10 Things We Don’t Notice But Can Slowly Harm Our Health

Posted by Aleena in Health and Fitness On 31st July 2022

According to psychology, several of the things we do daily might damage our bodies if done in excess. That is why, now and then, turning things down could be a good idea, bearing in mind that sometimes less is more.

We've compiled a list of daily practices that may endanger our health to remind you that we should take it easy on ourselves from time to time.


1. Leaving hot food to cool off

Contrary to popular belief, putting newly cooked meals in the fridge is totally safe.

In fact, various bacteria are comfortable growing in temperatures between 40°F to 140°F, also known as the “danger zone.” Refrigerating food immediately prevents bacterial contamination.


2. Exfoliating your skin every day

Men, women, and even teenagers have their own skincare routines, which are currently in their golden age. People are increasingly attempting to obtain bright skin with facials and exfoliants, although this is rarely the case.

Exfoliating your skin at least once a week is only recommended by dermatologists because our skin is prone to dryness and irritation with time. If you have oily skin, washing your face three times a week is recommended.


3. Brushing your teeth more than 3 times a day

It's not a bad idea to keep your pearly whites squeaky clean and gleaming.

Brushing your teeth excessively hard, on the other hand, can cause bleeding gums and brittleness, which can lead to gum disease and other oral health issues. It only takes 2 minutes to achieve that dazzling smile.


4. Sunbathing for too long

Tans are everywhere when the sun is shining. Because sunshine is a good source of vitamin D, it's a good idea to spend some time outside. 

However, spending too much time in the sun can expose your skin to oxidants and damaging ultraviolet radiation, causing it to age and become vulnerable.


5. Eating out of plastic containers

Shopping for our favourite snacks and ordering takeout have two things in common: satisfying our cravings and using plasticware.

It may be handy, but eating from plastic containers exposes you to harmful chemicals that come into contact with your food and beverages.

Plastic can also degrade into "microplastics," which are harmful to people since they are microscopic plastic particles that can enter our circulation.


6. Using hand sanitizers and rubbing alcohol

Some advertisements claim that hand sanitizers remove 99.9% of germs on your hands, which is somewhat accurate. 

However, frequent use of hand sanitizers does more than only kill bacteria, which can be caused by dry skin, drug resistance, or the failure of antibiotics to work.


7. Sleeping on your favorite pillow

We all have a unique pillow that we prefer to use when we go to bed.

And, because we are accustomed to using it, we frequently forget to clean it by putting it in the laundry. Dust mites can live in filthy pillows, causing allergies.

8. Freshening up with some deodorant

Work and hobbies on a daily basis necessitate our undivided focus. That's why we use antiperspirants to get rid of sweat and keep us feeling light and fresh all day.

However, keeping cool has its drawbacks. Deodorants typically contain chemicals that cause allergies, and parabens and diethanolamine have been related to breast cancer in some cases.


9. Cooking with a non-stick pan

We see a Teflon pan in almost every kitchen we visit since it is so easy to use. However, the kitchenware's promising non-stick covering is harmful when used frequently. 

When the temperature rises, the coating degrades and hazardous vapours are released, putting you at danger for a variety of lung ailments.

10. Keeping your receipts

While keeping track of your expenses is strongly encouraged, modern receipts on thermal paper include a harmful chemical that is easily absorbed into our bloodstream. 

Plastics contain the same ingredient, bisphenol A, or BPA. Our endocrine gland is known to be disrupted by it.