It’s Wellness Wednesday! In today’s post, we’re discussing how wellness is the perfect frugal strategy.
Dr. Debi England has a wellness chiropractic office in Greenland, AR. An essential oil lovin’, half-cut tea drinking transplanted northerner, she loves Friday night football, booming thunderstorms, and her family.
And she’s offered to share her expertise on natural wellness every Wednesday this month!
When you think of “wellness”, what comes to mind? It’s common to think wellness is merely the opposite of sickness. In reality, it’s a lifestyle that promotes good health as an actively pursued goal.
Just like we do preventive maintenance on a vehicle, a wellness strategy
promotes long term benefits for the “owner.” According to CNBC, the average American household spends $5,000 per year on healthcare and
approximately $3,400 was insurance premiums.
When counting in the lost productivity at work or at home as well as a multitude of medications or over the counter products to combat
illness, the out of pocket costs can be overwhelming.
Keeping your lifestyle focused on long term health & wellness goals makes financial sense.
When we are able to work and play and contribute to society in a meaningful way, the gain is tremendous and often not measurable by dollars and cents.
The happiness quotient is met and blessings are abundant—basically, your cup is overflowing! In a wellness lifestyle, here are some key areas to focus on:
MAINTAINING HEALTHY NUMBERS
- Weight—don’t focus on BMI as much as can you fit in your clothes
- Blood sugar—especially if you have a family history of Type 2 diabetes
- Blood pressure—stroke anyone?
- Blood lipids—who has time for a heart attack!?!
- 20-30 minutes three times a week to get your heart rate up
- Dance in your kitchen with your kids
- Extra laps at work/school
- Taking the stairs at every opportunity
- A supportive system of family and friends
- “Face” connections on a daily or weekly basis
- Socially distant meetups
- Parking lot coffee dates
- FaceTime, FB Messenger, Marco Polo, Skype, Zoom
- Unplug from social media for a few days
- Limit viewing of 24-hour news cycle—there’s nothing new!
- Get a pet! Our kittens, Hank & Harry, made life so much more loving and friendly
- Go outside and see that life really IS happening
- Kids riding bikes
- Neighbors working in their yard
- People walking their pets
- Businesses conducting business
- Brushing your teeth twice a day
- Use non fluoride toothpaste—we love Thieves Whitening Toothpaste
- Floss—a Placker is my best friend!
- Limit sugary drinks—sweet tea is my downfall
USING NON-TOXIC CLEANERS & PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS
- Many products contain long name chemicals that are actually harmful to the reproductive, respiratory system and possibly carcinogenic, not to mention the immediate results of skin irritation
- Bioaccumulation is the build-up of chemicals in your body that can lead to disease—this happens over years of use—watch “The Incredible Shrinking Woman” (1981) for fun or “Stink” (2015) for shock at what the government is allowed to get by with.
- Hormone disrupting substances are most harmful and prevalent in many products geared toward children
- The EU has banned 1,328 ingredients while the US has only banned 11
- What goes into the food goes into you!
- Organic fruits and vegetables—support a local farmers market or better yet, a local farmer
- Grass-fed or free-range protein—animals with normal movement and normal diet means better for you
- Dedicate one night a week to a vegetarian option
- Make green vegetable juices to give the stomach a pause—our favorite has green leaf lettuce, tomato, celery, cucumber, garlic and cilantro
- Limiting processed foods60% of our food is now considered “ultra-processed” meaning it looks nothing like the original or like nothing on the planet
- It’s more difficult for the body to break down processed foods which means you are lacking vital nutrients
- Not breaking food down means your cells are starving for nutrition so you are likely to binge eat trying to satisfy your body needs
DRINKING CLEAN WATER
- While city water is “clean”, it’s full of chlorine and fluoride
- Chlorine and fluoride compete with iodine on receptors
- Iodine is a crucial ingredient in thyroid hormones
- Good thyroid function is paramount to good overall health as it helps regulate many body systems Using distilled water or a Berkey filter can help reduce chemicals in your water
GETTING ADEQUATE SLEEP
- The average adult needs 7-8 hours per sleep per night
- The average adult GETS by with 5-6 hours
- Adequate sleep helps keep the immune system strong and the brain healthy for a lifetime
- Keep your sleep space void of electronics including cell phones, TVs and computers
- No devices two hours before retiring for sleep
- The bed is for sex and sleep only
- The bedroom should be cool
- Linens should be high quality for comfort and of an appropriate weight for your sleeping attire and the season
- No food for four hours before bed—your stomach can digest OR your brain can flush metabolic garbage it’s accumulated through the day but not both
While the list seems large, the steps are simple. If you take care of YOU, then your body can do amazing things. If we create and act on like a wellness plan, we can think ahead for purchases or large blocks of time to make our plan take root.
From planting a garden to taking up hiking, there are a million ways to work a wellness plan into your life! It’s never too late to start!