Bad habits are developed gradually, yet some of these are unknown to you as something you should avoid, mostly because it has been the norm for you and the people around you for a long time. These habits are hard to break, but their negative effects will creep up on you in the long run without your knowing why. It’s time to take the first step in taking better care of yourself by knowing these 9 habits that cause you harm.
- Drinking an inadequate amount of water
60-65% of an adult’s body is made up of water, so it is normal for the body to want to keep this balance to maintain a healthy state. The maintenance of this balance is needed for several body processes such as circulation, digestion, absorption of nutrients, and regulation of the body’s temperature. The body loses a lot of fluid through sweat and urine, and this loss is higher with warmer climates and higher altitudes. Not drinking enough water leads to dehydration and slowing down of important bodily functions that may lead to sluggishness and health problems in the long run. Keep your body hydrated by drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day.
- Drinking Soda
It has been established that soda contains a lot of sugar as well as chemicals that are harmful for the body, but a lot of people are still in the habit of drinking this everyday. It is time to cut down not only because of the increased risk of diabetes, but also because it discolors teeth, it lacks important nutrients, leads to dehydration, and can lead to obesity.
- Using too much detergent
The levels of detergent needed according to the machines are way too much than what is actually required to clean clothes. What happens is that the residue of the detergent isn’t washed off fully, and the clothes retain some of the detergent after the wash. Using too much detergent makes the clothes keep more detergent on it, which will be absorbed in the skin once the clothes are used. Detergents contain chemicals that may lead to skin irritation, especially for children. A lot of brands also carry synthetic estrogen, which can be absorbed in the body and disrupt hormone balances. For safety, make sure to not put too much detergent in the wash, and better yet, check the ingredients of the laundry detergent you buy, and if there are too many chemicals, go for a gentler alternative. It may save your health in the long run.
- Nail biting
You can notice that a lot of kids bite their nails. This makes them prone to sicknesses like the colds, or stomach viruses. Unfortunately, many adults also have this tic, and it doesn’t only convey anxiety and lack of self-confidence, it also endangers their health. The hands are the part of the body that are in contact with the most objects, making it prone to pick up millions of bacteria. The dirt can then reside under the fingernails, wherein it is hard to reach and clean. Nail biting introduces these bacteria into the body, where they can wreak havoc and cause the individual to become sick.
- Daily shampooing of hair
Shampoo is not bad for the hair, but daily use can lead to an unhealthy scalp and dry hair. The frequency of using shampoo should depend on the quality of hair one possesses. Most people don’t need to shampoo daily, unless they work out and sweat heavily, or if their scalp produces too much oil. Using shampoo too frequently traps and takes away the natural oils of the hair that is there to protect it and the scalp from dryness and breakage. It is a general recommendation to wash hair every 2-3 days, but it would still depend on the individual’s hair type, thickness and oiliness.
- Too much caffeine consumption
For people with GERD or reflux problems, caffeine is a no-go as this substance relaxes the sphincter in the esophagus, promoting reflux. It can also contribute to the development of heartburn, so people who are at risk might as well skip the morning coffee. It is also studied that more than 4 cups of coffee a day can increase the risk of developing osteoporosis in women, so those who are in the menopausal stage should stay away from drinking too much to preserve their bone density. Caffeine addiction is also one of the most common types of addiction in the world. Withdrawal symptoms may vary from headaches, to vomiting, to tremors.
- Sitting for long periods of time
Sitting in itself is not dangerous, since it helps relieve our feet of the weight of the body. The danger in sitting is the dosage of it everyday. A lot of people sit for more than 10 hours a day, which is extremely detrimental to the health. A lot of things go on in the body when one sits too much. These include slowing of digestive processes, loss of optimal brain function, muscle degeneration, organ damage, and posture problems. Some ways to counteract these effects without having to add a rigorous exercise program into your routine may be as simple as using the stairs instead of the elevator for a few floors, or parking the car a little farther than you usually do, and lot more simple things that will cause you to move more and be less sedentary in your efforts in daily life.
- Wearing shoes without good support
A lot of people have foot problems by the time they reach the age of 60. Most think that it is the process of aging itself that wears down the ligaments of the foot, but it is actually an accumulation of processes that wear the foot down throughout the years. Using shoes with good support counteract these processes by giving the foot a good scaffold that protects the natural arches of the feet, allowing them to function better and at the same time makes them less susceptible to acute and chronic injuries such as sprains and degenerative wear and tear. It is important to use supported shoes especially when exercising or walking for long periods of time, as more forces are loaded on the foot.
- Carrying a heavy everyday tote
Women tend to carry big bags that have everything in them, and usually hang it over one shoulder. This can cause muscular imbalances that may lead to pain, tightness and spasms after some time. A good solution to this is to try and keep some things in the car, and take only what you need at the moment. This can help prevent chronic stresses on the shoulder and neck muscles, and will improve your posture as well.