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Sometimes trying to do the right thing can be difficult, especially when it comes to taking care of your health. Drinking too much coffee, smoking, and not getting sufficient rest are just a few of the unhealthy things people do.

The list doesn’t end there. Here are five things many people do that they might not realize could be potentially bad for their bodies.

Mouth Piercings Can Be Bad for Dental Health

Even though piercing your lip or tongue can look cool, oral piercings may lead to chipped teeth, increased saliva, and tooth decay, which may ultimately lead to tooth loss. However, that’s not all.

Oral piercings may cause gum deformities that surgery might not be able to repair. They also increase the risk of oral infection by acting as a breeding ground for bacteria, interfere with chewing and speech, and cause nerve damage that may lead to a numb tongue or loss of taste.

While some of these issues may be temporary, such as a swollen tongue that could potentially block your airway. Be sure to speak with a health care professional before undertaking any potentially risky procedure.

Not all Tattoos are Created Equal

Here’s the good news: the FDA regulates the inks in tattoos. To protect yourself, be sure to ask about the ingredients in the ink. While allergic reactions are uncommon, nickel and mercury may cause problems for some people.

Now for the bad news: cities and counties regulate tattooing. Therefore, there is no national standardized certification process for tattoo artists or the tattoo parlors where they work. Additionally, whenever you pierce your skin with a needle, you risk infections like staph and hepatitis. The cleanliness of the shop and the tools is vital to your health. Needles should always be new. Ink should be in single-use pots. The tattoo artist should always wear gloves.

Finally, a new tattoo trend you’ll want to avoid is sunburn tattoos. Sunburn tattoos use sunblock to create a design on your skin. You then purposely become sunburned. Wash off the sunblock and viola, you have a temporary tattoo that in the future could lead to premature skin aging and even skin cancer.

Too Many People Don’t Get Enough Exercise

Because of the work we do as farmer, we might thing we’re getting sufficient weekly exercise. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that 80 percent of all American adults don’t get the recommended amount of exercise, no matter what kind of work they do.

Adults need a minimum of 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic exercise weekly. Activity that is more vigorous requires only 1.25 hours per week. Additionally, the CDC strongly recommends muscle-strengthening activities at least twice a week.

Right now, less than 25 percent of the population gets the recommended amount of weekly exercise. This lack of activity increases your risk of developing heart disease and your chances of gaining weight.

Not Enough Regular Physical Checkups

“If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” That might be how the saying goes but when it comes to human beings, just because you feel healthy, doesn’t mean you should ignore routine checkups.

Depending on your age, gender, and medical history, speak with your doctor about these health exams:

• Annual dental, vision, and hearing exams
• Annual physical checkups to assess blood pressure, cholesterol level, weight, eating habits, exercise level, and tobacco, drug, and alcohol use
• Health risk screenings for diseases such as diabetes and cancer
• Colonoscopy (age 50 and over unless there is a family history)
• Prostate exam (for men age 50 and over unless there is a family history)
• Abdominal exam (for male smokers over 65)
• Pap smear (annual for women)
• Breast exam (self-administered monthly) and annual mammogram (for women over 40)
• Bone density test (for women over 65)

Don’t put off health screenings. Too many people forgo checkups when they feel healthy, only to find out later that they could have prevented an unseen ailment.

Being Too Clean May Have its Drawbacks

Lest you be afraid that you might smell, showering daily is outdated. There are several reasons:

First, showering dries out skin and hair. If you want to retain the natural oils in your skin and hair, limit bathing to twice (maybe three times) a week and avoid very-hot water and harsh soaps. Instead, choose a mild soap that moisturizes your skin as it cleans, and be sure to use a conditioner on your hair. After you shower, don’t dry off frantically. Blot your skin dry and then add a lotion to retain the natural moisture.

Next, researchers suggest that your skin contains good germs that you don’t want to wash away. Consuming foods with good bacteria (probiotics) can help to treat, even prevent, certain skins problems such as eczema.

Finally, if you do vigorously work out or encounter people on a regular basis, consider a sponge bath for just the smelly parts. It’s never good to overlook your personal hygiene.

It’s important to take care of yourself. It’s even more important to be sure that the things you do are the best way to keep your body healthy. Take care of your body and your body will take care of you.

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It’s Cold Out, So Here Are The 10 Best Bath Ingredients Ever

Name one thing better than a hot, soothing bath in the winter. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

That’s right, you can’t! Hot baths are the best thing in the world, especially when you’ve been working hard and your skin is all dry and chapped from the winter air. And, if you don’t mind sacrificing a few bubbles, it’s incredibly easy to make your very own luxurious bath recipes at home.

Here are 10 items to keep in stock to throw into your next bath

Epsom salts: If your muscles are tense or sore, you must must must add some Epsom salts to your bath. You won’t regret it.

Baking soda: Baking soda soothes and detoxifies the skin. You probably have some in your cabinet already!

Oatmeal: You can use regular ground oats in your bathwater to soothe the skin. FOr extra impact, use colloidal oatmeal, which is great for beating itchy skin.

Honey: Honey is awesome for adding to most DIY beauty recipes — it benefits the skin, face and hair. It has antioxidants and it soothes and hydrates the skin.

Milk: That’s right, you can add regular ol’ milk to your bath. It gently exfoliates and softens the skin.

Oils: Gentle oils, like jojoba, will make your skin lovely and smooth. Essential oils like lavender are also useful for aromatherapy. You can tailor your oils to your own specific needs!

Dried herbs and tea: You can also just add certain dried plants to your bath. I t looks pretty, smells good and feels wonderful. Green tea tones the body, lavender calms and rose petals are moisturizing.

Alcohol: Wait, what?! Yes, apparently red wine and champagne are both useful bath ingredients. They’re full of antioxidants, so they reduce inflammation and prevent aging.

Bentonite clay: Bentonite clay is an ancient ingredient used to draw out toxins and other yuckiness from the skin. Add it to your bath if you’re looking to detox.

Ginger: Not only does ginger smell amazing, but it also helps treat itchy or irritated skin. If you’re not feeling well, adding some ginger to your bath will help clear you right up.

These ingredients are all affordable and easy to find. You can combine them any way you please, like your own personal bath witchery.


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