Everyday things damaging to your health

In a world where everything has to be done better, faster and in bulk we don’t often consider the strain we put on our bodies when we live our daily lives.

Things like walking past the air refresher spritzing a refreshing cent every 5 minutes to washing your cereal bowl with the dishwashing liquid and then applying your body lotion (with an added SPF). Pretty soon you’re sitting in the office staring at a computer screen drinking water (from a plastic bottle). Still think you’re living a healthy life? Well here are 10 products and habits we’ve accepted into our lives that might be harmful to your wellbeing

Household products

It is a no brainer and people are aware of this, but every time you clean your house you hurt yourself. Bleach and ammonia can both damage your respiratory system and cause respiratory irritation, leading to asthma and difficulty breathing.

The dishwashing soap you use contains chemicals and fragrances. It’s important you rinse your dishes and utensils thoroughly because trace amounts can contain bleach and other chemicals that can end up in your food.

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Sunblock 

Yes this is no mistake, sunblock is on the list. Cheaper formulated sunscreens not only blocks the skin’s ability to absorb vitamin D, which is essential for good health, but it also contains numerous toxic ingredients that serve as hormone disrupters. In fact, some studies show that certain sunscreens hold a higher risk of skin cancer because of the chemicals added and all of those chemicals can lead to premature skin aging. Ingredients to look out for are:  PABA, Oxybenzone, Dioxybenzone.

Here it’s important to read the labels! Choose sunscreens that contain titanium dioxide as the active ingredient. The quality of your sunscreen in very, very important, especially if you apply it daily.

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Plastic water bottles.

Yes drinking water is healthy, but what do you drink it out of? No matter how recyclable the plastic is these bottles still have some health hazards in store. Most, if not all plastics, are made from petroleum distillates and plastics contain chemicals that actually seep into the water because of the bottle. This can cause neurological disorders, hormone disruption, and cancer among other illnesses.

Alternatively drink water from glass bottles which are also recyclable and a lot healthier.

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Perfume 

Someone walks into a room and your headache appears out of nowhere – sounds familiar? The fragrances in perfume contain chemicals that can cause anything from respiratory distress to hyperpigmentation.

Try alternatives like natural oils. Lush has a wide range of natural products that are all handmade, free from toxins and smells heavenly.

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Staring at a screen all day.

The American College of Cardiology stated that sitting in front of a screen for more than four hours be it in front of the TV or the computer can increase your chances of getting a heart attack or a stroke by as much as 113%

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Sleeping to much

It’s all about being active! Yes a reasonable amount of sleep is necessary but too much can be bad for you as well. People who slept more than nine hours a night had a 41% higher risk for heart disease than those who slept seven to eight hours a night. This according to a review done by studying these people’s sleeping habits.

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Sugar free?

People think that eating healthy means less sugar, this might be true but it depends what you’re using as an alternative. Turning to diet, fat free, sugar free products means you’re putting substances like; sucralose, aspartame, acesulfame K, and neotame, among other things, into your body

Dr Isaac Eliaz, MD, integrative health expert and founder of The Amitabha Medical Clinic and Healing Center in Sebastopol, CA says “Independent research strongly suggests that when metabolized in the body, these sweeteners can cause health-related issues and problems related to metabolism and weight gain, neurological diseases, joint pain, digestive problems, headaches, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, chemical toxicity, and cancer, among others.”

Still think the diet is worth it?

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Refusing to laugh.

Physiologically, we change when we laugh; stretching muscles throughout our face and body, your pulse and blood pressure rises and you breathe faster meaning more oxygen flows throughout your body.

The Mayo Clinic says that it boosts the immune system and reduces stress plus a very welcome bonus is that it burns calories.

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Sitting

Scientists at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana analysed the lifestyles of more than 17,000 men and women over about 13 years, and found that people who sit for most of the day are 54 percent more likely to die of heart attacks

Shocking isn’t it?  It makes sense – your body is constantly stuck in one position and there are no obstacles to challenge it.

The solution – get up at least every three hours, we know office work can be demanding but we all need a coffee break some time and with so many coffee breaks the bathroom is always needed.

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White Chocolate

A funny one I know, but we like to add some tequila to the lemonade (to keep you reading).

The problem with white chocolate is that its profile is blank. What I mean by blank is; compared to dark chocolate it contains no phytonutrients that increase your blood flow to the brain, protect blood vessels, and boost ones mood and focus. White chocolate is just an empty shell so to speak.

When living in today’s world there can be a lot of things that pose as a threat to us and our families it doesn’t mean we have to live in fear or stop living all together – it just means you should pay a little more attention now and then. Read the labels and think rationally, living healthy is not a tricky thing to do.

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