This is a sponsored conversation by UnitedHealthCare, all opinions are my own.
Did you know that you actually can’t tell how healthy a person is just by looking at them? The most lean looking person may not be healthy on the inside, they just happened to win the metabolism lottery. An overweight person may struggle somewhat with slimming down, but on the inside may actually be healthier than the lean person.
It’s hard to know for sure just how healthy you are, and sometimes it is beyond your control, but there are things healthy people do to give them an edge. To give their bodies a fighting chance to do what it was actually designed to do – heal itself.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has changed the health care system in this country in an attempt to ensure every American gets the care they need when they need it no matter what. This is a valiant and much needed effort but with more people insured, we need to make sure we are doing what we can to not actually need our insurance. This helps everyone, keeps costs down and saves time spent in doctor waiting rooms.
Sure, there will be things beyond our control and things that absolutely need medical attention, but there are things you can do every day to keep yourself healthier. This will save you money because it means fewer doctor visits, fewer co-pays and fewer prescription costs and it also helps bring everyone rates down because there are fewer claims. And the best part is it means that people are healthier.
Can you imagine a world where everyone in the US has health coverage but they are so healthy that it rarely gets used?
1. They get dirty.
Healthy people aren’t afraid of everyday germs. In a day and age with anti-bacterial EVERYTHING, our bodies are forgetting how to fight off even the most minor of germs. While there is absolutely a time and place to protect against bacteria and contagion, allowing your body to be exposed to every day germs is how it builds immunity and strength. This helps keep you healthy and because your body has learned how to deal with the smaller germs, it may just give it the strength it needs to fight off larger ones.
2. They move around.
You don’t have to be a marathon runner to get health benefits from being active. Walking the dog, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking farther away from the store and other small actions every day can add up. Move your body as much as possible. Shovel snow. Mow the lawn. Play tag with your kids. Healthy people get as much activity as they can in their day.
3. They eat right.
This seems like a no-brainer. Everyone knows that you need to eat right to be healthy. But healthy people understand that it’s not just about calories or fat or cholesterol. Healthy people realize that the nutrition in food is what matters and they focus on eating as many nutrient-dense foods as possible. So many people are afraid of the fat content of avocados, for instance, that they miss out on their extreme health & nutritional benefits, instead opting for lower calorie foods with little or no nutritional value. Healthy people also allow themselves a treat once in awhile. It’s not just about physical health, mental health is important too!
4. They rely on nature.
I know some people think that alternative medicine is witch magic and poo-poo it without a second thought, but the reality is that nature can help prevent illness from happening and help fight it, especially at early stages. Raw honey, herbs, ginger, garlic and lemons are just a few examples of nature’s healing tools. There is not only nutrition in these foods but they are powerful immune system boosters that help your body do its job. If you aren’t convinced, why not try it, it can’t hurt!
5. They get enough sleep
Sleep is a critical factor in staying healthy. Your body recuperates while you sleep and without enough your immune system cannot do its job. Not enough sleep effects every system in your body and without it any other attempts to be healthy will feel like you are trying to push a rope – which just is counterproductive.
Because of the ACA, health insurance is required by law but insurance companies like United Healthcare are working hard to make it affordable. One of the ways to help bring costs down for everyone is to simply do your best to stay healthier.
For more information about how you can save on health insurance with United Healthcare visit: United Healthcare Health Insurance.