Life is a series of decisions we make. From the moment you wake up in the morning to the moment you close your eyes and go to sleep, you make hundreds of choices throughout the day. We know that the choices we make have consequences, but you might be thinking: if it doesn’t hurt anyone, what’s the problem?
Hint: it could hurt you!
Small choices, like what to wear that day or what to eat for breakfast, may seem inconsequential in general, but sometimes they matter! Most choices are harmless, but others that seem to be so can be detrimental to your health (and some we think we do because they are good for us!).
There are so many things and habits in our daily lives that we rarely think about. They may seem simple and safe, but they can actually be very harmful to your health.
Here are 11 such habits that we need to start avoiding FOREVER!
- Crossing your legs while sitting.
This may sound cool, but sitting cross-legged for long periods of time can cause a number of health problems. Postural and spinal problems are just the tip of the iceberg. It can also lead to varicose veins, pelvic imbalances, nerve damage and high blood pressure.
- feeding the birds
Feeding birds seems like a fun and harmless activity that helps children learn to share and be kind. However, it also puts them at risk for many infections and diseases. There is a 50% chance of a bird carrying an infectious disease! Ornithiasis, colibacillosis, histoplasmosis, salmonellosis, tuberculosis, listeriosis, rabbit fever, Newcastle disease and toxoplasmosis are just some of the diseases commonly seen in pigeons!
- wearing cheap sunglasses
Those cheap sunglasses may make your selfies look good, but they offer no sun protection. It’s simple: cheap sunglasses are made of cheap, low-quality plastic. Not only does this defeat the purpose of sunglasses, but it can be even more harmful than not wearing sunglasses at all!
Cheap material causes your pupils to dilate, which means you get twice as much ultraviolet radiation. This can lead to retinal burns, cataracts, or even cancer. Gosh.
- excessive water consumption.
I know, having heard so much about how important it is to drink plenty of water for your health, we are now talking about the opposite. Well, it’s still true, you need to keep yourself hydrated.
If it’s a particularly hot day or you’ve been working out all day, feel free to drink more water. It’s important to follow your body’s instincts and not overdo it. If you’re thirsty, drink water. If not, don’t force yourself.
- hot water treatment
A hot water bag is an essential piece of equipment for every home. And it is very useful in many situations. But you need to understand when you need to use it and when you don’t.
For example, using it in situations such as bleeding, abdominal pain due to appendicitis, cholecystitis, pancreatitis, and after a sprain or injury can actually do more harm than good!
- microwave popcorn
No, microwave popcorn is not the devil. It’s actually the contents of pre-packaged popcorn. A chemical called diacetyl, a flavoring oil, evaporates when heated and can damage your lungs.
However, you can reduce the risk of this happening by being a little patient and waiting for the popcorn to cool completely.
7 – Your desk at work is not for eating.
Desks are places where bacteria and germs accumulate, so it’s not an ideal place to eat. What’s more, you’re likely to be focused on something other than eating, making it harder for your stomach to digest because your brain is busy with something else. Getting up and walking around will give your brain, legs, and body a much-needed break.
8 – Sandals, slippers… Sick?
Wearing shoes that expose most of your foot can open you up to the possibility of infection or illness.
For one thing, it’s easy for dirt full of bacteria and germs to get in, which you then take with you when you get home. You can also cut or prick your feet, and even a small wound will make you very susceptible to infections.
9 – Fat-free milk
If you are going to drink fat-free milk, you may not want to drink milk at all. When the fat is removed from milk, so are all the vitamins, rendering it useless.
In addition, manufacturers tend to add milk powder to such milk in an attempt to give zero fat milk more body, which may end up oxidizing the cholesterol in the milk, which can lead to cardiovascular problems after consumption.
- maintaining poor posture.
We are so used to bending, twisting and turning our bodies that we rarely notice it. Maintaining poor posture can lead to serious back problems.
- improper sleeping posture.
Poor sleeping posture is the cause of most muscle, spine, and even organ problems. We spend a lot of time sleeping, so if we have bad posture, our body spends a long time in an injured position.
The fetal position or sleeping on your side hunched over can sometimes restrict the diaphragm, causing back pain and lung problems. The worst sleeping position is the stomach position, in which the organs are put under tremendous pressure, causing long-term nerve damage, heart and lung problems.