The 7 deadly sins of health

Gluttony, stinginess, anger, vanity, lust, laziness and jealousy are the seven deadly sins. Every one of us observes one or the other of these qualities from time to time. However, one should be careful that the negative qualities do not gain the upper hand: Especially in terms of health, the seven deadly sins can have negative effects on our physical well-being.

Gluttony (excessiveness)

Too much food is bad for us. Because if you give the body more calories than it needs, it stores the surplus in the form of fat - preferably on the stomach and on the hips. An average male adult has an energy requirement of about 2700 kilocalories a day to eat, a woman about 2, 000 kilocalories. However, these numbers vary with height, age and severity of the daily work performed.

Too much of the good is bad at some point - this is especially true for the consumption of alcohol. Excessive alcohol intake pollutes the liver, where the alcohol is broken down. The enzymes responsible for the degradation are overloaded by large amounts of alcohol and can no longer afford the processing. The consequence of this is that a so-called fatty liver is formed.

If alcohol consumption is not restricted now, liver cirrhosis can develop in the long term: liver cells are destroyed, causing the liver to shrink and permanently stop functioning. Once this stage is reached, there are no longer any chances of recovery.


But not only excess but also the other extreme can harm your health: stinginess. A balanced and regular diet keeps us healthy. Those who eat too little (malnutrition) or the wrong foods (malnutrition) risk malnutrition.

By malnutrition important vitamins and minerals are withheld from the body - it comes to deficiency symptoms such as listlessness and concentration disorders. Also, organic damage, for example to the eyes, and chronic diseases, such as osteoporosis, can be the result of an unbalanced diet.

Malnourished people are rarely seen in our western civilization, with the exception of those with eating disorders. Common eating disorders include anorexia and bulimia (eating-crushing addiction). Most are affected young women who are dissatisfied with their body and prohibit regular food intake. The slimming delusion is reinforced by the circulated in the media beauty ideal. Often an eating disorder is also based on psychosocial factors.


When we are angry, the blood literally shoots us in the head; the face turns red, the breathing faster and the veins emerge. Sometimes the accelerated heartbeat calms after a tantrum only minutes later. This is due to the release of the hormone epinephrine, which is released in large quantities under stress. It originally prepared us for combat and escape situations, which today are transferable to stressful situations in everyday life.

A permanently elevated adrenaline level leads to heart and vascular problems. First, usually unnoticed, an increased blood pressure sets in. The high blood pressure loads the vessel walls, so that small cracks develop. These cracks are ideal places of origin for clots, the thromboses. It becomes extremely dangerous when the clots release and pass through the bloodstream into the heart or brain - a heart attack or stroke threatens. Other consequences of chronic hypertension include kidney damage and heart failure.


"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest in the whole country?", So the vain queen wondered in the famous fairy tale "Snow White". Beauty is enormously important to many people. Some even so much that they are willing to let their natural appearance change operationally. In Germany, wrinkle smoothing, breast surgery and rhinoplasty are among the most common procedures.

The sometimes serious complications are often ignored. Swelling, bruising and numbness are some of the more benign side effects. Deaths from pulmonary embolism, heart failure or bleeding are far more serious. It is also often not considered when inserting implants that these must be replaced after 15 years at the latest - further interventions are therefore inevitable.

While breast surgery is a trend among younger women, many older people opt for wrinkle tightening with Botox. The nerve agent botulinum paralyzes the small facial muscles, making the skin taut for a short time. If botulinum toxin enters the central circulatory system, paralysis of the respiratory mucous membrane may occur, leading to respiratory arrest.


The need for closeness and tenderness is innate to all of us. A fulfilling sex life makes people happy and is an important prerequisite for a good relationship for many couples. It is important to think about contraception in order to protect yourself and your partner. Especially people with frequently changing sexual partners enter the high risk of infection through unprotected sexual intercourse. Worldwide, 34 million people are infected with HIV and 1.8 million die each year as a result of AIDS.

Just as serious may be infection with hepatitis viruses. Hepatitis B and C are sexually transmitted and can lead to cirrhosis and liver cell cancer without therapy.


"Sweet is doing nothing, " is an old Italian saying. In fact, for many people, there's nothing better than putting your feet up and lounging at the weekend after work. But the joints take away our laziness in the long run. Because lack of exercise leads in the long term to back pain, knee problems and tension.

If the musculoskeletal system is not mobilized, it comes to joint wear (osteoarthritis): The body does not get incentives to feed the cartilage, which covers the joints. If this protective coat is missing, bone abrasion occurs in the long term. Even unrestrained muscles will shrink and contract. This not only leads to a decline in condition, but also to malpositions, which in turn burden the joints. To break this cycle is only by leaving the home sofa and doing sports.


A healthy jealousy is good for most relationships, but for some people, love can also be torment: when a partner develops morbid jealousy, frequent quarrels are inevitable. Not infrequently there is no other way out than to end the relationship.

In morbid jealousy, the original joy in the relationship is replaced by a growing fear of losing the partner. The cause of jealousy is usually a low self-esteem. This can not only lead to jealousy, but also to envy. But while a jealous person is afraid of loss, the envious person wants to own something that belongs to another.

Those who suffer from morbid jealousy and thus fears of loss and a low self-esteem, should think about performing a behavioral therapy. Because mental problems also burden our physical health.

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