We all have habits. Unfortunately, not all habits are good for our health and well-being. In fact, some of our habits may be damaging our health without even knowing. Here, we have compiled a list of 11 everyday habits that can damage our health.
1. Crossing your legs
Most people like closing their legs, especially when sitting in public gatherings. Most people see it as a way of making themselves comfortable. However, multiple studies have shown that this habit may be harmful to your health. The dangers of crossing the legs were first brought into the public eye in 1999 by one of the largest food complement companies in the US. The company even want a notch higher and launched a campaign known as the Great Cross Out. Multiple studies have found out that crossing your legs on the floor or chair may result in deadly diseases such as a varicose vein, hypertension, and nerve damage.
2. Feeding birds
Feeding birds is an exciting activity that most people love to do with their children. Unfortunately, many experts suggest that this activity may be dangerous to your health. Most city birds including pigeons and eagles carry contagious diseases. Research suggests that the chances of city birds carrying contagious diseases are more than 50%. For instance, a pigeon can carry deadly contagious diseases like Newcastle diseases, rabbit fever, toxoplasmosis, listeriosis, salmonellosis, histoplasmosis, colibacillosis, ornithosis, tuberculosis, and much more. These diseases are not only highly contagious but also deadly.
3. Wearing low-quality sunglasses
Sunglasses not only help to enhance our looks but also helps to protect the eyes from the damaging ultraviolet rays, which may cause a retinal burn. But the quality of the sunglasses that you wear matters a lot. Wearing poor quality sunglasses may cause more harm than good to your eyes. Instead of protecting your eyes against UV damage, it will expose them more thus increasing the chance of suffering from a retinal burn. The shading in low-quality sunglasses will make your pupil and get twice as much dose of UV which may lead to retinal burn, cataract, and even cancer. Wearing a low-quality sunglasses is worse than not wearing sunglasses at all.
4. Drinking plenty of water
This may come as a surprise to many but it is true, drinking plenty of water may harm you more than benefiting you. Drinking too much and very little water is not good for your health. Experts suggest that every individual has his/her own water needs. For instance, a person who engages in sport should drink more water than a person who stays in the office all day. Additionally, your overall health also determines the amount of water to drink. For instance, people with cardiovascular and kidney diseases should not drink a lot of water. The general rule of thumb is that you should drink water when you feel like it. Don’t force it.
5. Treating yourself with a hot water bottle
Most of us like treating painful spots on our bodies with hot or cold water. This technique is fast at relieving pain. But not all conditions work well with the use of a hot water bottle. Some ailments such as acute inflammation in the abdomen and bleeding may become worse if you apply a hot water bottle on the spot. Treating painful spots with hot water is something as harmful as cancer treatments.
6. Cooking popcorn in the microwave
Do you love cooking popcorn in the microwave? If yes, then you may be harming your health without knowing. Clinical studies have shown that t corn contains a chemical known as diacetyl (synthetic oil and flavoring 2 in 1). When this chemical is heated in the microwave, it evaporates and gets into your lungs, and damages them. Therefore you are advised not to cook popcorn in a microwave. However, if you have to, give it time to cool before you start eating.
7. Eating at your working station
Most people today are fond of eating at their working station because it allows them to envy their meals while working. However, this is not a great move. Most workstations are not ideal for eating. A vast majority of them have bacteria that may harm your health. It is also important to note that the smell of your food may affect your workmates.
8. Wearing open footwear while walking in town
Most people love wearing open shoes, especially during the summer months when the weather is hot. But wearing open shoes, especially in town is risky. It increases your chances of getting your feet cut or getting bitten by an insect. Any wound regardless of how small it may look may become infected, spread to the whole body causing a lot of pain and suffering.
9. Drinking 0% fat milk
Most milk manufacturers producing fat-free milk have made the consumer believe that fat-free milk is simply milk that does not contain fat. However, that is far from the truth. When fat is removed from milk, it also removes vitamins which are replaced by synthetic substances that are not good for your health. Most manufacturers today usually strengthen fat-free milk by adding milk powder, which in turn oxidizes cholesterol in milk. Even though there are no clinical studies yet to confirm this, studies on animals have shown that consuming oxidized cholesterol may lead to a build-up of arterial plaque, which increases the risk of a heart attack.
10. Not sitting in the right posture
Not sitting in the right posture may harm your health. Your body is in the right posture when all positions of your organs are in a symmetrical position. Not sitting in the right posture can damage your spine. Therefore, make sure you adjust your char accordingly to sit in the right posture.
Some of the things to do to sit in the right posture include:
- Ensure that you button fill at least 2/3 if the chair
- Ensuring that the height of the chair matches the length of your thighs. The seat should also be firm
- Not crossing your legs while sitting
- Ensuring that the back of your chair fits your spine
- And much more
11. Sleeping on your stomach or sides
Most people prefer sleeping on their side or stomach because they are more comfortable than other sleeping positions. But clinical studies have shown that sleeping on the stomach and sides may result in deadly health issues such as back pain, lung problems, heart issues, and lung damage. For instance, if you sleep on your side, you will hinder your diaphragm from moving freely thus increasing the chances of suffering from conditions such as lung problems and back pain. On the other hand, sleeping on your stomach is even more dangerous because it piles more pressure on crucial organs, which may lead to heart issues and nerve damage. The best and most recommended sleeping position is sleeping on your back. The only time you should on the side or stomach is if you are suffering from sleep apnea.