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Are You Doing These 3 Things To Stay Healthy?

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Are You Doing These 3 Things To Stay Healthy?

A healthy way of life can help you to put your best foot forward, mentally and physically. Making healthy decisions, however, is not always simple. It might be difficult to find the time and energy to exercise or cook healthy meals on a daily basis. A healthy lifestyle takes work but your efforts will not go unrewarded!

Here, we will look at some of the things that you can do to stay as healthy as you can possibly can. Ready to find out more? Read on!

Look after your body:

You have heard it time and time again, but that is because it is critical to maintaining good health. From what you are eating to making sure that you get plenty of exercises, looking after your body is so important. First and foremost, a healthy diet is key. That does not mean that you need to cut out everything that you love – the occasional slice of cake or candy bar is not going to hurt at all. However, the majority of your diet should be healthy. Aim for a minimum of five pieces of fruit and vegetables per day, plenty of whole grain and protein, and keep refined sugar, fats, and salt to a minimum.

Getting enough exercise is also important. Again, no one is expecting you to hit the gym every single day for hours on end. Rather, aim to get around thirty minutes of physical exercise every day. That might be a brisk stroll around the park on your lunch break, a game of soccer with the kids in the backyard, or a spot of yoga and a home workout using YouTube.

Keep up to date with appointments:

When was the last time you paid a visit to your optician and got your eyes tested? What about your dentist for a full oral hygiene check-up? Or had your hearing checked out? For many people, it was a long time ago, especially given the recent COVID pandemic. Lots of people only go and get these things looked at when a problem is becoming apparent, but early intervention and regular appointments can stop a problem from developing in the first place. Make an appointment with your audiologist, your optician, and https://www.newmandental.com to make sure everything is A-okay.

Your mental health matters:

All too frequently, we take steps to look after our physical health but neglect our mental health. It is something that can creep up on us – we are so busy caring for family, working, trying to maintain a social life, and looking after our house that we forget to make sure our own glass is full. Taking time to recognize when your mental health might not be quite as it should, and dealing with it before it gets to a point where you can’t see a way out, is essential. This will not only protect your mental wellness, but will also have a bearing on your physical health, too.

The past year and change has been so difficult! Keep your physical and mental health in check with the tips above so you can enjoy smooth sailing in a time of uncertainty.

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Sick Of High Medical Bills?

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Sick Of High Medical Bills?

If medical bills are starting to drive you into an unhealthy debt, don’t despair. You shouldn’t have to financially ruin yourself in order to care for your health. There are many sly ways of cutting expenses on your medical bills that could be worth taking advantage of. Here are just a few to take a look at:

If your boss offers an FSA – use it! More and more companies are supplying Flexible Savings Accounts as an option to their staff. Every contribution you make to these accounts is tax free and can be used to cover all manner of out-of-pocket medical costs including prescriptions, medicines, and dental care. You’re allowed to save up and spend a certain allowance each year – which should be fully taken advantage of. Even if you don’t have a medical problem throughout the year, FSA spendings can be used to buy over-the-counter drugs, baby products, bandages, crutches and in some cases eye wear such as glasses or contact lenses.

Ditch big brand medicine: Only buying medicine from big brands is a rip off. These brands may have enough popularity and money to advertise on TV, but they’ll have had to pass exactly the same quality tests as lesser known drugs from small brands. These small brands are likely to be much cheaper. If you’re on a prescription, shop around for other similar medicines that you could be saving money on. Ask your doctor and switch to generic brands to save a very pretty penny.

Tailor your insurance plan to you: Taking the time to really shop around for health insurance plans can save you a lot of money. Use comparison sites and check companies that are off of these comparison sites, too. Companies such as Health Insurance Innovations are known for being able to offer customized plans to suit your needs. You may also find a good family bundle somewhere that could also save costs. And remember that you can lower your premiums by raising your deductible.

Join a farm bureau: Every state has its own farm bureau – an organization primarily set up for farmers, although practically anyone can join (farmer or not!). Joining will cost a small monthly or annual fee, however, you usually will get all kinds of perks, a common one being huge medical discounts. Always check the incentives offered by your local bureau first before signing up, as perks do vary from state to state.

Get help from an advocate: Advocacy programs are largely in place to help those in need who may not be able to make a medical decision for themselves. However, advocates can also help out those that are financially struggling with healthcare. An advocate may be able to shop around for you, come up with alternative treatment plans, and negotiate better rates from hospitals and insurers. This isn’t a service that everyone can take advantage of – your financial situation may have to be assessed first to determine whether you really cannot pay off these medical bills.

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Women’s Health: Four Appointments Every Woman Needs To Make

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Women’s Health: Four Appointments Every Woman Needs To Make

We only get this one life, so it is important that we live it to its fullest. Which is why it is important that we make sure that we are living as well as we can and that we are as healthy as possible. Even if you are eating right, exercising, and doing all of those good things, you can still get sick. So it is important for us as women to make some appointments regularly. Then we can check for sure that all is well. So if you haven’t had any check ups for a while, what are you waiting for? Here are the places you should be making appointments for:

A Wellness Check: You should make an appointment for an overall wellness check at least annually. This is usually done with your general practitioner. Things like your height and weight can be recorded, as well as blood pressure and any other concerns that you have. It is important to remember that your wellness isn’t all physical. So it is a good time to talk to your doctor about how you are feeling overall and to check on the state of your mental health, too. This kind of check up is just general but can indicate if there are any areas of concern.

Dental Appointments: You should see a dentist at least once a year. Ideally, every six months would be best. It will keep you up to date on the state of your teeth and gums and raise any concerns if there are any. You might get referred to see a hygienist or perhaps an orthodontist if there is a specific problem. But it is all to help your overall health and well being, so it is worth taking your dentist’s advice. And if you happen to have a fear of the dentist (like me!), just remember that the appointment will be worth it to keep your pearly whites healthy!

Eye Test: Having your vision tested is really important, especially as we get older. Every two years is a good recommendation for an eye exam. But if you are having specific problems with your eyes then you should obviously make an appointment sooner. When did you last have an eye exam? When we hit our forties, our vision tends to decrease in quality. So it is a good idea to check your eyes more regularly at that point.

Cervical Smear Test: Women from the age of twenty-one on are recommended to have this exam every couple of years. Some doctors will send you out a letter when you are due for one next; others will expect you to make the appointment. So have a think about when your last one was. If it was a while ago, then it is a good idea to book one soon. Cervical cancer is one of the biggest killers among young women, so it is important to have yourself checked. Then you can deal with things if the worst does happen. If you never have it checked, how will you ever know?

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