Yes, you really can get too much of a good thing. In fact, when it comes to your health, things like brushing your teeth and exercising can turn dangerous if you do them too much. Here’s what you need to know:
- Let’s start with brushing your teeth. Doing it twice a day can help keep your dental visits to a minimum. But according to a study from Newcastle University, brushing several times a day, especially if you use a lot of pressure and brush vigorously for more than two minutes, can permanently damage the protective layer over your teeth and gums.
- Then there’s exercising. Working out for 30 minutes at least three times a week can help ward off disease, keep you energized and banish excess pounds. But if you work out for 1 to 2 hours on most days, or more than once a day, experts call that “compulsive” - and you need to cut back. Permanent damage to bones, muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons can result when the body isn’t allowed to rest and heal.
- And ladies, this last “too much of a good thing” is for you - High Heels. Sure, they can add pizzazz to an outfit, but a study by Yale-New Haven Hospital finds that shoes with a 2-inch heel or higher can lead to orthopedic problems in the ankles and knees later in life. In fact, surgeons perform 300,00 artificial knee replacements each year due to osteoarthritis, a knee condition linked to wearing high heels.