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15 Habits You Thought Were Harmless But Are Actually Not

There are many daily habits that we believed to be completely harmless and normal but that was a mistake. Now we’re slowly learning that what we thought was normal is actually harming us in a big way.

There are many things we do every day that we think is normal and completely harmless but in the long run, we will realize how harmful they really were. So, to avoid that problem later in life, we need to change how we do certain things and try to avoid them if we want to stay safe and healthy.

According to some research conducted by scientist and ex-vocalist Robert Sataloff, we strain our vocal cords while whispering. These strains have a high possibility of causing micro-injuries to the larynx. These injuries can prove to be more harmful if you are someone who needs to talk a lot, for work or for any other reason.

Rubbing your face and eyes often
We tend to rub our eyes when we feel tired. However, this is not advised. Our hands touch a lot of things, most of which carry germs even if they look clean. When we touch our face and rub our eyes, we are transferring these germs to these sensitive areas. On the face, acne, herpes, and other infections might show up. In the eyes, chances of getting conjunctivitis may increase.

Licking wounds
The first thing we do when we get a small cut is suck on it, right? This is a very harmful practice. Scientists from Harvard University calculated and found that more than 600 different species of microorganisms live inside our mouths. By licking the wound, we are introducing dangerous microorganisms like staphylococci and streptococci to the coagulated blood, which is perfect for germs to grow. Instead of licking, just apply some specialized medicine.

Stifling sneezes
We sneeze when germs and dust need to be expelled from the body. Stifling a sneeze can be very harmful because we are essentially retaining these things. There is another reason why you shouldn’t stifle a sneeze. The entire power of the sneeze that built up will reverse and damage your hearing, your esophagus and increase blood pressure.

Reading in bed
Reading in bed affects the eyes, the spinal cord and the neck skin, even leading to deep horizontal wrinkles on the neck. However, holding the book at a distance, not reading while lying on your stomach and not lying on your side and reading are a few tips to help. The best option is to read and then get into bed.

Chewing on solid things
Most of us have seen someone chewing on a pen or pencil while thinking or focusing. This is a very bad habit. Not only does it ensure the possibility of getting an infection, but it also causes a ton of damage to the teeth and gums. This also applies to chewing ice cubes, lollipops, nuts, etc.

Using toothpicks
Using toothpicks may not cause any harm to our teeth, because they are protected by enamel, but it does cause harm to the gums. Using toothpicks may seem like an easy way to clean your teeth, but it doesn’t clean properly. Dentists advise against the use of toothpicks and suggest using dental floss instead.

Holding your need to visit the bathroom
We often tend to hold our need to urinate as we feel it’s a waste of time. But this practice is dangerous and can cause harm to the kidneys, the intestines and the urinary system. Doctors say that you can injure your muscles which can lead to a urinary tract infection and constipation if you try to hold it in.

A scary instance of this
In June 2018, a young gamer was hospitalized in Great Britain. He had been playing games for 8 hours straight and hadn’t visited the bathroom. As a result of holding it in, his intestines and bladders were extremely bloated. Doctors said that it resembled a tumor or cancer. This case proves that visiting the washroom at regular intervals is important.

Shelling seeds using teeth
There are several seeds like sunflower seeds that are very nutritious and tasty. However, you should never try to peel them with your teeth. This causes damage to the teeth and this can easily be seen by a dentist. Seeds should also be avoided by people with gallbladder problems as the seeds have high calories (more than 500 kcal per 100 grams).

Chewing bubble gum too often
Chewing bubble gum all the time stimulates the production of gastric juices. These basically eat through an empty stomach and can cause gastritis and ulcers. Chewing gum increases saliva production and this can eat through the enamel and dental fillings. Chewing gum actually improves memorization and concentration but it impacts short-term memory making you impatient and less focused.

Sticking things into your nose
Everyone knows that the nose needs to be cleaned because there is a lot of dirt and mucus accumulated inside. Most of us tend to use our fingers or some kind of a solution. Doctors advise against putting something pointy inside the nose. If you have long nails, you can cause lacerations. There is, however, a better option.

The alternative
Experts recommend using a cotton swab in certain situations.  If you have had a rhinoplasty, use a swab to clean. Don’t blow your nose as it will cause bleeding and damage. If you have had your nose pierced, use a swab to clean inside the nose and around the piercing, as it is very important to keep it clean to avoid infections. Whenever you need to apply a solution inside our nose, use a cotton swab instead of just pouring it in.

Using hot water to wash hair
Most of us love to take a hot shower after a long day. It is very relaxing. But did you know that it can damage your scalp and brain vessels and cause other problems? It can cause headaches and dizziness. It can also cause the sebaceous glands on the scalp to be enhanced, which makes the scalp greasy and dirty. Shower in hot water but don’t wash your hair.

Sleeping on your stomach
We all know someone who sleeps on their stomach. While it is comfortable for a lot of people, it is also extremely harmful. Breathing in this position is strained. The neck is twisted and the vertebrae are strained. Blood circulation becomes worse and you might get permanent wrinkles. Doctors warn against sleeping this way and though it is hard to change, you should try to not sleep in this position.