Sometimes we do things that we know are not good for us because we are lazy or for some reason decide...every time..that it's okay. Here are some of those habits in an article from Cosmopolitan and some advise on how to get rid of them.
Certain lifestyle habits that seem harmless can backfire on your body. Learn how to stay safe.
By Victoria Lucia
OD'ing on Buttered Microwave Popcorn
Inhaling the buttery smell exposes you to a chemical that can lead to the aforementioned popcorn lung, which makes exhaling difficult, says Cecile Rose, MD, a pulmonary specialist at Denver's National Jewish Medical and Research Center.
Prevent it by: Eating the kind that doesn't contain butter flavor or never inhaling the odor directly.
Sleeping in Your Contact Lenses
Catching zzz's with your contacts in might hurt you, especially after drinking, says Marguerite McDonald, an ophthalmologist in Lynbrook, New York. Alcohol dehydrates your eyes, making your contacts tighten up and scratch your corneas. These abrasions could lead to an eye infection.
Prevent it by: Removing them, no matter how tired and tipsy you are.
Handling Gym Gear
Prevent it by: Not putting your hands on your face during a sweat session.
Guzzling Red Bulls and Vodka
A study found that when mixed into a cocktail, the caffeine in the Red Bull stimulates your brain, masking signs of drunkenness. Because you don't realize that the booze in the vodka has affected you, you keep drinking — getting more sloshed and putting your safety in danger, says Mary Ann Bauman, MD.
Prevent it by: Spacing out your Red Bulls and vodka so you have only one per hour, giving the booze time to clue you in to your physical state.
Ingesting Caffeine and Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Taking large amounts of these substances in a 24-hour period may set you up for liver disease. All it takes is a tall coffee in the a.m., a few Diet Cokes, espresso postdinner, and chocolate (or tea) before bed — plus more than eight 500-milligram acetaminophen pills in that time frame.
Prevent it by: Popping only two acetaminophen twice per day and nixing caffeinated food. Or switch to an anti- inflammatory pain med like ibuprofen or naproxen, which won't react badly with caffeine.