Most of us have a handle on what constitutes healthy living. The blueprint for a healthy body and mind has been well documented, from eating a balanced diet and taking regular exercise to get eight hours of sleep per night.

But have you ever stopped to think about how everyday daily habits and activities – the likes of which many of us perform – could be harming your health in ways you had never before imagined?

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Don’t worry: we’re not about to drop some bombshell on you. But be wary that the following five everyday occurrences could all negatively impact your health.

Not So Smart Using your smartphone before you try to get some shut-eye is a bad idea.

You will become distracted – the side effect of social media and answering emails, which might force your brain to start racing, again affecting your internal off switch.

And studies such as this one on have revealed that the blue light that smartphones and tablets emit can have a strange impact on the brain. It suppresses the production of melatonin, the hormone that essentially acts as a relaxant and helps you drift off to sleep.

The Sedentary Life There’s nothing quite like a good sit down after a hard work day.

But be warned: if you work in a sedentary job, where you sit at a desk for long periods, you could be doing yourself some harm by relaxing by sitting or lying down.

Long periods of inactivity are linked to an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease, according to research at NHS. UK. They can lead to associated problems like headaches and back and neck pain.

Be sure to add light exercise to your working day to break up the routine.

Sloth ‘Til You Drop We all know you need eight hours of sleep per night, right?

That is correct, but did you know that taking more than the recommended ‘dosage’ could also be bad for your health?
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According to, the American Heart Association found that older women typically suffered poorer heart health when they slept for more than nine hours per night and had a 13% risk of developing heart disease in the next decade - a higher rate than those who took the recommended eight hours.

So the next time you think about hitting the snooze button, think again.

One Love Watching pornography regularly might seem like a harmless way to spend your time.

But prolonged exposure to such content can cause all manner of problems, including the desensitization to sexual stimuli with loved ones that can cause a strain on your relationship.

And then there’s the physical impact: erectile dysfunction can sometimes be attributed to pornography usage.

Happily, there are discreet ways to combat ED, including medications prescribed by online pharmacists such as, one way to tackle the problem at the source might be to put down the laptop.

Vitamin Oh This is awkward.

For many people, taking vitamins is a way to boost specific nutritional needs or give them a energy and vitality.

Unfortunately, in some situations, the best-case scenario is that these have a mere placebo effect, and in the worst, they could expose you to the possibilities of chronic disease.
  • Countless studies – including this one reported at – show that many vitamins deliver no discernible health benefits.
  • There you have it - things could have been clearer-cut than you might have thought when protecting our health. Ensure you keep up to date with new studies and do your best!