Little Things We Do Innocently That Can Be Harmful To Our Health

Little Things We Do Innocently That Can Be Harmful To Our Health

1. Snoring
You may think of snoring as a sometimes annoying or embarrassing, side effect of sleep. But before you discount your snoring as nothing out of the ordinary, consider this: People whose snoring is caused by severe sleep apnea have a 40 percent greater chance of dying early than do their peers. That’s because this sleep disorder is related to a host of health problems, from heart disease to depression.
Causes: Obstructed nasal airways, Poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue, obesity, poor pillows
Solution: Change Your Sleep Position, Lose Weight, Avoid Alcohol, Practice Good Sleep Hygiene, Open Nasal Passages, Change Your Pillows, Stay Well Hydrated.
2. Excessive TV
Young adults who watch a lot of TV and don’t exercise much may start to see the effects of their unhealthy habits on their brains as early as midlife, a new study suggests. In the study, researchers looked at the TV viewing habits of more than 3,200 people, who were 25 years old, on average, at the start of the study. The people in the study who watched more than 3 hours of TV per day on average over the next 25 years were more likely to perform poorly on certain cognitive tests, compared with people who watched little TV, the researchers found.
Solution: Physical activity! Keep it moving!!
3. Skipping breakfast

 

Skipping the morning meal can throw off your body’s rhythm of fasting and eating. When you wake up, the blood sugar your body needs to make your muscles and brain work their best is usually low. Breakfast helps replenish it.Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism, helping you burn calories throughout the day. It also gives you the energy you need to get things done and helps you focus at work or at school. Those are just a few reasons why it’s the most important meal of the day.

Many studies have linked eating breakfast to good health, including better memory and concentration, lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, and lower chances of getting diabetes, heart disease, and being overweight.

Solution: You already know, Eat your breakfast like a KING, Lunch as a PRINCE and Dinner like a PAUPER. You can talk to a dietitian for proper dieting tips.

 

4. Lagos Traffic

According to a CNN report, a 2012 study by Washington University in St. Louis noted that long commutes eat up exercise time. Thus, long commutes are associated with higher weight, lower fitness levels, and higher blood pressure—all strong predictors of heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer.

The study also notes that “being exposed to the daily hassles of traffic can lead to higher chronic stress.”

One of the stress triggers while driving during a traffic jam is impatience—having to wait for the traffic to move and dealing with the mistakes of other motorists on the road. Commuters who are exposed to air pollution, like those riding in non-air conditioned vehicles such as napeps and motorcycles, double their health risk.

Aside from stress, they are also exposed to pollutants that can affect the lungs. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that air pollution is to blame for 3.2 million preventable deaths worldwide every year.

Also, it is also worthy of note that traffic congestion can put you at a long term risk for musculoskeletal disorders in you lowback, Neck, knees, hips etc.

Solution: Sitting exercises while in traffic, lumbar pillows for the low back, adequate leg room, use your air conditioner if you have one, listen to radio or find a good distraction to help ease the stress.

 

5. Skipping Medications

It can be easy to forget to take your meds if you are feeling fine. High blood pressure is called the silent killer because you don’t feel it, but feeling well is no justification for stopping taking your pills. Do not stop taking your pills till the prescribing doctor says so.

Also, mixing of prescribed drugs with herbs can be very toxic to our health in many ways. Drug interaction can be fatal in some cases.

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