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Essential Things You Can Do To Make Healthcare Cost Less

Essential Things You Can Do To Make Healthcare Cost Less

Let’s face it, healthcare is way more costly than it should be. We shouldn’t be forced to pay through our noses for basic treatments. We shouldn’t be in a position where we can’t afford to pay for surgery to cure a disease or fix a problem for good. Unfortunately, most of us are in this position nowadays, and it needs to stop.

 

For the majority of the population, there’s always this comparison between health issues and money. More specifically, whenever something is wrong, we think about how much it costs to take care of it, and how bad the issue is. This leaves loads of us living with issues that we try and sweep under the rug because they’re too costly and aren’t life-threatening enough to warrant the high costs of curing them. This applies to all areas of our health, from oral health to physical health, and even mental health too.

 

What I want to do is help you put an end to the constant worries you have about healthcare costs. It may seem impossible, but there are some things you can do to make healthcare cost a lot less. The rest of this article will be dedicated to ideas and thoughts on the matter. Hopefully, by the time you’ve finished reading, you will know exactly how to save money on healthcare costs for good.

 

 

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Compare Health Insurance

First thing’s first, you should have some form of health insurance at your disposal. Insurance makes everything more affordable for you and can cover you in emergencies. Yes, you still have to pay for your insurance, and this might seem costly at first. But, when you think about what the insurance covers and the money you don’t have to pay for medical treatments, it works out very well.

 

The problem a lot of people have is they find insurance that’s too expensive. What you should do is compare different providers and then compare different policies from the cheapest ones. There are companies out there offering a free consultation to help you compare different plans from specific providers. This is beneficial as they assist you with your research and ensure you find the best plan for your personal health risks. That’s the key here; some people are in worse health than others and will require more coverage. Others just need basic coverage to help pay for standard treatments and check-ups.

 

At the end of the day, insurance will save you thousands of dollars and makes you worry less about going to a doctor or health professional. Let’s say you have a bad back and need to see a chiropractor to fix it. If you don’t have insurance, then the cost of a full treatment plan might be too much and cause you to not pay for it. But, if you have insurance that covers the treatment, you don’t have to think twice. You undergo the treatment and end up in a better physical position.

 

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Eat A Better Diet

One of the easiest ways you can make healthcare cost less is by taking better care of your health. I know, what a crazy thing to suggest! All jokes aside, you will see massive changes in your body and bank balance when you eat a better diet. Health starts with what you put inside your body. You could be very active and play sports or go to the gym, but if you’re shoveling rubbish into your gut, then it won’t end well.

 

Sadly, plenty of people in this country have terrible diets. And that’s not just me being all high and mighty, it’s a fact. We eat too many fried and processed foods that are packed full of saturated fats, salt, sugar, and cholesterol. As a result, so many serious health problems could occur. In fact, a bad diet has been linked to the following issues; heart disease, heart attacks, multiple cancers, diabetes, and anaemia. Aside from, obviously, being very serious and potentially life-threatening, all of these problems require expensive medical treatment. You may need complex surgeries or access to high-tech equipment that helps calm your symptoms and lets you live a longer life with your health issues. Even if you have insurance, some of the money may have to come out of your pocket, and they’re ongoing costs in the cases of diabetes and cancer too.

 

All you have to do is eat healthily. Take a look at your diet and first try to cut down on the bad things. Eat less fat, consume less meat, so you don’t have high cholesterol, eat less sugar, and manage your salt intake. You’ll immediately start to feel a lot better and healthier just by doing this. Then, start adding important vitamins and minerals to your diet. Loads of people, particularly women, don’t get enough iron in their systems. This inevitably leads to anemia. So, start eating more green veg like broccoli or spinach as they contain iron. You also get the benefit of all the other vitamins these veggies provide. Be more conscious of what you eat, and you’ll be amazed at how few health problems you have, leading to low healthcare costs every year for you.

 

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Exercise And Stay Active

I know I said that diet is the number one thing to think about when it comes to your health, but you still need to exercise. Being a couch potato might sound appealing, but it isn’t a very good idea at all. The less active you are, the more unhealthy you become. Your muscles start to stop working, which can end up causing pain in joints and bones, leading to expensive treatments. Plus, it can also cause weight gain which then leads to other diseases, most notably high blood pressure and heart problems.

 

The simple solution is to just get up and exercise more. Walk places instead of driving everywhere. Don’t stay in the same seat for hours on end without moving. Even if you work a typical office job, get up every hour or so and walk around the office or do some light stretching. In your spare time, go for a run or choose one type of physical activity to do three times a week. This could be going to the gym, cycling, yoga, dance classes; literally, anything that gets your heart rate up and helps you stay healthy.

 

I am not a health expert, but if I were, I would advise all my clients to exercise and stay active. Why? Because that’s the exact same advice health experts, give to everyone! Come on guys, it’s not rocket science. The more active you are, the fewer health problems you’ll end up with.

 

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Stick To An Oral Hygiene Routine

It’s not just your physical health that causes high costs, it’s also your oral health. There are so may dental treatments that are far too common and far too expensive. Plenty of things can set you back a couple of hundred dollars, sometimes even creep into the thousands. The most frustrating thing about paying for dental healthcare is how avoidable it is. Our teeth aren’t meant to just rot away and decompose quickly. If we take good care of them, they will last for a very long time.

 

To make things even more frustrating, it’s so easy to stick to an oral hygiene routine. You haven’t got to do anything crazy, it’s simply a case of following some rules every day. First, brush your teeth twice – once in the morning after breakfast, and once in the evening before bed. Always leave at least half an hour after between eating food and brushing, or you won’t see good results. Secondly, floss anywhere between two or seven times a week. This helps clean your teeth more thoroughly and avoids gum disease that leads to expensive hygienist appointments. Finally, cut down on sugar and acids. Sugary drinks are particularly bad and try to avoid eating lots of sweets per day. If you are going to treat yourself to some sugar, try and have it all in one go. The more frequently you consume it, the more damage it does to your teeth. Acid is also bad, so maybe stop eating lemons if that’s the kind of thing you’re into.

 

Follow these rules, and you could avoid paying for expensive dental treatments or surgeries. All you have to worry about is your regular checkups, which could well be covered if you have health insurance that includes a dental plan. Even if you don’t, it won’t be that expensive.

 

Wow, that was a lot to take in, wasn’t it? I hope you’ve managed to stay with me all this time and learn how you can make healthcare cost a lot less. Yes, making changes to your lifestyle will go a long way to avoiding health problems. When you haven’t got many health issues, it means you’ll pay for fewer health procedures, saving lots of money. But, don’t forget about insurance as it will provide financial relief if you do have serious issues that need immediate attention.

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Focusing on a Healthy Body Rather than a Fashionable Body

Focusing on a Healthy Body Rather than a Fashionable Body

People have been concerned about their bodies for years. Think of all of the times that you’ve heard someone fret about their weight, their body shape, their height, their muscle mass, their fat distribution, their skin tone or endless other supposed “problems” with their appearance. This isn’t all too surprising. There are numerous industries out there that rely on people’s lack of self-confidence and self-acceptance to thrive: the beauty industry, the fashion industry, the plastic surgery industry… the list goes on. Sure, we may all have areas of ourselves that we want to improve on. But rather than focusing on achieving impossible beauty standards set out by the media, how about we focus on our health, fitness, and wellbeing instead? Sure, you can go to a surgeon and go under the knife to achieve a certain look. But it’s not going to help you live a healthier and more fulfilled life. It’s time that we start focusing on having a healthy body rather than a fashionable body. Some of the most common body concerns tend to revolve around fat and weight. So, for now, let’s focus on cellulite and extremes of weight.

 

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Cellulite

 

Cellulite tends to be a problem that people focus on with appearance in mind. These small dimples are often criticised as unattractive. However, you should be less focused on the aesthetics of cellulite and more concerned with its causes. Myths make out that cellulite is the result of toxins or being overweight. But there is no evidence to support this. In fact, it’s not necessarily indicative of an unhealthy body. It’s more to do with fat distribution and how your fat is stored. So stop worrying! Learn more about everything to do with this condition at Cellulite.com.

 

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Being Underweight or Obese

 

We all have different body shapes. We distribute our fat in different ways and have different figures. Some of us will naturally be very slim. Some of us will happen to be a little larger. However, extremes of weight on either end of the scale are to be avoided. If you are underweight or obese, it’s important to know that you are opening yourself up to a whole host of health problems that could easily be avoided nine times out of ten. Being underweight could result in malnutrition, vitamin deficiencies, anemia, osteoporosis, decreased immune functioning, increased risk of complication during surgeries, fertility issues, or growth and development issues. Obesity can come hand in hand with increased blood pressure, type two diabetes, heart disease, strokes, sleep apnoea, fatty liver disease, and kidney disease. All of this things should be actively avoided. If you fear that you’re underweight or obese, visit your health professional or dietician and ask for a check-up. They will be able to assess your BMI and give you a plan for a healthy balanced diet and exercise regime that will help you to fall into the parameters of a healthier weight.

 

These are just two areas of our bodies that we tend to focus a lot of our attention on. If you have any further concerns to do with your body or how it looks, make sure to do plenty of research. In some cases, you may be worrying needlessly. In others, you may have a few changes to make to ensure that your body functions to the best of its ability.

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Do you Feel Tired all the Time? – Check These 4 Surprising Reasons

By Guest Blogger Nicole N.

Do you Feel Tired all the Time? – Check These 4 Surprising Reasons

We all get tired, that’s a given; if you’ve punched in ten-twelve hours at the office, couldn’t sleep all night, did some serious spring cleaning and what not, of course you will feel exhausted. However, if you feel constant fatigue and are desperate for a nap after doing the bare minimum like climbing two flights of stairs or you start losing your sharpness and focus after only two hours of work, there is a good chance that an underlying issue might be at hand. If any of this rings a bell, it is time to dive into this list of potential reasons and find out what is causing you to feel worn out, so let’s begin.

Anemia

The culprit of fatigue and perpetual sense of exhaustion can be found in a staggering number of health issues. This is why it’s highly important to listen to your body and look for other signals it’s sending you in order to get your body in its natural healthy state. For instance, according to Mayo Clinic, if you notice that your skin is quite pale or even yellowish, your heartbeats are irregular, feet and hands cold, or you’re experiencing shortness of breath, dizziness and in the worst case scenario chest pain, you are looking at anemia. Anemia is a condition that occurs when your body isn’t producing a sufficient number of red blood cells, or it does but your body is destroying them. Two most common types of this health condition are iron deficiency anemia and vitamin B-12. The good news is, this condition is completely treatable; you just need to pay attention to the messages your body is sending you, and if you notice these symptoms, turn to your physician so you can get things under control and bring the spring back in your step.

Leaky gut syndrome

When presented alone, chronic fatigue and exhaustion can mean a number of things. However, when followed by an additional set of symptoms consisting of bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, aches and pains, there is a good possibility that you are suffering from leaky gut syndrome. The definition of this condition is perplexing, but put in simple terms, it is like having holes in your intestines, which in turn allow for particles that shouldn’t enter your bloodstream to do so. Inflammation in the body is the first symptom of this condition, but it’s a dangerous one as it can be the cause of  numerous other diseases.  Once you notice these symptoms, your first approach to tackling the problem should definitely be high-quality probiotics that will restore your bowel health. Another good idea is to do a colon cleanse using natural ingredients such as organic apple cider vinegar and honey. Apple cider vinegar serves as a prebiotic for healthy bacteria in the gut and it eliminates Candida overgrowth which causes fatigue among other more serious problems such as depression and yeast infections. If, however, your condition takes a turn for the worse and additional problems arise with your thyroid gland, weight gain, mood swings and skin inflammation, don’t waste any time before you turn to your physician for help.

Sedentary lifestyle

This particular cause of your fatigue is one that is quite common, especially in this day and age when a large portion of the population spends hours on end sitting, whether due to the nature of their job or simply because we spend an excessive amount of time pealed to a computer or TV. We might not see this as an issue, but a recent research by Queen’s University Belfast begs to differ. It states that prolonged sitting is just as bad for our health as smoking and its symptoms range from soreness, pain in your neck, stiffness, back pain, to chronic headaches, all this on top of a sense of constant tiredness. The news gets even worse, because  when disregarded, the condition can lead to the deterioration of spine, and development of heart conditions, all ‘thanks’ to the lack of movement. The solution is simple, and of course, it revolves around physical activity; once you get those legs moving, you will fix the damage caused by prolonged sitting, improve your metabolism and keep your heart strong and healthy.

Sleep deprivation

One of the reasons for your lack of focus and tiredness is definitely lack of quality sleep, but this problem is more often than not taken seriously enough. More than a ‘worn out’ feeling, poor sleep, if frequent and constant, can weaken the immune system, cause depression and memory problems, brain fog, and even hallucinations. In order to ‘take back the night’ and get your much needed quality snooze time, cut caffeine, alcohol and nicotine from your life. Get a sound machine if you are a light or troubled sleeper; sprinkle a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow – the soothing effects of it are truly amazing.

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Red Flag Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Red Flag Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Often, when you feel under the weather, or you’re a bit out of sorts, there’s no need to rush to a clinic and see a doctor. Most of the symptoms we experience and illnesses we develop are minor, and often, there’s no need for treatment. Sometimes, however, the situation is different, and you may come across red flag signs that you really shouldn’t ignore. It’s highly likely that there will be nothing to worry about, but seeing your doctor will give you peace of mind.

Frequent dizzy spells

It’s normal to feel dizzy or lightheaded if you’ve had a hectic day and it’s 4pm and you haven’t had lunch yet, but it’s not normal to experience dizzy spells on a regular basis. If you feel faint, it’s a good idea to seek medical advice. It’s particularly important to visit an urgent care center if you’ve developed dizziness after an accident. If you banged your head, for example, dizziness could be a delayed symptom of concussion. Feeling lightheaded may also be linked to low sugar levels, low blood pressure, and anemia.

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Lumps and bumps

It’s very common to find lumps and bumps on or underneath your skin. In the vast majority of cases, these masses are nothing sinister, but occasionally, they can be a sign of potentially life-threatening illnesses. If you do find a lump, no matter how big or small, it’s best to get it checked out.

Unexplained weight loss

Many people try to lose weight for weeks or even months of the year. If you’re dropping dress sizes and you’ve been making an effort to eat a healthier diet and do more exercise, the tumbling numbers on the scale shouldn’t cause concern. However, if you’re losing weight and you haven’t been trying to, this could be a sign of underlying illness. If your clothes feel much baggier or your body weight has dropped significantly, and you haven’t changed your eating habits, book an appointment with your doctor.

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Traces of blood in urine or feces

If you spot traces of blood in your urine or feces, arrange to see your doctor as soon as possible. There are lots of possible causes, many of which are minor, but there is a risk that these symptoms are linked to more serious illnesses. Common causes may include urinary tract infections or hemorrhoids, but bleeding can also be symptomatic of some forms of cancer.

Chest pain

You may experience chest pain if you’ve been involved in an accident, but if there doesn’t appear to be an obvious cause of pain, seek advice from your doctor. Chest pain can be a sign of cardiac problems, but there are lots of other causes. If you’ve been getting recurrent bouts of pain or you feel pain come on very suddenly, see a doctor urgently.

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Usually, when you don’t feel 100 percent, you recover and bounce back very quickly. In the vast majority of cases, we’re struck down by minor illnesses, but sometimes, spotting red flag symptoms can lead to a diagnosis of more severe health problems. If you do notice any of these signs, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor. It’s best to get symptoms checked sooner rather than later.

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