We uncover five bad habits that do a body good.
The following habits commonly get given a bad rap. Upon further investigation however, we discover several good reasons for why you should indulge in these less-than-becoming practices.
1. Drinking Beer Daily
Red wine always comes out on top when it comes to mixology moral high ground, but the humble pint also deserves praise. Researchers have found that regular, moderate consumption of quality beer can in fact raise levels of good cholesterol, as well giving your body a B vitamin boost. Bottoms up.
2. Biting Your Nails
As difficult as it may be to unlearn what many a mother has preached about this perpetually bad habit, nibbling on your nails isn’t all bad. If your hands are clean then those horror stories about consuming a week’s worth of street grime are greatly exaggerated – some of the bugs encountered will actually help to boost your immune system.
Getting livid gets a bad rep, however new studies are suggesting that a little anger can actually help you make better decisions and resolve problems quicker. Unlike anxiety, anger can prompt one’s brain to release less cortisol, the powerful stress hormone linked to obesity and heart disease.
Most of us love a good gossip on the sly, and the good news is that passing an opinion can actually be good for you. This supposedly naughty pastime encourages camaraderie, releases feel-good hormones, and forges connections.
5. Skipping a shower
By no means are we condoning you to lounge around in filth for days on end; we’re simply letting you know that excessive showering can actually do your skin, immune system and the environment a grave disservice. Every time we shower we dehydrate our skin and strip back the natural oils that keep it supple and fight off disease, so you may well be doing yourself a favour by skipping a shower or two.