If you don't smoke or kicked the habit somewhere along the way, you
might think you're pretty healthy. But guess what? Healthy Living
reports there are six everyday habits that could be as unhealthy
for you as smoking. These particular habits expose you to the same
contaminants in cigarette smoke or lead to cancer rates equivalent
to those caused by smoking.
•1. Sitting for long periods of time. According to Alberta Health Services-Cancer Care in Canada, inactivity is linked to nearly 160,000 cases of breast, colon, prostate, and lung cancer every year, so get moving!
•2. Eating too much animal protein, i.e. meat and cheese. A University of Southern California study published in the journal Cell Metabolism recently found that people on high-animal-protein diets during middle age were four times more likely to die of cancer than people on low-protein diets.
•3. Cooking with natural gas. While it cooks food much faster, you are being exposed to carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and formaldehyde every time you fire up the burner. Those three contaminants are common in secondhand cigarette smoke. To cut down on exposure, use the vent hood and cook on the back burners, which are closer to the vent hood.
•4. Cooking with the wrong oil. High-heat cooking with shortening and soybean oil, or "vegetable oil," releases compounds found in cigarette smoke and linked to airway inflammation. Opt for avocado oil for high-heat cooking and frying, while olive oil is good cooking at low temperatures.
•5. Indoor Tanning. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, indoor tanning causes roughly 420,000 cases of skin cancer in the U.S. every year. Smoking, by comparison, causes 226,000 cases of lung cancer. Skip the tanning altogether.
•6. Not getting enough sleep. Constant sleep deprivation can bring on high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, and obesity, to name a few health problems. Get to bed early or see a doctor about your sleep issues