According to two papers published in the journal The Lancet, the United States spends the most on health care per person. The U.S spends roughly $9,000 while Somalia spends the least at about $30 per person. Though Somalia does have a much lower life expectancy at just 54 years, there are countries like Peru that only spend an estimated $600 with the same life expectancy of that of the U.S at 79 years. Having health care is crucial and helps with combating major issues that our bodies might have in life, but there are ways one can prevent major complications from developing in our lives if we incorporate and adhere to daily principles. If implemented, not only will your body thank you but your wallets as well, as they can drastically decrease your annual medical expenses while providing a vitality life.

Principles to Reduce Medical Costs

1. Exercise-Whether it is lifting weights at your local gym to walking your neighborhood trails, exercise of some kind is necessary for staying healthy. As one gets older our muscles go into atrophy and the only way to sustain our muscles it to do some form of resistance exercise.

In a study published in Journal of the America Heart Association, the Association/American Stroke Association, Patients with heart disease who met weekly guidelines for moderate to vigorous exercise saved more than $2,500 in annual healthcare costs.

2. Diet/Supplements-Nutrition is very important. Think of your body as a vehicle, and just like your car if you use the wrong oil or gasoline specified then your engine wont performs at its optimal performance. So why treat your body any different! Put in high quality foods into your body. Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, and nuts to keep all those cylinders running smoothly.
The healthiest diets cost about $1.50 more per day than the least healthy ones, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.

3. Meditation-Meditation is something most people don’t think about when trying to reduce their medical bills yet it is vital. In contrast, when thinking about medical bills most people are probably in the opposite state of meditation-in frustration and stress. Meditation can be done just about anywhere. Find a quiet place where you can relax for 5-10 minutes and practice meditation daily.

According to a study by researchers at Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, suggested that people who practiced some form of relaxation technique resulted in a 43 percent less likelihood to visit the hospital, be ordered a medical test by their doctor and to need emergency care, compared to those who did not use the practices. This resulted in an annual medical health care saving of $2,360 per patient, based on reduced emergency room visits alone.

All of the principles outlined above cost little to nothing. Exercise doesn’t require a gym membership, there are plenty of activities one can do outdoors. Diet, well like the study mentioned, at a $1.50 additional daily cost you can eat healthy too. Meditation only requires a quite area where you won’t be distracted. Follow these principles and reduce your medical costs.

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Stahl, James E., Michelle L. Dossett, A. Scott LaJoie, John W. Denninger, Darshan H. Mehta, Roberta Goldman, Gregory L. Fricchione, and Herbert Benson. “Relaxation Response and Resiliency Training and Its Effect on Healthcare Resource Utilization.” PLOS ONE. Public Library of Science, 13 Oct. 2015. Web. 7 July 2017. .