Taking a proactive approach to healthcare is a growing trend in the United States. This can be seen with the expanding wellness care options and incentives provided by employers, as well as the number of holistic, wellness focused centers opening across the U.S.
What does it mean to take a proactive approach to your healthcare? The key defining factor in a proactive healthcare plan is that preventative actions are taken before symptoms occur. So, rather than waiting until you feel the symptoms of allergies, cold or flu virus, you can take a proactive approach towards avoiding these illnesses by boosting your immune system with vitamin C, starting allergy medication prior to the start of peak season, and getting an annual flu vaccine.
Preventative actions like these can substantially reduce out-of-pocket healthcare costs and will no doubt reduce the likelihood of getting sick. Even though it might sound overwhelming, developing a proactive healthy lifestyle does not require great effort or a total overhaul to your current lifestyle.
Below are a few easy proactive healthcare tips that will make a big difference!
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. Here are a few of the “super fruits/veggies”, packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
- Purple, red, and blue grapes
- Red berries
- Dark green vegetables
- Sweet potatoes and orange vegetables
- Schedule an appoint with a chiropractor for a spinal review and adjustment.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity can lead to a wide variety of adverse conditions if left unchecked.
- Don’t smoke.
- Get moving! Maintaining a physically active lifestyle will reduce the chance of illness.
- Strive for a solid 7-8 hours of restful sleep per night.
- Get regular checkups with your physician and don’t ignore getting preventative routine screenings like colonoscopy and breast exams. Early detection is the key to success.