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8 Everyday Habits That Harm Your Health






Little do we realize how our habits affect our overall health. The seemingly innocent habits could harm you in ways you never even thought of. For instance, you may feel that keeping the phone close to your head while sleeping is fine. But recent studies prove how it can adversely affect your brain and other parts of your body. Similarly, other habits, which you thought were normal, could actually be the culprits behind a serious health issue or a disease which may latch itself to you in the future. And these habits are so familiar that post reading this, you may want to change your everyday habits altogether. Now that is an unrealistic goal, to begin with, but over time you may switch to healthier, or should we say safer habits.

Here’s a list of 8 innocent habits which you thought were normal but are actually backfiring on your health in a number of ways.

  1. Stiffing or holding back a sneeze

Manners suggest that sneezing out too loudly is rude or impolite. So you may prefer stiffing your sneeze instead. But do you know how unhealthy this habit is? Holding back a sneeze by pressing your nose can put too much pressure on your intracranial. It blocks the blood flow to the brain and compresses the blood vessels. This may lead to headaches and in extreme cases, hearing problems.

  1. Washing your hair too often

Cleaning your hair regularly is important but you need to see how often it is good to wash hair. Too clean hair can also be harmful for you. Washing your hair too often can rob them of their natural oils and can make them look brittle.

  1. Wearing tight jeans

Tight jeans may look very attractive, but not many know how that can be harmful for health. It is like compromising your health just for the sake of looking attractive. These jeans press on your nerve endings really hard. It causes a constant feeling of discomfort which can cause harm to your nervous system. It blocks blood flow to your legs which can make them go numb.

  1. Using your phone before you sleep

This is perhaps the one thing which we all do. In the era of smartphones, it is routine for a person to start the day by looking at the phone and to take a quick glance at it right before going off to sleep. The harmful radiations of your phone could weaken your bones and disturb your sleep, making you an insomniac. Also, the artificial lights of the phone can disrupt the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. Keep your phone away before going off to sleep for the sake of your health.

  1. Forgetting to take off your contacts

Once you get comfortable with contact lenses, you may sometimes forget to take them off before going off to sleep. But do you know how harmful that can be for you? You may wake up with painful eyeballs in the first place. But when this happens way too often, it could expose you to a risk of damaged corneas.

  1. Drinking too much water

Keeping yourself hydrated at all times is a good thing to do. But you need to know when to stop. At some point of time, drinking too much water may become harmful for you. It could make you overweight, uncomfortable and bloated. If you have to go to the toilet more than once in two hours, it signals that you are drinking too much water. For an average person, three liters of water in a day should suffice.

  1. Taking painkillers too often

Overuse of painkillers could make you more prone to pain in the form of rebound headaches. These headaches occur when one starts taking painkillers way too often. If you are taking painkillers more than three times a week, you are increasing your likelihood of getting rebound headaches.

  1. Wearing sunblock every day

Wearing sunblock may seem like a necessity, especially during this time of the year. This, however, could rob your body of vitamin D, thereby exposing you to the risk of deficiencies, depression and osteoporosis. Most of the beneficial vitamin D is created by the action of sunlight. So if you wear a sunblock too often, that natural source of the vitamin is blocked. Use in limited quantities, but do not expose your skin to tanning because of vitamin D. Wear a sunscreen if you are afraid of the damaging effects of the sun.



Never ignore the common signs of A Heart Attack in Women

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Every person knows the common signs of Heart attack is chest pain. It’s not like how it is shown in movies where a man is shown gasping for breath, clutches his chest and falls on the ground. When it comes to real life, the symptoms of heart attack are more than just pain in the chest. Yes, chest pain is a symptom of heart attack, but there are other subtle signs of cardiovascular problems, which are important to know. As per studies, women do mostly feel chest pain when they suffer from a cardinal problem, there are few other signs you should be cautious about. If these signs are overlooked then it can even turn fatal.

The common signs of a heart attack one should not ignore in women

  1. Do you feel uncomfortable pressure in your chest?

One of the most common signs of a Heart attack in women. If you are feeling pressure and tightness around your chest, then ask for help. Pain can happen anywhere in the chest, it is not necessary to be the middle of the heart. Do not brush off the situation just because the pain is on the left side.

  1. Breathing Difficulty

Uneasiness and difficulty in breathing is another sign of heart attack in Women. If you are not able to catch your breath and move around even a little bit, then it is an indicator that something is not right with your heart.

  1. Sweating

Sweating on a sunny day or due to intense workout is normal, but if it is random then you should immediately call someone for help. Profuse and sudden sweating can be a sign of a cardiovascular problem. This sign is easily confused with night sweats or hot flashes, which is common with age Overlooking this can be dangerous for you.

  1. pain experienced in both the arms

It is not necessary that pain be experienced only in the chest or in the middle of the heart. At times it can even be on the left or right arm, or even in the upper abdomen. It is important to note that any type of pain above the waist could be due to a heart problem. The pain could be irregular or intense

  1. The most common sign Dizziness

Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms in women. These signs of a heart attack are mostly confused with food poisioned or gastrointestinal issues. But if you are experiencing nausea and vomiting along with pain in the upper part of the body, then it is time immediately rush to the hospital.

  1. Exhaustion

One feels very exhausted, but just like other signs of heart attack, if you feel excessively tired than usual then you get yourself checked. You would actually feel overwhelmed and would not be able to perform any other activity. This sign is often mistaken for anxiety. If you suddenly feel fatigued and uneasy then speak to your practitioner.

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Cutting screen time may reverse sleep problems in teens

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Limiting exposure to blue-light emitting devices such as phones and laptops in the evening for just a week can help teenagers improve their sleep quality and reduce symptoms of fatigue, lack of concentration and bad mood, a study has found.

Recent studies have indicated that exposure to too much evening light, particularly the blue light emitted from screens on smartphones, tablets and computers can affect the brain’s clock and the production of the sleep hormone melatonin, resulting in disrupted sleep time and quality.

The lack of sleep does not just cause immediate symptoms of tiredness and poor concentration but can also increase the risk of more serious long-term health issues such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.


Other studies have suggested that sleep deprivation related to screen time may affect children and adolescents more than adults, but no studies have fully investigated how real-life exposure is affecting sleep in adolescents at home and whether it can be reversed.

Researchers from Netherlands Institute of Neuroscience, the Amsterdam UMC and the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, investigated the effects of blue light exposure on adolescents at home.

Those who had more than four hours per day of screen time had on average 30 minutes later sleep onset and wake up times than those who recorded less than one hour per day of screen time, as well as more symptoms of sleep loss.

The team conducted a randomised controlled trial to assess the effects of blocking blue light with glasses and no screen time during the evening on the sleep pattern of 25 frequent users.

Both blocking blue light with glasses and screen abstinence resulted in sleep onset and wake up times occurring 20 minutes earlier, and a reduction in reported symptoms of sleep loss in participants, after just one week.

“Adolescents increasingly spend more time on devices with screens and sleep complaints are frequent in this age group,” said Dirk Jan Stenvers from the Amsterdam UMC.

“Here we show very simply that these sleep complaints can be easily reversed by minimising evening screen use or exposure to blue light,” Stenvers said.

“Based on our data, it is likely that adolescent sleep complaints and delayed sleep onset are at least partly mediated by blue light from screens,” he said.

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Common chemicals can increase risk of metabolic disorders

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Do you know that your everyday exposure to everyday harmful chemicals can land you into serious trouble?

A recent study has found that people exposed to chemicals called Phthalates, increasing the risk of metabolic disorders. The study was discussed in the meeting, ‘ECE 2019’. Researchers found a correlation between levels of phthalate exposure and markers of impaired liver function, which are indicators of increased risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

These findings suggest that more actions may need to be taken to reduce people’s exposure to these potentially harmful, yet commonly used chemicals. Phthalates are common additives used in manufacturing to produce plastics and they can be found in numerous everyday items including milk, bottled water, instant coffee, perfume, makeup, shampoo, toys and food packaging.


Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals has previously been implicated in causing serious harm to fertility and development, as well as increased obesity risk in rodents and people.

However, no studies have directly investigated how Phthalate exposure is associated with obesity and metabolism. In this study, Professor Milica Medi Stojanoska, one of the researchers correlated the levels of Phthalate absorbed by people with their body weight, type 2 diabetes incidence and markers of impaired liver and metabolic function.

Higher exposure to the chemical was associated with increased markers of liver damage, insulin resistance and cholesterol in people with obesity and diabetes.

Prof Stojanoska says, “Although a small association study, these findings suggest that not only do phthalates alter metabolism to increase the risk of obesity and diabetes but that they are also causing toxic damage to the liver.”

Prof Stojanoska’s research is now looking at the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals on human health in adults, adolescents and babies.

“We need to inform people about the potential adverse effects of endocrine disruptors on their health and look at ways to minimise our contact with these harmful chemicals,” adds the professor.

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