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9 habits that may do more harm than good

Discover which 'healthy' actions might be having a negative impact.

The basics of staying healthy seem pretty easy to follow: Eat well, exercise, get enough sleep and you should be on the right track, right? Surprisingly, it can be more complicated than that. Oftentimes the very choices we make to benefit our health can be the same ones that hurt us in the long run. Read on to learn which unexpected habits — like brushing your teeth after every meal or slipping into a pair of comfortable sandals — might be causing you harm.

1. Compulsively using hand sanitizer.

If you reach for hand sanitizer any time you make contact with the outside world, you might want to take pause. Unless you're in an especially germ-prone place like a hospital, soap and water will work just fine...

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7. Drinking only bottled water.

By reaching for a bottle of H20 you may think you're doing your body some good by avoiding tap water, which can be filled with who-knows-what. But that's not the case.

8. Cleaning with disinfecting products.

While keeping your home pristine and germ-free may seem like the path to perfect health, using cleansers that boast antibacterial or disinfecting properties could have the opposite effect.

9. Loading up on nutritional supplements.

When it comes to vitamins and minerals, more is better, right? Not always, says Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RD, professor emeritus at Georgia State University.

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