We all know that smoking cigarettes has long lasting negative effects on our body.  However, if it you're not a smoker, it  doesn't mean you are in the clear!

There are habits we do every day that can be just as bad as smoking. They may seem harmless, but they can have effects on the body and increase your risk of a number of health problems.

Here are some of those daily habits that we need to kick in order to live a healthier life.


  • 1

    Too Much Cheese and Meats

    Calling all cheese and meat lovers! Too much of these products can lead to the growth of cancer cells. In these foods, there is the hormone, IGF-1, which promotes cancer cells. A recent study has shown that middle-aged adults with a high animal protein diet are four times as likely to die of cancer compared to those who have a low animal protein diet. This is a death risk that is similar to smoking.

  • 2

    Too Much Sitting Around

    Even if you exercise daily, sitting around for extended periods of time can be just as bad as smoking a pack of cigs. Whether you are at your desk or in your car, sitting for prolonged periods of time have been linked to many health problems. Research has shown that sitting around is linked to almost 160,000 cases of breast, colon, prostate, and lung cancer. This is two-thirds as many cases as smoking.

  • 3

    Not Enough Sleep

    With the fast paced world we live in, it can be hard to find time for sleep. Not enough sleep can lead to high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, obesity, and a handful of other serious health issues. Studies show that not getting the recommended six to eight hours of sleep can lead to mortality rates that are equivalent to those who smoke.

    Man comfortably sleeping in his bed
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    Cooking with the Wrong Oils

    Certain cooking oils are better for high heat cooking than others.  The temperature at which an oil will start to smoke is called its smoke point. When an oil is heated paste its smoke point, it generates toxic fumes and free radical that can be harmful if inhaled or ingested.  You will know if you reach the smoke point when you see gaseous vapors from heating the oil. While olive oil is healthy on salads, it may not be the best choice for cooking at higher temperatures. Soybean and sunflower oils have some of the highest smoke points, at around 450°F, and avocado oil’s smoke point is 520°F.  Olive oil's smoke point is about 320°F.

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