We all know that smoking kills and everyday Big Macs are too bad, but what about the ‘regular’ things we innocently do every day?
It turned out that the things which you suspect the least of killing you are the ones that can actually do!
You should seriously consider your seemingly innocent daily habits and learn about the possible dangers, so you can limit or prevent the damages.
10. Eating Fish
Fish is tasty and full of great health benefits but can also be full of poison!
Actually, the nature of poison depends on the fish.
Although most fish aren’t toxic, they can carry toxins from their environment. Which means that fresh tasty mercury from the ocean may happen to be bad since the ocean happens to be loaded with toxins (made by humans to eventually end up killing other humans).
You can consider eating some non-ocean based fish but farmed fish can be loaded with pesticides, which are used to remove sea lice.
For example, the cancer-causing toxin PCB has higher rates in farm-raised salmon than wild salmon.
This doesn’t mean you should never eat fish again but rather verify the quality of what you eat and check where it’s coming from.
9. Drinking Water
Tap water can contain PFOA and PFOS, which are chemicals proven to damage the immune system in mice. They can also cause liver cancer in rodents, as well as develop pancreatic and testicular cancer, ruin hormone levels, and most shockingly, lead to neonatal death or obesity later in life if the fetus survived.
Furthermore, these dangerous chemicals can also be found in food packaging, electronics, and carpets.
In fact, the EU had banned PFOS while there is no federal regulation on the chemicals in the United States and water companies are not required to test for these toxins.
8. Using a Hot-Water Bottle
Hot water bottles are made from polycarbonate plastic that contains BPA or bisphenol A, a toxic chemical linked to prostate and breast cancer, disruptions to the endocrine system, and brain damage.
Some companies stopped the sale of the bottles with BPA while they still guarantee its safety.
Baby bottles have also been found to include BPA.
Germany, Canada, and France have already banned the chemical from being used in any of their bottles while the EU should soon follow suit.
7. Flossing or Washing Your Hair
PFCs or perfluorinated compounds belong to the family of fluorine chemicals which help items stick resistant.
PFCs are extremely difficult to break down and can be found in almost everything, with the world’s highest levels in the US.
These toxic chemicals are used in multiples personal and cleaning products like shampoo and dental floss.
They’ve been linked to liver and kidney damage and are particularly toxic to fetuses and newborn babies.
6. Watching TV
Well, watching TV had never been regarded as a healthy activity.
According to the University of Queensland, you lose 22 minutes of your life for every hour you spend watching TV. The study included Australians aged over 25 who watched TV for over 9.8 billion hours, meaning they’ve lost around 286,000 years of their lives combined.
In other words, watching TV for 6 hours a day puts you at risk of dying 5 years earlier. This is nearly equal to smoking 2 cigarettes for every hour of watching TV.
5. Breathing Indoors
The air inside your home may be much worse than car exhaust, industrial smoke, and all that polluted air outside.
Basically, indoor pollution comes from VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which are used in many things like paint, plants, and cleaning products.
New buildings are considered the most polluted since they contain too many new materials inside.
VOCs have many terrible health effects including kidneys, liver, and nervous system damages, as well as dizziness and nose and eyes irritation. Not to mention being linked to cancer.
4. Drinking Fruit Juice
Fruit juices, dried fruits, and even muesli can contain Sulphur dioxide, which is used as a preservative that helps hold the food together.
This preservative is not made for the human body and when consumed, it inhibits lung performance, restricts nerve signals, and is a direct allergen.
Moreover, it has also been linked to miscarriages and is among the most common air pollutants.
Is happiness a health risk?
A long-term project that started in 1921 has accompanied 1,500 volunteers for many long years to come up with interesting discoveries, including that slightly miserable people are more likely to live longer than happy people.
Happy individuals tend to take more risks, eat unhealthy, consume more alcohol, and live with no worries as some forever young and happy junkies.
Those who fall into the optimist category don’t worry about anything, especially death.
Keep smiling. Just don’t smile too foolishly for too long.
2. Eating Fast Food and Microwave Popcorn (for Unexpected Reasons)
Delicious greasy French fries with ketchup and easy yummy microwave popcorn are full of deadly stuff.
Scientists have found that the chemicals used in food packages, making them grease proof, can actually migrate from the bag to the food and then to end up in our bodies.
According to the FDA, these chemicals are likely carcinogens (cancer-causing).
Also, diacetyl, a chemical found in the pop corn’s fake butter flavor, was proved to cause respiratory illness.
Doctors and skin specialists have always advised us to put sunscreen more often, especially considering its powers to prevent skin cancer.
However, it appears that sunscreen isn’t that super-powerful.
Sunscreen actually prevents sunburn and restrains the essential vitamin D, which helps you maintain healthy bones, fights HIV, and enhances your immune system, as well as its ability to eat cancer cells.
The lack of vitamin D eventually puts you at risk of getting sick.
In fact, multiple chemical toxins, such as cinnamates, benzophenones, and menthyl anthranilate, have been recently found in certain sunscreen products and were banned in Canada, Australia, and the EU while still available in the US.
So as well as preventing skin cancer, some sunscreens can actually cause cancer!
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