12 Everyday Things That Can Harm Your Health

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Very often companies use targeted methods of influence to make us buy things we don’t need. However, some of them may not only be unnecessary but also quite dangerous for our health.

Artilinks made a list of things most of us have at home. We rarely think about their quality, but the harm they cause has been proved by different researchers. Should we continue using them at all?

12. High-intensity interval training

The people who dream of having a perfect body think that this training is pure magic. But a study conducted by Rutgers University showed that those who do this at a fast pace are more prone to getting injured and suffering from inflammation of the knees and shoulders. It’s just that in order to do this kind of training, you have to have a certain level of preparation. But if you’re a beginner and decide to lose weight quickly, this is definitely not a good option for you.

Keeping all this in mind, make sure you always warm up before you train and move onto more intense exercises gradually.

11. Charcoal toothpaste

Recently, it has become trendy to use charcoal not only for clearing your stomach but for cosmetic purposes as well. If you want to use a toothpaste that contains charcoal, you should remember that it is abrasive. By clearing the outside surface of your teeth, it also partially scraps off the enamel which, unfortunately, doesn’t get restored. This makes your teeth more sensitive and appear dimmer. In addition to this, little pieces of coal can get stuck in fillings and dents, causing irritation.

Dentists claim that in order to have a perfect smile, you should just visit a dentist.

10. IQOS

Electronic cigarettes with changeable cassettes are becoming more and more popular (IQOS). They are believed to be less harmful than regular cigarettes. But because the heated electronic cigarettes generate nicotine aerosol that consists of tobacco and other chemicals, they’re turning out to be even more harmful to people’s health.

Based on the results of some studies on bronchus epithelium in people who smoke IQOS, electronic cigarettes can lead to inflammation, oxidative stress, and other bad consequences for the lungs and the airways. In the long-term, it can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cancer.

9. Douching

This clearing method can lead to changes in the microflora of the internal genital organs, irritation, itching, and bacterial vaginosis. And oftentimes, douching can increase the risk of developing cervical cancer.

So, if you’re noticing some kind of discomfort in your genital organs, don’t do anything by yourself and don’t trust commercials — go see a doctor.

8. Vitamins without a prescription

Doctors often remind us that taking vitamins too often without a prescription can have negative consequences. For example, taking too much vitamin C can lead to the formation of kidney stones.

If you think that you’re not getting enough nutrients, consider changing your diet to a better quality one or consult with a nutritionist that can provide a good food plan for you.

7. Kegel exercises

Kegel exercises are designed not only for women but for men as well, and if done correctly, they’re supposed to make the muscles of the pelvic floor stronger. But this kind of exercise has a lot of contradictions. For example, if a person has pain in the pelvis or urinary incontinence, this exercise can worsen things or hurt the bladder and kidneys. More than that, many people do this exercise the wrong way or do too many reps, hoping to get a faster result.

If you have health issues or want to get rid of them with Kegel exercises, you should consult a doctor first.

6. Plastic food containers

It’s not the plastic itself that harms us but the chemical components that manufacturers use to make the containers solid. Often washing, heating, and contact with food components make the situation worse. The plastic becomes very toxic and dangerous.

 Do not use plastic food containers for more than 5 months, and make sure you avoid using them in the microwave.

5. Crocs

Millions of people love wearing this simple pair of shoes every day, but Crocs do not provide a very necessary stability for the heel. An unfixed heel can lead to many different problems, such as toe deformities, the formation of calluses, and foot pain. Another reason to wear something more comfortable is the fact that the shank (the part of the shoe which provides support between the toes and the heel) becomes very soft after prolonged usage. It’s crucial for any footwear to have a very solid shank so that you don’t feel any discomfort while walking.

4. Mascara

Pay close attention to the ingredients of mascara when you buy a new one. Some of the components, like parabens, aluminum powder, and propylene glycol, may be very dangerous for the health of your eyes. Avoid using your friend’s mascara because it can cause the formation of bacteria and fungi and lead to the growth of an infection.

3. Nonstick cookware

The perfluorinated chemicals used to create the nonstick cover on your frying pan are not so dangerous by themselves. However, when the temperature exceeds 230ºC, the frying surface extracts a certain amount of the volatile substances. Danish researchers found that the presence of these poisonous chemicals in human blood can lead to the formation of cancer cells.

2. Antibacterial soap

The law regulated the amount of triclosan, the antiseptic used in antibacterial soap, to 0.1-0.3%. However, the harm is so much bigger: triclosan weakens the immune system and makes our body resist the absorption of antibiotics. It also can cause a hormonal imbalance and muscular dystrophy. In fact, antibacterial soap is no more than a marketing trick. Research shows that any bacteria can be washed off your hands with a simple soap.

1. Using the toilet

Progress has brought us many unhealthy habits – including sitting on the toilet incorrectly. With a 90-degree angle in your hips, the natural passage of the intestines is disrupted and practically sealed off. In the worst case, it may lead to irritable bowels, constipation, hemorrhoids, and even colon cancer. The natural position of a 45-degree angle in the hips is better for your health. Watch this video to get more information on this topic.

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