Sleep, Soy and Other Healthy Things You Can Have Too Much Of

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle means balance–even of these healthy things


Living a healthy, active lifestyle is something we all try to achieve. But, what if you are actually being too healthy? There are certain healthy foods and habits that in excess could become very dangerous to your health.

"All things in moderation is good advice for just about everyone,” explains Registered Dietitian, Rene Ficek. “Even the healthiest of habits and healthiest foods become less healthy if not consumed in moderation. These foods and habits in particular can be dangerous if the moderation rule isn't applied.”

Ficek is the Lead Nutrition Expert at Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating where he oversees various aspects of regulating a healthy lifestyle. Regulating a healthy lifestyle can be hard work. It seems that every day a new study comes out that says something you once thought was good for you, actually isn’t any more. It is important to be aware of the choices you are making, whether it be your food intake, or daily exercise.

With the help of Ficek, we’ve compiled a list of 9 healthy things that in moderation, can be great for your body. But, there is a limit to these healthy foods and habits, and a point where you can have too much.


Not getting enough sleep (at least 7 hours) has been linked with an increased risk of certain diseases, weight gain, and depression. It is very important to our health, but getting too much sleep can have adverse effects as well. “Too much sleep can result in an increased risk of chronic diseases, including America's No. 1 killer, heart disease,” explains Ficek. “While most people don't get enough sleep, there are plenty who get too much. Limit your sleep to nine hours for best health results.”


While cutting back on animal protein is usually considered a healthy choice, especially for your heart, too much soy product as a replacement can actually cause issues. Eating too much soy such as tofu, edamame, soy milk or other products can prevent iron absorption which can lead to anemia. Also, soy products contain estrogen-like compounds that can lead to uterine cancer if consumed in excess.


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