7 Common Habits that Damage Our Health Without Us Even Knowing
There are many habits which are not good but we think it's normal. Some of them are harmful and others may be downright dangerous.
Certain habits may harm our health without us even knowing. Here are 10 common habits were used to that may damage our health:
1. Crossing Legs
According to some report, sitting with your legs crossed (especially on a chair or on the floor) results in hypertension, varicose veins and even nerve damage.
Crossing your legs increase the pressure on your veins that are responsible for returning blood back to your heart. The pressure of one leg on top of the other impedes your blood flow which can damage your veins in your legs.
2. Drinking lots of water
Drinking lots of water isn't usually healthy. Consuming excess amounts of water when not thirsty can impair your concentration rather than boost it. It can also lead to a rare but potentially fatal condition called hyponatraemia, which sees the body's salt levels drop and can lead to swelling of the brain.
3. Wearing open footwear
Wearing open footwear is dangerous as there is a good chance that you'll get your feet cut in open shoes and may be easily infected. This may also expose your feet to viral and fungal infections that can irritate your skin on your foot.
4. Sleeping on your stomach
Sleeping on your stomach can cause different health issues and some of them are quite serious. It may put pressure on all of your organs leading in the long run to nerve damage and heart issues.
5. Treating yourself with a hot compress
Applying heat to painful spot is a common habit to relieve pain. But there is a whole list of ailments that do not require use of hot compress because they may cause bleeding and cute inflammation in the abdomen such as appendicitis, pancreatitis and cholecystitis.
6. Wearing poor quality sunglasses
Some manufacturers use cheap plastic that doesn't protect your eyes from UV that may lead to retinal burn. The shading of your sunglasses makes your pupils dilate and receive a double dose of ultraviolet that is more harmful.
7. Drinking fat-free milk
When fats are extracted from milk, vitamins go with them, replaced by synthetic substances that aren't quite good for the body. Some manufacturers "strengthen" fat-free milk by adding milk powder which may oxidize the cholesterol in milk.