6 Bad Habits That Are Actually Good For You — #3 Is Super Gross

  1. Skipping Showers

No one likes that funky smell that comes around if you put off showering for too long, but as long as you aren’t working up a heavy sweat, daily showers aren’t necessary for proper hygiene.

In fact, skipping showers can do a world of good for your skin, by letting your natural oils do their work. Allowing your skin to rest between showers can also help keep your skin from drying out during the winter months.

Obviously, if you’re covered in mud or just finished a workout at the gym, these things don’t apply, but there’s nothing wrong with letting a shower go by occasionally.

  1. Peeing in the Shower.

As disgusting as that may sound, it’s perfect for your toes if you pee in the shower. Urine can help reduce the presence of fungus and may help keep itchy athlete’s foot and other common foot problems at bay. As a bonus, it’ll help save on water and toilet paper since you won’t need either when you’ve got a bar of soap just inches away.

  1. Eating your boogers

A recent study found that eating boogers may help keep your teeth healthy. While many of us see this habit too gross even to consider, if you’re a secret snot eater, relax knowing that snot may be useful for one part of your body.

  1. Drinking a ton of coffee

Everyone’s favorite bad habit is probably drinking too much coffee. If you’ve ever been admonished for having a third cup, you’ve probably heard everything from it’ll stunt your growth to too much will give you cancer.

If you are a pot of day kind of person, you can relax. Not only is there no evidence it causes cancer or stunts your growth, but it’s also packed with antioxidants and even contains some minerals. As an added benefit, scientists have even linked heavy coffee drinking to reduced risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

  1. Nail Biting

Most people consider nail-biting a terrible habit, with parents using bitter nail polish to break it in children, and adults getting looked down on for their nervous habit. What seems like a weird habit could be beneficial, however, especially if you’re also a gardener. Scientists have recently discovered that that bacteria under our nails (such as from garden dirt) can boost your immune system. If you can’t seem to break the habit, don’t worry about it. You’ll be just fine.

  1. Spitting

If you’re a runner, you have probably felt the need to spit before. This impolite habit is strongly discouraged due to the risk of diseases like tuberculosis, but if you want to spit into a rag at your next workout discreetly, it might not be a bad thing. Spitting can help you breathe during heavy exercise.

Whatever your bad habit is, from skipping a shower to even spitting, there’s probably a silver lining to it. Bad habits can draw unwanted attention, but they aren’t always the terrible things they are made out to be.

Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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