Posted March 12, 2014
Many people adopt lifestyle habits that they think are healthy, but in reality those habits may not provide the expected health value. Review the following list of daily health habits that may be bad for you, as compiled by medical professionals in England.
- Taking hot showers and using abrasive soap – Many people believe they need to scrub their skin and use piping-hot water in order to get clean, but in reality they may be removing oils that help the skin stay soft and healthy; medical professionals report that taking a shower every day isn’t necessary, but for those who prefer daily cleansing, it’s recommended they use cool water with a gentle, soap-free shower gel or aqueous cream
- Getting eight hours of sleep – Many experts claim that people need about eight hours of sleep each night for optimum health, but according to researchers at Loughborough University’s Sleep Research Centre, sleeping eight hours at night actually may leave people feeling more tired; instead, they advise people to break sleep into shorter amounts during the evening and night time for a combined seven hours of sleep, and to take a few 15-minute power naps during the day
- Rinsing after brushing – After brushing your teeth with toothpaste, avoid the urge to rinse your mouth and don’t drink any liquids for at least 30 minutes; this practice allows the fluoride in the toothpaste to provide additional protection against bacteria
- Breathing incorrectly – Babies use their lung capacity because they breathe from their bellies, but many adults tend to breathe from their chest; this practice causes stale air to linger in the bottom of the lungs where important blood vessels are located that exchange gas and transport oxygen through the body
- Relaxing after dinner – People tend to eat a big meal in the evening and then sit on the sofa for a few hours watching their favorite movie or television show; this practice gives the body an opportunity to turn the food into fat, instead of using it for fuel; to burn calories, take a brisk 20-minute walk after dinner, eat five or six small meals throughout the day, or consume more calories at breakfast than at dinner
You can learn more about all seven daily sins.