Health care and coverage are expensive. In most cases, you will have to pay some of your expenses out-of-pocket, and even when you don’t you’ll still have a monthly insurance premium to pay. One way to lower your costs is to take measures to prevent illnesses and injuries before they occur. It will prevent you from paying out-of-pocket medical bills, and it will prevent you from catching rate-changing conditions. Consider these preventative health care tips:
Change Your Diet
Keep an antioxidant-rich diet. Dark fruits, like berries and grapes, are great options along with darker green vegetables like spinach. Fish that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids can be equally beneficial. Consider salmon, trout, tuna, and herring. Reach for dark berry smoothies instead of sugary slushies, choose dark green salads over iceberg lettuce, and order the blackened salmon once in a while. Those small, delicious changes can make a noticeable difference in your overall health.
Set Your Routine
It’s easy to get set in routines like brushing your teeth for 20 seconds or less before bed, but taking a few extra minutes to floss can mean fewer trips to the dentist and less expensive procedures. Wearing sunglasses whenever you’re outside and sitting further back from your computer can mean fewer trips to the optometrist and less expensive eye treatments. On the same token, try to get in the habit of making exercise a part of your routine. The less habitual you are with your physical activity, the harder it will be to keep it up. Make lunchtime walks or weekend hikes a part of your typical routine. It doesn’t have to be strenuous activity to make an impact.
Did you know that your stress levels at work or at home can cause real, physical responses? Stress can drastically weaken your immune system and cause greater health concerns. Take the time to relax on your days off. Use your vacation days to be with your loved ones and work on your hobbies. Make sure to get a reasonable amount of sleep each night (on average, most adults need seven hours each night).
Follow these steps to start living your best, healthiest, and happiest life. Let us know in the comment section below what other health tips work best for you!