Weird and Scary Side Effects of Healthy Habits

You regularly take your vitamins and minerals, you exercise at least twice a week, you get eight hours of sleep a night and you eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. The majority of people would consider themselves to be healthy, which is why it can be confusing when odd things happen when you are being healthy. It turns out that too much of a good thing can be bad, or at least weird, for you.

  • Your skin turns a slight orange colour after eating too many carrots

Carrots and other orange fruits and vegetables are rich in carotenemia, which gives the foods their orange colouring. Eating too many carotenemia will give your skin a slight orange tinge, although it’s not bad for you.

  • Feeling sort of flu-ish after taking certain supplements

Some supplements a reaction called the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction. During the treatment of an infection, the killed off pathogens can release toxin which will make you feel worse before you feel better.

  • Bloating after eating fibre

Swapping white rice for brown and white bread for brown is a much healthier choice, but it can be confusing when you start to feel more bloated than usual. This is because excess fibre causes gas due to an interaction between intestinal bacteria and the fibre passing through.  Although any amount of fibre will encourage gas, 14 grams of fibre per 1000 calories consumed can help reduce the chances of bloating.

  • Red wine, red teeth

A red wine-stained smile tends to put many people off drinking red wine, but it’s a fairly simple fix. Eating cheese, fruit or a crudité and sipping water can help remove the stain as you’re enjoy your favourite glass of red.

  • Nausea from drinking too much water

Drinking water is incredibly important and good for you, although drinking too much water can be dangerous. Too much water can flush out all the good stuff from your body, including the sodium in your bloodstream. This can lead to nausea, muscle cramps and even hospitalisation for disorientation.

  • Upping your vitamin C intake during flu season

Many people stock up on vitamin C during flu season in an effort to prevent flu or colds, however too much vitamin C can be bad for you too. A little extra vitamin C can help a slightly weak immune system but most vitamin C supplements have a maximum dosage which should always be adhered to – the upper limits for an adult is typically 2000 milligrams per day. Exceeding this limit can cause diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and more.

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