Bad Habit: Yo-Yo Dieting
Cycling between different weights throws off your metabolic profile, damages your arteries, and wreaks havoc on your cholesterol by increasing "bad" LDL levels. This type of cholesterol can build up on the sides of your vessels, putting you at risk for a heart attack. One study found that women who yo-yo dieted five or more times during their life had a greater risk of heart disease.
Holistic Fix: Brewer's Yeast
Brewer's yeast packs so many health benefits that it's known as nature's wonder food. It's an excellent source of all the major B vitamins, especially B5 and chromium. Studies show this yeast helps lower triglycerides, a type of fat in your blood that can increase the risk of heart disease. Additionally, brewer's yeast raises levels of "good" HDL cholesterol while reducing LDL cholesterol. Brewer's yeast, sometimes also called nutritional yeast, can be found in the bulk aisle of health food stores. Aim for 1-2 tablespoons each day; sprinkle it on cereal and popcorn or blend into smoothies.
Bad Habit: Drinking Too Much
While a daily glass of wine has its health benefits, most women don't realize that 1 glass is defined as 4 ounces. Any more alcohol than 4 (4-oz) glasses per week can quickly lead to binge drinking, especially on the weekends when you're more likely to indulge. When you drink too much, you harm your liver. Chronic damage can cause cirrhosis, a condition that leaves the liver scarred and unable to function properly. As a result, your liver can't effectively filter toxins out of your body.
Holistic Fix: Milk Thistle
Milk thistle is a powerful, antioxidant-packed herb that is said to improve liver function by reducing inflammation. Talk to your doctor about adding 30 drops of milk thistle into a glass of water each day.
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