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Use By Date:The “use by” date actually just reflects when the product can no longer be guaranteed to be at peak quality, not when the product is no longer usable.
Toothpaste Has to Foam to Work:The foam is actually a side effect of sodium lauryl sulfate, a synthetic detergent, that can cause negative side effects like hypersensitivity if used in excess.
Sitting on the Toilet:We were not meant to sit on toilets, we were meant to squat. When you're in a sitting or standing position, you're forming an angle between the where the poop is and where the poop has to come out. There's even a muscle that's purpose is to tighten things up when we're sitting or standing to prevent accidents. Squatting straightens out this angle and removes the constraint.
You Should Scrub In the Shower:As it turns out, showering or bathing daily, while it may make us more socially acceptable, wreaks havoc on something hilariously called the horny layer. Hot water, soap and abrasive surfaces strip off the horny layer, exposing living cells to the elements. On the contrary, damaging this protective layer of skin makes us more susceptible to disease.
It's Good to Shampoo Everyday:Too much shampooing can actually remove essential oils from your hair and cause your follicles to dry out. Experts recommend washing your hair only three or four times a week or using milder shampoos to keep hair healthy.
Q-Tips Are Meant For Cleaning Your Ears:Actually, Q-tips can cause wax to become more tightly packed against your eardrum, leading you to dig further in and eventually rupture it if you aren’t careful. Some actual uses for Q-tips? Taking medical swabs, applying makeup, and cleaning the outside of the ear.
We're Meant to Sit in Chairs:Our bodies aren't designed for the right-angled back support presented by the average chair. When we're standing up, or even sitting on something backless, our abdominal muscles are active, helping our spines support our weight. When you're sitting on a chair, these muscles relax, and suddenly your spine alone has to take the entire weight of your upper torso, like a twig holding up a bowling ball. The extra stress puts pressure on your spinal disks and can eventually lead to chronic back pain, something that's experienced by 80 percent of Americans.
Putting Batteries in the Fridge Extends Their Life:Both Duracell and Energizer actually recommend that you don’t store your batteries in the fridge. The condensation in the fridge can actually cause corrosion that will decrease the shelf life of your batteries.
Waking Up During the Night is Bad:Our brains are naturally wired for pre-light-bulb days. Before the light bulb, people in areas with more than eight hours of darkness usually slept in segments: three to five hours of sleep, an hour of wakefulness and then another three to five hour nap. The hour or so of wakefulness is meant to be productive, not spent worrying about why you're not asleep.
Breathing:Most people are habitual chest breathers: We use a shallow form of respiration that makes use of only the top part of the lungs. In reality, most of the blood vessels that take up oxygen are in the bottom, neglected half. Since so much lung power is going to waste, we get less oxygen, and as a result, we're all breathing more rapidly than nature intended us to.
Double Dipping Spreads Germs:As seen in tests, the difference in the amount of microbes present after double dipping as compared to single dipping is actually negligible.
Toothpaste Can Zp Zits:You're actually just drying out and irritating your skin even more when you put toothpaste on a pimple. Putting toothpaste on your skin can even cause burning.
You Can't Microwave Metal:Most metals should not be put into the microwave because they can cause electric arcing, there are certain specially designed metallic containers that can be used in the microwave with no problems. Most takeout containers are still off limits, though.