When it comes to worsening our well-being, what do we think about first? Usually about going to the pharmacy, the right lifestyle or sports.
But not always, to take care of yourself, you need to acquire something. Sometimes it is enough to get rid of things that, at first glance, are completely harmless, but can be very harmful. And they are in almost every home.
1. Old Sneakers
Do not pity them, even if they are the most beloved.
Most sneakers need to be replaced after 300-450 km of runs. For active runners who master about 50 km a week, this is approximately every three months. Even if the shoes look decent and not yet torn, this does not mean that it is not harmful to health. Worn sneakers lose their cushioning and their ability to absorb foot hits on the ground. With every extra step, the muscles, the tendons and the bones all get a greater load. This trend is at great risk of injury. If you run infrequently, then you need to change your shoes every six months or as soon as the protector looks worn out.
2. Old plastic containers
It is necessary to arrange an audit in the kitchen for your own good.
All that is made of transparent hard plastic - in the trash! If the containers are marked with the letters "PC" or the number "7", they may contain a very harmful chemical substance - bisphenol A (BPA). In the production of new molds for storing products, companies try not to use this component. But old containers, as well as cracked and deformed, can harm health. According to research scientists, they have a negative effect on the brain, behavioral factors, etc. Particularly harmful plastic with polycarbonate after heating in a microwave oven or washing in the dishwasher. Heating promotes the release of harmful chemicals. It is better to replace all plastic ware with glass.
3. Antibacterial soap
My, my, but do not wash.
Antibacterial soap should protect us from bacteria. But is it safe? In its composition, it contains an active substance called "triclosan", which can cause significant harm to health. Animal studies have shown that it violates the hormonal balance and contributes to the emergence of antibiotic resistance. Immunity will not thank you for such a disservice. It is better to replace the antibacterial soap with the usual one or, at least, not to abuse it.
4. Old Spices
Tasty cooking is possible only if the spices are fresh.
Reached audit and to the kitchen. Old spices, which are so skillfully hidden on your shelves and in boxes, obviously will not be able to cause any special harm to health. However, they will not add a pleasant taste and flavor to the food. And it is very important that the home cooking was tasty and desirable. Having received a not particularly appetizing dish, who can resist any harmful store convenience foods or home delivery? Buy new spices are not as expensive as a gym membership to get rid of excess calories.
5. Air fresheners
Fight with an unpleasant smell can not only fresheners.
Another harmful chemical that we deliberately carry home. Yes, and spray everywhere to breathe was more pleasant. Many air fresheners contain phthalic acid esters. This also applies to sprays and solid products. In large doses, this chemical can have a negative effect on the reproductive ability or development of the unborn child. It is much more effective and safe not to try to disguise unpleasant odors, but to get rid of their root causes. In extreme cases, you can use natural flavors: crushed citrus peel, herbs (mint, lavender), essential oils.
6. Diet sodas
Better not to trust too good promises of marketers.
These carbonated drinks are not as dietary as the producers promise us. To tell the truth, they are not dietary at all, but they differ from usual soda by the alluring name and other label. In the "light" versions of drinks contain as much sugar, but also a couple of very harmful substances. For example, saccharin, aspartame and sucralose can not only lead to the addition of a few extra pounds, but also kill beneficial intestinal bacteria. Such a drink can disrupt a healthy metabolism, cause metabolic syndrome, and eventually even lead to the development of type 2 diabetes.
7. Old cosmetics
Attention to cosmetics has not hurt anyone.
Liquid lip gloss and mascara - a hotbed of bacteria. When using them, particles of skin and microbes from it get onto the brush, which then return to the warm cozy atmosphere of the bottle. There they gladly breed and spread throughout the fluid. The longer you keep cosmetics, the more bacteria will be inside. If such a tool gets into a small crack or wound on the skin, an infection can go. The shelf life of the ink is no more than two or three months after opening, lip gloss is no more than six months.
8. Old sunscreen
Here is a surprise!
In the case of sunscreen, shelf life really matters. It includes special chemicals that protect against the harmful effects of sunlight. Over time, they are destroyed. Even if you smear two layers of old sunscreen, it will not protect your skin from aging or burning.
9. Container for storing contact lenses
Even if the container is very cool, it can not be left longer than it should be.
The lens container should be cleaned and dried daily in the open air, and the solution should be changed to fresh. Even by adhering to these rules, over time you can put your eyes at serious risk. A rotten biofilm is formed on the surface of the container, which directly attracts germs and dirt. If you do not change the container at least once every three months, you can earn an eye infection. Who needs such problems?
10. Plastic chopping boards
Cheaper for the kitchen, but more expensive for health.
As soon as the first scratches appeared in the plastic board, you need to sound the alarm. In them microbes are surely got, with which no detergent will cope. It is best to replace plastic with wood. Of course, it also spoils the knife, but it contains special resins that provide antimicrobial action - it looks aesthetically pleasing and safe for health.