Whether you choose to admit it or not, we all have the tendency to do certain bad health habits. While some of these habits are annoying, others can wreak a havoc on our health.
Some of you might think that it’s too late to cut off on some old bad habits but the truth is that it’s never too late to quit your bad habits and start living a healthier, happier life!
#10 – Holding Your Pee
When you feel like going to the toilet, don’t hold it, just go and do it! Holding your pee is definitely not good for your health says Grant Fowler, MD, who is a vice chair of family and community medicine at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and also a member of the medical staff at Texas Medical Center.
When you hold your urine, you are causing the stream to become stagnant and therefore give the bacteria a second chance to travel back to your kidneys or settle down and grow in your bladder. However, responding to your natural need of urinating can help in reducing the risks of getting infections.
Holding your pee can not only cause you infections but also may put you at higher risks of developing bladder, kidney, and even prostate infections, especially, if you are pregnant or already suffering from a urological disorder.
According to some studies, holding your urine can also stretch out your bladder. The latter is a health condition related to bladder issues and known as ‘infrequent voiders syndrome.’
In addition to all this not going to the toilet at least four to six times a day is a sign of dehydration.
#9 – Constantly Chewing Gum
Many people tend to chew gum believing that this would give a fresh breath and moderate their tension. the truth is that this is one of those awful habits that you should definitely stop doing. Chewing gum all day long can result in very painful joint issues.
According to Jeannette South-Paul, chewing, by chewing gum, you are making too much pressure on your jaw and more particularly on the temporomandibular joint. This way, you put yourself at the risk of developing arthritis, clicking, and pain.
Another health risk of chewing gum according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney disease is excess gas and upset stomach.
#8 – BITING YOUR NAILS
we understand that there are some people that are most of the time stressed and nervous and the only soothing thing that can calm them down is biting or chewing on their nails thinking that this would help them bring all the stress and anger out.
however, many others might do this habit unconsciously and without even realizing! whether you belong to the first or the second category, chewing and biting your nails is definitely not healthy and you need to cut off this bad, ugly habit soon.
Doctor Ansari said that this habit can lead damage your nails in the first place and lead you to suffer from serious nail infections on the skin area surrounding the nail, which is known as paronychia.
the health problems don’t stop there but continue to affect all your body.by biting your nails, you are allowing viruses and bacteria to spread into your body causing you other types of infection and even respiratory issues.That’s in addition to the risk of damaging your teeth!
Dr, Fowler says that not only biting your nails is a problem but also the reason why you do it is a problem too as it might be a sign of psychological issues such as anxiety.
A very recent research conducted in Canada found that nail biting can also be associated with other factors such as boredom and frustration. In both cases, this issue should be addressed as soon as possible so that it won’t negatively affect your quality of life.
#7 – SKIPPING BRUSHING OR FLOSSING
Let’s confess it, we all somehow felt too lazy at some point of our lives to brush or floss our teeth and went to bed without taking care of our oral hygiene thinking that it’s totally harmless!
However, making this a daily habit is definitely not a smart thing to do. In fact, bad dental hygiene can lead to dental decay, said Dr, Fowler. So, definitely, you don’t wanna look toothless while you are still young!
What’s even more shocking poor dentition is found to be related to serious infections, malnutrition, and cardiovascular diseases, especially in the elderly.
Studies have actually come to a conclusion that poor oral hygiene the responsible number one for heart diseases. Researchers explain that when the individual stops taking care of his oral hygiene, he gives a chance to bacteria to move into the bloodstream and cause the blood vessels’ inflammation.
That’s why it is very important to brush your teeth twice daily, floss once a say, and finally visit your dentist regularly to improve the health of your teeth and avoid infection and gum diseases that lead to dental loss.
#6 – Staying in front of your Computer All Day
Spending too many hours sitting in front of that computer screen can make you suffer from vision issues, including eye strain and retinal damage, said doctor Ansari.
A research conducted by the National Eye Institute found that the nearsightedness increased in the last 30 years by a percentage of 66 and this is because of spending extended period of times next to the computer screens.
While sitting in front of computer screens can be quite hard to quit, especially, if the nature of your job requires you to spend long hours in front of that computer, Dr. Ansari suggests what he calls the 20-20-20 rule.
The latter rule is about taking a 20-second break after every 20 minutes to stare at something that is 20 feet away. The doctor adds that this is really helpful as it can reduce the strain on your eyes and increase blinking. This way, it will bring much comfort to your dry and irritated eyes.
#5 – SITTING FOR TOO LONG
spending your whole day sitting in that chair is very dangerous and can make you develop very serious health issues associated with sedentary lifestyle. one of the awful consequences are rapid weight gain, diabetes, and high blood pressure levels said, Dr. Ansari.
some studies suggest that sitting crossed legs for long hours can lead to numbness and high blood pressure but doctor Ansari explained that these two are only temporary effects that won’t affect your health at the long term.
However, Dr. Fowler says that sitting crossed legs doesn’t cause clots except if the person sitting in that particular position is at risk of developing arthritis or high blood pressure, or those who are all the time inactive and luck physical activity.
#4 – SLOUCHING
slouching has many negative effects on your health. Don’t forget that your head is the heaviest when compared to other parts of the body. so, when you lean over, you are actually making much effort and tension on your neck, therefore, experience tension headaches.
Dr. Fowler also added that sitting in such a position can also lead to disc rupturing, which causes pinched nerves and severe pain and many other unexpected problems such as abdominal discomfort and digestive system track issues, including constipation, added Dr, Ansari.
The latter condition happens as a result of the pressure you put on on your intestines and prevent them from functioning properly and pushing food through the digestive tract. Other studies also show that a poor posture can even lead to anxiety and depression and might even result in respiratory issues.
#3 – CARRYING A HUGE, HEAVY BAG ON ONLY ONE SHOULDER
unless it is a backpack, holding a big, heavy bag can be harmful to your overall health. It can cause debilitating and painful health issues like disturbing the angle of your neck, put an annoying and painful pressure on your nerves and even the muscles of your back and shoulders, says Dr. South-Paul.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, the bag that you are carrying on your bag should weight no more than 10 percent of your overall body weight. The consequences are even greater when you carry heavy bags on only one side or let’s say one shoulder. So, if you are used to doing this, you better stop or at least try to switch it.
#2 – WEARING THE WRONG SHOES
this might be an invitation for women who are high heel addicts. they might make you look catchy and attractive but they kill your feet and ruin your health, and the most affected parts are your feet, hips, and back!
High heels are not the only shoes causing you health problems but also flip-flops and other types of shoes that don’t have enough support from the soil. According to a study carried on this matter at Auburn University, flip-flops can even affect the way you walk and cause you serious problems all over your body!
Therefore, it is important to make the right choices when it comes to choosing the right choice. Opt for those shoes that can make your feet and ankles properly supported to avoid predisposing the bones of your feet, soreness, and stress structure.
#1 – NOT APPLYING YOUR SUNSCREEN
sunscreen is very important for the health of your skin and skipping it can cost you dearly. according to dr.South-Paul most important parts that should be well protected from the harmful UV rays are the face, hands, feet, and trunk. And of course, don’t forget to apply your suncream between your fingers and toes as well!
According to the Cleveland Clinic, the third most common location to get skin cancer are the ears, so make sure you apply some sunscreen there as well. Other missed locations that people rarely pay attention to is the scalp, eyelids, lips, neck, and armpits.
The trap that many people fall into is forgetting to reapply the sunscreen while they are enjoying the yellow light of the sun. If you are enjoying your day t the beach, make sure you apply you unblock and reapply it again every two hours and when you come out of the water, insisted Dr. South-Paul. Protection is better than prevention!
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