7 Categories of Health Spending that will make you Healthier Tomorrow

Spending your Health Dollar Wisely

Health SpendingTwo hosts on a podcast I heard recently were talking about a high-tech state-of-the-art health evaluation. It included a full-body MRI, a slew of blood tests, a complete look at all your genes, along with measuring just about everything else you can imagine. The service includes permanent membership in a growing database that will alert you to health risks in the future as science discovers more about what your specific genetic profile indicates. As a participant you are encouraged to decide how long you want to live, and therefore to take every step possible to achieve that goal. It’s all done for the worthy purpose of helping you be healthier tomorrow.

And it’s available to you today for the small sum of $25,000!

Even if I had $25,000 I wouldn’t spend it on this high-tech health evaluation. But even more importantly, you don’t need to have or spend that kind of money to be healthier tomorrow. Health spending doesn’t have to be difficult. We know enough about health and longevity to make very wise decisions today. Scientists are now beginning to talk now about reaching the limit of what medical care can do to improve and extend our lives. What is going to make the biggest difference going forward is our lifestyle.

If you’re already spending money on a lot of supplements or medications, take a step back and consider whether you’re spending your hard-earned health dollars in the place they will make the most difference. It’s not that supplements are necessarily bad; it’s that they are way down the list when it comes to what will make the most difference for your wellbeing tomorrow.

Wise Health Spending

Here are a few things worth spending your money on if you want to be healthier tomorrow.

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10 Healthy Weight Loss Tips

Weight LossLosing weight – or trying to – is big business. Researchers tell us that being overweight or obese affects two-thirds of American adults. The emotional, physical, and relationship costs of being overweight are heavy. And it’s expensive: the US diet control and weight loss market is worth about $62 billion/year.

But there are also plenty of success stories. My husband is one of them. He lost about 100 pounds, and did it without dieting! And he hasn’t gained any of it back. It was mostly a matter of eating smart – less processed foods, more fruits and vegetables and healthy protein. I’m so proud of him! And if you need to lose weight, I know you can do the same thing.

Here are some healthy weight loss tips that I used in helping my husband to lose weight. And they’re the same tips I give to my patients when they want that same kind of help. I believe focusing on lifestyle change is the safest, healthiest, and wisest way for most people to lose weight, but you may need some help along the way. It may not be sexy, but this kind of weight loss is the kind you’ll be able to maintain.

10 Healthy Weight Loss Tips

  1. You are more than your body weight! Your happiness, your relationships, your spiritual life – all are more important than your BMI (body mass index). Keep things in perspective. There are no scales at the pearly gate into heaven.
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3 Keys to Deal With Stress Better

Deal With StressThe research on stress has continued to expand exponentially in the years since Hans Selye first described what he called the General Adaptation Syndrome. We now know a great deal about how the human body and mind respond to stress. Scientists spend their entire careers researching our response to stress, and what makes some people more resilient than others. And that research can provide some exciting insights that can help you deal with stress in a much smarter way.

Not all stress is bad. Athletes or musicians use the stress of competition to raise their level of performance to its absolute peak. Business people or would-be politicians use the stress of deadlines to accomplish things many of the rest of us look at with amazement. These people have learned how to lean into stress. They choose stress and make it work to their advantage.

Your body and mind can develop an amazing ability to handle much more stress than you ever imagined IF … And that IF is the stuff that champions are made of. Here’s that secret sauce in three parts.

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How to Prevent Weight Gain After Forty

HELP on ScalesLove handles around the middle? Afraid to step on the scales? Putting on extra pounds is not just unpleasant; it’s also a danger to your health. It’s especially important to prevent weight gain after forty.

Weight gain after menopause increases a woman’s risk for breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Most of this mid-life weight gain settles around the middle, and it’s that abdominal fat that is especially dangerous, at least as far as your health is concerned. Becoming unhealthy as one gets older is unfortunately what the majority of women experience.

Is it menopause? Nearly 90% of women put on extra pounds between 45 and 55. The decrease in estrogen and other ovarian hormones at menopause would seem to be a likely culprit. If that were the case, wouldn’t taking estrogen or other hormone therapy help with that weight gain?

If only it were that simple! Research shows that women who take estrogen therapy at menopause and those who don’t gain about the same amount of weight. Hormone therapy makes no significant difference. But what we do know is that the drop in estrogen changes the distribution of fat in your body. Whether or not you gain pounds, menopause tends to move fat from your hips to your abdomen.

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8 Things To Do When You’re Tired

SleepySleep. Is that what you think? If you’re tired because you are behind on your sleep, that may be the very best thing to do.

But not so fast. Sometimes sleep may work against you.

When women come to see me as a doctor, fatigue is often their Number One complaint. They are often hoping for a medical solution. There are certainly medical problems that can lead to being tired, such as anemia, thyroid dysfunction, kidney or liver disease, sleep apnea, or hormonal problems. And when one of those problems is present, of course it’s appropriate to treat it medically.

But so often it’s not a medical problem that’s causing fatigue. There are many lifestyle factors in our modern world that just wear you out! An unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, stressful work, relationship problems, digital overload, worry and anxiety, a soul that’s distressed -all of these and more can leave you weary and miserable.

An overdose of caffeine may help you stay awake longer, but it will only wear your body and mind out more. There IS a better way!

So what can you do when you’re tired?

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