We all make our choices based on our daily routines which eventually become habits that we cannot get rid of. Our decisions in life, even the smallest ones, which we take for granted can have a number of consequences that we often don’t give much importance. Unfortunately, these choices and decisions could be harmful for us on a long term.
What we choose to eat, to drink, to wear, the time we do them, the way we do them can all seem unimportant, or at least very normal, which can be the case. However, sometimes, we are too distracted to see through the actions we make and sometimes we are convinced that what we are doing is the best thing for us. This article will point out 11 habits that are to be avoided starting from today as they represent a great harm for us.
1. Crossing Legs While Sitting
You might want to appear cool and elegant by sitting with your legs crossed, as it might just be another habits of yours. But let me tell you that having your legs crossed for a long period of time can make you suffer from a lot of health issues on a long term.
As elegant as it might seem, legs crossed while sitting can damage your posture and cause you spinal issues. The other problems which can result from this habit of sitting are varicose veins, pelvic imbalance, high blood pressure and the list goes on.
2. Feeding Birds
You love birds, and you love feeding them. You think it is a beautiful gesture that brings you joy. But it can also bring you diseases, unfortunately. City birds have a 50% chance of carrying dangerous diseases which you can pick up from feeding them. Diseases like colibacillosis, histoplasmosis, salmonellosis, tuberculosis, rabbit fever and many other ones which the pigeons you feed are capable of spreading.
3. Wearing Cheap Sunglasses
I bet all of your friends love your cool knock-off sunglasses, but is it worth the eye damage that they can cause to you? Of course not! Cheap sunglasses are only for decoration, so do not expect them to protect you from the sun, in fact, you should be expecting the opposite. The cheap material used in them causes your pupils to dilate, thus making you exposed to more UV rays. Not to mention that there are chances of having retinal burn and even cancer, so invest in good quality sunglasses.
4. Drinking too much water
Yes, water is good for your health, but not always, here I said it. Well we are not telling you not to drink water, because that is obviously a bad advice, but don’t over-drink it. Keep your body as hydrated as you can by drinking the amount it needs, and that’s all.
If you’re doing a physical activity then try to drink more water, but never drink more than you can take. Do not force your body to take in more than it needs as it can backfire and have a negative outcome on your organs.
5. Hot Water Treatments
It’s always a good idea to have a hot water bag in case it is needed. And it can be of great help in some situations. However, one must not use it whenever they believe it is the right time to do so. if you are bleeding, having any sort of abdomen pain as a result of appendicitis, cholecystitis, or experiencing a pain due to an injury, do not attempt to apply the hot water bag onto the injured part since it can worsen the pain and can cause other problems to the area.
6. Microwave Popcorn
The problem here is not actually about the usage of microwave to make popcorn. In fact, it is about the element used in the pre-packaged popcorn, and that is known as diacetyl. When this chemical; that serves as flavoring oil, vaporizes, it becomes dangerous for the lungs. You can easily avoid this by letting the popcorn rest for a bit after taking it out from the microwave.
7. Do not eat on your desk.
If you eat on your work desk, be sure that you are eating, along with your sandwich a number of germs and bacteria which has been living on your desk. Not to mention that you will probably be checking something on your computer, perhaps even taking some notes, thus not allowing your stomach to digest the food since your brain would be doing many things all together.
It’s advised to separate the work place from the food place to give each activity its deserved time for a better outcome.
8. Sandals, Slippers… Sick?
We don’t want to scare you but wearing sandals or slippers out make you more exposed to a number of infections and diseases. Germs and bacteria have all access to your shoes and you eventually bring them back with you from outside. Also, if you happen to accidently cut your feet, you become an easy prey for infections.
9. Fat-Free Milk
You are on a diet, but you still love milk so you drink fat-free milk thinking that it’s the best alternative? Well let us break it out for you, it’s not! Drinking fat-free milk basically means that you are drinking milk with no vitamins. Not only that you are drinking useless milk; but you are also drinking milk full of dangerous elements. In order to give the zero-fat milk a body, a milk powder is added to it which can oxidize the cholesterol which the milk contain. This eventually leads to a number of cardiovascular problems.
10. Maintaining Poor Posture
Most of us have the habit of sitting while slouching or twisting our bodies, without realizing that we are slowly harming our backs. A poor posture is one of the main causes behind the spinal issues most people suffer from. Therefore, make the right changes by adjusting your chair, the distance between you and your computer, etc.
11. Wrong Sleeping Positions
Your sleeping position decides whether you will wake up in a good shape, or struggle through the day with your neck and back problems. On a long term, it can also make you suffer from muscle, spinal and some organs problems. Since most of our time is spent sleeping, it’s important to make sure to sleep in the right position. It is not advisable if you sleep on your side with your body curled up, what is also known as the fetal position, given that it causes back pain and lung problems due to the restriction of the diaphragm. Sleeping on your stomach, even though many people find it comfortable, is the worst one among all positions for the pressure your organs have to take and which can damage your nerves and get you heart problems.
It is recommended to sleep on your back since all of your organs get their share of the oxygen while you are sleeping.
Some of these habits are difficult to get rid of them, while some can be enjoyed even though they can be harmful. It’s only possible to change our bad habits if we begin by accepting that our health is more important, and eventually we will be able to change them bit by bit to maintain a stable healthy life Make sure that your friends become aware of these negative habits by sharing our
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