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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

9 worst places for your health

9 Worst Places for Your Health

MSNBC lists some surprisingly bad locations for your health, and the
best places to optimize it:

  1. Worst place to keep your toothbrush -- the bathroom sink
    There are 3.2 million microbes per square inch in the average toilet
    bowl, and all of those germs are propelled out every time you flush,
    settling on the floor and the sink. Keep your toothbrush behind closed
    doors in the medicine cabinet or a nearby cupboard.
  2. Worst place to stash sneakers and flip-flops -- the bedroom closet
    Shoes track in allergens and contaminants. Leave your shoes by the
    front door.
  3. Worst place to fall asleep -- under piles of blankets
    Being overheated can keep you from sleeping. Let your feet stick out
    from under your blankets.
  4. Worst place to cool leftovers -- in the refrigerator
    Placing hot leftovers directly in the fridge can cause uneven cooling
    and possibly food poisoning. Leave food to cool on the counter for up to
    an hour after cooking, or divide it into smaller containers that can
    cool faster before refrigerating.
  5. Worst place to sit on an airplane -- the rear The tail of the plane is where you'll get the bumpiest ride. Sit as close to the wing as you can.
  6. Worst place to set your handbag -- the kitchen counter
    Tests have showed up to 10,000 bacteria per square inch on purse
    bottoms. Put your bag anywhere except where food is prepared or eaten.
  7. Worst place to use a public bathroom -- the stall in the middle
    The center stall has more bacteria. Pick a stall all the way left or
  8. Worst place to keep medicine -- the medicine cabinet
    The temperature in a bathroom can get well above the recommended
    storage temperatures for many common drugs. Keep medicine somewhere cool
    and dry, such as the pantry.
  9. Worst place to use headphones -- on an airplane, train, or subway
    You're probably turning the volume up too high if you're listening to
    headphones in a noisy environment. Listen wherever you don't have to
    blast your music to enjoy it, or consider using noise-canceling

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