Unhealthy habits you must abandon right now

By:Vasudha Bhat, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Sep 05, 2014

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Irrespective of the consequences, there are several habits that have become a part of our lives. But, the satisfaction these habits give us is temporary and the damages they cause can last a lifetime. Let’s have a look at some of such habits.
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    Don't Ignore

    Do you find food to be your last resort when it comes to fighting your emotional turmoil? Or do you find solace in biting your nails when in a tensed situation? Mind you the happiness these habits give you is temporary and in the long run can cost you a lot. So, even if you are unconsciously addicted to any of these bad habits, it’s time to quit.

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    Nail Biting

    When you bite your nails frequently it makes your fingers look ugly and eventually hampers the growth of nails. Besides, the outer layer of your teeth is also damaged due to this habit. Harmful bacteria like staphylococcus thrive underneath the nails and lead to many nail related infections and other problems.

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    Lying to Doctor

    Doctors almost all times work like magicians but, they can really work their magical prowess as long as you speak your heart with them. It may feel embarrassing for some people to discuss body parts with a stranger but, not letting your doctor know the exact trouble can lead to wrong diagnosis, over or inadequate testing and wrong drug use.

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    Emotional Eating

    Whenever you are angry, depressed or stressed, you will never be tempted to munch on salads. Foods that will come to your rescue will be chips, cookies and chocolates that will bust your stress or so it may seem. When you expose your body to such sugary and fattening substances, it may lead to obesity, high cholesterol and many other health troubles.

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    Not Flossing

    Flossing prevents gum diseases and helps to make your teeth look clean and healthier. It has been shown in studies that people who breed disease-causing bacteria in their mouths tend to have thicker carotid arteries which can increase the risk of a stroke. Also, people who suffer from gum diseases are at 63 per cent higher risk of pancreatic cancer.

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    Not Caring about your Health

    When a curable disease is ignored for a long time, it can become fatal or leave adverse effects that can last a lifetime. For example: survival rates of breast cancer are 100 per cent when diagnosed at an early stage but, when it can drop to 20 per cent when detected at the last stage.

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    Late-night Munching of Snacks

    Late night snacking is not all that bad for you as long as you are not choosing a cold pizza slice over slices of apples. Snacking late night can lead to heartburn as lying down immediately after eating makes the flow of stomach acid into the esophagus easy.

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    Sleeping Less

    Inadequate sleep can pose serious threat to your health. It not only affects your ability to focus and be alert but also has adverse effects on your appetite, immune system and weight distribution. The blood circulation of the body slows down drastically due to sleeplessness, giving birth to wrinkles, dark circles and bags under the eyes.

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    Ignoring a Low Sex Drive

    Having sex is good for your health, mental well-being and relationship. However, many people especially women stop having sex as they age. There is a downward fall in their sexual activities as they begin to get old.

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    Checking Weight Frequently

    The number on the weighing machine does not show how healthy or unhealthy you are. Also, the machine cannot tell which part of your body carries the extra weight, keeping you unaware of the looming danger of various diseases. It is always advisable to use improved-fat measuring tool to check the fat around your belly, hips and any other area which you feel is loaded with fat.

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