11 Harmful Things We Do Every Day Without Realizing It
Changing habits is not only possible but also necessary, at least this is what a study conducted by Veronica Irvin from Oregon State University says. Some habits have been with us for so long that we take them for granted. Because what’s wrong with using sunscreen or incense? But, as recent studies show there are some habits that can be pretty harmful.
We at Bright Side have found out which habits you should drop right now.
1. Using too much sunscreen
Everyone knows that it’s necessary to use sunscreen when going outside. This can help avoid premature aging and skin cancer. But it’s important to not use too much. A lack of sunlight and vitamin D can lead to other types of cancer, like pancreatic cancer.
The research of Anne-Louise Ponsonby, an epidemiologist at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health in Canberra, Australia, showed that vitamin D deficiency and over-the-top sun protection may be the reason for multiple sclerosis. You should protect yourself from direct sunlight, but don’t overdo it. Make decisions based on your health risks.
2. Not eating fats
Too much fat in your diet can lead to heart disease and problems with weight. But you shouldn’t stop eating fats completely. They help the body metabolize vitamins. Eat good fats from 44 to 78 grams per day depending on your personal preferences and circumstances.
3. Eating too many vegetables
Vegetables are absolutely necessary for any healthy diet. However, if you eat more than 7 portions of vegetables and 4 portions of fruit every day for a long time, there is a risk of damaging your body. In order to get the maximum from your food, eat fresh vegetables (not fried or baked) and don’t eat more than 4-5 times a day.
4. Peeling apples
Almost all nutrients in vegetables and fruit are not always inside them. 100% of quercetin (an antioxidant that supports the health of the heart) is in the apple’s peel. Eating unpeeled apples is effective for preventing chronic diseases of the cardiovascular system. The most important thing is not to forget to wash them before eating, otherwise, there is a risk of catching an infection.
5. Setting a loud alarm
There is always a chance of oversleeping if you don’t hear a quiet alarm, that’s why many people set a high volume. Because of the loud noise, the blood pressure increases and so does the heartbeat.
A person is incredibly vulnerable in the early hours when the body is still relaxed. A loud noise can influence the health and cause stress, increasing the level of cortisol. If waking up like this continues for several days, weeks, or months, then there is a risk that this stress becomes chronic.
6. Checking e-mail often
Doctor Richard MacKinnon from the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology found out that e-mail is not only a valuable instrument of communication but also a source of stress and disappointment for many of us. As a result, our productivity drops.
Despite the fact that scientists are trying to make definitive rules for using e-mail to minimize the negative influence, it’s obvious that their recommendations can’t be the same for everyone. However, there are a few tips that are good for everyone:
- don’t check your mail early in the morning, or late in the evening;
- work first, and check mail later (of course, if it’s not an important part of your work process);
- turn off push notifications about incoming mail.
7. Burning incense
Burning incense has a good influence on the central nervous system, it helps us relax and relieve stress. However, in research conducted at the South China University of Technology it was shown that burning incense every day for several hours can be the reason for lung cancer, leukemia, and brain tumors.
Incense can cause mutations. They contain chemicals that can potentially change genetic material like DNA. If you still want to create a relaxing atmosphere, you can use a little incense, but don’t forget to get some fresh air later.
8. Consuming too many energy drinks
Energy drinks can help you wake up and increase your productivity. But drinking them often is not recommended. The results of studies conducted by David Grant from the University of the Pacific show that some energy drinks can increase the risk of an unstable heartbeat.
Volunteers from ages 18 to 40 took part in the research. They either drank 2 bottles of energy drinks or a placebo drink for 3 weeks. Nobody knew which drink they had. As a result, the first group had high blood pressure and an increased heart rate, whereas other didn’t have any deviations.
9. Taking painkillers
Painkillers really help those who have chronic pain. However, in research conducted by the University of Ohio it was shown that painkillers can also decrease the sharpness of good emotions.
In this research, one group of participants took painkillers and the other took a placebo that looked the same. Later, the participants looked at 40 photographs — from very unpleasant (starving children) to very cute (children playing with cats). After every photo, the participants had to estimate how positive certain photos were.
The results showed that the participants who took painkillers estimated that the photos were worse than those who took the placebo. In other words, the emotional perception of reality was distorted.
10. Wrapping your head in a towel
Be careful with wrapping your hair up in a towel. When the hair is wet, a heavy towel can cause split ends or even make your hair fall out, according to Leon Van-Gorkom, a senior manager of hair care at Unilever Research and Development. Instead, use a towel to squeeze out any excess water and let your hair air dry. When squeezing out the excess water, be sure to be gentle and only do it for a short period of time.
11. Taking long showers
Taking long showers feels really nice. They help you to relax and it’s easier to fall asleep after a shower. However, long showers remove moisture from your skin which can lead to dry and itchy skin. Your shower shouldn’t last for more than 10 minutes. The shorter, the better!
Which of these habits do you have? Share in the comment section below!