10 Bad Habits That Are Shockingly Good For You

We all want to slay our 2018 glow up and with the summer season peaking its head around the corner, having our perfect summer has been moved to the top of our to-do lists. Along with hitting the gym with our girlfriends, stocking up on Body Lava and scouring the stores for clothes that’ll show off our best assets, ditching some of our old bad habits and replacing them with better and healthier habits is all apart of the process to live our best lives.

It can be hard to ditch those annoyingly bad habits that we all have picked up over the years. It can seem challenging to toss out the bad and let in the new, as it turns out, there are some “bad habits” that you may not have to ditch after all.

Living your best life just got a lot easier because here are 10 bad habits that are actually good for you!

1. Getting Your Hands Dirty

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When we were little, our parents always directed us straight to the sink to wash our hands after being outside and playing in the dirt. However, one doctor is encouraging us to not only play in some dirt every once in a while but to not be in such a rush to wash our hands afterward.

“The soil-based organisms that are found in dirt support your immune response and microbiome,” says Dr. Axe. “These good bacteria help to crowd out harmful pathogens and fight off bad bacteria that bind to or puncture your gut wall.”

2. Skipping Showers

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Skipping a shower or two sounds like a bit of a reach but as it turns out, it’s not as bad as it sounds or smells.

“Daily showering can strip the skin of some its natural oils, leading to dryness, and it can disrupt the natural microbiome,” dermatologist and RealSelf contributor Dr. Sejal Shah says. “Obviously you shouldn’t skip a shower when you’ve had a particularly sweaty day but if you’re just staying in and relaxing and don’t feel like showering, go for it.”

3. Eating Too Much Hot Sauce

Before going vegan in preparation of getting her body snatched for Beychella, Beyonce proudly professed her love of hot sauce in the song “Formation” where she boasted about keeping hot sauce in her bag at all times, just in case her food needed some more flavor to it.

Well, as it turns out, Bey might have been on to something because according to research published in the journal The BMJ, they found that people who ate spicy foods three or more times a week had a 14% reduced risk of death. Capsaicin, a compound found in hot peppers, can help reduce inflammation, improve metabolic status and improve your gut health.

4. Not Cleaning Your Ears

As unhygienic and gross as it sounds, letting some of your earwax buildup isn’t as terrible as it sounds. As it turns out ears have their own internal cleaning mechanism and using a cotton swab to remove wax can cause damage to your ears.

Ear wax helps keeps your ears dry and preventions infection, and rather than clean out your ears swabs merely condense and impact the earwax further into the ear canal, Dr. Rob Hicks tells Real Clear Science. This can cause pain, pressure and temporary poor hearing.

5. Biting Your Nails

Biting our nails isn’t the worst bad habit to have as it’s pretty common. Despite our parents telling us that biting our nails will cause infection and is rude and unladylike, research published in the journal Pediatrics found nail biting can help boost people’s immunity. They found that kids who nibbled their nails were less likely to get allergies and had stronger immune systems overall.

6. Letting Your Hair Down There Grow Out

Scheduling our monthly bikini wax is not only tedious but a pain, literally. However before you go to make your next appointment with your waxer, Dr. Okeke-Igbokwe gives us the tea on letting your pubic hair grow out.

“There are some benefits that pubic hair may potentially provide, such as buffering against friction during sexual activity and even offering some degree of protection against certain pathogens. It is also important to note that pubic hair removal does come with the risk of injury in the form of cuts, burns, etc.”

7. Cursing

Cursing may be considered to be incredibly crass and unladylike, however, according to science, letting out an occasional expletive may not be so bad for you after all. According to research from Keele University School of Psychology, swearing can help lessen pain, and possibly increase our tolerance to it. So basically as long as you’re not angrily attacking another person, your potty mouth can help you feel better all around.

8. Not Washing Your Hair

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Along with skipping a shower or two every once in a while, not washing your hair every day is better for your hair follicles. According to  Dr. Okeke-Igbokwe washing your hair daily “may lead to very dry and brittle hair, as your hair can lose some of its oils with excessive washing.” So do yourself a favor and skip the daily washes.

9. Living With Animals

Some say that living with animals has its fair share of hygienic concerns (pet hair, allergic reactions, etc.), but according to one nurse practitioner, living with animals isn’t as bad and has some great benefits to your health.

“There is some evidence that living with animals in the household, day to day, including livestock, is protective against developing allergies and asthma,” family nurse practitioner Carol S. Thelen, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC  says.

10. Doing Your Chores

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Who would have ever thought that washing dishes manually could have an effect on your health?  Well according to research out of Sweden, they found that kids raised in homes with hand-washed dishes were significantly less likely to develop eczema and also enjoyed a lower risk of developing allergic asthma and hay fever compared to kids raised in homes with dishwashers. “This is more evidence to support the hygiene hypothesis, a theory that suggests we’re over-sanitized and not being exposed to enough germs to build a healthy immune system,” says Dr. Axe.

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