8 Health Mistakes You Didn’t Know You’re Making

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Skipping breakfast, forgetting to floss, using cotton buds to clean ears etc. are some of the most common health mistakes that everyone makes. But these common health mistakes could lead to more serious health problems. Below are the 8 mistakes people make when it comes to their health.

8 Health Mistakes You Didn’t Know You’re Making

1. Skipping breakfast

It is claimed that skipping breakfast helps us lose weight. But new research shows that breakfast skipping can lead to increased risk of obesity and heart disease. It has been found that those who skip breakfast have a 27% higher risk of heart disease than those who eat breakfast regularly.

2. Microwaving Food in a Plastic Container

Plastic containers often turns cloudy after running through the dishwasher or heating them in a microwave. It’s because the plastic wears down over time and when they are exposed to hard use or high temperatures like in microwaves or dishwashers, it can release cancer-causing chemicals into food. It’s safe to transfer prepared foods into a glass container before heating them in the microwave.

3. Eating in Front of the TV

Eating while sitting in front of the TV could lead to excess weight gain and obesity. According to one research, people who eat while watching TV tend to consume more than 25 per cent more calories later in the day as a result.

4. Not washing hands properly

According to research, six seconds is the average length of time people spend washing their hands. But this is not long enough to effectively remove bacteria. For an effective hand wash, you should scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.

5. Wearing contact lenses all day

Wearing contact lenses all day can damage your eyesight. The cornea (the transparent layer forming the front of the eye) gets its oxygen supply directly from the air rather than from the blood. But a contact lens acts as a barrier to that oxygen supply, so wearing them too long can potentially starve the cornea of oxygen. It is recommended to avoid wearing contacts for more than eight hours a day.

6. Using cotton buds to clean ears

Cotton swabs are often used for ear care. Cleaning ear using cotton swabs can damage the eardrum present inside the ear. Because eardrum is very fragile, it can be easily ruptured by using even the gentlest of pressure when using a cotton swab. This allow bacteria to slip past the damaged tissue into inner ear.

7. Failing to floss

Flossing your teeth is more important to your oral hygiene than even brushing. By skipping the floss, You’re missing 40% of your tooth’s surfaces. Flossing removes plaque and bacteria that you cannot reach with your toothbrush. Failing to floss can lead to severe gum disease and even an increased risk of heart disease.

8. Not Brushing Your Teeth Long Enough

The average person’s brushing time is only 45 seconds, but the dentist-recommended amount of time is 2 minutes. Anything shorter than 2 minutes doesn’t give the fluoride in your toothpaste enough time to attach to your tooth enamel. Brushing your teeth for 2 minutes is usually sufficient to remove plaque.

Source: IFAI

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