Healthy Living

Eliminate Bad Habits For Better Health

Quit Smoking

You have probably heard this more times, than you can count but facts are facts!  There is no other way to say it - smoking is not only a bad habit but is disastrous for your health.  It is deadly!  One woman in her late thirties had smoked for 10 years.  She had tried everything from watering down her cigarettes, throwing them away, wearing a patch, chewing gum, you name it, she tried it.  She really wanted to quit but the addiction was so strong she was finding it impossible. 

The mother of an 11-year old daughter and a 13-year old son, she was taken by surprise when something happened that made her quit smoking in one day.  Her son told her that he had something very important to tell her.  With a quick response of, "Okay, what is it?" he said, "No, I really need to talk to you."  She knew by the look on his face and the tone of his voice that this was something important.  Her son looked her square in the face and without wavering said, "I want you to quit smoking because I don't want you to die.  I want a mother in my life."  With that, she walked over to an ashtray, put out her cigarette, and now almost seven years later, she still does not smoke.  While this will not work for everyone, the next time you pick up a cigarette; take a minute to consider how your child or family would feel if you were no longer around.

Drink Wisely

There is nothing wrong with a couple of social drinks or a glass of wine or beer with dinner, but if you drink, you need to be wise.  First, if you drink to the point of being drunk, keep in mind that you are causing damage to your liver.  Second, if you drink, NEVER drink and drive. Drinking alcohol is a bad habit and drinking too much is injurious to your health.

Do Not Do Drugs

Drugs may give a temporary high but when the effects have worn off they leave the person feeling empty and flat. Drugs are never good for your health and once you are hooked it is nearly impossible to rid yourself of the addiction without professional help. So, say no the first time. Drugs are the worst of the bad habits and leave you a wreck.

Even Coffee Can Dehydrate:

Caffeine can dehydrate your body so try to remove it from your daily intake.  This may require some effort, but once achieved, you will feel better.  If you find that you need something, instead of grabbing a cub of caffeinated coffee or soda, try drinking herbal tea.

Eliminate these bad habits from your lifestyle and you will be well on your way to better health.

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