Living in this modern age we like to think that everything we do has the most beneficial effects on our health, because we’re modern people right? Wrong. there are lots of things that we do in daily basis that aren’t healthy and there are lots of healthy things that everyone should do, but neglect. Here are some of the example:
When does the last time you floss? Heck, I bet you don’t even have floss in your house. You might think it isn’t important, but think again… Brush vs floss, which one is more important? Turn out dentist say it’s floss. Shocking isn’t it? We have been doing second best thing all this time and many of us doesn’t do the best thing for our teeth which is flossing.
Why flossing is better than brushing? Well both aim the same which is to eradicate the plaque and bacteria in your teeth. Brushing is for the surface area while floss is to clean between teeth. The difference is that you can gargle water and some of the plaque in the surface area can come off (not as many if you brush it of course) while those in between teeth wouldn’t change, but that’s not all why floss is better.
The plaque in between teeth can harden which will cause the gum to bleed. Then bacteria in the plaque can freely enter the blood system and cause inflammation which could narrow the arteries and lead to heart attack. This is why people who floss regularly has 2-6 years more life expectancy than those who doesn’t floss.
Of course the best way to protect your teeth is to floss and brush, in that order.
#2 Using Squat Toilet
For developed countries it would be weird to find squat toilet. We all been accustomed to sitting toilet since we are born, but what if I told you that sitting toilet is harmful and using squat toilet is better?
You are saying that third world country has better toilet than developed country? In the health perspective, yes. The usual sitting potty that you have in your house is only good for comfort, but bad for your health. You see human normal position to defecate is to squat since the beginning of human civilization. Sitting toilet come in mid 19th century and since then, people who are having hemorrhoids and constipation increase.
- Constipation: this could be cause by lack of fiber diet and water, but it also can be cause by your defecate posture. You see when you defecate with sitting posture you aren’t getting the maximum doorway. Its like you want to push something out of a half open door. It won’t release 100 percent of your shit which then the leftover gonna harden and cause constipation.
- Hemorrhoids: it is caused by trying to push your bowel. When you have like huge crap inside your bowel that just won’t come out, you push your butt like a pregnant women to get the shit out. That is what caused hemorrhoids. Study has shown that using squat toilet, people exert less force than when using sitting toilet.
Those two are the most likely you gonna get. There is other health risk that you can contract with such as: colon cancer, pelvic floor damage, prostate disorder, or even heart attack. So start using squat toilet as it would make you defecate much faster, cleaner, and healthier.
#3 Eat Your Fruits And Veggies
Yes, we all know that being vegetarian doesn’t mean you gonna live forever or you gonna be safe from cancer. But recent study show that it CAN significantly reduce the risk of you dying from many sources.
Newest study from University College London that study 65,000 people for 12 years show that eating 7 portion or more veggies and fruit can reduce the risk of having heart disease by 31%, reduce the risk of cancer by 25%, and reduce the risk of dying from many other variable by 42%.
This is why Australia go for 2 + 5 slogan (2 fruits and 5 veggies a day). In the UK they have 5 a day slogan. Eating 5 portion of fruits and veggies can reduce the risk of heart disease by 18%, risk of cancer by 19%, and risk from other causes by 29%. In the America the slogan they have is “fruits and veggies more matters” which is lame slogan as it could mean just eat one or two portion of fruit and veggies. Eating one or two only reduce the risk of heart disease by 9%, cancer by 11%, and other causes by 14%.
The study also show that eating canned fruit instead of lowering the risk of death it increased it up by 17%. This might be caused by the higher sugar in the canned fruit, that or those who buy canned fruit are poor people and they have poor diet.
However, we don’t want you to become full vegetarian either. As other study concluded that full vegetarians is less healthy than those who eat meat. So eat meat, but don’t forget to eat at least 2 fruits and 5 vegetables with it.
#4 Don’t Wear Bra
That’s right, wearing bra is harmful and has no beneficial effect on young women according to new study in France. It is a 15-year study led by professor Jean-Denis Rouillon, from the University of Besançon in eastern France.
One of the purpose of using bra is to prevent sagging, but the study show that young women who wear bra weaken the strength of the natural muscle that hold the breast, which mean overtime instead of preventing sagging, it caused it.
Without bra women can breath better, carry herself better, and less back pain.
This only beneficial for young women as this is the age where their muscle still developing. Older women (40 or older) will be better with bras than not said the professor.
#5 Wash Your Hand Often
What’s health has to do with washing hand you might ask? Washing hand is the most under appreciated thing that everyone can do to make their life and everyone around them healthier. Most people think healthy living is about the diet or exercise, but it is more simple than that, it is about washing hand. You see, 80% disease that is caused by bacteria can be prevented just by washing hand.
Which mean if everyone frequently wash their hand, we would rarely see a sick person. One study show that if people always wash their hand after toilet and before eating the number of diarrhea disease could drop by 50 percent. Well who doesn’t wash their hand after using toilet? Turn out that 1 out of 3 men don’t wash their hand after using toilet, gross!
I always wash my hand after toilet or before eating, is that enough? Apparently not. You need to wash your hand before and after preparing food, after sneezing or coughing, after throwing garbage, after picking your nose, before and after treating wound, after petting animal, and before and after seeing someone who is sick.