make you feel good can lead to severe consequences. While the cardiovascular conditions might be minor in people who don’t have any medical history, the odds are definitely worse for those who have a personal or family history of cardiovascular diseases.
So, if your New Year’s Resolution for this year includes a pact for adopting a healthy lifestyle, you definitely need to cut down on your use of salt and pain-killer medicines. Also, remember that not everything that tastes good or makes you feel good is necessarily good for your health!