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Today, a healthy lifestyle is more fashionable than ever. British experts in the field of hygiene and health have identified the most harmful actions of a modern person, which he performs unknowingly in pursuit of better health.
Daily shower. It turns out that taking a shower every day is not so good at all. After all, the frequent use of hot water in combination with soap, shampoo, gels washes away its natural oils from the skin. As a result, its dryness, peeling, and infections appear. An ordinary person does not need to wash daily, but if you cannot live without a shower, then you should try to use as cold water as possible and as little chemicals as possible. These are the conclusions reached by a dermatologist at one of the London clinics, Nick Lowe. He believes that the habit of being clean is harmful, as it spoils the skin and impairs the body's protective barrier.
Eight hours of sleep. Everyone knows the norm that a healthy full sleep lasts eight hours. However, scientists have found that this duration of deep sleep can contribute to a constant feeling of fatigue. It turns out that you need to sleep no more than seven hours a day, while allocating six directly at night, and recruiting the remaining hour in small spills during the day. Professor Jean Horn, who works at the Sleep Research Center, believes that you need to sleep when you want and how much you want. It's okay if it's not at night. The scientist believes that a short sleep in the daytime, lasting from 4 to 15 minutes, is comparable in its effect to an hour of sleep at night. Horn discovered that once upon a time it was customary to divide sleep into several segments, such a division was physiological for humans. The current notion that waking up at night is bad can end up being detrimental to sleep quality. As a result, waking up at three in the morning, a person begins to get nervous and lie, trying to fall asleep. Should you torture yourself? After all, you can do something distracting - read a book, solve a crossword puzzle. If the body wants to sleep again, it will soon report it.
Rinsing your teeth. After using the toothpaste, a protective fluoride layer forms on the teeth, which is washed off with water when rinsing. For half an hour after cleaning, you do not need to take any liquids into your mouth, an exception can be made only for a mouthwash or a dental elixir with a high content of active fluoride. And you shouldn't rinse your teeth right after eating, you have to wait at least half an hour.
House cleaning. Do you need to clean your house more often to be healthy? No matter how it is! Scientists have conducted studies of one hundred men and women. It turned out that those who cleaned their homes more often than others suffered from high blood pressure. A similar connection was noted with shopping and cooking. The use of modern household chemicals has been found to greatly increase the risk of asthma. Increased pressure is not directly related to crawling with a vacuum cleaner in hard-to-reach places, it's all about the nerves. After all, cleaning is associated with anxiety, which is not so easy to deal with. These findings were published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.
Sitting on the toilet. Although many laugh at the "eagle" pose practiced in old Soviet toilets with holes in the floor instead of toilets, it is much healthier than sitting on toilet seats. After all, this posture is more natural, which is especially important for people with problem intestines. So it's best to squat down. The habit of many to sit in the toilet with a magazine or newspaper in a calm atmosphere is simply harmful. Scientists recommend not to linger in this place. Israeli scientists-proctologists have published their materials on the dangers of sitting on the toilet in the Digestive Diseases and Sciences. They came to the conclusion that while squatting, a person strains much less, which makes it easier to cope with natural needs. The risk of developing hemorrhoids or diverticulosis is much less.
Bad breath. If you ask a person to take a deep breath, their chest is likely to move forward. However, this breathing is wrong. Even as babies, we breathed differently - belly, not breast. Regular breathing prevents oxygen from sufficiently saturating the lower portion of our lungs. But no one bothers to learn to breathe correctly through persistent training.
Rest after eating. It seems natural to lie back on the couch after a hearty meal. Only in this case, the body will stop burning the newly received calories, they will be stored by the body "in reserve" in the form of subcutaneous fat. Cambridge nutritionist Claire McAvilly believes that breakfast should be the most satisfying meal, but lunch should not be overloaded with food. But dinner does not have to be purposefully spent until 18:00. After all, if even after a meal at 20-21 o'clock to make an active 20-minute run, then the risk of gaining weight will disappear.