The Best Way to Save on Health Care Costs

There’s no doubt about the fact that healthcare costs are out of control and millions of people are suffering financially or going bankrupt because of these rising costs.

When I Googled “How to lower health care costs,” most of the advice is about how to make deals with doctors and hospitals. But, there’s another way to lower your health care costs – preserve your health.

Chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, lung cancer, and stroke can, in most cases, be prevented or cured by making healthy lifestyle choices.

A serious side effect of making such choices is that you will live longer and be happier – much better than the side effects often listed on ubiquitous television commercials. You can also increase your potential for financial success when you feel good.

For years, I suffered from a long list of physical and emotional problems including depression, chronic fatigue, bronchitis, frequent colds, sinus headaches, and more. When I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia in 1973, I gave up sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and high carbohydrate foods and committed to a healthier way of living. Now, I’m healthier and have more energy than many people I know who are 20 years younger than I am.

Making significant lifestyle changes is not easy. It’s so much easier to dine on fast foods or avoid exercising than to eat fresh, whole foods and take a daily walk. But the rewards are enormous.

If you’re serious about prosperity, take a look at your lifestyle choices and make some changes.

Take Baby Steps

Making many changes quickly rarely works. Just think about the many people who lose weight on a diet and gain the weight back later.

The best way to make lasting change is to choose one small item and gradually change it. No matter what your current state of health, there are probably actions you can take to improve your chances for avoiding or reversing chronic illness. Here are some suggestions:

1. Breathe. Develop the habit of taking 10 deep diaphragmatic breaths every day. This simple action can help you lower stress and tension, tone your origins, aid digestion, strengthen your immune system, improves stamina and more.

2. Move your body. By now, you’ve heard that exercise matters. If you don’t already exercise at least 20 min. a day, start with just a few minutes of walking and gradually builds up to longer periods. The best way to do this is with someone else. Studies show that walking with someone else increases the benefits of exercise.

3. Read the labels on your food and drinks. If you can’t pronounce one of the ingredients, don’t eat it. Also, add up total grams of sugar and added salt you consume each day. Keep in mind that 28.4 grams of sugar equal 2 tablespoons and 2300 milligrams of salt is one teaspoon, which is more than you need each day.

4. Meditate. To function well in our stress-inducing society, daily meditation can be an enormous help. Sitting quietly for just 10 to 20 min. a day can be an enormous help.

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