It is in our nature as human beings to crave and want all the good things
life has to offer; but when can too much good bring us bad? Find out
from our picks of five good things that are commonly excessively done.
Food – Overload
Food, who doesn’t love it? To stay healthy, our bodies need a wide range of nutrients spread out in a well-balanced diet. Keyword: balanced. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, more than two out of three adults in America are overweight or obese. That is a shockingly high statistic. Obesity results from taking in too many calories without adequate exercise or simply leading a non-active lifestyle to burn them. I am not saying that you should stay away from calories point blank, just eat everything in proportion and you should be fine.
Sex – Burning Passion
Once upon a time, people were more prudish about sex; but changing values, television, and especially the Internet made sexual images mainstream, and accessible to many. Too much sex do have some negative side effects – aside from the obvious STD (Sexually Transmitted Diseases), sex also causes UTI (Urinary Tract Infection), dehydration, lower back pain, decreased vision, and even hair loss. It is good for a relationship to have a healthy sex life, just do not overdo it.
Information – Ignorance is Bliss
"No matter how much we try to absorb everything that comes at us via the various media channels, our brains are limited and can only focus on one thing at a time in depth," says Susan K. Perry, Ph.D., a social psychologist in Los Angeles. Much of what we think we are taking in is destroyed before we are able to comprehend it, and it exhausts our mental energy in the process. With the internet on our fingertips 24/7, we are being fed far too many information – some of them useless. Information overload can reduce productivity and interfere with our ability to process input. So to all multitaskers, slow down and take it easy.
Medication – Numb the Pain
Although some rely on medication to help make their lives easier, its unwanted side effects are inescapable. I am not just referring to prescription medicine, but complementary medication (herbs) as well. Many people think that mixing both prescription and complementary medication will not do any harm; that is completely wrong! The interaction increases the risk of side effects, because the active ingredients in the various preparations can clash. Before jumping into medication as a permanent fix, try seeking for other ways to help you out.
Work – All Work and No Play
Although the benefits of overworking can be seen on your monthly paycheck, the stress you are giving your body will pay you a horrible visit sooner or later. A new study shows that employees who work above the average eight hours per day have an increased risk of depression. For those who sit in front of a desk all day, multiple health problems have been linked like diabetes, obesity, cancer, and heart attack. Working and having a career is a big part of life, just learn to balance work and play. You only live once!