Your day is often filled with unexpected twists and turns, and preparing yourself for them just isn’t a reasonable option. With that said, you adjust and conform to the best of your abilities when trying to adapt to, or avoid those little bumps in the road.
It’s also safe to say that you avoid making mistakes that are detrimental to your overall health, simply because, you know how to avoid most of them. For instance, you look both ways before crossing the street because if you don’t the odds of you getting hit by a car are quite high.
So what about the health risks you run that harm your health but you just don’t know about. Take a look at these popular mistakes made by so many people on a daily basis, and how to avoid them in order to remain in good health.
Brushing After Breakfast
Although it seems like the logical and clean thing to do, in actuality, brushing after eating acidic foods (which most cereals and even fruit are) can actually weaken enamel on the teeth. Stripping away the natural enamel can lead to discoloration and increased odds of cracks and chips in the teeth.
If you feel the need to clean the teeth, simply gargle and rinse with water and wait about 30 minutes and then brush. Waiting helps the calcium in your saliva to remineralize weakened areas.
Feeling the Breeze
The freeway is known to house up to 10 times more air pollution than side streets and suburbs. So, if you drive with the windows down on your commute to work to help you get some fresh air, you may be doing more harm than you realize. Diesel fumes can contribute to headaches, cancer, and are linked to heart disease. Turn on the air conditioning and be sure to recirculate the air. This way you are helping to cut your particular pollution exposure by up to four times.
Reheat in Plastic
Have you checked your tupperware? Do you really know what that leftovers container from the restaurant is made of? Even if it’s labeled as being BPA-free, it may be a decent option but it’s not always the best or safest. Phthalates can cling onto your food, potentially damaging and altering hormones. Reheat everything in glass in order to eliminate any exposure to harmful chemicals you hadn’t realized were there.
You Update Before You Shut Down
Statistics show that those who use their phones for work purposes (checking email, social media, etc) after 9 p.m. wake up groggy and lethargic, at least according to a University of Florida study. Turn off e-mail notifications after 9 p.m. If it’s an emergency, someone will call you! Shut down before you go to bed in order to ensure a good night’s sleep.
Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.
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