Bad health habits are not hard to avoid. Good health habits can be achieved with a little effort. Creating a healthy lifestyle for oneself is simply a matter of making small changes which create healthy habits. With that in mind here are several bad habits we should all avoid.
1) Falling Asleep With Makeup On Your Face
If you fall asleep with your makeup on occasionally you will probably just end up with a pimple or two. However, if you make a habit of it the possible consequences to your health can be more serious. Neglect washing your makeup off before you go to sleep and you’re asking for clogged pores and a bacteria breeding ground. Elissa Lunder, MD, owner of Dermatology Partners, Inc. says that the worst culprit is foundation. Dr. Lunder says habitually sleeping with your makeup on can cause milia, which are small, hard bumps that form on the skin.
2) Wearing Flat Shoes To Work, Then Changing Into Heels
“It’s a common misconception that flat shoes are good for your feet,” says Megan Leahy, DPM, a podiatrist at the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute in Chicago. “The ballerina-style shoes that roll up and fit in your purse are even worse because they offer no stability or cushioning.” When women make a habit of wearing flats that don’t offer enough support they can develop plantar fasciitis, inflammation of the thick tissue at the bottom of the foot. High heels also increase the risk of foot sprains and broken ankles. Wearing the wrong shoes for too long may lead to chronic pain, physical therapy, or even cortisone injections.
3) Sleeping With Contact Lenses In Your Eyes
“I’ve treated hundreds of infections over the years and ninety-five percent of them are due to people sleeping in their contacts,” says Robert Cykiert, MD, a New York–based ophthalmologist at NYU Langone Medical Center. “You have anywhere from a 300 percent to 1000 percent increased risk of developing serious infections of the cornea by sleeping in contacts.” Sleeping in your contacts is a bad health habit because it can cause bacterial infections that cause cornea scarring and result in permanent vision reduction. In extreme cases an infection may lead to a cornea transplant. You may also develop an allergic reaction to contact lenses.
4) Forgetting To Floss Daily
Brushing cleans the front and back of your teeth but not in between. Any food that gets stuck between your teeth feeds bacteria that can eat away at the enamel and cause decay. Forgetting to floss is a terrible health habit that can cause cavities. It can also lead to gum disease, root canals, and even tooth loss.
5) Eating Fast Food
Everyone knows that eating fast food is a bad health habit. However, many people don’t seem to care. Twice a month is not a big deal but if you make eating fast food a habit you may develop health issues such as weight gain and a slew of health issues. Fast food is low in nutrients and high in calories, saturated fat, and sodium. Nearly all of the bread products are made from refined flour which turns into sugar as soon as it hits you digestive tract. According to Kathy McManus at the department of nutrition at Brigham Women’s Hospital in Boston, “Studies show you can actually become addicted to salt, sugar and fat and develop cravings for them. Fast food has all of these things combined.”
6) Drinking Alcohol
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, excessive drinking is a bad health habit. Excessive drinking may disrupt menstrual cycling and increase the risk of infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, and premature delivery. Not only is a woman’s risk of liver disease higher than a man’s, the CDC also reported that alcohol consumption increases the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, colon, and breast among women.
7) Not Enough Exercise
Exercising regularly not only helps ward off worries, fatigue, and weight gain, it also can positively shift your mental state. “How you do anything is how you do everything,” says Patricia Moreno, author of The IntenSati Method. “If you’re not taking care of your body, it will reflect in other areas of your life. I think people say they don’t like to exercise because they’re subconsciously wrapped up in guilt and shame. People have all kinds of excuses for why they can’t work out: I don’t look good. I’m too fat. It’s going to be hard. Or I don’t have the time. But the problem with believing those things is, the excuses you use not to work out are the same ones you’ll use everywhere in your life.” Human beings are designed to move and do work. A sedentary lifestyle is not only a bad health habit it is contrary to what it means to be alive.