Almost 6 out of 10 bankruptcies are directly caused by medical expenses, according to a 2009 report from Harvard. Things haven’t changed much since; medical expenses are still amongst the top reasons of excessive financial burden, even for people who are insured, causing them to spend all their life savings or even work two jobs to keep up.
That’s why preventative medicine is so important; it’s better to prevent than cure, right?
But, what exactly is “Preventative Medicine”?
Modern life is synonymous with daily toxin exposure. Whether it’s the highly-processed food we like to eat or the not-so-clean tap water we drink, our organism is at war day in and day out. How likely is it to win every single battle?
Wouldn’t it be better to prevent these battles from occurring in the first place?
Avoiding Major Problems
Although not everyone will show signs of this daily poisoning right away, most people show signs if it: unexplained pains, excess body weight, gut problems, and much more may be cues for bigger issues that are developing inside you.
Sometimes, these symptoms may be the only warning we get before things take a really bad turn and lead to non-remediable situations, such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome or even cancer. However, we usually don’t pay attention to them or we ignore them till they pass -or that’s what we like to think.
Unfortunately, for many people these symptoms never pass; on the contrary, they lead to more drastic measures.
So, please, let me seize this opportunity to stress it to you once again: Prevention is key! Take preventative measures so you don’t have to deal with these problems in the first place.
Here is an example for the money-conscious: Smoking-related diseases cost a whopping 400 billion USD in medical expenses globally. Do the math and see how much money a smoking-free preventative policy is going to save.
The same goes for obesity. Excess body weight is considered a risk factor for several chronic diseases, which are associated in turn with huge healthcare costs (some estimate them up to 200 billion USD annually).
The pattern is similar with several other examples; if you don’t take care of yourself, you are bound to have health problems and pay for them dearly.
So what can you do to avoid these issues? Here’s a list with 5 easy tips.
Changing your lifestyle is probably the single best strategy. This means you have to adopt a series of health-promoting habit in these areas:
Cut down on fast-food and opt for real, whole foods instead. Move around more –do some form of aerobic exercise most days of the week and some muscle-strengthening training a few times a week. Tend to your spiritual needs. Be an active member of your community and help the less fortunate.
As far as diet is concerned, the best way to start is to do some groceries. If you are stocked up with real food, you’ll eventually get on track.
Things are even easier when it comes to physical activity. Just find something you like, so you can follow it through in the long term. Remember, you need to exercise most days of the week for it to be meaningful.
Spirituality is key to a healthy life. Whether it’s a relationship with God or simply a meditation regimen, you’d better start practicing it if you want to reap its benefits.
Finally, engaging in community work is a great way to boost your physical and mental health, according to recent research findings.
Your family’s medical history is a critically essential knowledge. Knowing your family’s history of ailments means that you may prepare yourself in the best possible way against conditions you are probably predisposed to. For example, if your father was suffering from cardiovascular disease, you may have a higher risk of developing it yourself, so you have to take preventive action.
3. Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care can offer several wonderful benefits in terms of prevention, according to several published reports.
For instance, look what happened to patients who were looked after exclusively by doctors of chiropractic care for their primary care needs, over a period of seven years:
60.2 percent fewer admissions to the hospital
59 percent fewer days within the hospital
85 percent fewer drug-related costs
62 percent fewer surgeries
Although chiropractic care is mostly known for its effects on low back pain, it does much more in terms of overall health.
4. Stress Management
It may strike you as odd, but a huge percentage of all visits to the doctor is because of conditions that are closely related to stress. Come to think about it, in today’s fast-paced world, stress is the norm. Certainly, just a little stress can’t hurt; but chronic stress can wreak havoc on your health and well-being.
Luckily, there are several completely natural methods of stress reduction available and you can start checking them out right away. You can lead a healthy life but without stress management, it will be no good. My advice is, find a stress-relieving method that works for you and start practicing it today if you want to maximize your health and prevent your body from failing you.
5. Other Treatments
In times when you can’t avoid falling ill or you find yourself in need of medical advice, why not ask an alternative healthcare provider first? They will often recommend treatments that don’t cost as much and have fewer adverse effects than common conventional medicines, such as antibiotics.
There are several holistic therapists you can go to if needed: chiropractors, massage therapists, nutritionists and many others can help you overcome several minor ailments successfully.
Don’t wait for your health to deteriorate before starting to practice preventative medicine – begin now! Start eating right, find a form of physical exercise that you like, manage your stress, tend to your soul, and give a go at alternative medicine.
Preventative medicine is all your mind, body and soul need to take off. Most of what I say above is really common knowledge, but also too easy to overlook.
Finally, by employing these practices you will connect with your body in a way that you’ll be able to better recognize all the early warning signs –and you’ll act in time. After all, it’s much better to prevent than to cure.