10 THINGS YOU’RE DOING THAT ARE SURPRISINGLY DANGEROUS
You probably know that there are certain diet and lifestyle habits that should be avoided, or at least limited. Eating unhealthy foods, drinking excessive alcohol, using toxic sprays around the house, all come to mind.
But did you know that there are a few daily habits that we probably have all picked up that come with serious health concerns? The good news is that it’s easy to limit these unhealthy habits from impacting ourselves and our families. It’s simply a matter of identifying them first.
Bad Habit #1: Sleeping with Wi-Fi on
Before retiring for the night, you probably shut the windows, lock the doors, and perhaps set the alarm. But do you turn your Wi-Fi off?
Sleeping with your devices near you (or on you) increases your radiation exposure which can lead to many health issues including brain tumours. Switch your devices to flight mode, turn the Wi-Fi off and keep your distance from your devices when you’re not using them. After all, it’s not like you need to check your emails at 4am. Even if your brain is telling you otherwise.
Not convinced radiation is connected to your devices? Check out this video on Pakmag’s YouTube channel to see what happened when we tested it out using a radiation monitor.
Bad Habit #2: Putting your phone in your bra
Placing your phone in your bra seems like the logical thing to do when you’ve run out of hands and pocket space. But it could be causing serious damage.
The World Health Organization and the International Agency for Research on Cancer have classified mobile phones as a “possible carcinogen”, which means there’s currently not enough research to say whether it causes cancer. But it’s better to be safe than sorry so keep those devices away from your breasts and genitals.
This goes for iPads on kids’ laps too.
Bad Habit #3: Re-using (and reheating) plastic water bottles
You’re out with the kids. They’re thirsty and you’ve left the BPA-free water bottles at home! We’ve all been there. And we’ve all bought the occasional plastic bottle of water from the shops.
But did you know that re-using these plastic water bottles is actually quite dangerous, especially if the plastic has been exposed to heat (such as being left in a hot car)?
Plastic water bottles are made from a material called polyethylene terephthalate. Numerous studies have concluded that when heated, this substance excretes the chemicals BPA and antimony. Both are bad for our bodies and have been linked to some seriously startling conditions including cancer, ADHD, obesity, heart problems, neurological issues and diabetes. Eek!
The bottom line? If you must buy a plastic water bottle, then make sure you don’t reuse it, especially if it’s been left in the car. Chuck it straight in the recycling bin.
Bad Habit #4: Not washing your fruit and veg
This is another one we’re probably all guilty of doing from time to time. Even though Australia is considered one of the safest food suppliers in the world, it’s still so important to wash your fruit and veg before serving. This can help eliminate foodborne illnesses including those caused by bacteria such as Salmonella, Listeria and E coli.
Washing your fruits and veggies can eliminate any residue left by harmful pesticides and ensure you’re not bringing home the germs from other shoppers who may have touched the produce before you. Soaking your veggies in one part vinegar to three parts water is an even more effective way to get rid of the nasties.
Or, you can invest in a fruit and veg cloth which also does the trick.
Bad Habit #5: Binge-watching TV
We all need a bit of chill time. And what better way to relax than to binge watch episodes on Netflix or Stan? But spending hours on the couch can increase your risk of a number of health issues including diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.
If you are planning a marathon movie sess, follow the 2/30 rule. For every two hours of watching, get up and do some light exercise for 30 minutes.
Bad Habit #6: Eating margarine
Many of us assume that margarine is the healthier equivalent to butter but this actually isn’t the case.
Sure, butter is a little on the fatty side, but it is a lot better for you than margarine which is highly synthetic with heaps of additives and cheap, low-grade oils and trans-fat. Make the switch (back) to butter and give your body a break from the chemicals.
Bad Habit #7: Using chemicals around the house
Speaking of chemicals, cleaning products are full of them! Consider swapping to bicarb and vinegar for your basic cleaning needs as well as eucalyptus and hot water for your dusty furniture.
Bad Habit #8: Burning toxic candles and essential oils
Candles and essential oils are great for relieving stress but did you know that some candles actually let out toxic fumes, such as benzene and toluene? Nope? Me neither! Make the swap to vegetable-based, non-scented, non-pigmented candles.
Essential oils can also be incredibly dangerous, especially if accidentally consumed. If you have a curious tot in the house, then you can never be too careful with things like this. Some common essential oils are also toxic to pets, including tea tree oil and pennyroyal.
Bad Habit #9: Lathering your skin with chemical-based products
Our skin is our biggest organ which is why it’s so important to take care of it. Sunscreen is a must and so is moisturiser. When buying skincare products, check the ingredient list first. Some of the ingredients to avoid include parabens, synthetic colours, phthalates, triclosan, formaldehyde, SLES and SLS.
Bad Habit #10: Not checking food labels
Many kids are fussy eaters which makes it a bit tricky to find foods that they will actually eat. But before you reach for the packaged, colourful funny-shaped snacks, check the labels.
Plenty of these packaged foods are loaded with extra ingredients including sugar, salts, added colouring, preservatives and sacillates. These added ingredients can lead to problems in children, including trouble sleeping and moodiness.
As a general rule, when choosing snacks, the fewer ingredients, the better.