We all have unusual habits that we don't necessarily like to share with our friends, family, or co-workers. Why? Because we've been told that these habits are downright disgusting. But it turns out that these seemingly "bad" habits that you've been too afraid to admit doing are actually good for you.
Still, you feel like someone's watching you when you pee in the shower or bite your nails. But at least now you have a reason not to feel so bad about being a royal mess! And how often does that happen in life? So here's a list of gross habits that could do you a lot of good.
#1. Do you often pee every time you're in the shower? Chances are that you've done this at some point.
If you're a serial shower urinator, then rejoice because the ammonia and uric acid in pee can get rid of and prevent fungal infections on your feet. You're also wasting less water and less toilet paper.
#2. People claim that being messy is disgusting because it comes off as though you're dirty and have no discipline.
Messy people are about 36 percent more creative than neat freaks. In fact, being messy can also provide some major health benefits. For example, dust mites can't survive very long in an unmade bed, at least according to a study by Kingston University.
#3. Your mom used to slap your hand away whenever you used to bite your fingernails as a kid.
As an adult, you continue to do it every time you're nervous, or maybe you do it out of habit. As gross as the concept of biting your nails and eating what's underneath them sounds, the bacteria you ingest causes your immune system to produce white blood cells that build up an immunity to the bacteria. So there you have it, Mom!
#4. Chewing gum adds absolutely no nutritional value to your diet, but it can still help you in other ways.
Scientists have proven that chewing gum reduces stress, raises your cortisol levels, which keeps your hormones in check, and it also sharpens your mind so that you can concentrate better when you're studying and taking tests. If you chew gum made with Xylitol it's even better because Xylitol gum helps inhibit cavity-causing bacteria.
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#5. It turns out that skipping a shower may not necessarily be a bad thing.
A daily shower strips away certain oils from your hair and skin that are essential in keeping them protected and hydrated. Hot water alone can destroy healthy bacteria that promotes your skin's elasticity and radiance. So once in a while, consider skipping a shower.