Getting up in time to shower and brushing your teeth – all our lives, we’ve picked up many of our everyday routines from our parents.
But just because you do things the same way over and over again doesn’t make them right or good for you.
The constant development of research and education go a long way of revealing new developments in what we may have originally believed to be perfectly good for us.
And as it turns out, sometimes we are really off – at least with regards to these 10 hard ‘facts’.
1. Your alarm clock
Handy to keep near the bed, but how healthy really is it to be awakened by a high and sudden beep? Not so great apparentlly.
According to a japanese study, a too sudden awakening not only disrupts our biological clocks, but is also bad for the heart.
Researchers also discovered a correlation between heart attacks and alarm clocks, as adrenaline sharply rises when your bell suddenly goes off in the morning.
2. Carry the right backpack
Even the best of backpacks can be uncomfortable to wear if not properly adjusted – and this could have devastating consequences for your back.
To reduce pressure; put your heavy items closer to your back as well as near the top of the bag, centered at the shoulder blades.
Also, make sure all straps are tight.
3. Don’t shower too often
Dermatologist Nick Lowe has found that a shower every day with warm water results in dry and cracked skin.
According to the doctor, it’s best to shower 1-2 week. This is said to be fully adequate where personal hygiene is concerned.
4. Forget the siesta
It is not only in southern Europe that the siesta is popular, people all over the world enjoy a little nap after lunch.
And while power napping can be great now and then, it’s much better to take a short walk after lunch to keep your metabolism going and burn excess calories.
Some believe that microwaves from the microwave lead to chemical changes in food. But experts are virtually unanimous that this is a myth.
In fact, it’s actually quite the opposite – eating foods prepared in the microwave results in fewer bacteria in food and vegetables and helps retain vitamins much better.
Not bad, right?
6. Direct dentistry
Many feel the need to brush their teeth immediately after eating, to prevent bad breath and tooth decay. Even in the morning, many were quick to clean stings.
But according to a US study, you should wait at least 30 minutes after your meal before brushing your teeth. Brushing your teeth too close to a meal means the enamel on your teeth has already become softer .
7. More sleep – higher risk of stroke
To sleep more than 8 hours at night may sound appealing, and many believe that they will be more alert if they do so – but it is also a myth that can be stressful.
According to research, there is little connection between the number of hours we sleep and how tired we are. Relatively new research also shows that the risk of stroke may increase if you sleep more than eight hours per night.
According to a large American study, the optimal sleeping time is 6,5 to 7,5 hours.
8. Sneezing spreads like wildfire
Do you turn away when someone sneezes near you? It probably doesn’t matter. Bacteria from sneezes fly at high speed through the air and are immediately transmitted, no matter how fast you are to turn away.
According to a British study, the mucus from a single sneeze can spread to up to 150 people on public transportation. The researchers found that about 100,000 small mucus droplets are emitted when you sneeze and these droplets land on the faces, seats and clothing of other passengers. So use a a tissue the next time you sneeze!
9. Vitamin tablets
Many people take vitamins and minerals in the form of dietary supplements on a regular basis. At times it is certainly beneficial to take supplements, for instance if you received the recommendation from a doctor.
But more and more scientific studies show that multivitamins do not provide any health benefits. Indeed, most scientists now agree that the population at large does not benefit from multi-vitamins and mineral supplements.
10. Excessive cleaning
We’ve all heard it before – cleanliness is next to godliness.
But this should not go to extremes – research shows that children who live in overly clean environments run higher risks of developing allergies.
Researchers at Linköping University in Sweden compared children in Sweden and Estonia. More bacteria was detected in the Estonian homes and Estonian children were found to more frequently have molecules in their body protecting them from antibodies in the mucous membrane. These important molecules develop if the body’s immune system is exposed to infections in infancy.
While I feel like I should take some of the above with a relative grain of salt, many of this makes perfect sense to me. Share this article with others to help spread this information and help others change or improve their habits!
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