6 Everyday Things We Do That Are Actually Harmful to Us

Life is full of surprises, and some of them can be amazing. For example, when the things you’ve been doing on a daily basis for years end up slowly but surely taking away your health points. Who would have thought that these seemingly harmless things could put you at risk? Well, it’s better to find out late than never.

We reveal 6 things that are secretly stopping you from living a healthy life.

Wearing flip-flops

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Toes curl excessively to hold slippers and are more prone to fungal infections. Also, it is not uncommon to have shin splints and muscle aches. Heel, back, and knee pain are also familiar to slipper lovers. Another common problem is that over-tightening the toe joint can make existing bunions worse.

Using mouthwash after tooth brushing

Use mouthwash only after eating or before brushing your teeth. When you brush your teeth with it, you rinse high-concentration fluoride into low-concentration fluoride, which attracts microbes. Eventually, this habit will lead to tooth decay.

Wearing skinny jeans

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Tight jeans reduce blood flow and basically leave your muscles gasping for more oxygen. Tight jeans also cause fungal infections like yeast infections. In addition, they cause more frequent urination and even urinary problems.

Printing at home

Laser printers and those that use printer toner in general release extremely small particles that can cause cardiovascular or respiratory damage when you are near them. A study in mice showed that a 21-day exposure to toner particles disrupted their metabolism, immune response, and other biological processes.

Reading while lying in bed.

Reading at bedtime sounds soothing, but it’s actually quite harmful. It puts a lot of pressure on the eyes. The position is not suitable as the reading distance should be about 15 inches at an angle of 60 degrees.

When you read lying down, your eyes need to focus up and stay at an awkward angle for a long time. This causes discomfort, blurred vision, and headaches.

Using air fresheners.

Most air fresheners contain harmful chemicals that neutralize odors. They are also potential allergens and environmental toxins. Frequent use of artificial fragrances can cause lung damage and asthma.

It is also advisable to stay away from them since the air freshener industry is hardly controlled and we do not know if these products are safe for us.

Which things do you do regularly? What other things can secretly harm our health?

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