It is a great habit which we learn from our parents, but only if it is done properly. Most of us don't know the harm in it. Taking a shower under hot water and scrubbing ourselves with strong soap could strip our skin from its oils. This may result in dryness, cracking and in some cases infections. Most people wash far too much. Make sure to bath with cold water and use mild soap to prevent removal of oils from our skin.
No exertion after dinner
Most of us due to shortage of time either skip or take little breakfast and thinks of taking a heavy food during dinner. If you increase your calorie intake during breakfast, eating a lot, you are more likely to burn that calorie through the day. It's good to take a brisk walk after dinner. In fact, if you are inactive during evening, or eat just before sleeping, your body is likely to convert that food into fat.
Eight hours sleep a day
The notion of getting eight hours of solid sleep each night is a modern thing and could, in fact, leave you feeling tired. As short power nap can be as effective as an extra hour at night. Our ancestors would have done a sleep of around two hours in the early evening, followed by food, then bedtime around midnight. This was followed by three to four hours of interrupted sleep, then another couple of hours until dawn. The idea that waking in the middle of the night is a bad thing can actually be destructive thing to the quality of our sleep.
Rinsing after brushing teeth
Toothpaste provides a protective fluoride coating to our teeth for hours, which gets washed away during rinsing. Fight the urge to rinse after cleaning your teeth. Avoid drinking any fluoride for at least half an hour after brushing. It may feel strange in the beginning but you will get used to it. Don't clean your teeth straight after your meals. Wait at least half an hour because the food acids and sugars weaken the protective enamel on the teeth. If you clean your teeth too soon, you are actually brushing away at the enamel before it hardens again.
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