Saving Strategies For Better Health

There’s no getting away from the fact that many of us worry about affording health care. If you’re keen to boost your health without it costing a fortune, or you’re trying to plan for the future, here are some handy saving strategies.

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Focus on prevention

It’s not always possible to keep illness at bay, but there are often steps you can take to try and reduce the risk of health problems. Doctors will always tell you that prevention is better than cure. This applies to both your health and your finances. It’s often much cheaper to pay for a test or a screening exam or to change your lifestyle than it is to pay for treatments and procedures. Don’t skip routine appointments at the health clinic, optician or dental office, make sure you have your blood pressure and BMI checked regularly, and look after yourself. Eat well, aim to do 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week, and see your doctor if you have any issues. Early intervention can often make all the difference.

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Creative Ways to Manage Back Pain

If you are anything like me, then you have struggled with back pain at some point in your life…and it is not fun, at all. Pain in general, limits what you are able to do at home, at work, or for fun. Even when you are on vacation, if you have pains, you are unable to do things that will create lifelong memories for yourself. For example, in Cinque Terre, one of the highlights is hiking between the five towns. These hikes are not for the weak – they have many, many steps, the terrain is extremely steep and during peak tourist months, it is also extremely hot. If you are in good shape, grab a bottle of water, some snacks, and a buddy, and you are good to go. For those that have body pain, it is practically impossible to complete the hikes. This is just one example out of many of where body (back pain specifically) limits you.

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Preventative Care: A way to Save Money and Health

As we age, it seems like our bodies progressively decline. Quickly in fact, too. I do not consider myself old by any means, but it just seems like simple things that used to be so easy do not come that easy anymore. At a young age, it is easy to take your health for granted. Maybe you skipped out on a few doctors appointments, or maybe you stopped eating healthy and working out. I know what ran through your mind, too – you are already healthy, or you aren’t overweight, so why spend extra time and energy preventing what you are not? I understand your thought completely, but if you consistently have this mindset, one day you will look back and wish you would have taken that hour to go to the doctor, or skipped that donut that you ate, even when you were not hungry.

 

There is the saying “Pay for healthy food now, or pay for your health later,” and I completely relate to this. Paying for workout classes and healthy food is costly, but in the scheme of things, you will save so much more money by taking good care of yourself, in order to prevent bad health. That is why it is called preventative care, or preventative health. Although preventative care is usually dedicated for doctors visits, I think that it goes beyond that. Dental care, memory care, and all around total health should be considered preventative care, as well. Here are a few ways that you can prevent bad health, in order to save money in the long run:

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5 Reasons Why Plastic Water Bottles are Harmful to Health

At this point, almost everyone has heard about the harm that plastic water bottles can do to the environment and to the body. Though it can be difficult to explain all of the technicalities in one article, there are a few which stand out above the others. All of the harmful traits for bottled water are not noticeable until later.

So how do you avoid these problems? Ultimately, just avoid plastic water bottles altogether. You still may be wondering exactly why this is. Look into some of the major reasons and you will understand more.

Plastic Waste

Plastic waste is toxic waste. You may not see it when you simply look at a plastic water bottle but a great deal of pollution went into making this seemingly useful object. Plastic is literally made out of fossil fuels and, as we all know by now, increases what we call the carbon footprint in our natural environment.

In short, it means the more plastic bottles we make and use, the worse our environmental conditions will get. This should give us all a clue into what we can do to reduce pollution around the world. Consider how pollution affects health and get a clear idea of how.

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Say Goodbye To Your Winter Blues

Many people around the world suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD (image: https://www.pexels.com/photo/adult-art-conceptual-dark-278312/)

Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is a form of depression that manifests itself seasonally. Its symptoms are most severe during the winter months and these include having a constant low mood, feeling irritable and experiencing a loss of pleasure in activities you used to enjoy previously.

In the US, about five percent of the population experiences SAD every year, and as a result, it is an illness that cannot be overlooked. In the below guide we tell you how to say goodbye to your winter blues and see life in a different light during the cold months. [Read more…]

6 Health Checks You Can Do From Home

Juggling life as a busy Mom is always tough, meaning that there’s always the capacity for something to fall by the wayside. As we Moms are so focused on our family, one of the first things we tend to forget is to monitor our own health.

Thankfully, health monitoring is easier than it has ever been before. Below are seven checks you can do from the comfort of your own home to ensure that you’re in optimal health. Set a reminder every month to run through these checks, and you can be confident that you have every aspect of your own health under control.

#1 – Photograph Your Moles

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Take photographs of your most prominent moles, ideally with something (such as a penny) included in the photograph for size. This allows you to monitor your moles for potentially worrying changes. It’s far easier to look for changes if you have a photographic record of what each mole looks like, rather than have to rely on your memory.

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Doctor Doctor, You’re Costing Me A Fortune!

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Here’s a fun fact to start your day with. Medical bills are one of the most common reasons for families to go into debt. This shouldn’t be that surprising because some medical bills can cost anything up to millions of dollars. In fact, a recent legal case saw a woman suing for ten million in damages just to pay for medical costs. That’s crazy, and this is why it’s important to cut down healthcare costs as much as possible. But how can you do this?

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The Day that Changed My Life

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August 4, 2016 ~  It started out like any other summer day.  I woke up, grabbed a cup of coffee and took the dogs for a walk!!

Once I got home I just wasn’t feeling well.  I remember Tim calling from work and telling him that my upper back area hurt, and that it “felt like  I had a cold in my shoulder.  Maybe I slept with the fan hitting it all night?”  He didn’t really agree with me, but after 27 years of marriage he’s used to me saying weird things!!  As the day went on I just didn’t feel right.  I couldn’t shake the feeling. I debated going to see the chiropractor, and around 3:00 figured I’d go get adjusted to see if that would help my shoulder, or me, feel better.  Even though it was 90 plus degrees, I put on a jacket convincing myself it would comfort me and maybe make me feel a bit better. [Read more…]

Sildenafil – Drug for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

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Pulmonary arterial hypertension or PAH is a severe, progressive disease. When a person has this condition, he is experiencing increased pressure in arteries that are connecting lungs and heart. This condition is often diagnosed rather late because of its non-specific symptoms such as fatigue, chest pain, dizziness, syncope, palpitations. Before a doctor can establish that a person has pulmonary arterial hypertension, it is necessary to perform various tests so that diagnosis can be confirmed. During treatment, it is necessary to approach the problem based on specific situation so that a doctor can postpone progress of the disease, reduce its symptoms and severity. Doctor who is treating the patient needs to approach the disease with the necessary seriousness. Each situation is different and proper medication, treatment and tests should be administered depending on the state of patient. One of the good ways to counter the issue is you buy Sildenafil online. [Read more…]

5-Hydroxytryptophan is an all natural way to help combat stress!

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Life can be so stressful at times!!  There’s ALWAYS something that needs done or someone that needs to go somewhere.  Are stress, anxiety or depression getting you down? Unfortunately it’s everywhere, and often hard to avoid.  Different people deal with stress differently.  Some turn to friends or family for comfort while others drown their sorrows in food or drink.  Although you may not be able to avoid stress, what you can do is change how you deal with it and the toll it takes on your mind and your body.  Sometimes it can’t be avoided.  Between my dog’s recent diagnosis of diabetes and me being rear ended and my van being totaled Memorial Day weekend I have been totally stressed the past month! [Read more…]