9 Bathroom Habits That May Lead To A Greater Health Issue

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When it comes to going to the bathroom, most people don't think too deeply about their habits — they have a routine and stick to it. However, because most people aren't paying attention much to what happens when they're on the toilet, they may have bathroom habits that can lead to a health issue down the line. Although it's not the most glamorous topic, it's important to be aware of what's going in with your body when you're in the bathroom, especially since you could be missing some signs that something is off. You could also inadvertently be hurting your health if you're engaging in some subtle but risky activities.

"Your bathroom habits can give you great insight into the state of both your gastrointestinal and bladder health," physician Nesochi Okeke-Igbokwe, M.D., tells Bustle. "Sometimes we are not so in tune with the subtle changes to our bowel or bladder habits, but it's so key to recognize changes and discuss them with your doctor to determine if there is an imminent health risk."

In addition to releasing waste, it's also important to pay attention to your hygiene when it comes to washing your hands and brushing your teeth as well. Here are nine bathroom habits to pay attention to that may harm your health, according to experts.