10 body organs you damage daily without knowing

There are some common habits that we do that affects our body negatively, but we still do them regardless. Many of us do not know when we do this, and it could lead to some serious health problems in the future which can have grave cost for you, both financially and otherwise.

Hence, I decided to compile a list of these common habits that we do that affects our health. The parts of the body affected includes;

  1. Stomach
  2. Heart
  3. Kidney
  4. Lungs
  5. Liver
  6. Pancreas
  7. Eyes
  8. Brain
  9. Skin
  10. Genitals

How Do you damage these parts?

I’d take them one after another to explain how the things we do affect these organs.

Stomach

The stomach is the food storage organ in the body. All the food you eat goes to your stomach and can stay there for up to 4 hours. Hence, it is important to always have food in the stomach, especially in the morning. Your stomach is affected when you miss your breakfast. This is a very common habit that most people practice possibly due to the effect of the economy, or just the need to leave for work early.

Medically, the breakfast is the most important food of the day, and there are many dangers of missing breakfast such as; Increased chances of Heart Disease, weight gain, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, etc.
If you have to leave very early for work everyday, make a habit of having beverages like Tea, coffee at home, and try to get bread when returning back every evening. Then have a hot Water flask where you can boil water in the night & keep. This would make it easy for you in the morning, to simply make tea with a few slice of bread and leave for work. This would help you protect your stomach.

Heart

The heart is an organ that is responsible for pumping the blood that flows round your body. The heart works just like the water pumping machine in a building, only in this case, it pumps blood, and the blood vessels are the pipes. Your heart is affected when you take too much salt & cholesterol. Cholesterol is a type of fatty acid. It is a substance found in some poorly refined oils. If cholesterol accumulates in your system, it would lead to the formation of plaques (atherosclerosis) which can block your blood vessels, and can cause you a heart attack (cardiac arrest).

Sometimes, these plaques can even go to your brain and block blood vessels there causing you a stroke. You can read more about what happens in stroke here.
To prevent these, try to avoid foods containing cholesterol, and try to buy refined oils that is cholesterol free. Most of the oils & food substances in the market today are all cholesterol free.
Some sources of cholesterol includes: fast foods, liver, fatty meats, canned shrimp, etc
These should be avoided or minimized.

Kidneys

The kidney is an organ that is responsible for removing liquid waste from the body. It is a very essential organ, and an easily damaged organ from drugs. But more simply, your kidneys are affected when you don’t drink enough water. It is recommended that an adult should drink up to 3L in a day, sometimes more in a hot day. This water helps the kidney to do its job efficiently. If you don’t take enough water, toxins can accumulate that can affect the kidney and other organs.

Lungs

this is the organ of respiration. It is the place where all the air you take in through your nose (oxygen) goes into, and exchange with the one coming out from your body (carbon dioxide). This air is vital for life. Without it, we die. Your lungs is damaged from the smoke you inhale from cigarette (whether you smoke or stay around people that smoke and be inhaling the smoke), automobiles fumes among others.

Liver

This is a very important organ in the body that is responsible for producing so many proteins in the body. It also removes all the drugs and alcohol you consume. The functions of the liver are so many. Your liver is affected when you eat rotten nuts e.g: groundnuts & drink a lot of alcohol. The rotten nuts contains a toxin known as Aspergillus that can cause Liver cancer, while excess consumption of alcohol can cause you Alcohol-induced hepatitis.

Pancreas

this is a very important organ that produce vital hormones in the body. In fact, this is the primary organ that is affected in those with diabetes. Your pancreas is affected when you take too much sweets & candies.

Eyes

we all know what the eyes is and what it does, there would be no need to dwell much on it. Your eyes are affected when when you spend much time staring at your computer or your mobile phone screen with the screenlight on for hours, especially in the dark.

Brain

as we all know, this is the control box of the body. Without it, we are just vegetables. Your brain can be affected greatly by your thoughts, psychologically speaking. Hence, you should always think positive thoughts.

Skin

no need to say much here, everyone can see their skin. It is the part of your body that covers you and protects you from all external agents. Your skin is affected by the bleaching creams that most people use. Some people dont even know that their moisturizer contains bleaching agents. This affects your skin and can cause cancer.

Genitals

For females, douching is not good for your vagina, as well as putting in substances into your vagina for sexual pleasure. This materials you put in could be infected.
For the males, the sperm is a very fragile cell. It can easily be destroyed by heat & radiation. Hence, when you expose them to heat of any source (laptops, driving, etc), you could affect your sperm production.

Ensure to handle your body like it is the only one you have, because it is.

You can ask any question you might have about this topic below, and I would do my best to respond as soon as I can.

Authors

  • Obasi Chinedu David attended the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, in ituku-ozalla, Enugu state, Nigeria.

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