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13 Everyday Habits That You Should Stop Following Right Now!

There are possibly many things that we either do (or don’t do) almost every day and we know for a fact that it is definitely not the healthiest of things to do. Not flossing your mouth before sleep? Definitely not a good thing. Forgetting to cover your mouth at the time of sneezing? Jeez! even […]

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There are possibly many things that we either do (or don’t do) almost every day and we know for a fact that it is definitely not the healthiest of things to do. Not flossing your mouth before sleep? Definitely not a good thing. Forgetting to cover your mouth at the time of sneezing? Jeez! even a kid knows that’s not right. Anyway, my point is – we all are guilty of doing something or the other every day that doesn’t exactly classify as a healthy habit.

But what if I told you these are just the basic no-no’s, and that there are tons of more everyday habits that are way grosser than you actually thought they were. So, in order to inform our readers about some of those, we’ve compiled a list of 13 everyday habits you should definitely give up on, right now! Let’s check out the list without further ado.

 

Keeping your bag on the table

Keeping your bag on the table while having a meal is not only against most table manners, but is also super gross. According to research conducted by Initial Washroom Hygiene, a bag contains on an average more bacteria than a toilet does! In fact, one out of every five bags has so much harmful bacteria that it could make a perfectly healthy and normal person sick. Yes, that’s true. And if you actually think about it, your bag travels everywhere – right from the washroom, to those public trains, and every single place you go to. So, the next time you’re headed out for food, do keep the bag away for your own good!

 

 

Defrosting your food at room temperature

Contrary to what most people around the world believe, you should never defrost meat on your kitchen counter. Yes, that’s right! According to Department of Agriculture U.S, whether it is raw or cooked, meat that is left at a temperature more than forty degrees centigrade helps bacterial growth. This is precisely why you should never defrost meat on a countertop, but instead in your refrigerator, cold water or your microwave oven.

 

 

Using hand dryers

Most people believe that using a hand dryer at a public toilet is the best way to dry their hands without contacting germs. Well, guess what – that can’t be further away from the truth. According to a recent report, a contactless hand dryer sends 40-60 colonies of bacteria when you use it on your hands! And just for comparison, you are only exposed to around 1 colony of bacteria while using the washroom otherwise! So, the next time you visit a washroom, stick to the regular towels and sanitizers.

 

 

Poking your fingers in your ears

This is perhaps the most annoying thing we all are guilty of doing – poking our fingers to clear ear wax. This can not only cause harm to your ears, but is also quite useless in cleaning the ear wax. By using fingers to clean your ear wax, you are more likely to further push it down inside – making it block your ear canal and affect your hearing senses. It can also cause injury to your sensitive eardrums, and attract harmful bacteria as well. It is, therefore, advised that you should visit an ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) doctor to get your ears cleaned by a professional and save yourself from a possible injury.

 

 

Never cleaning the earbuds

While it is recommended that you don’t clean your earwax yourself, this doesn’t stand true for your earbuds, obviously. The earbuds need frequent cleaning and if left uncleaned for a while, they puts you at risk of getting rashes, allergies, infections and can increase the buildup of wax in your ears. So, the next time you step out of your bathroom, don’t forget to clean the earbuds with a soft cotton cloth.

 

 

Forgetting to change the dirty kitchen sponge

Do you remember when was the last time you actually changed that dirty kitchen sponge with a new one? If you can’t, it’s not a pleasant sign. According to recent research, you should change the kitchen sponge once every month or so. Also, if you notice the sponge giving off a foul smell, it should be replaced immediately with a new one. When you decide to clean the damp sponges, make sure to dry them out in the dishwasher or microwave them for a couple of minutes to kill the harmful germs and bacteria.

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5 Things That Could Cause Women To Have Night Sweats

We all like to get some sleep, but how many of us would like to wake up in the middle of the night drowning in our own sweat? That’ll be a scary experience, but it shouldn’t be because it can be avoided, most of the time. Most night sweats are caused by the type of […]

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We all like to get some sleep, but how many of us would like to wake up in the middle of the night drowning in our own sweat? That’ll be a scary experience, but it shouldn’t be because it can be avoided, most of the time.

Most night sweats are caused by the type of fabric your sheets and pajamas are made out of. Sometimes they just happen because you sleep in a hot room. Sweaty nights can also serve as a signal that you have a serious health issue according to Neomi Shah who’s a doctor and an associate professor.

1. You sleep in a room that’s too hot

Is there a perfect temperature for my room? Yes, there is, anything higher than 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit is too hot according to the sleep specialist W.C Winter, M.D. Another thing that could make you hot and sweaty while you sleep is that you sleep in thick fabrics like flannel.

Cotton is the perfect substitute for flannel, and you easily get cotton pajamas and sheets. Being too hot can also impede your ability to fall asleep.

2. You just sweat a lot

In this case, we aren’t talking about normal sweating. We are talking about an excessive sweating disorder called hyperhidrosis. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says that this disorder makes a person sweat unnecessarily, even when they’re asleep.

The AAD says that hyperhidrosis is different from normal sweating in that it targets specific parts of your body with more of a focus on your feet, head, palms, and underarms. The AAD also said that hyperhidrosis could make simple activities like using your phone an uphill struggle.

3.  A ghost could be chasing you

We aren’t talking about an actual ghost, but if you’re having a nightmare, you’re most likely to wake up drenched in sweat. Harry Banshick, a doctor, says that you end up sweating because you physically acted out what happened in that nightmare.

Shah agrees with this and says that anything that triggers a sympathetic surge (flight-fight response) can make you sweat. If you’ve been suffering from nightmares, you’re most likely suffering from stress and seeing your doctor would be very prudent.

4. You may be experiencing hormonal changes

Fluctuating estrogen levels are usually the culprit when it comes to night sweats experienced by women. According to Nandi, hot flushes and menopause have usually emerged hand in hand in her patients, and that made them sweat at night.

Shah also said that hormone fluctuations in pregnant women or those on their period could lead to sweat-drenched nights. However, night sweats seem more persistent amongst women going through menopause.

5. Antidepressants

According to Shah, people on antidepressants are the most likely to get victimized by night sweats. Shah says this type of medication is capable of triggering an adrenergic reaction, that means it’s got something to do with your adrenaline levels, and that also means you’re going to sweat.

Night sweats will be more frequent if you take venlafaxine or bupropion, but doctors could prescribe medication that can slow down your adrenergic output.

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How to Lose Thigh Fat and Tone Your Legs in Simple Steps

Before we get into it, it’s important to understand that spot reduction of weight is impossible for any part of the body. To tone your legs, you’ll have to reduce pretty much your whole body fat. 1. Reduce your salt intake Salt causes your body to store more water than it needs, leading to bloating […]

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Before we get into it, it’s important to understand that spot reduction of weight is impossible for any part of the body. To tone your legs, you’ll have to reduce pretty much your whole body fat.

1. Reduce your salt intake

Salt causes your body to store more water than it needs, leading to bloating that can affect even the hips. The average person needs just 1,500 mg of salt a day. Cut back on processed foods like soups that are often loaded with sodium.

2. Make sure your diet has more electrolytes

Electrolytes like magnesium, calcium, and potassium help reduce the amount of salt in your body, keeping the fluid balance steady. Eat at least three servings of bananas, yogurt or leafy greens – they have plenty of electrolytes.

3. Eat fewer carbs

The more carbohydrates you eat, the more water your body stores. Swap out the carbs for whole-grain foods like toast, which are an excellent source of fiber, iron and other antioxidants.

4. Have some coffee in the morning

Coffee helps the stimulate your metabolism, helping your body fatter during workouts. Be careful not to take too much as it might lead to overeating. Two cups a day should be enough.

5. Always carry a bottle of water

Drinking lots of water help with a lot of things: curbing your appetite, flushing out excess fluids and reducing bloating. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.

6. Add cardio to your routines

Aerobic exercise helps flush out excess salts and fluids from your body, helping to keep your heart rate up and burns lots of calories in the process.

7. Track the meals you eat

Keep track of which meals you’ve eaten and the number of calories in them using an app like MyFitnessPal to help you stay on track. If possible, plan your meals ahead of time.

8. Eat foods rich in protein and fiber

Foods rich in macro-nutrients like fiber and proteins help boost weight loss by helping you get full on fewer calories. Proteins are especially important as they help in building lean muscle like those found in the thighs and legs.

9. Workout for your thighs

When working out, aim for exercises that will strengthen and tone your thighs. These include goblet squats, sumo squats, and lunges. In particular, strive for workouts that focus on your inner and outer thighs and hamstrings.

10. Alternate your exercises

While drills are great, they are a lot more useful if you switch them up. Don’t do the same exercises every day. Do exercises that target different muscle groups on consecutive days. For instance, do squats today and lunges tomorrow.

11. Incorporate some HIIT exercises into your routine

For faster results in a shorter time, do some amount of strength training aside from your regular workouts. Routines like HIIT are beneficial at burning lots of calories within a short amount of time.

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Dental Floss Could Kill You, A New Study Reveals

While it’s touted as a smart way to prevent cavities and keep the teeth clean, dental floss is coming under fire in a new survey for having links to a series of serious illnesses, including testicular cancer and thyroid disease. Our Love for Dental Floss and Eating Out For lovers of flossing and take-out, there’s […]

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While it’s touted as a smart way to prevent cavities and keep the teeth clean, dental floss is coming under fire in a new survey for having links to a series of serious illnesses, including testicular cancer and thyroid disease.

Our Love for Dental Floss and Eating Out

For lovers of flossing and take-out, there’s no better substitute for either. Flossing keeps mouth breath clean and teeth shiny, and take-out – well, take-out makes life so much better. They’re both such deeply embedded parts of culture and society that it would be hard to weed them out.

But there’s bad news in the air. A new recent study suggests that dental floss and take-out might be super dangerous, thanks to the chemicals present in floss and take-out packaging. If you still think there’s nothing to worry about, read the next section.

How Dangerous Could They Be?

The study, which gets published in the Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology, found that some dental floss products were leading to high levels of PFAS in the blood.

PFAS is a compound also known as polyfluoroalkyl that is commonly found in grease-proof and waterproof products, such as dental floss and fast food packaging.

The study found that users of both the former and the latter had high concentrations of the compound in their blood and that there was a correlation to some of today’s worst illnesses, including kidney disease, testicular cancer, thyroid disease, and high cholesterol.

In an even worse twist, the study found that users of some popular dental floss brands and products, including Glide, had higher amounts of a PFAS compound called PFHxS in their bloodstreams.

The study also discovered that human behaviors were mostly responsible for the results in some of the participants. Activities such as consuming takeout from cardboard-coated packaging were found to directly correlate with higher amounts of four different types of PFAS in participants’ blood.

The Facts of the Study

The study was carried out between 2010 and 2013 by researchers from the Silent Spring Institute and Public Health Institute using a sample population of 178 women that had previously been part of a study sample for the Public Health Institute between 1959 and 1967.

The study aimed to look for 11 different types of PFAS, and examined a series of activities including dental flossing and fast food consumption, later concluding between 2015 and 2016.

What’s The Solution?

Luckily, there’s a solution. According to the study’s lead author, Katie Boronow, “The good news is that based on our findings, consumers can choose flosses that don’t contain PFAS.”

In other words, you can always choose dental floss that doesn’t contain the compound PFAS, even though that might mean leaving your favorite brand, such as Glide, which was found by the study to have the compound in some of its flosses.

Here’s to hoping that dental floss makers can react to this study and start limiting the presence of this compound in their products. In the meantime, stay safe.

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