Posted by Michael Barber, June 21, 2013 (last updated on November 19, 2020)
No one enjoys going to the doctor because of an illness that could have been prevented. However, all too often people neglect their health until it's too late. If you want to avoid the doctor by becoming healthier, there are better things to do than eat an apple a day. Here are some tips to keep you healthy, happy, and free of costly doctor visits.
Avoid the Center of Grocery Stores
Foods high in preservatives and chemicals are often found in the center of a grocery store. Everything you need to live a healthy life is found on the perimeter of a store, such as vegetables, fruits, fresh grains, meats, and dairy. By avoiding the center of grocery stores, you will never see the cookies that are tempting, nor the beverages that are unnecessary. If you choose to eat snack foods and treats, you should choose the healthiest options. Here are the worst ingredients, which you should always avoid:
- Palm Oil
- Corn Syrup
- Artificial Sweeteners
- Sodium Benzoate
- Potassium Benzoate
- Sodium Nitrites and Nitrates
Avoiding these harmful chemicals is difficult. It takes effort and diligence. However, when you ignore the labels and eat these chemicals and toxins, you are shortening your life and risking ailments such as diabetes. If you want to avoid doctors, then you should start by avoiding these killer chemicals.
Drink Plenty of Water
If you drink plenty of water, you will be healthier. Your body thrives on clean fluids, such as water and juice. When you intake enough water your entire system will be better prepared to fight off infections and illnesses. However, when you do not drink enough water your body is unable to flush toxins out of its system, and they can build up and harm your overall health. Dehydration might start as constipation, but it can lead to strokes.
Relieve Your Stress Daily
Do not let stress fester in your body. It can cause long-term, serious health complications. People should deal with stress the way they deal with an empty stomach: regularly and thoroughly. As an added benefit, most stress-relieving activities will make you happier, such as painting, exercising, and swimming.
Exercise a Minimum of Three Times a Week
By getting enough exercise, you will keep your immune system higher and your blood pumping faster. Your weight will stabilize to a healthier range, and your hormones will become better balanced. Exercise can help people to reach a meditative state, which relieves stress. It can also be a great tool to strengthen the body's weaknesses. While the weight loss that results from exercise is great for your health, it's not the only reason to exercise. Your body needs frequent workouts in order to stay strong and healthy, even if you are slender. The reason this advice sounds unoriginal is because you have heard it all before. Unfortunately, people often choose to ignore this easy-to-follow advice that could keep them healthier and free of doctors. By choosing to take good care of your body and mind, you can save money on doctor visits, live longer, and feel happier.