If you want to avoid getting sick, you may need to give up some of your filthy habits. Here are the top five habits to avoid if you want to stay healthy this winter. Keep reading for more tips on how to stay healthy during cold and flu season!

You wear outdoor shoes inside your home

Wearing shoes indoors is one of the most unhygienic habits. In addition to letting dirt and debris litter your home, wearing shoes indoors spreads harmful bacteria that can cause all sorts of problems. From allergies and asthma to infections and even death. In fact, it is estimated that over 80% of disease-causing organisms can be transmitted through direct contact with contaminated footwear. Kicking this disgusting habit may seem difficult at first, but it’s worth the effort to keep you and your family healthy. By getting rid of your outdoor shoes as soon as you walk through the door, you can help protect yourself against a wide range of serious illnesses and conditions. So what are you waiting for? Get rid of those filthy shoes! Your body will thank you for it.

You put your purse/backpack/schoolbag on the floor…in restaurants and other public spaces.

We all love to enjoy a good meal or a cup of coffee at our favorite restaurant or cafe. But what we may not realize is that simply putting our purse, backpack or laptop on the floor can have disastrous consequences for our health. Studies have shown that dirt, bacteria and other contaminants often accumulate on restaurant floors. Which makes it one of the most disgusting habits people pick up without even realizing it.

By simply choosing to hang your things on a chair instead of on the floor, you can help avoid these dangerous pathogens and protect yourself from infection and disease. In addition, you can also help keep surfaces clean by picking up your things after eating. The next time you go to a public place to enjoy a meal or a drink, take the time to think before putting your things down. It’s a small change that will go a long way to preserving your health!

And if you must place your bag directly on the floor, wipe it down with 70% isopropyl alcohol before placing it on your lap, desk, car seat, or any other surface in your home.

You bite your nails or cuticles.

Biting your nails or cuticles is a bad habit that many people have a hard time breaking. Not only is it unsanitary and unsightly, but nail biting can also be dangerous to your health. This habit inevitably leads to the accumulation of harmful bacteria under your nails and around your cuticles, which can increase the risk of infection and disease. Additionally, biting your nails can cause significant damage to the skin and the nails themselves, leaving you vulnerable to painful infections or even permanent nail deformities.

In order to permanently break this unhealthy habit, you need to address the underlying causes of your urge to gnaw. For some people, biting can be a form of stress relief or a reaction to boredom or anxiety. For others, it may be a way to get other people’s attention or to have an unhealthy relationship with food. Whatever the underlying reason, it’s important to work on these issues in order to regain control of your behaviors and keep yourself healthy and happy. With time and patience, you will soon be able to kick this bad habit once and for all!

You let your dog lick your face.

It may sound cute and harmless, but letting your dog lick your face is actually a pretty disgusting habit. Not only does this expose you to a wide range of bacteria and germs, but it can also increase your risk of contracting serious illnesses and infections. That’s why experts strongly advise against letting your dog lick your face, no matter how cute and cuddly he may be.

Although many pet owners try to rationalize this habit by convincing themselves that their dog’s mouth is clean, the reality is that nothing could be further from the truth. Dogs are natural scavengers who spend most of their time rummaging through every nook and cranny, looking for scraps of food or any small objects they can find. Therefore, their mouths contain all kinds of bacteria and germs that can make you seriously ill if you come into contact with them. Exposure to these bacteria can lead to diarrhea, vomiting and more serious illnesses like meningitis or even rabies.

If you care about your health and the health of your loved ones, then it is better to get rid of this disgusting habit once and for all. Instead, protect yourself by washing your hands regularly and ensuring that all family members follow strict hygiene rules. Ultimately, these simple precautions will keep everyone safe and healthy, while preserving those precious moments when you can bond with man’s best friend!

You never clean your cell phone.

According to microbiologist Charles Gerba of the University of Arizona, ten times more bacteria hide on cell phones than on most toilet seats. A 2017 study also found significant levels of bacterial contamination on high school students’ phones.

Solution: Wipe the face of your phone with a cloth dampened with vinegar, and clean the rest of your phone with a cloth dampened with 70% isopropyl alcohol. You also need to clean your headset wire, which is pretty easy to do with soap and running water, except for the microphone. And if you take your phone into the bathroom, treat it like your hands: Clean it!

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