- Frequent Showering
We used to think that the more we shower, the healthier we are. Surprisingly, scientists have proven that this is a myth. Showering too often can ruin your microbiome, microorganisms living on your body, which may result in problems with the immune system, digestion, and so on. The soaps, shower gels, and shampoos you use simply destroy your body’s ecosystem. Showering too often can even result in the appearance of acne.
James Hamblin from The Atlantic says that based on his own experience, the awful smell during the first few weeks after you quit showering is actually the result of a damaged microbiome. When your body adjusts, you smell much better — like a person instead of a perfume.
Yet, despite the benefits described by Hamblin, few of us are ready to completely give up showering. So limiting your showers to once a day or every other day is already a great place to start.
2. Wearing Skinny Jeans
It’s true that tight jeans do make you look great. Unfortunately, they’re not as safe as you may think. Scientists warn that wearing skinny jeans can worsen some health conditions, like compartment syndrome, meralgia paresthetica (pain and numbness in thighs), and heartburn. Though the risks are low, it’s better to be safe than sorry. So don’t wear skinny jeans if you know you’re going to be moving around a lot.
3. Using Candles
Scientists from SC State University proved that some types of candles are harmful to our health, especially candles made of paraffin wax, which is an oil product. They contain chemicals such as alkenes, alkanes, acrolein, toluene, naphthalene, formaldehyde, and these may cause allergies, asthma, and even cancer.
Moreover, candle wicks may contain lead, which may result in poisoning. Luckily, most manufacturers now use zinc, cotton, or synthetic fibers, which are much safer.
If you love candles and cannot live without them, choose the ones made from natural beeswax, honeycomb, or soy. They’re made of natural ingredients and they won’t cause any harm. To make them scented, add several drops of your favorite essential oils before lighting them.
4. Cell Phone Addiction
Cell phone addiction went so far that it’s actually causing new diseases. For example, the “text neck” syndrome is provoked by looking down at your cell phone and it is characterized by pain in the neck, shoulders, and upper back. Common diseases, such as anxiety from receiving fewer messages or social media updates, and obesity are also on the list of negative effects.
Yet there are other dangers. A study found that pedestrians texting while crossing the road get four times more distracted, which means they ignore the traffic lights and create dangerous situations for drivers, themselves, and other pedestrians. Moreover, the blue light from the screens disrupts the production of melatonin that regulates sleep, and can even damage your central vision.
So the next time you unconsciously reach for your phone, take a second to think about whether or not you really need to check your phone right then and there.
5. Eating Snacks
First of all, it doesn’t matter if your snacks are healthy or not. The simple fact that you often reach for them is enough to ruin your health. Hunger is not as bad for us as we’re used to believing. Moreover, it can actually be good for us, if we understand exactly what it is. Hunger is a signal our body sends us when it needs food. This means that grabbing these delicious snacks between meals is actually pleasing our cravings.
Have you ever noticed that food tastes better when you’re hungry? So why deprive yourself of such a great pleasure? Refuse snacks, listen to your body, and enjoy every bit of your favorite dish.
6. Sleep Deprivation
Ever since we were kids, our parents have been telling us we should sleep well. It’s healthy, pleasant, and our bodies need rest. However, we still don’t realize all the dangers of sleep deprivation. It decreases concentration and dulls the sense of balance, increases the risks of heart diseases and diabetes. Some studies suggest it can even lead to breast cancer.
Yet we continue to believe that a few hours of sleep here and there is enough for us and we tend to look past the danger we’re putting ourselves in. In 2013, drowsy drivers caused 72,000 car crashes, and unofficial statistics say that about 6,000 of cases turn fatal each year.
7. Using Pain killers and Sedatives
A headache or anxiety is obviously not something anyone wants to experience. We all search for ways to fight them and often turn to pills as soon as something hurts. Unfortunately, we sometimes forget that self-medication is dangerous, and we often buy over-the-counter drugs and take more than the recommended dosage without consulting a specialist.
However, the worst thing you can do is mix pain medication with sedatives. A study showed that it could be more addictive than illegal drugs. But that’s not the only danger, as this combination may lead to drowsiness, poor coordination, fatigue, concentration problems, muscle weakness, heart rate changes, and much more. The combination of these medications causes more overdose deaths than cocaine and heroin together.
So if your doctor prescribes medication, use exactly the recommended amount and ask before combining with other medications.