Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Is it possible to be healthy on a budget?

Five Cheap Ways to be Healthy

Have you ever thought that being healthy cost too much money?  Hopefully after reading this article you will discover a few tips to living healthy on a budget.

First,  it all starts with what you eat.  Try to increase the amount of vegetables in your diet.  When you sit down for a meal, half of your plate should be covered with vegetables (for an average adult).  Meat is often times the most expensive part of the meal by decreasing your meat portion and increasing your servings of vegetables you will save money and will consume a more nutritious meal. 

Second, it continues with what you drink.  Water is essential.  How much water you need depends on your body type and activity level. A good rule of thumb is 8 by 8, meaning eight 8 oz glasses also you should let thirst be your guide.  If you are thirsty you should have a drink of water.  Water is better than drinking sugary drink when you are thirsty.  Your body needs water to function.  Water helps your skin look better and helps your heart and brain function better.   

Third, let's get some ZZZZ's.  Do you have trouble staying awake through out the day?  Well you are not alone. According to the Sleep Foundation, 56 percent of Americans don’t get enough sleep on work nights.  If you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re not at your best.  You could have perfect vitals, be a non-obese nonsmoker, and if you’re not sleeping enough, you’re still not functioning to your highest potential. A lack of sleep is also connected to poor brain function, including lack of focus and moodiness. Insufficient sleep is also linked to heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes.  Aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night.  If this seems like an unattainable goal try to increase the amount of sleep by 15 to 30 minutes.

Fourth, get tested.   Most of those infected with Hepatitis C don’t even know they have the virus, because it often does not show signs or symptoms until life-threatening liver disease results. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 75 percent of adults who have hepatitis C are baby boomers, born between 1945 and 1965. Because baby boomers. It is important to get tested as liver problems are starting to rise and so are unnecessary deaths due to hepatitis C.
If you’re a part of that generation, consider calling your local medical center or clinic to see if they have free Hep C testing hours. If they don’t, you can call Hep C Test Express toll-free at 855-246-4937 to get a free hepatitis C test.

Fifth, find a reliable source of social support.  Love is, at least in part, a chemical reaction. The hormone oxytocin is released during sex and childbirth in large amounts to fuel attraction and loving feelings, and in smaller amounts after warm, comforting experiences with loved ones. When oxytocin is released into the blood stream, it encourages bonding and lowers blood pressure and stress. Some research also suggests oxytocin can reduce pain, act as an anti-inflammatory and help fight against obesity. More research needs to be done to confirm, but many signs point to the healing powers of love.  Best of all being with a friend and loved one does not cost a penny!

What can you do today to be healthy?  
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