Twenty Everyday Things That Are Killing You Slowly

It is no mystery that most of the things that we use every day aren’t very healthy. Our life has become so stressful and so busy that we pay very little attention to what we eat or do. This can result in some life-threatening event. Death is lurking around every corner. Like, seriously — none of us are safe.

Alignthoughts have put together a list of all the little and silly everyday things that can slowly kill you. Certain things have become such an everyday aspect of our lives and we usually find it very difficult to live without them. This list might be very shocking as we usually overlook or never imagine that such things can slowly kill us.

Before we begin, here is a small disclaimer. Don’t freak out too much, you’ll most likely be okay if you stick to the “everything in moderation” mantra – toxicity is often in the dose after all, so you’ll probably be fine. Some of these things will in no way harm you if used properly and with caution. But sometimes excess use or improper or careless actions can turn dangerous for you.

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Let’s have a look at 20 Everyday Things That Can Kill You!

20 Everyday Things That Can Be Toxic


1. Air

It is no surprise that the air we breathe isn’t as pure as it was 100 years ago. With rise in pollution and deforestation the quality of air is also decreasing. The air we breathe has become polluted with a mixture of cancer-causing substances. The people living in huge cities are very well aware of the quality of air that they breathe. Air pollution affects men, animals, plants, forests, materials and also has a profound adverse effect on atmosphere. Rethink about that time you spent stuck in traffic, the amount of polluted air that you breathe is very high. Moreover, for decades, no one worried much about the air quality inside people’s homes unless there was secondhand smoke or radon present. The air in our homes isn’t that safe either. One major source of indoor pollutants in the home is cooking.

2. Water

When we talk water, we not only mean the water we drink, but also the other water bodies around us. Many of us enjoy spending time in water parks and pools. Have you imagined what that water carries? Pool water is usually chlorinated but germs have gotten stronger and have become immune to the chlorine. Many people also urinate in the pools making it more harmful and disgusting. What if you add extra chlorine to the water? Too much chlorine can be hazardous and the contact to over-chlorinated water may cause asthma, skin and eye irritation.

Must read this: Why Is It Beneficial To Drink Water Out Of A Copper Vessel?

3. Mobile phones

There are two ways mobile phones can turn harmful or even fatal to humans. First is the radiation of the phone. Cell phones emit radiofrequency energy (radio waves), a form of non-ionizing radiation which might have the potential to cause certain types of cancer or other health problems. The effect of mobile phone radiation on human health is a subject of interest and study worldwide, as a result of the enormous increase in mobile phone usage. The second way that mobile phones are unsafe comes from the batteries that the devices use. There have been many instances when the damaged battery has exploded and injured the owner of the phone.

4. Prolong sitting

People spend hours sitting at one place at work or at home watching TV. Prolonged sitting is very dangerous to your health. A recent study suggested that sitting for prolonged time increases risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer and death, even among people who exercise regularly. “Sitting for an extended period of time is thought to simulate, albeit to a lesser degree, the effects of weightlessness on astronauts,” says Professor Biddle. Evidence showed that prolonged sitting is independently associated with negative health outcomes and mortality. Solution? Try talking a walk after ever interval.

5. Prolong sleeping

Everyone loves to turn off that stupid alarm in the morning and wish to oversleep. But did you know oversleeping can be harmful? Infrequent oversleeping is okay. But if you over sleep every day for a very long time there can be some dangers. Oversleeping has been associated to a lot of medical problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and increased risk of death.

6. Fast food

Is fast food healthy? You know the answer. Fast food is almost universally dangerous and should probably carry a warning from the surgeon general. Street foods are filled with germs and are prepared in various unhygienic conditions upsetting your general health. Chain store foods are deep fried and consist of high total calories and saturated fat and are a principal source of Trans-fat that harms your health.

Read also: Change Your Life With Mini Habits – The 30 Day Challenge

7. Selfies

Posting too many selfies can be harmful to your real-world relationships. Selfies are a craze of the 21st century. But it has proved fatal to many. There are potential accidents that have occurred due to clicking selfies. Moreover for some selfie can also cause emotional harm as they may be not self-accepting of their flaws.

Selfie elbow is another condition surfacing these days. This is a condition in which you experience swelling in the tendons that run along your arm from your hand to your elbow.

8. Air Fresheners

Air fresheners are very common in our houses. Most of us use them everyday in our bathrooms and toilets. But they are toxic and unhealthy. Check out this image.

9. Processed Food

Processed foodstuffs are stored in our fridges because they are time saving and quick to cook along with being delicious. But did you know they can be harmful! This food stuff makes the unhealthy list because they contain lots of sodium and sometimes fat as well as some preservatives like nitrites. The effects of cold cuts and processed food on your health depend, however, on which ones you choose and how much you eat.

10. Prescriptions

Doctors are our saviors. But sometime small mistakes can cause great harms. We all are very well aware about the way doctors write prescriptions. Some say these are a kind of code language which only the professionals at a pharmacy can read. But what if he reads it wrong and hands you the wrong medicines? Hence, always recheck the medicines with the doctors before consuming them.

11. Fish

Because of polluted water bodies the fishes in them are not safe either. Fish flesh today is badly contaminated with toxic chemicals that are known to cause cancer and brain degeneration and is also the most likely of all foods to make you sick from bacterial contamination. The plastics and other harmful waste thrown in the river and ocean are consumed by the fishes who are later consumed by humans.

12. Naphthalene balls

Usually used to keep our clothes safe from insects these can be dangerous too. Small children usually mistake these moth balls for candy and consume it. Moreover, they slowly turn from solids to toxic vapor. When you smell mothballs, you are inhaling the insecticide. These gases are irritating to the eyes and lungs and may cause headache, dizziness and nausea.

13. Carbonated Drinks

Soda’s and cola’s are a favorite to many. Most of us are aware of the harm that they cause to our body yet we drink them anyway. If you are a person who regularly drinks carbonated cola drinks you need to stop it right now. Other than harming your teeth, carbonated beverages have a high sugar and acidity level which causes the risk of calcium and magnesium loss from bones due to a change in the body’s pH levels and also make you obese.

14. Microwave Ovens

Almost every home has a microwave oven. They have made our life easy but little carelessness can cause a big harm. Some people are not quite aware of the do’s and don’ts of microwave oven and this can be harmful. Microwave ovens have a form of electromagnetic radiation used to heat foods. Although this has in no way resulted in any harm to our body, sometimes leak of these radiations can make you sick.

15. Daily Contaminated Food

Our daily food consists of rice, dal, vegetables, poultry, milk etc. At some places around the world, food adulteration is a very big concern. To increase the quantity and make more profits, food products are adulterated and mixed with inedible substances. For eg, washing powder mixed with milk to give more quantity, stones and metals mixed with food grains etc. Even our fruits and vegetables are tampered with to make them look fresh.

16. Minor cuts and scratches.

We usually ignore minor cuts and scratches on our body with the intention they will heal on their own. But sometimes these small cuts can turn out to be fatal. If exposed to unhealthy environment, harmful and toxic bacteria may enter into your body through these tiny wounds and harm you.

17. Less sleep

Earlier we read how, oversleeping can be harmful. But did you know, improper sleep can also harm your health! Sleep deprivation is the condition of not having enough sleep and adversely affects the brain and cognitive function. This can cause you to fall asleep at wrong places like while driving which may cause accidents. Moreover, continuous lack of sleep can affect your overall health and make you prone to serious medical conditions, such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

18. Over Work

Yes, overworking can kill you. Work-life has become very hectic. Everything in the corporate world is like a race for money. There is no stopping. People work for 7 to 8 hours every day. They spend countless hours every year sitting in one place and staring at the computer. The stress is always high. Doctors link long shifts and on-the-job anxiety to high blood pressure, heart disease, depression and stroke. So don’t think twice before taking a chill-pill.

19. High Heels

Give a girl a pair of heels and she can conquer the world! Maybe not for long! High heels are a dream and a craze of every single girl. Slipping these on make us feel elegant and sexy. But this obsession does more harm than good. High heels are bad for your feet. Moreover they also affect your spine and your posture.

20. Plastic Containers

Plastic – A Time Bomb Waiting To Explode. Here’s What You Will Be Shocked To Know! Plastic water bottles and food containers are a very common thing these days. Bottled water companies increasingly use BPA-free plastic, but laced into plastic bottles are other chemicals that can seep out if bottles are exposed to heat or sit around for a long time. These toxic chemicals—found in the majority of plastic, PVC and vinyl items produced today—have been linked to obesity, enlarged male breasts, earlier puberty in girls, and increased incidence of breast, prostate and other cancers.

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Felicia is a full-time teacher and a freelancer with an interest in blogging. She is also a die-hard fan of the 'Friends' series.