Bad Habits That Are Good for You
By Rachel Naud
Bad habits that are good for you! You might be embarrassed to admit that you don’t make your bed in the morning or you tap your foot under your desk at work. But it turns out these and other tendencies could actually be healthy habits for your body and mind. Here’s what experts have to say about good vices.
Your Morning Cup
Coffee is good for more than just keeping you awake. According to researchers at the University of Scranton, coffee is also a powerful source of antioxidants that can reduce your risk of liver and colon cancer, Parkinson’s disease and type 2 diabetes. Coffee also happens to be the most-consumed antioxidant-rich food in the U.S. The leader of the study, Joe Vinson, who holds a doctorate in chemistry, advises spacing out your cups throughout the day to get optimal benefits from this healthy habit. And if coffee gives you the jitters? Try black tea instead.
Surfing the Web
All those hours you spend on Google may not be a waste of time after all. A study at the University of California at Los Angeles found that just one week of frequent Web browsing can increase your brain’s complex-reasoning hubs.“When you’re using the Internet, you’re controlling your short-term memory and decision-making abilities,” says Gary Small, a physician and professor of psychiatry at UCLA. “It’s good to exercise that part of the brain and gain useful mental talents that help us in everyday life.”