Habits do more harm than good


Scientists have proven, humans need 18-254 days to form a habit, but sometimes, the habit you work hard to create is harmful to health.

Set an alarm

The ringing wakes you up suddenly, which can damage the heart, raise blood pressure and increase stress levels due to increased adrenaline (the hormone involved in organ function).

Waking up too suddenly can also lead to restless sleep or feeling groggy, reducing mental and physical performance.

Experts recommend establishing a consistent sleep routine by trying to fall asleep and wake up at the same time each day, with no alarms. You can also practice gradually waking up to natural light. Open the curtains or place your bed in direct sunlight.

If you need to wake up before sunrise, you can buy an alarm clock with a soothing sound (like a wind chime) or a light alarm clock.

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The house is so clean

In some environments, such as hospitals, absolute cleanliness is required. But if the house in particular and the living environment in general, completely sterile can cause disease.

Studies have supported the “Hygiene Hypothesis,” which states that children who grow up in rural areas, exposed to bacteria, pollen and animal dander, have stronger immune systems. Meanwhile, babies raised in very clean environments are more likely to develop hay fever, asthma, and allergies.

Some microorganisms are beneficial to the body because they help with physiological, metabolic and brain functions. This does not mean that you should stop cleaning and live in uncleanness. What you need to do is manage how you disinfect and clean things up. For example, children can wash their hands with regular soap instead of antibacterial soap. Or if the toy that fell on the floor isn’t too dirty, you can simply clean it up and don’t need to over-disinfect everything.

Take lots of vitamins and supplements

Most of us take multivitamins for nutritional supplements. But in the medical journal article Annals of Internal Medicine, experts advise not to waste money buying multivitamins. Studies show that they do not reduce the risk of heart disease or cancer, do not help prevent memory loss or decline in mental ability. However, some supplements taken before or during pregnancy help fight neural tube defects in babies.

Experts also warn against taking water- and fat-soluble vitamins in large doses. Too much water-soluble vitamin C can cause kidney stones, and too much fat-soluble vitamin A can affect the liver. It is best to consult your doctor before taking it. Instead of relying on supplements, it’s better to get vitamins from a healthy diet.

Peel off dead skin

Peeling is part of the self-healing process, a sign that the body is trying to get rid of damaged cells. During this process, the skin is easily damaged, so it is better to let it fall off on its own.

The best way to do this is to moisturize the flaky skin and drink more water (to avoid dehydration). You can also wear sun-protective clothing when going outside, helping to avoid UV damage. To avoid burns, sunscreen should be applied every 2 hours when exposed to strong sunlight.

Wear high heels

High heels can add a few centimeters in height, but wearing them for a long time can be harmful to the body. A 2018 study by an expert from the University of A Coruña, Spain found that women who wear high heels every day have a worse quality of life.

Limiting the amount of time you wear shoes can help you avoid the following possible consequences:

Ankle injuries caused by missteps and loss of balance.

Stress fracture due to too much pressure on the foot.

Osteoarthritis in the knee, caused by a strained joint.

Deformities of the feet and toes (also called bunions) in severe cases.

Back problems caused by heels cause a change in the position of the spine.

Pain and swelling.

Eat too fast

In modern times we often do everything very quickly, including eating. But this is a bad habit that can cause weight gain. According to one study, 60% of children who eat in a hurry are overweight.

Meanwhile, another study found that fast eaters develop risk factors for obesity around the waistline, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and bad fats.

Those who chew quickly also chew less, which leads to poor digestion. On the other hand, eating slowly helps the body to be more satisfied with the meal.

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Choose foods that are low in fat and appear healthy

Not all low-fat or gluten-free products are healthy. Sometimes, these processed foods can contain more sugar than non-diet foods.

A few examples of these “low-fat” products that aren’t really healthy are sugary breakfast cereals, flavored coffees, and yogurts. Eating foods rich in sugar can cause excessive hunger, weight gain, and a number of diseases.

To avoid being fooled by these items, check the “Nutrition Information” section of the package and compare it with similar products from other brands. Eating plenty of vegetables, a small amount of carbs (including the sugars, starches, and fiber found in fruits, grains, vegetables and dairy products) and just enough meat or plant-based protein, is also a good idea. An option for a balanced meal that doesn’t contain too many calories.

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