Your Good Habits Are Harmful


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Most people have gotten themselves into a little routine when it comes to their toilet behavior. However, most of the time, these toilet habits of ours are based on zero research and are just the product of our preferences, our lifestyle and, in a lot of cases, our phobias. But your toilet habit probably has a lot in common with Rihanna, in the sense that they are good habits gone bad.


It could be that you squat over the seat instead of sitting on it, or you take a little you-time before hitting the bed for a good night’s sleep, or you give your teeth a good old scrub after you eat. Of course, all these habits are based on good intentions and what we all believe to be the best thing, but all too often they aren’t. In fact, your habits, which are based on guesswork, may well be do a whole lot more damage to your body than they are good. Some of them may even be putting you into a problematic place that can be hard to solve later in life.


Luckily for you, we have come up with a few myth-busters that will hopefully clear the air a little bit. We don’t want you to go on believing that your healthy habits are healthy when they aren’t. As such, here are a few bits of educated advice.


Brushing Post-Eating

It is what we call the Matthew McConaughey habit, whereby you carry a toothbrush around with you at all times so that you can give your mouth a good old scrub the moment you’ve chowed down on a meal or enjoyed a little snack. Of course, brushing your teeth is a very healthy thing to do and a habit that must be maintained. However, your excellent habit may require a little bit of tweaking, by which we mean it is best to wait for roughly thirty minutes before you take a brush to your teeth, especially after consuming acidic foods. The reason for this is the protection of your gorgeous enamel. So if you’ve just chomped on some citrus fruits, or tomatoes, or guzzled some fizzy drinks (including sports drinks), then you should wait for a half-hour because these are notorious enamel-softeners. As such, any scrubbing you do of soft enamel runs the risks of breaking it down more permanently and even cause a significant amount of harm to the layer of teeth beneath the enamel. So, yeah, wait at least thirty minutes, preferably an hour, and then brush. Alternatively, give your mouth a little rinse with some cold water first to wash away as much of the acidity as possible, and then brush. Simple.


Squatting And Not Sitting

This is a very common one and that is because no one trusts public loos. It could be a restroom at the side of a motorway, or it could be the bathroom at work, either way, a lot of people get grossed out by the uncleanliness of loo seats. They get grossed out by it and thus decide to squat over the seat and not sit on them. However, this turns out to be extremely bad for your body. First off, squatting requires more straining, which increases your chances of getting piles and thus having to invest in Venapro. The other thing squatting can cause is urinary tract infections, which are extremely unpleasant, uncomfortable and undesirable. The reason this happens is because squatting basically squeezes the area around the urethra, which stops the bladder from doing all of its business, thus failing to flush out all of the nasty bacteria that it needs to flush out.


Choosing To Do Chores

This one is probably going to please you somewhat, while also annoying you somewhat. However, when you get back from work, or back from wherever, and you find your house isn’t spotless, we all tend to do our best to counter this. It may even be part of daily routine. Get in, start tidying, start clearing, start ticking chores off the list and start paying overdue bills. But while this is doing your house a little bit of good, it does not necessarily do you any good. In fact, it isn’t at all, and that is because it is increasing your stress levels at a time in the day where you should be relaxing. There is this hormone called cortisol, which increased with stress, and the more it increases the more likely you are to suffer from mental and physical health problems. So, don’t worry so much about your chores, or worrying, but do your worrying in the morning and not the evening. Simple.


Eat Less More Often

That is one of the things we always seem to hear, this factoid about grazing on food throughout the day being better for you than three large meals. We’re told it keeps us in better shape and prevents overindulgence and allows us to digest foods better and all sorts of things, most of which are nonsense. The first thing is, don’t eat anything late at night. It will do the exact opposite of helping you lose weight. Why? Well, because our bodies are optimized for eating throughout the day; it is when our metabolic systems are firing on all cylinders, allowing us to harvest all the nutrients we can in the shortest amount of time. This is good. So while grazing has its perks, it usually leaves us hungry deep into the evening, an urge that can be hard to resist, meaning all of your hard work in the day is completely pointless. What do we recommend then? Well, it’s not too much of a sacrifice but eat your breakfast after 7.15am and don’t eat your dinner any later than 6.45pm. This is usually impossible because nine to five jobs are now eight to six-thirty jobs, but if you can follow these eating rules then do. You’ll feel the benefits, and you’ll see them too, both of which will increase your wellbeing and health. Amazing.

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