Five lifestyle habits that harm your health
In our modern life, we certainly have habits that we think we can follow, but in reality could slowly erode our health and immune system.
Neha Mittal, co-founder of healthcare device company OneAbove, shares 5 habits as dangerous as smoking:
Compromising sleep: Have you noticed how cranky and irritated you get the next day if you don’t sleep properly? This is one of the side effects of not getting enough quality sleep. According to medical professionals, we need to get at least 6 hours of sleep a day to make sure our body regenerates at its natural rate. Any compromise in the hours of sleep negatively affects your immune system, respiratory system, and digestive system.
Eat Meals High in Animal Protein: Excessive consumption of meals high in animal protein such as cheese and meat can promote cancer growth due to a hormone called IGF1. The risk factor for this is equivalent to smoking. To avoid over-consuming these proteins, include plant proteins, such as beans, in your meals.
Long Sitting Hours: Sitting in your chair all day when you go to the office is as dangerous as smoking. Studies have linked sitting for long hours, whether for work or driving, to various cancers like lung, breast and colon. Make sure to move around a bit every one or two hours, then keep working.
Being Alone: While in normal life we might not see loneliness as a big issue, it sure is. Being alone makes a person more prone to heart disease. Not only that, it invites additional illnesses such as anxiety, emotional turmoil, and even harmful addictions. Try to make good friends who listen to you even when you are weak.
Tanning in a Controlled Environment: Many people have started to tan in a controlled environment rather than taking in the sunlight. Sunlight can indeed cause skin cancer, but indoor tanning is also harmful. Stop going to the local tanning salon and start getting enough sun.