40 year old man

4 COMMON HABITS THAT AFFECTS YOUR HEALTH

SKIPPING BREAKFAST


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It breaks the overnight fasting period and enables us to burn more calories throughout the day. Eating breakfast not only helps to replenish the supply of glucose to boost the energy level in the body, but it also helps to keep you fuller longer, preventing you from overeating and making poor food choices later. Studies show that skipping breakfast increases the risk of heart disease by 87 percent. skipping or missing breakfast can cause several health issues and affect the proper functioning of the body system including impairing the rate of metabolism. Some consequences of skipping breakfast include:

  • It causes weight gain. Some people skip breakfast with the intent to lose weight but most times, it has the opposite effect. Skipping breakfast makes us hungry during the day and increases our cravings for fatty and sugary food which causes consumption of these foods to be in high quantity.
  • Skipping breakfast causes clogging in arteries and this increases the risk of stroke, high blood pressure, and heart diseases
  • It increases the risk of type 2 diabetes and cancer
  • It affects our mood and energy level during the day; it impairs proper cognitive functions of the brain like concentration and understanding.

NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP

naps in between work


Sleep is just as important as food and exercise, most humans spend about one-third of their lifetime sleeping. It is important to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep per day. Some importance of sleep includes: improves cognitive functions, enhances our body responds to inflammation, enhances our physical and athletic performance, and enhances the functions of the body immune system.
Some problems associated with sleep deprivation are:

  • Not getting enough sleep causes an increase in appetite and weight gain
  • It Impairs cognitive functions
  • It increases the risks of heart diseases and stroke
  • Sleep-deprived people are more likely to be depressed than those who have a moderate sleeping schedule
  • Poor sleep is linked to type 2 diabetes in adults
  • Sleep deprivation affects the mental ability and emotional state
  • It affects the immune system and makes us more prone to diseases

EATING TOO MUCH SALT

How to Lower Your Salt Intake


Salt is commonly used for flavoring and preservation of foods, although some amount is naturally found in some foods. It is also used in the chemical industry for the production of chemicals like chlorine. Salt is an important nutrient for the body and has a lot of health benefits like: helps in maintaining healthy blood pressure, acts as an important electrolyte in the body, they have antibacterial and antiseptic property, they are an essential component for nerve and muscle functions, aids in the digestion of foods, and helps to keep the body hydrated and promotes skin health. However, taking too much salt could cause many health issues. Some problems linked to taking too much salt are:

  • It increases the risk of osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become weak and brittle)
  • It affects the kidney’s ability to filter sodium from our bloodstream thereby causing water retention
  • Moderate sodium boosts your blood pressure into a healthy range but excess sodium causes high blood pressure thereby stretching blood vessels and increasing the risk of heart diseases.
  • Increased urge to urinate
  • It increases the risk of stroke, stomach cancer, kidney disease, and heart failure
  • Water retention due to excess salt intake could cause obesity

SHAVING YOUR PUBIC HAIR:


pubic hair is the hair that grows around your genitals, is an obvious physical sign of maturity, especially in adolescents. The general benefit of pubic hair is to reduce friction during sexual intercourse, it also helps to prevent and trap bacteria and other unwanted pathogens from entering the body. The growth of pubic hair is not unhygienic and there is no general standard for how long or short the hair should be kept, however, fuller pubic hair does attract sweat and dirt that could cause an offensive odor. Pubic hair is removed for several different reasons, e.g. personal preference, and preparing for sex. 60% of men and 24% of women prefer a hair-free partner. Disadvantages of removing pubic hair include:

  • It causes boils, rashes, and sores
  • Injury, especially from trimmers and razors
  • It causes skin irritation and itchiness
  • Increased vulnerability to infections like vaginitis, yeast infection, and urinary tract infection
  • Regrowth of pubic hair can be very painful
  • It can also cause vaginal irritation in women