I thought I was healthy...but now...hmmm...

Good morning everyone,

I guess saying that the high today will only be 8C doesn't make it 'cold' anymore. The past few days, that has been the usual temperature...ha ha! Well, lows all week will be between 0C and 3C and highs will be around 8C or 9C-actually on Thursday it may get up to 12C!   Toasty warm! Ha ha!

I think I'm pretty healthy and I like to know about things that are good for me or bad for me-but I never knew about these ones. Did you?

Hanging Your Laundry Inside
healthy-hanging laundry
The mistake:
You hang up damp clothes and towels inside your home. Fresh from the washer, your laundry may look clean, but it pollutes the air. Damp clothes can increase humidity, creating an allergenic environment in which dust mites and mold spores grow at concentrations 300 percent higher than safe limits. About 25 percent of the homes where laundry was air-dried tested positive for Aspergillus fumigatus, a fungus that causes lung infections in people with weakened immune systems. (And just because you don't see greenish fuzz on the wall doesn't mean you're safe—spores are often invisible to the naked eye.)

The lesson: For eco-lovers who worry about using the dryer but don’t hang the wash outside, the researchers recommend hanging it in a space that has, ideally, an independent heat source and ventilation. (When drying clothes in the bathroom, turn on the fan and shut the door.) I only do this on rainy days-but I'm going to try to avoid hanging wet clothes at home whenever I can...
  • You Brush Right After Breakfast
     healthy-brushing teeth
    The mistake: You clean your teeth directly following a meal or drink. Every time you drink a beverage like coffee or orange juice, acid floods your mouth. If you brush your teeth before your saliva neutralizes the pH, you're essentially scratching that acid into your slightly softened enamel—which accelerates erosion. A 2004 study found that when people brushed within 20 minutes after downing something acidic (diet soda/coffee/orange juice/alcohol), they lost more dentin (the layer under the enamel) than those who waited longer before brushing.

    The lesson: After you've finished an acidic beverage like fruit juice, soda or wine, drink a cup of water and wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. By then, saliva (pH 7) will neutralize the acids and remineralize the enamel.

  • You Overcook Starches (potatoes or bread)
    The mistake: Starches are exposed to too-high or too-low temperatures. Cookies, dark toast, chips, fries and other beloved brownish carbs contain two volatile ingredients: sugar and an amino acid called aspargine. At high temperatures—frying, roasting and baking—the duo forms acrylamide, a chemical whose link with some cancers. Potato chips and French fries are particularly worrisome, research finds, especially when they have been refrigerated before cooking. The cold turns more starch into sugar, resulting in even higher levels of the carcinogen.

    The lesson: At home, cooks can reduce the high levels of acrylamide in fried and roasted potatoes by storing spuds in a dark unrefrigerated place and soaking the raw slices in water for 15 to 30 minutes before cooking.  A general rule of thumb? The browner a starch gets when cooked (or overcooked), the more acrylamide it contains (you want your toast light tan, never burnt).

  • You Take Aspirin or Bufferin for a Hangover
     healthy-taking painkiller
    The mistake: Mixing acetaminophen (the ingredient in Bufferin) with an alcoholic drink or two and your kidneys may take a hit. Half of the subjects who reported taking the painkiller and drinking a small to moderate amount of alcohol on a weekly basis suffered from kidney disease (a striking 123 percent higher increase in risk than those who took either alone rather than in combination.). Acetaminophen inhibits a protein that the body uses to metabolize alcohol, according to scientists. Plus, alcohol can cause dehydration, which stresses the kidneys even more.

    The lesson: Don't combine acetaminophen with alcohol.

  • You Carry a Shiny Yellow Handbag
      healthy-shiny yellow bag
    The mistake: You picked a bright faux-leather accessory. Handbags, wallets and belts made of bright "pleather" (usually vinyl or PVC) frequently contain lead levels that are much higher than those allowed in children's products.

    The lesson: To be safe, avoid fake-leather purses and wallets, and opt for canvas, hemp, nylon or leather instead.

  • You Make Out with a Marlboro Man or Woman
  • The mistake: You thought "ashtray mouth" was the worst thing you could get from kissing a smoker. Cigarette toxins strip away immune defenses in the throat and they can catch serious illness and then pass them on to their loved ones…which makes deep kissing an obvious route.

    The lesson: Apart from persuading your smoker to quit, reduce your chance of transmission by avoiding deep kissing.

    I was floored when I read the one about the laundry and the French fries-luckily I don't ususally do either...how about you?   Will you change any of your habits after reading?

    Have a great day!

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