We all know that there are negative impacts of habits like taking a lot of junk foods and smoking to our health, but there some habits that are not so known that are harmful and have become a part of our daily lives.
Here are 12 daily habits that are common, that can silently affect our health.
- KEEPING YOUR WALLET IN YOUR BACK POCKET
For those of us who carry wallets with us, we know that the best place to keep it is in your jeans back pocket. This is not healthy, although it is convenient. Your spine can shift and cause changes to your spinal ligaments when you sit on your wallet even for as little as 15 minutes.
Asymmetry will be created by this, disturbing the normal alignment of your spine. You can have health issues like sciatica, functional scoliosis, and chronic back pain when you sit on your wallet for a long period of time.
- BRINGING ELECTRONICS INTO BED WITH YOU
Recently, studies have shown that you’re not able to sleep or your sleep quality is reduced when you use electronics before bed. According to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation, 89% of adults and 75% of children carry at least one electronic device to bed.
Using electronics regularly before bed not only hurts your quality of sleep, but it makes us add weight and brings about fatigue in the daytime. Our production level is affected, as well as our stress levels and learning capabilities. Not using our electronic devices for at least an hour before bed can preserve our health and improve the quality of our sleep greatly.
- USING HOT WATER TO WASH YOUR HANDS
Studies have shown that both hot and cold can effectively kill germs and remove bacteria from the hands. These studies explained that whether the water temperature is 38°C or 16°C, it does not play an important role in the reduction of bacteria. It has been tested that cold water is even healthier for our hands than hot water.
Yes, hot water kills bacteria but our perception about it is wrong. Bacteria are not killed by hot water, boiling and scalding water do, and this is why in order to sterilize medical instruments, they boil them. Seeing as you can’t wash your hands with boiling water, your best bet is to use cold water. This is because using warm water to wash your hands can soften your skin and make your hands even more susceptible to germs.
- DRINKING FROM PLASTIC BOTTLES.
It is only logical to believe that it is safe and healthy to drink from plastic bottles. But not all the materials are safe and environmentally-friendly. When exposed to high temperatures, there are chemicals that are released from the plastic bottles and this is a threat to our health.
If on a hot day, you leave a bottle inside your car, the water you’re drinking from the bottle can get contaminated by the toxic chemical (bisphenol) released by the superficial layers of the plastic. Your endocrine system can get affected by this chemical and increase the risk of you having breast cancer and endometriosis.
- CONSUMING YOUR FOOD TOO QUICKLY
You can have a lot of issues when you eat too fast and chew quickly according to a lot of studies. Eating fast can make you put on weight at a high speed and increase the risk of you having diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
You’re more likely to over eat when you eat fast, seeing as it takes about 20 minutes from the moment you started eating for signals that you’re full to be transmitted by your brain. You might not know you’re full and will continue eating because there’s no time for your brain to react and recognize that you’re full.
- BRUSHING YOUR TEETH RIGHT AFTER EATING
A lot of us brush our teeth after eating, a lot of studies have shown that we should brush our teeth at least 30 minutes after eating. The enamels that protects our teeth can get worn out by the acids created by different foods, this means that after eating, our teeth is at its weakest point.
The good thing is that our body can balance the acid levels using saliva, but this will take a while. So therefore you’re attacking your teeth if you brush immediately after eating, even if you make use of a toothbrush that is soft. Before brushing, allow the saliva to work its magic by balancing the high acid level. Another alternative that is good is chewing a sugarless gum or rinsing your mouth with water as you wait for the saliva to do its job.
- USING COTTON SWABS TO CLEAN YOUR EARS
There’s more harm than good when you clean your ears with cotton swabs. Using cotton swab to clean your ears pushes the earwax more into your ear canal according to a study. It can cause tinnitus, perforated eardrums, infections and impacted earwax.
Leaving your earwax alone is your best bet, thereby letting the dirt fall out naturally. The earwax prevents dirt and dust from entering the ear canal, much like a filter. Using cotton swab to clean your ears exposes the ears to pollution. Use a towel instead, if you must clean your ears.
- USING A HAND DRYER
Hand dryers are not really healthy for us, although they more environmentally-friendly than paper towels. A study has shown that public restroom dryers spread fecal germs to the hands. What blows air in the hand dryer is what transfers bacteria into the air of the restroom.
This study shows that your hands can get a lot of bacteria like pathogens and spores transferred to them. The only solution is not using hand dryers, instead dry your hand with paper towels.
- TAKING TOO MUCH JUICE
It is a known fact that orange juice has a lot of antioxidants in it, and is rich in vitamin B and C. Nevertheless, it is actually a healthy habit to drink orange juice. But too much of it can cause health issues like obesity, tooth decay and type 2 diabetes.
Because juice contains a high level of fructose, too much of it is harmful to our health. The type of juice you take does not matter because even the best quality juice still has a good amount of sugar.
- TAKING TOO MUCH SALT
While salt is good for our food, to make it taste good and bring out the flavors in the food, it is not good for our health. Your health is affected by the level of salt you consume in your food and issues like stomach cancer, heart diseases and high blood pressure have been associated to it.
Although salt is important to our heath, it makes our body to take in water and our blood pressure is raised with the excess water and high blood pressure can strain the kidneys, heart and arteries.
Sleep recuperates and repairs the body. It is very wrong of you to believe that the best way of getting enough rest and having a good health is by oversleeping. It has been proven through a lot of studies that sleeping too much has its own disadvantage to our health.
Although it varies from one person to the other, the general benchmark for the right amount of sleep is between 7-9 hours. This is the best sleeping pattern. Health issues like obesity, high mortality rate, heart disease, impaired brain functioning and depression have all been linked to oversleeping.
- SITTING DOWN ALL DAY
Most times, people are seated down when they’re working, socializing and studying. There are some health issues that comes with sitting for too long that we can’t ignore. You don’t burn a lot of calories when you sit for too long, it does not allow you to use much energy.
Health issues like obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and premature mortality can be connected to sitting for too long, when it is looked at from the point of view of our health. If sitting for a long time is what your job entails, try taking a 30 minutes break from sitting, go for a short walk or stand while speaking on the phone, so as to reduce the negative outcome of sitting for too long.
Which one of these habits are part of your day to day routine? Do you have an idea of any other harmful habits that should be a part of this list? Comment your thoughts below.