Ways to Improve Health

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You know that health care costs are going to keep going up. As nice as it would be if health insurance companies, hospitals and doctors could all get on the same page and figure out some incentives for healthy living, and as nice as it would be to end up with health care reform that is effective, we’re probably just going to see increased costs. This means that it’s up to you to reduce your health insurance costs and other health care costs. One of the best ways to improve health is to live a healthier lifestyle. While you can never fully protect against accidents and some diseases (like cancer and genetic diseases), you can improve your overall health and reduce your chances of heart disease, obesity and diabetes — all of which can get quite costly. If you are looking to improve your health, you can take a few small steps to change your lifestyle so that you are developing habits that can keep you on the right track. Here are 10 simple ways you can work toward improving your health: 1.Get an hour more of sleep per day: Good sleep helps your body function better. If you aren’t getting 7-9 hours of sleep, try to add an hour of sleep to your routine. Depending on your age, you will need to decide on quantity versus quality when it comes to sleep. 2.Set out some easy-to-eat fruit: I struggle because I have a sweet tooth. One thing that has helped me cut back on candy is to have grapes, dried mangoes, prunes, clementines (fast and easy to peel) and other sweet fruits readily available. That way, when I wonder into the kitchen looking for an easy snack, the fruit is right there. And it’s sweet enough to satisfy my craving — most of the time. 3.Replace one drink per day with water: Instead of that sweetened “sports” drink, or that soda, drink water. Replace one can/Big Gulp/20 oz. bottle each day with water. If you must have flavor in your water, there are low calorie options that lightly flavor your water for you. Even drinking a glass of lowfat milk is better for...
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