Things we’re used aren’t always as simple as they seem. Some of them are harmful and others may be downright dangerous.
So here is the list of 7 ordinary things we do that can cause damage to our health.
1. Crossing your legs
The first to speak about the harm caused by crossing your legs in was a food complement manufacturing company in 1999. They even launched a large-scale campaign in the US called The Great Cross-Out. Numerous students confirmed in the campaign that sitting with your legs crossed on a chair or on floor results in hypertension, varicose veins, and nerve damage.
2. Feeding birds
Feeding pigeons may be one of the favourite activities of some parents when they are out with their kids. But it’s not only fun but also dangerous. The chances of a city bird carrying a contagious disease are more than 50%. Pigeons carry ornithosis, colibacillosis, histoplasmosis, salmonellosis, tuberculosis, listeriosis, rabbit fever, Newcastle disease, toxoplasmosis.
3. Wearing poor quality sunglasses
In order to save money, manufacturers use poor quality of plastic that doesn’t protect your eyes from UV rays, which in bright sunlight can lead to retinal burn. The shading makes your pupils dilate and receives a double dose of ultraviolet, which is even more harmful than not wearing glasses.
4. Drinking lots of water
Yeah, you read it right. Drinking lots of water is also not always healthy, although so is drinking too little. According to researchers, body’s water need varies from individual to individual. If you move a lot or do sports, drink more; if you have kidney or cardiovascular issues, better drink less. In either way to find your requirement is thirst – drink it when you feel it.
5. Treating yourself with hot water bottle
Applying cold or hot water to a painful spot is our favourite way to relief pain, but there are some ailments that specifically do not require the use of hot water bottles. These include bleeding, acute inflammation in the abdomen (appendicitis, cholecystitis, pancreatitis), and in the first few hours and few days after a sprain or injury.
6. Preparing popcorn in microwave
It’s not about the way you cook it – it’s about the contents of the corn for home use. The danger here is in a chemical called diacetyl, it’s a synthetic oil and a flavouring 2 in 1. Vaporising when heated, it gets into our lungs and damages them. You can reduce the risk to your lungs by letting them cool down before you eat.
7. Eating at your work desk
Most of the workplaces aren’t suited to eating and are dangerous as they accumulate tonnes of bacteria that aren’t exactly good for your digestion. Moreover, the smell of your food may bother your colleagues, your brain needs rest, your legs need a workout, and your stomach can’t digest food because your brain isn’t concentrating on consuming it.