6 Everyday Habits That May Be Ruining Your Health

by Claire Ang
HEALTH  |  December 29, 2017
  • You may be doing these things on a day-to-day basis without knowing that they are bad for your health.
    1 / 7 You may be doing these things on a day-to-day basis without knowing that they are bad for your health.

    Scroll through the gallery to find out what these habits are. And although habits are hard to kick, try to gradually change your lifestyle for the better. Your body will thank you.

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  • Watching television
    2 / 7 Watching television

    If you love camping on your couch on the weekends to binge-watch your favourite tv series, it’s time you get up. Sitting down for long periods can increase your risk of heart disease, obesity, and even memory loss. Even if you exercise regularly, it doesn’t mean you’re entitled to laze in front of the TV either. In between episodes, try walking around the house before moving on to the next one.

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  • Using electronic devices near bedtime
    3 / 7 Using electronic devices near bedtime

    Not only will using your smartphones or tablets before bed will make it harder for you to fall asleep, it affects the quality of rest you’re getting as well. The light from your screen can suppress your melatonin levels, which is what helps you to switch off. Not getting enough sleep means your body won’t have the sufficient time to recuperate, which can lead to health problems such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and even increase the risk of cancer.

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  • Holding in your farts
    4 / 7 Holding in your farts

    Every human being will have the urge to get rid of the excess gas in your stomach through burping or farting. And in the presence of other people, one tends to hold it in to avoid any awkward situations. However, this can actually cause a buildup of gas in your body, which can lead to bloating and stomach discomfort. The best solution is probably to excuse yourself to the washroom.

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  • Staying at your desk for lunch
    5 / 7 Staying at your desk for lunch

    Eating at your desk probably means you won’t be moving around during lunchtime. Sitting at your desk for too long definitely isn’t good for your blood circulation or eyes. It’s good to walk around and take a breather before starting work again. Plus, doing work while eating can distract you, causing you to overeat because you won’t notice when you’re full.

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  • Not washing your hands before a meal
    6 / 7 Not washing your hands before a meal

    Most of us are probably guilty of this. It seems like a hassle, especially when you’re dining out to find the nearest restroom just to wash your hands before starting on your meal. Your hands are hosting germs, and the root cause of many diseases is because we do not wash our hands before eating.

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  • Brushing your teeth right after eating
    7 / 7 Brushing your teeth right after eating

    To keep our teeth clean and our breaths fresh, some of us brush our teeth after every meal. But if you’ve just consumed acidic foods such as oranges, coffee, or fizzy drinks, it’s best to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing. Brushing right after consuming acidic foods can weaken your teeth.

    (Also Read: 10 Foods For Brighter Teeth and a Healthier Smile)

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