While lately we see a ‘be healthy’ wave, it is essential to remember that healthy living is as much about the little things we do on a day-to-day basis as the big lifestyle changes. In our frantic schedules, we tend to neglect many things that have a big impact on our health. Here are 10 health mistakes we might be making every day.
1. Microwaving your meals in plastic containers –
When food is wrapped in plastic or placed in a plastic container and microwaved, there is a high probability that hormone-disrupting chemicals such as BPA and phthalates leak into the food. This transfer tends to happen more with greasy foods, for example, meats and cheeses than with other foods, and some of these chemicals can cause cancer. Also, heating in the microwave can strip away the original nutrients from your food. So, you must use FDA approved microwave safe containers.
2. Sneezing and coughing into your hands –
We frequently greet people with a handshake, so sneezing or coughing right into your hands is a nearly guaranteed way to pass along your germs. As a common courtesy, use a tissue if you have one, otherwise aim for the crook of your elbow. However, you must not try to curtail a sneeze because doing so can damage your diaphragm, break a blood vessel in your eye, or rupture an eardrum!
3. Slacking on sleep –
With busy lives and demanding work schedules, most people don't get enough rest. And they try to find a way out by sipping a few extra espressos. Despite the fact that caffeine can positively give you a little lift, it's not a viable alternative. The individuals who recurrently end up running on little rest may have an expanded danger of sorrow, malignancy, memory loss and coronary illness. Plan to get an outright least of six hours consistently; eight hours is healthier. Adhering to a consistent sleeping plan is the most ideal approach to guarantee that you're getting the rest you require.
4. Brushing right after breakfast –
Mark Wolff, D.D.S., Ph.D., of NYU College of Dentistry says that brushing after eating acidic foods, especially fruit and juice, can weaken enamel and further lead to discoloration or greater odds of cracks and chips. In case you did not brush before eating, you can swish with water and wait 40 minutes for the calcium in your saliva to re-mineralize weakened areas and then brush.
5. Not using sunscreen –
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma is the most common form of cancer for those between the ages of 25 and 29. A large majority of melanomas are caused by the sun. So, always apply sunscreen if you’re going to be spending time outside, and make sure it’s at least an SPF 15.
6. Ignoring nature’s call –
We often tend to hold off bathroom breaks, not only causing ourselves discomfort but also negatively impacting our health. It’s easy to get wrapped up in a project, but resisting the urge to go the bathroom can cause the bladder to stretch out and encourage bacteria growth. Moreover, allowing excrement to build up can lead to constipation. There is a reason it is called waste, so get it out of your system at the earliest.
7. Using electronic devices 24X7 –
Odds are that this isn't the first time when you're hearing the thought that using electronic devices can have adverse effects on your health. As per an audit at Harvard, prolonged television watching was correlated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Specialists have also found that the light discharged by gadgets like mobile phones, tablets, and so forth, disturb the body's circadian rhythms when operated before sleep time, making it harder to get a good night’s sleep.
8. Skipping Meals –
Sugar is the fuel that our bodies run on and if it is not circulating in the right amounts, every organ within the body can be impacted. Skipping just one meal will result in a drop in your body's blood sugar levels, zapping your energy. Lowered nutrition is another problem associated with skipping meals because doing so means cutting back on opportunities to consume adequate amounts of the vitamins and minerals our bodies need in a day, unlike the three macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein and fat that one focuses on, even when dieting.
9. Eating heavy meals right before sleeping –
Insomnia is one of the most common sleep complaints according to the National Sleep Foundation. Alcohol and caffeine, particularly near bedtime, can worsen insomnia symptoms dramatically. Going to bed hungry can also trigger sleep problems. So ideally, you should eat at least 2 hours before sleeping or you may eat foods that promote calmness. Heartburns, acidity, asthma complications and weight gain are a few other problems that you may face with a late or heavy dinner.
10. Driving with the windows down –
In case you are lucky to live in the mountains or the countryside, then this doesn’t apply to you. However, if you’re a city dweller, as tempting as it may seem to cruise through the streets with the windows down on your way to and from work, this may turn your commute into one of the least healthy things you do. Diesel fumes may contribute to headaches, cancer, and heart disease. Instead, you can turn on the AC and use your car’s recirculate feature.
Surprised, right? But, you know what’s the biggest of all mistakes? Not insuring your health. Our lifestyles are getting poor by the day and lifestyle diseases are on the rise. Even if you pay attention to the nitty-gritty of good health, the importance of a good health insurance plan
should not be underestimated.
Be obsessed with your health. It’s your most important asset.