14 Habits We Usually Consider Harmless But Are Not

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Eating too much and going to bed late are very unhealthy habits, but our health can still suffer from even the most harmless habits. Are you aware that stifling your sneeze could possibly result in you ending up in hospital? Or chewing gum can lessen your focusing capabilities? There are many seemingly harmless habits that can actually be really harmful to our health. Here are 14 of the most common ones.

1 Stifling a sneeze

When we sneeze, dust particles, harmful bacteria and viruses are forced out of the body. So, if you stifle your sneeze, you stop your body from removing these things and this affects your respiratory system, the blood vessels, and even the esophagus. Picture, trying to shoot with the barrels closed. Similarly, you will get the same result when you stifle your sneeze. The full force of the sneeze when repressed can go back and hurt your hearing, increase your blood pressure and also damage your esophagus.

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2Using toothpicks

While toothpicks are usually harmless to the enamel, it is the gums that can get damaged by it. This is one reason why dentists are not a big fan of toothpicks. Also, cleaning your mouth with a toothpick is practically impossible. If you want to keep your mouth clean, use dental floss after learning how to use it correctly.

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3Sleeping on the pillow face down

Sleeping face down on your pillow can be comfortable but it is seriously harmful as it affects your breathing, facial skin, spinal cord, and blood circulation. When you sleep in this position it isn’t easy to breathe properly, and it also puts the neck in an unnatural position. The blood circulation also gets worse and it can be dangerous for the neck vertebrae. Doctors even warn that the wrinkles you might have can become constant and might not disappear after sleeping in this position.

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4Shelling seeds with your teeth

Never shell seeds with your teeth, even if they happen to be sunflower seeds which are very tasty and nutritious as it can damage your teeth and also your gallbladder. Dentists are always able to recognize experienced seed eaters by their specific tooth damage. Also, if you are having gallbladder problems then you shouldn’t eat seeds at all as they have an extremely high caloric value (more than 500 kcal in just 100 grams).

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5Chewing on something solid

Chewing on stuff like pencils, paperclips, pens, and other solid objects can suffer with huge enamel problems as this damages their mouth, gums, and teeth. You shouldn’t either try to chew nuts, lollipops, and ice cubes or try to open bottles with your mouth. You can even get an infection by doing this.

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