This is a collaborative post by Ellie Jo.
When it comes to taking care of your health, it really is true that prevention is better than cure, not only for you and your future health but for your wallet too because, although it may not feel like it at the time, investing in good health now will save you money on your healthcare. Why? Because medical bills are more expensive than gym memberships and healthy supplements!
With that in mind, here are some helpful prevention tips to (hopefully) keep you healthy:
Know What Causes Illness
If you want to avoid illnesses, specifically those that you have a higher chance of contracting for whatever reasons, knowing what causes them is a great place to start. For example, if you know an excess of vitamin C causes kidney stones in a lot of people, you can lay off it a little, or if you know that too much sugar causes diabetes, you can start cutting it out of your diet. Thanks to the internet, learning about what causes health conditions has never been easier, and providing your stick to trusted sources, it could just save your life one day!
Exercising for at least 150 minutes each week, which isn’t really much when you break it down, has been proven to boost help and help to keep conditions like diabetes, obesity and heart disease at bay, and this can be simple exercise like power walking or jogging, so it doesn’t have to cost you a single penny – as long as you get your heart rate up for those 150 minutes – you’re good.
If you’re of an age where it’s recommended you have regular mammograms or get screened for prostate cancer, then do it! It might not be comfortable, and it might seem expensive at the time (although if you have insurance, it’s probably covered), but it could catch the start of something before it develops into a serious, life-threatening illness. It really isn’t worth skipping out on screenings.
Eat a Healthy Diet
This one is a no-brainer, but it bears repeating – if you want to avoid getting sick now or in the future, then perhaps the best thing you can do is to eat a healthy diet that is moderate in ‘bad foods’ and high in fresh vegetables, fruits, fish and lean meats, as well as whole grains, beans, and legumes. You should also try to eat until you’re approximately 8- percent full instead of stuffing yourself. Doing this will make you healthier and help you to live longer.
Practice Good Hygiene
Washing your hands regularly, keeping a clean house and doing whatever you can to keep the germs you’re exposed to a minimum is pretty simple, but it could save you from nasties like food poisoning, diarrhea and vomiting and the flu!
I shouldn’t have to tell you why wearing sunscreen is so important, but in case you didn’t get the memo, wearing sunscreen every day is your best bet for protecting against skin cancer. So, stock up and slap it on!
By taking these, and any other preventative measures you can think of, you’ll boost your chances of living a long healthy life and cut your healthcare bills too. What’s not to like?