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15 common habits that can harm your health ... even if you are not aware of it!

June 05, 2018 • By Shirley Marie Bradby

Nobody likes to go to the doctor, and perhaps some people still avoid it even in case of need. However, the best way to try to avoid going to a doctor for as long as possible is prevention!

If you are already opening a bottle of multivitamins, close it! Prevention does not only mean adopting new habits, but also eliminating the unhealthy ones.

Some daily habits, in fact, can contribute to the malfunction of our metabolism, or be simply harmful to our body. Here is a list.

1. Having an office job

Being seated continuously for hours is not good for health! Therefore, try to take small and frequent breaks!

2. Using the same sponge for a long time

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A kitchen sponge can contain 150 times more bacteria, mold, and yeast than a toilet brush holder! It is a good idea, therefore, to replace a kitchen sponge approximately every two weeks.


3. Changing bed sheets rarely

Just like sponges, also bed sheets can become a source of bacteria if you use them for too long. You should change your bed sheets every week!

4. Eating while sitting at your desk in the office

If your job already requires that you spend hours seated at your desk, then, at least for lunch take a real break! Get up, leave your desk for 20-30 minutes, and eat.

5. Biting your nails

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Our hands should be washed often because they come into contact with various sources of germs. Therefore, it is easy for bacteria to accumulate, especially under the fingernails. So keep your fingers out of your mouth!


6. Working out early in the morning when you go to bed late

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Working out early in the morning is definitely a good way to start the day unless you had to go to bed very late the night before --- you need to sleep at least 7-8 hours a night.

7. Eating between meals out of boredom

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Eating when you are not hungry and because you have nothing else to do, is harmful to your health. Doing this only leads to feeling lethargic and even more bloated than usual, and encourages us to eat junk food.


8. Eating in a hurry

A study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that those who eat slowly consume fewer calories per meal - and feel even fuller - than those who eat in a rush! It takes 20 minutes to perceive the feeling of satiety, so slow down when you are eating!

9. Drinking from plastic bottles

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We cannot always be sure how plastic bottles are stored, so it is better to avoid drinking directly from them. It is always better to pour the contents of a plastic bottle into a glass.


 10. Eating late at night

Eating before going to bed negatively affects digestion, according to the National Institutes of Health, and can promote the tendency to gain weight.

 13. Getting a sunburn

Dermatologists have always said that getting too much sun without using an adequate sunscreen, and consequently, getting a sunburn, is risky for your health.  

12. Not using dental floss

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Using dental floss is a small daily habit that is easy and indispensable to acquire. In fact, utilizing dental floss prevents plaque from accumulating over time, which causes gingivitis and bad odors.

13. Skipping breakfast

Avoiding eating in the morning to "stay on a diet" is counterproductive. As a matter of fact, not eating breakfast has a negative impact on weight, energy levels, and blood sugar, and can actually make you eat more during the day.

14. Not drinking enough water

We know that water is essential for our health. The average recommended amount is thirteen glasses for men and nine for women, according to the National Academy of Medicine.

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Salt is notoriously detrimental to our cardiovascular system. Although, it is not a good idea to totally eliminate this precious mineral, however, it is equally necessary to not exaggerate its consumption.


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