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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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Mind Over Matter: Your Beliefs and Your Appearance

The law of attraction has become a popular topic in books, films and journalism as well as amongst “alternative” thinkers. It’s fashionable nowadays to say that we draw all of our life experiences to us energetically, and that our energy is created through the focus of our thoughts. What is not so often pointed out, however, is that this “law” applies even to something as intimate as our bodily image, our physical appearance.

If we constantly influence our external environment with our thoughts and feelings, then clearly the closest (to us) portion of that environment is our own physical form. It is no accident that we may appear youthful or aged, sexy or unattractive, slim or voluptuous in the eyes of others. The effect that your appearance has upon a beholder is not the mere chance result of the way your features formed in accord with some strictly biological design.

Your image is the reflection of your thoughts and feelings about yourself, your worth as a person, your relationship to others, your place in the world and many other considerations. You could think of your physical body as a kind of statement that you’re making to everyone with whom you may come into contact.

Your beliefs about yourself mold your appearance as surely as they create every other aspect of your life. Some schools of alternative or New Age thought might suggest that you adopt very simple methods for changing aspects of yourself that you feel unsatisfied with: Just think good thoughts, or repeat positive affirmations and things will change. But if you explore your personal reality more deeply, you may find that you have strong underlying reasons for wanting to look the way you do.

Maybe you feel that you’re not a good, worthy person and therefore you shouldn’t look attractive. Maybe you fear drawing “the wrong kind of attention”. Maybe you believe there is something unhealthy about being thin. There are countless inner reasons why we choose to appear the way we do before the eyes of the world. Discovering what your reasons are will require some personal exploration. This is a journey that goes a lot smoother if we truly believe that all the answers to our lives do lie within us. Taking personal responsibility for the reality that you have created for yourself will open up the doors to new, unforeseen possibilities. You will see that the road you chose is but one of many roads that are available.

The effect that our appearance has on others is determined by inner qualities that we may or may not be aware of. If we want to change the way we look, the way that others perceive us, we have to become conscious of our real beliefs about ourselves. Diets and exercises will produce temporary results at best if we don’t first change the way we think about ourselves. Our thoughts always materialize in the world, whether it’s in the form of the relationships we draw to ourselves or in the reflection that we see when we look into the mirror.


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