By Christina | March 2, 2008
Have you ever wondered how hazardous certain things are to your health that seem like no big deal? Read these next items and test yourself:
(Rate each as imperative to maintain your health or not a high risk factor)
- You must brush your teeth before bed every night.
- You need to change your contact lenses as prescribed.
- You should complete the full amount of your antibiotic treatment.
- It’s okay to eat food past its expiration date.
- Never let a year slip without a full medical physical.
- Do not go barefoot in gym shower.
How did you do? Check the facts below:
- It’s okay if you don’t brush your teeth every night but don’t allow more than 24 hours to pass between brushings. This is not because your smile will be grungy but because the build up of bacteria in the mouth has been linked to cancer and adverse thyroid functioning.
- You must change your contact lenses as directed. The risks here are quite serious as leaving them in past their time can lead to corneal abrasion and corneal ulcers leading to permanent damage.
- Make sure to take prescriptions for the full dosage or time prescribed because the bacteria your body is fighting is resistant and will not be killed until the full dosage is administered.
- The risk of eating food past their expiration date is dependent on which foods they are. Gauge more by the smell and look of the food but if in doubt, through it out.
- It’s okay to wait a few years between physicals as long as your doctor knows your health history well and the exam is comprehensive.
- Although it may be gross to think about walking around in a locker room or public shower without shoes on, the reality is the health risks are low and the chances of contracting foot disease are rare.