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Say Goodbye to Claims: Improving Your Health

September 19th, 2011 0 comments
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In this miniseries dedicated to taking a proactive approach to future medical bills, we’ve already looked at ways to reduce medical costs through healthy eating. Now, let’s look at improving “you.”  What does that mean?  Will it really lower medical bills?  Possibly – read on for more.

The All-Encompassing Proactive Approach

Along with other topics in this miniseries, it is important to take a positive approach to one’s overall health.

In other words, there are a number of things you can do to improve your health, mind, and life.  It can certainly have an impact on possible future health conditions and thus bills.  You can potentially save money on health insurance and related costs – but in a more positive way.  Plus, the benefits of these items surely beat looking through insurance glossaries to figure out legal jargon!

The following represent just a few ways in which you can continue to improve your health and life.  They can definitely keep unnecessary doctor visits from occurring.

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Stop Smoking

Depending on the gender, smoking can take 13.2 to 14.5 years off one’s life expectancy (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2002).  Also, at least half of all lifelong smokers die earlier as a result of smoking, according to the American Journal of Public Health.

You get the picture.  To quit smoking is perhaps one of the most straightforward ways to drastically improve your health, at least in terms of cutting one thing from your life.  There are plenty of great resources and support services if you wish to stop smoking – which you are recommended to do.

Stress

Never easy to manage, stress is something that can certainly have a profound mental/emotional impact, as well as effects of a physical nature.

As we could surely come up with an article series just on managing stress, we’ll keep the tips simple.  Finding time to relax is always a great place to start, whenever possible.  Music, a good book, or exercise are other great ways to combat stress.

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Other Areas – Sleep and Preventative Care

Getting enough sleep can do wonders for your mood and health.  In fact, it’s another great way to manage stress.  Plus, you’ll be able to better handle the work day, running errands for your children, and so on.

Finally, consider your preventative care.  Obviously this is more closely linked to health insurance.  Consider visiting your chiropractor on a regular basis for preventative treatment.  Look at the necessary appointments that you must get to ensure everything is going well, such as a breast exam or colonoscopy.  These items are extremely important to ensuring your health – and catching problems, if any exist, before they progress.

Are you getting enough sleep, time to battle stress, and preventative care?  Do you exercise, eat well, and never smoke?  If not, take these steps to improve your health and life.  You’ll find happiness in good health, and perhaps lower overall medical expenses too.

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