contributed by Dr. Eric Plasker, Marietta, GA
The economy is affecting everyone. People are
getting their financial affairs more organized, and they are cutting back on the “frills” in their life.
“I can’t afford it” are common words that I hear people use as they try to make sense of the lifestyle
adjustments that they need to make. There is absolutely, positively one thing that you cannot afford in our country today.
You cannot afford to get sick!!!
According to a recent Readers Digest article, 70% of those people who went into debt due to a
medical condition had health insurance at the time. 49% of the people surveyed say that they put off or refused medical treatment
for a serious condition because of money. Consider the cost of a surgical procedure, not including the rehabilitation, lost
time off work, and lost quality of life. You should be crystal clear about the fact that in this economy you cannot afford
to get sick and that keeping yourself healthy is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family.
So what should you do to keep yourself healthy?
Don’t diet. Make healthy eating a part of your lifestyle. Too many people will only eat
healthy when they get sick or get fat. They will starve themselves or force down healthy foods to lose weight, get in shape,
or heal from their disease. Make healthy eating a part of your lifestyle.
The 5 Eats of a Healthy 100 Year Lifestyle are…
Eat a healthy breakfast.
Eat a high fiber diet rich with live foods.
Eat healthy snacks.
4. Eat more slowly
Exercise, Exercise, Exercise.
The three components of exercise that you must keep in mind for a healthy workout are your ESS, endurance, strength
and structure. All three of these components are essential to quality of life as you age, while also preventing injuries or
sickness. Endurance is good cardiovascular exercise that can be done through running, swimming, or a game of basketball. If
you have had any previous injuries, stick with low impact endurance training. Strength training is also important. A stronger
body more resistant to stress and will insure quality of life as you age. Structure is also important because you’ve
got to take care of your core, and you’ve got to take care of your spine.
- Be conscious of your posture.
- Strengthen your core muscles.
- Maintain a healthy weight and body composition. Your body fat should be between 12
and 18% for men and between 14 and 22% for women.
Find relief money. Many of us buy and take over the
counter medications not realizing that they are drugs and they usually have side effects. Begin looking for drug free solutions
through diet, exercise and alleviating stress and see what happens. You may find that you can save $30, $50 or even $100 per
month while eliminating your symptoms through these lifestyle changes.
Raise your deductible and invest in your health.
The lower the deductible on your health insurance policy, the higher your premium will be. On the other hand, the higher the
deductible, the lower your premium. Many people have raised their insurance deductibles and lowered their premiums by $50
to $500 per month which can be used to buy healthier, more nutrient rich foods, join a gym, get dental screenings or an extra
chiropractic adjustment! Your choice.