12 Modern Bad Habits You May Want to Quit to Improve Your Life

12 Modern Bad Habits You May Want to Quit to Improve Your Life

No one is perfect, and that’s actually great! What an unexciting world it would be if there was never anything to worry about. But there are some habits we have that can actually be detrimental to our health. The beginning of a new year is a great time to rethink harmful habits and replace them with something healthier!

Why not start the new year with some positive changes in your life?

1. Candles

Scientists from SC State University proved that some types of candles are harmful to our health, especially candles made of paraffin wax, which is an oil product. They contain chemicals such as alkenes, alkanes, acrolein, toluene, naphthalene, formaldehyde, and these may cause allergies, asthma, and even cancer.

Moreover, candle wicks may contain lead, which may result in poisoning. Luckily, most manufacturers now use zinc, cotton, or synthetic fibers, which are much safer.

If you love candles and cannot live without them, choose the ones made from natural beeswax, honeycomb, or soy. They’re made of natural ingredients and they won’t cause any harm. To make them scented, add several drops of your favorite essential oils before lighting them.

2. Frequent showering

We used to think that the more we shower, the healthier we are. Surprisingly, scientists have proven that this is a myth. Showering too often can ruin your microbiome, microorganisms living on your body, which may result in problems with the immune system, digestion, and so on. The soaps, shower gels, and shampoos you use simply destroy your body’s ecosystem. Showering too often can even result in the appearance of acne.

James Hamblin from The Atlantic says that based on his own experience, the awful smell during the first few weeks after you quit showering is actually the result of a damaged microbiome. When your body adjusts, you smell much better — like a person instead of a perfume.

Yet, despite the benefits described by Hamblin, few of us are ready to completely give up showering. So limiting your showers to once a day or every other day is already a great place to start.

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