You can breathe a sigh of relief about most of your "bad" habits and indulge in pleasure. Many of them can bring health benefits: help you stay slim, ward off blues and scare off illness. Health magazine experts have identified ten such "bad" habits.
Pleasure # 1: Sleep for an hour or two.
Experts are unanimous in their opinion - you should not skimp on sleep. Resting and resting adds energy, strengthens the immune system, enhances memory, and even helps you stay slim.
Cutting back on sleep is a crime against the body. Lack of sleep makes important decisions more difficult (everyone knows how difficult it is to work after a sleepless night) and the risk of depression.
Nieca Goldberg, medical director of the New York University Langome Women's Heart Program, says lack of sleep is also associated with hypertension and many risk factors for heart disease.
According to numerous studies, seven to eight hours of sleep per night is ideal for the human body.
Pleasure # 2: Absenteeism.
Taking a short vacation relieves stress and reduces the risk of heart disease. This is why absenteeism is also called mental health day. Absenteeism also encourages creative thinking (pay attention, bosses!).
How many days you spend on vacation does not matter. According to a recent study, the feeling of happiness begins already on the eve of the weekend: planning itself, like the sweet expectation of relaxation, is much more important. Therefore, experts advise, it is better to rest in "portions", several times a year, instead of one.
Pleasure # 3: A glass of wine with dinner.
It is believed that wine has beneficial properties, although scientists are not fully aware of the magical effect of this drink.
In any case, a moderate amount of wine is good for the body. It lowers blood cholesterol levels.
Pleasure # 4: Chocolate.
Two pieces of dark chocolate a day - this is the advice of the experts. Numerous studies have shown that dark chocolate and cocoa lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.
Science has also proven that chocolate improves mood. Eating 1.4 ounces (about 35 grams) of dark chocolate a day for two weeks will decrease the level of stress hormones in the blood.
Pleasure # 5: Chatting with friends.
The way we behave, what we eat and drink, and even how many kilograms we weigh are greatly influenced by our friends and family. Social connections can bring many benefits to our life, up to the fact that communication with loved ones makes us less sick and prolongs our life.
Dr. Domar says that you need to communicate with people with whom you are interested and from communication with whom you enjoy. Conversely, limit your communication with people unpleasant for you.
Treat # 6: Greasy side dish.
All nutritionists are trumpeting about low-fat foods. But it turns out that fatty food is not only tastier, but also has healing properties with proper, balanced nutrition.
Keri Gans, spokesman for the American Dietetic Association, says that at least 10 percent of the fats found in vegetable oils, avocados, nuts, and seeds are monounsaturated fats. These fats help reduce the risk of heart attacks.
Omega-3 fatty acids also reduce the risk of heart disease, help manage symptoms of depression, rheumatoid arthritis and other illnesses. In addition, Hans says that when you eat foods that are high in fat, the guilt that comes with it makes you want to eat less.
However, the amount of calories coming from fat, even healthy ones, should not exceed 30 percent.
Pleasure # 7: A cup of invigorating morning coffee.
A cup of coffee in the morning will not only help you wake up, but also fight heart disease and some types of cancer.
Scientists also associate moderate consumption of coffee with a lower risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's disease. In 2009, they found that every additional cup of coffee a day reduced the risk of diabetes by seven percent.
Pleasure # 8: Massage.
“People who regularly use a massage therapist are generally healthier, ” says Dr. Domar. But, if you do not have money for spa services, then you can do more practical - learn how to massage each other.
So, in the course of the study, it was noticed that those women who were massaged by their partner twice a week were less depressed and anxious. Actually, the partners also felt better.
Pleasure # 9: Sunbathing.
The sun is a natural antidepressant. Sunbathing in the warm season has such beneficial healing properties that no other natural factor has. By exposing their skin to the sun, a person gets vitamin D, which can reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, fragility of bones, and so on.
However, be aware of the dangers of too long exposure to the sun.