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6 Habits that Damage Our Health Without Us Knowing

Things we're used to aren't always as simple as they seem. Some of them are harmful, and others may be downright dangerous.

Bright Side made a list of 6 ordinary things we do that can cause damage to our health, without us even knowing

1) Crossing your legs

Poor circulation due to crossed legs can lead to tingling or numbness in your legs or feet. Skin changes: Regional skin discoloration can occur due to a lack of blood flow. Leg wounds: If you notice open, non-healing wounds on your legs, these may be signs of advancing vein disease.

Numerous studies confirm that sitting with your legs crossed (on a chair or on the floor) results in hypertension, varicose veins, and nerve damage.

2) Drinking lots of water

When you drink too much water, your kidneys can't get rid of the excess water. The sodium content of your blood becomes diluted. This is called hyponatremia and it can be life-threatening

Drinking too much water can be unhealthy. When you drink more water than your kidneys can handle, you can upset the balance of sodium levels in your blood. This is called water intoxication.

3) Preparing popcorn in a microwave

Microwave popcorn has also been linked to a serious lung disease called popcorn lung. Diacetyl, a chemical used to give microwave popcorn its buttery flavor and aroma, is linked to severe and irreversible lung damage when inhaled in large amounts.

4) Eating at your work desk

Eating lunch at your desk means you'll stay seated longer, and sitting for long periods of time can make you sick in more ways. As the Washington Post notes, sitting for hours on end can cause increased risks of heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

5) Bad Posture

Poor posture increases load on the spine that can damage the vertebral discs and muscles, leading to increased risk for neck and back pain, as well as vertebral fractures when bone mineral density is low.

Another form of bad posture called forward head posture (FHP), or when a person walks or stands with their head jutting forward, can also decrease a person’s breathing capacity.

6) Sleeping on your stomach

According researchers, sleeping on your stomach places a strain on your back and spine. This is because most of your weight is in the middle of your body. This makes it difficult to maintain a neutral spine position when you're sleeping. Stress on the spine increases stress on other structures in your body.

Source: Google, Bright side

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