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4 Naturally Green Ways to Avoid High Health Costs

There is more to being green than protecting the planet. It is also about health. From the water we drink to the lotions we put on our bodies, the amount of harm we can potentially cause from disregarding environmentally sound practices is scary. But, in a world where, one week, coffee causes cancer, and another it actually provides major health benefits, it can be difficult to figure out exactly what to do to stay healthy. And, as we all know, staying healthy is majorly important for our pocketbooks.

From medical expenses to higher insurance premiums, the need to stay healthy and fit is not just a health decision, it is a financial one. Luckily, some of the best ways to accomplish both goals are actually very natural lifestyle decisions. If taken on fully, these changes can provide major benefits to your current and future health, ultimately saving you money.

1. Get regular physical exams.

First of all, regular physicals are covered for free under most health insurance plans. If we don't use them we are simply wasting money. Second, one of the best things you can do for your long-term health is to head to the doctor at least once a year. Find a general practitioner who you feel comfortable with, and stay with him or her as long as possible. This is important for pinpointing trends in your medical history and current health. General practitioners can spot problems before you may be aware of their presence.

2. Exercise regularly.

This is another simple lifestyle measure. But, it's probably the most important thing you can do for yourself. It's definitely a green activity, and the more you strengthen and tone your body, the less susceptible you will be to disease and injury. Having some muscle as you move into old age is one of the best indicators of surviving falls and lowering the potential of heart attack or stroke.

3. Don't smoke.

Smoking is difficult to quit. We all know how bad it is for us, but, once you become addicted, it can be one of the hardest habits to break. Smoking, however, is absolutely horrible for long-term health. It increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. It also multiplies your risk of cancer, especially throat and lung cancer. These types of illnesses and treatments should be avoided in any way possible, both for your state of mind and financial security.

4. Use toxin-free products.

The toxins in the products we use every day can cause many problems in the body. Beauty care products are laden with hormone disruptors and carcinogens. So are cleaning products and many other household items. The best thing to do is be old-fashioned about how you use products and what you buy. Instead of using a fancy cleaner, opt for baking soda and lemon. Instead of lotion, use grape seed or jojoba oil. Making these kinds of small changes can greatly increase your health and reduce your chances of major illnesses like cancer.


Brenda Watson is a contributor to She strives to provide the most accurate information possible on current health issues, natural remedies, insurance costs, and finding the best doctor for your needs. Please leave comments for Brenda below!