It seems that our health is constantly in one kind of risk or another. It may be pollution, an unhealthy lifestyle or biological disorders. But maybe you are damaging your health in ways that you are not yet aware of. Here are 6 ways you can damage your health without knowing.
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1. Consuming too much salt
An adult should have no more than a teaspoon of salt a day and less for kids. More than half of this amount is in the everyday food we eat such as bread, pasta and cheese. So, the amount of salt you add onto your food can easily cause you to consume much more than is healthy. Too much salt can cause bloating and weight gain and can lead to stroke, heart disease and liver damage.
2. Abusing antibiotics
The overuse and misuse of antibiotics are key factors contributing to antibiotic resistance If you take an antibiotic when you actually have a viral infection, the antibiotic is still attacking bacteria in your body — bacteria that are either beneficial or at least not causing disease. This misdirected treatment can then promote antibiotic-resistant properties in harmless bacteria that can be shared with other bacteria.
You were always told to walk and sit up straight for a reason. Slouching brings your shoulders and jaw forward which in turn can cause back pain and headaches. What is even scarier is that bad posture can cause problems with the alignment of your spine as well as to your ribs. These can cause heart and lung problems in the long term. Developing good posture will not only alleviate these problems but it makes you look better too.
4. Not getting enough sleep
A study showed that people who do not get enough sleep are likely to develop heart problems. This is irrespective of weight, age or whether you smoke or not. This means that if you do not get a minimum of 6 hours of sleep you may just be at a high risk for strokes and heart failure. This may be because too little sleep can disrupt blood pressure.
5. Listening to music too loudly
Sometime we feel like blasting our music out loud. This can be a very bad habit because if this is done too loudly, especially through earphones, you may permanently damage your ears. Noise induced hearing loss can also be caused by noisy machinery or even noisy events such as concerts. So, this damage can either happen over time when you continuously listen to loud music or once off during an outburst of loud sound.
6. Eating too much sugar
Sugar may make just about anything slide down your mouth a little bit easier, but too much of it is linked to heart disease, depression and learning disorders. Just like salt, sugar is basically in everything we eat, from bread to low fat products and all the things we drink. A study showed that an increase in risk of heart problems correlated with higher consumption of sugar. So, it is not just your teeth that can develop permanent damage but your brain and heart too.
You may be harming your mind and body in ways that you may not have known. These 6 habits are everyday things that are detrimental to your health.
Written by Noma Mtebele