“To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” These are the words of Buddha. I can’t describe the point more better! Most of us develop some habits and daily routines that have adverse effects on our health. It is necessary that we know the consequences of our bad habits and fix them for our health’s sake! Knowingly or unknowingly if we have adapted ourself to these habits, take this as a good opportunity to correct or get rid of them. If we give up these dangerous habits we can happily lead a healthy life style! Here’s my list of top 10 habits that are dangerous to health…
10. Biting Nails
If you can’t control yourself from biting your nails then you definitely are going to face bad consequences. Nail biting or onychophagia can damage the cuticle leading to viral infections. And if the nail biter bites the surrounding skin along with the nails it may cause bleeding and severe pain. The germs present under the nails may enter your mouth and you can get sick. The regular habit of biting nails can have severe impact on teeth too. Some ways to avoid nail biting are trimming your nails or getting a manicure, using bitter tasting nail cosmetics, and occupying your mouth with chewing gum. I personally got over this habit with the help of lollipops!
9. Problems due to Technology
This is the 21st century and the technology is at its best. Almost every individual has a personal mobile phone and they have a computer and television at home. Risks associated with using computer for long time are frequent headaches, sleeplessness, depression, stress, eye strain and carpal tunnel syndrome. Social problems arise too, like isolation and bullying on social networking sites. Watching television too much will have detrimental effects on health. There is a chance that the radiation emitted by mobile phones will cause headaches or brain tumors. Using mobile phones while driving is very dangerous and is one of the main cause for road accidents. I agree that computer, television and mobile phones have many advantages but you have to see their side effects too and remember to be careful not to overspend your time with technology.
8. Careful with your Water Habits!
By not drinking sufficient amount of water you can be dehydrated. Drinking enough fluids is necessary to maintain health, energize your body, improve digestion and detoxify your body. Then again, drinking excess water can be harmful as it lowers the salt concentration of blood. It is important that you consume right amount of water for good health. You must not drink water while eating as it neutralizes the acid in stomach causing indigestion. Also, storing water in reused plastic bottles is not safe as there is a chance that harmful substances leech out from the PET bottles. As you can see, it is very obvious that you have to be cautious with your water habits!
7. Bad Posture and Slouching
These have a negative impact on your health besides making you look less attractive! Neck, shoulder and back pains may be due to poor posture. Bad posture can also cause spinal and joint dysfunction due to muscle changes. Also, poor posture will inhibit the lungs from expanding causing severe health issues. By following some simple tips you can quit slouching and get rid of your bad posture. Try to sit upright and walk straight confidently with your head facing the world. Whenever you get up from a still position, stretch to relax your fatigued muscles. Maintain flexibility of your body. Check that you sleep in good position. Wearing heels alters your posture causing stress on your back, so wear flats for casual circumstances and save your heels for special occasions!
6. Food Issues!
Skipping breakfast, eating too much junk food and snacking too much even though you are not hungry are the main habits that are the issues regarding food! Skipping breakfast may seem not much of harm but what you don’t know is that it is linked with higher risk of diabetes and can make you obese because the body stores more fat to use during the day. You will be inactive and lazy through the day and may even over eat later due to hunger. Most of you are attracted to junk food. I think that you can surely resist it if you know its bad effects. Eating junk food causes hypertension, obesity, glucose intolerance, cardio vascular problems and many heart diseases. Remember that junk food only has fats and calories not the nutrients that your body requires. You have to stop mindlessly munching on snacks otherwise you will end up becoming overweight!
5. Stressing Yourself too much!
Donald Tubesing quoted that “Stress is like spice – in the right proportion it enhances the flavor of a dish. Too little produces a bland, dull meal; too much may choke you.” If you understand this truth then you won’t damage your health due to stress. Higher amounts of the hormone cortisol are released due to stress. Stressing too much on things may cause obesity, stress feeding, heart problems, depression, anxiety, headaches, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems and accelerated aging. To avoid the bad effects of stress you should keep the cortisol levels under control. You can follow some stress management techniques like meditation and yoga to achieve this. It is important to deal with stress the right way!
4. Unsafe sex
People may indulge in unsafe sex due to the passion of the moment. Having unprotected sex can get you into awful situations. The risks of practicing unsafe sex include sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies. There are some STDs like AIDS that cause death. Instead of running to the birth control clinics after you have been affected, it is better to follow safety and take contraceptive measures. Your embarrassment to purchase condoms can have deadly consequences, so don’t be ashamed to take precautions while having sex!
3. Consuming Alcohol without Limit!
Drinking moderately may not cause any serious problem but drinking over the sensitive drinking limits will! The serious effects of alcohol can be seen only after many years and by the time you realize, the damage will be prevalent. Health problems caused by alcohol include damage to liver, reduced fertility, high blood pressure, drowsiness, tension, increased risk of heart attack and cancers. Outcomes of binge drinking are drunken driving, illness, aggressive behavior, physical and sexual assault, and alcoholism. Consume limited amount of alcohol and don’t over drink. Pregnant ladies should not drink alcohol.
2. Sleep is Vital for Good Health!
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” All living beings have biological clocks set in them and there will be drastic effects if the internal clocks are disrupted. Sleeping too late at night and improper sleep habits like scrimping sleep for work or over sleeping are the reasons for insomnia symptoms and many sleep based disorders. Lack of good sleep is a major problem in today’s fast pace world. Consequences of poor sleeping habits include tiredness, irritability, temper and aggressive behaviour, binge eating, driving drowsily which frequently leads to accidents, loss of concentration, weak memory which makes you forgetful, depression, aging of skin and some very serious health problems like heart disease, obesity, diabetes and poor brain function. Sleep deprivation doubles the risk of death due to cardiovascular disease. Brain is active during sleep and it processes and consolidates memories during this time. In other words, sleep is food for brain! Don’t damage your health; give high priority to good sleep!
“Cigarettes are killers that travel in packs.” But why are people still smoking them? The reason maybe that they are not fully aware of the threat it poses. A cigarette has some 4000 chemicals and more than 400 toxic compounds. Majority of them are harmful enough to cause various types of cancers. Diseases and risks caused by smoking include cardiovascular diseases, cancers, COPD, hypertension, asthma, ulcers, reduced vision, cataracts and even dental diseases. Smoking is involved with many deaths across the world. It even reduces one’s lifespan. Quitting smoking has many benefits like improving health, sense of taste and smell, and efficiency to do work. Quit smoking, don’t puff your life away!