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10 Habits Everyday That Can Damage Your Health

1. Wearing flip-flops

Flip flops

How could this warm weather staple be hazardous to my health? you may be thinking. For starters, they set you up for injury. “Flip-flops offer little support, and this predisposes one to injuries, (such as) sprains and fractures of the foot or other parts of the body,” Dr. Andrew Shapiro tells Thrillist. Plus, these open-toe shoes leave your feet susceptible to germs.

2. Holding in sneezes

Woman sneezing

You may think you’re being polite by not loudly sneezing. But this is actually harming your health, certified fitness specialist Jim White tells Men’s Journal. “Our sneezes move at up to 100 miles per hour, so holding it in, in extreme cases, can cause fractures in nasal cartilage, nose bleeds or even detached retinas,” he warns.

3. Washing your hair too often

Hair wash

This can strip the natural oils from your hair.

You may want to consider jumping on the dry shampoo bandwagon. As it turns out, it’s unhealthy for your hair to be too clean. ““A lot of times, (shampoo) actually strains natural oils from the hair and causes it to be more brittle,” White tells Men’s Journal. So having a little extra oil in your hair is actually a good thing.

4. Adding extra sauce

Sauce

We’re all for the food you eat tasting delicious. But some of your favorite condiments are wreaking havoc on your body. Registered dietitian Stefanie Senior tells the Huffington Post that many of your favorite condiments pack in added ingredients like extra fat, sodium, and sugar, which can contribute to problems such as obesity and heart disease.

5. Carrying your wallet in your pocket

wallet in his pants pocket

It may shock you to see this on a list of harmful habits. But  Dr. Scott Schreiber, a chiropractic physician, tells Thrillist carrying a heavy wallet or cellphone in your back pocket “causes an unnatural tilting of the pelvis, causing strain and stretching of the ligaments, muscles to compensate, and pain in the pelvis and back.”

6. Forgetting to take your contacts out

Pain in bed

There’s no worse way to wake up in the morning to painful eyeballs — the reminder that you forgot to take your contacts out the night before. And if you’re someone who does this often, it’s doing more damage than causing you pain. Men’s Journal tells us “contact lenses block the tissue of your eye from receiving oxygen,” and that overuse can damage your corneas.

7. Taking your phone to bed with you

Using mobile in bed

Here’s a bad habit that most people are guilty of nowadays, and they do it anyways. For starters, the light from your phone — especially in the dark — can throw your circadian rhythms out of whack. Additionally, this adds to the long hours you spend staring at your phone, computer, and TV screens all day, which is doing long-term damage to your eyes.

8. Sitting for too long

Long route driving

We get it — if you’re stuck on an international flight or drive a vehicle for a living, you probably sit more than the average person. But it’s important to get up and stretch your legs every once in a while, because sitting for too long has a long-term negative impact on your spine and internal organs.

9. Doing rigorous exercise right before bed

Man sweating from exercise

This is one of those heavily debated topics that needs a little extra explanation. Many outlets say that exercising late at night causes sleep difficulties. Yet there are individuals who only have time to hit the gym late at night and claim that they don’t have a problem sleeping. Here’s the key: Just don’t do an intense at-home workout and then try to jump into bed. Try night time stretches instead.

10. Googling your health problems

Man searching on google

Long story short: Most of us aren’t doctors. And identifying with a condition online is more likely to lead to a misdiagnosis, and improper treatment. “Patients buy unnecessary over-the-counter medications that can mask or make their symptoms worse,” Dr. Sherry Ross, an OB/GYN, tells Thrillist.

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