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#BadHabits: Here are some which are good for you!

Recently it was revealed how chewing with your mouth open means food tastes better. Oxford University researchers found it pushes food to the back of the throat, making flavorful aromas easier to smell. And gnawing noisily also boosted our enjoyment.

Here are some other bad habits that are good for us.

BITING NAILS — Boosts immune system. The theory is, introducing new bacteria to your body could help your immune response recognize it in the future.

CHEWING GUM — Sharpens memory. It raises levels of stress hormone cortisol, which keeps you on your toes and concentrating for longer.

NOT TIDYING UP — Sign of intelligence. Smarter people don’t waste time tidying or organizing things. The chaotic clutter also boosts creativity.

SLOUCHING — Good for joints. After hard physical work, leaning forward for a bit can benefit your spine, says Uni­versity Hospital of North Tees. The position helps stop back stiffness by allowing fluid to grease up spinal discs.

BEING LATE — Makes you happy. Those with a relaxed approach to timekeeping are likely to have lower stress levels, says a study by Harvard Medical School. They are also more likely to lead a healthier, happier lifestyle.

SLEEPING IN — Live longer. Sleeping has been found to reduce stress and boost your brain and memory, so you stay fitter for longer, too. Not getting enough sleep can also increase your risk of car accidents and heart disease.

PEEING IN SHOWER — Cleans your feet. Urine contains uric acid and ammonia, so having a leak as you lather can prevent fungal infection in your feet. But bad news if you have a cut you could get a bacterial infection.

FIDGETING — Keeps you slim. Fidgeting can burn ten times more calories than keeping still, says research from London’s Mayo Clinic.

SWEARING — Relieves pain. Keele University found participants in a study could withstand pain longer if they let rip cursing. It boosted pain tolerance by 33 percent.

Any of these bad habits apply to you this morning? Go ahead and own it!


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