It can be difficult to give up habits that are harmful. It’s even harder to let go of habits that we normally think of as good for us, but that can actually harm our bodies. We have compiled a list of daily habits that can do more harm than good.
Common bad habits and your health
10. Stopping yourself from sneezing
When we close our mouths and pinch our noses to avoid sneezing, our intracranial pressure increases dramatically.
Blood flow to our brain is interrupted and our blood vessels and nerve tissue are compressed.
This can lead to headaches, vessel damage, and even hearing problems. Never stop yourself from sneezing.
9. Use a smartphone before going to bed
Artificial light at night suppresses the production of the hormone melatonin that regulates sleep and wakefulness.
Low melatonin levels can lead to depression, cancer, obesity, heart disease, and a weakened immune system.
Therefore, sleeping early is a reasonable option to improve your health.
8. Alcohol consumption
Excessive alcohol consumption can cause your blood pressure to rise. It can also lead to obesity and increase your risk of heart disease. So give up alcohol and even tobacco, which can also be bad for your heart.
7. Using perfume
Synthetic substances are often used to make perfumes because they produce stronger scents and are cheaper than natural oils.
These substances can cause dizziness, nausea, and drowsiness. They also irritate the eyes, throat, and skin.
It is best to replace perfumes with essential oils or apply them only in a well-ventilated room.
6. Store food in plastic containers
Many plastic boxes contain artificial chemicals, such as phthalate and bisphenol, which help keep them soft.
If stored in plastic boxes for a long period of time, these substances can leach into the food. Their incorporation can affect the endocrine system.
It is much better to store food in glass, stainless steel, or ceramic containers.
Also pay attention to the symbols above, as they provide useful information on how to use the containers.
5. Brush your teeth right after eating
Dentists have long recommended brushing for at least 30 minutes after eating.
If possible, an hour is even better. Foods and drinks, especially those that are highly acidic, affect the enamel of the tooth, as well as the underlying layer (dentin).
The motion of your toothbrush pushes the acid deeper and closer to the dentin. This can cause extreme sensitivity and damage to the enamel.
4. Use antibacterial soap often
A large number of beneficial bacteria live on the surface of our skin and play a role in protecting our bodies.
If we use antibacterial soap too often, we end up sterilizing our hands, which creates opportunities for harmful bacteria to enter our bodies.
Dermatologists recommend using antibacterial soap for cuts, scrapes, and abrasions. Don’t use it to wash your hands more than twice a week.
3. Wear tight jeans
Although they are fashionable, tight jeans put constant pressure on the skin and nerve endings. This causes a constant feeling of discomfort that can lead to problems with the nervous system.
As if that weren’t enough, the reduced airflow to the legs can cause itching and tingling, and ultimately numbness in your legs.
2. Not enough sleep
Your heart works throughout the day, and when you don’t get enough sleep, your cardiovascular system doesn’t get the rest it needs. Your heart rate and blood pressure tend to drop during the first phase of sleep (the non-REM phase) and then rise and fall with your dreams during the second phase (REM sleep). So it’s important to get at least 8 hours of sleep to keep your heart in good shape.
1. Drink freshly squeezed fruit juice
Not everyone knows that freshly squeezed fruit juice is only good for your health in small amounts. In the case of certain diseases, juices can actually cause serious damage to your body.
For example, grape juice is not recommended for people who are overweight or have diabetes. In addition, fruit juices are powerful allergens.
Be careful when giving it to children: only give small amounts and, if possible, consult a doctor beforehand.