Let’s call this next piece, “Is it a big deal if……” because sometimes the health issues we worry about aren’t a big deal at all. While other health mistakes could send you to the hospital. 

So, is it a big deal if……

  • You use your kitchen sponge until it disintegrates. YES! According to the American Journal of Infection Control, that’s potentially deadly! Because the average kitchen sponge can spread up to a million illness-causing germs onto your hands, utensils, and dishes – including salmonella and E.coli. And the older the sponge, the more likely it is to be loaded with bacteria. That’s why experts recommend nuking your damp sponge in the microwave for one minute at least once a week – to disinfect it. Then, replace your sponge every month!

  • How about this one: Is it a big deal if……You pop a pill whenever you feel aches and pains. Not really. Dr. Brian Grosberg directs the Montefiore Headache Center in New York. And he says taking pain relievers - like Advil and Tylenol - is not a big deal, as long as you never take more than the recommended amount because many studies show that going over that limit puts you at a higher risk of liver damage, stomach and kidney problems. Plus, it makes you up to 3 times more likely to have migraines! But Dr. Grosberg says if you’re in so much pain that you need to pop pain relievers every day - then you really need to see your doctor. 

  • Lastly, is it a big deal if……You sit on public toilet seats WITHOUT a paper seat cover. No big deal. Surveys show that 1-in-3 people avoid sitting on public toilet seats, because they think a dirty seat will spread all kinds of dangerous diseases. But experts say that’s just not true. In fact, research from the University of Arizona shows that the toilet seat is probably the cleanest thing you’ll touch in a public restroom!