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Healthy lifestyles can go horribly wrong

Monday - 11/4/2013, 7:16am  ET

WASHINGTON - You're exercising, drinking lots of water and adopting other practices considered healthy. So why do you feel so bad?

Sometimes healthy lifestyle practices can go horribly wrong -- like exercising too much, eating too much fiber and even using too much antibacterial gel. For example: Sure, your body needs lots of water to run like it should, but overdoing it can dilute the sodium in your blood, causing nausea, muscle cramping and disorientation because of hyponatremia.

Woman's Day reports on how too much of a good thing can lead to other consequences, including:

  • Too much exercise can leak damaged muscle tissue into your blood called rhabdomyolysis, and that can damage your kidneys.
  • Using hand sanitizer too often displaces friendly bacteria, making you more susceptible to viruses.
  • Fiber is an important part of a balanced diet, but excess fiber can produce gas.

So just remember to try everything in moderation, because too much of a good thing could be bad.

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