7 Simples Ways To Live Healthy
(That Can Actually Save You Money)
I am not the perfect organic blogger person. I have a few guilty pleasures (like a Dairy Queen soft serve ice cream cone dipped in chocolate - and eyelash extension, gasp). I do however do my best, and am constantly looking to grow and improve. I like to start with easy things that won’t break the bank. Check out this quick list and see if any speak to you.
1. Dryer Sheet to Dryer Balls
Many dryer sheets contain fragrance and other chemicals that can trigger asthma and disrupt hormones. In one study, researchers tested five name brand dryer sheets. The findings showed that the dryer sheets emitted 15 endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) and chemicals associated with asthma. Evidence from studies suggests that EDCs can affect developing reproductive and nervous systems, metabolism, and cancer.
Instead use wool dryer balls and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Lavender is popular, but I love orange.
2. Drink More Water
Drinking high amounts of sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda can have various adverse impacts on your health.
These range from increased chances of tooth decay to a higher risk of heart disease and metabolic disorders like type 2 diabetes.
Regular consumption of sugary soda also appears to be a consistent risk factor for weight gain and obesity.
Instead Drink Water. If you drink one soda a day, you will potentially save over $350 a year.
I would recommend investing in a kick butt drinking filter (and you’ll save money).
I like Pro Pur, it gets rid of all the yucky chemicals in you water and it’s better for the environment (and less expensive) than bottled water
3. Use Better Beauty Products
Our skin is the largest living, breathing organ on your body. Studies suggest up to 60% of what you apply on your skin gets absorbed into your bloodstream, and circulated around your whole body. But if you knew what toxins non-organic skin care products contained, you may think twice before using it. So it's no surprise to see more and more people switching to organic skin care products.
Certified organic products are derived from plnts and other naturally occurring ingredients. More importantly, those organic ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and other additives or chemicals.
There are a lot of really good companies out there (and some that claim they are good but really aren’t.) Make sure your product are certified organic or have the MADE SAFE label on them. Truth be told when I first considered joining Neal’s Yard Organic, I wanted the discount. I am a skin care junkie and had an entire cabinet full of products (that I didn’t use and were bad for me). Now I almost exclusively use NYR product (except when I’m writing a blog review) and it has saved me a ton of money. I receive a 25% discount on certified organic products and second I actually buy less.
4. Organic Fruit and Vegetables - Get a Costco Membership
Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases their annual list of the “dirtiest” and “cleanest” fruits and vegetables available to U.S. consumers.
EWG, a nonprofit and nonpartisan group has been ranking fresh produce based on their levels of pesticide contamination (number of pesticides and amount of each pesticide) since 2004. The results are compiled into their Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce each year. The guide is meant to be a resource for consumers who cannot buy organic produce—for whatever reason. With this list, consumers can choose produce types based on their possible presence of pesticide contamination.
Topping the list of foods with the most pesticide in 2018 were:
Sweet bell peppers
These foods were found to have higher levels of pesticides than other produce types tested. In fact, more than 98 percent of the top four foods listed tested positive for at least one pesticide residue. On average, spinach contained nearly double the amount of pesticide residue by weight than any other crop. Overall, close to 70 percent of conventional (not organic) fruits and vegetables had some level of pesticide residue.
If you would like to see the cleanest food check out this LINK.
Buying organic produce can be expensive, good news is many large companies are carrying more and more certified organic foods.
I love this BLOG by Happy Healthy Mama. See how she saved $130 a month by buying organic at Costco.
5. Stop Smoking
Smoking/Vaping, I’m sure no one is shocked that it’s an unhealthy habit, but it’s also an expensive one.
Someone who smokes a pack a day spends about $40 a week on cigarettes, which is over $2,000 each year. Not to mention what you will spend on health care and insurance.
I know it’s not easy to kick an addiction, but here are 4 WAYS to naturally help quit smoking.
I have a heart for mother’s who struggle with breast feeding, I struggled, but I fought and did breastfeed all of my boys.
“The benefits of breastfeeding for children and mothers are irrefutable. Initiation of skin-to-skin contact immediately after delivery, with early onset of breastfeeding within the first hour of life, supports newborn stability and provides protective immunoglobulins, especially secretory IgA, and other immune protective factors. Human milk provides human milk oligosaccharides, facilitating the colonization of the intestinal tract with probiotics and establishing a microbiome that protects against pathogenic bacteria.
In contrast, formula-fed infants face higher rates of gastrointestinal diseases, respiratory infections and a higher likelihood of sudden infant death syndrome. Longer term, they have a higher risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, asthma and certain childhood cancers when compared to breastfed cohorts.
Also, mothers who do not breastfeed according to current recommendations face higher risks of postpartum hemorrhage, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, including hypertension and myocardial infarction, or heart attack. About 20,000 cases of preventable death from maternal cases of breast cancer are attributed to lack of breastfeeding, according to the Lancet series.
Some of the poorest countries have the lowest breastfeeding initiation and duration and could gain the most in terms of health impact and economic benefit from improving breastfeeding rates.”
Estimates show that it costs between $1500-$2000 a year to pay for formula and breastmilk is free…bonus!
7. Go to Church
I coulddo a whole blog on the benefits of going to church, but I also found a church that I really like and has helped shape who I am today.
My mission statement is “Empowering others to live a healthier life with a sovereign spirit, sound soul and strong body.”
See the order they are in? I use to think taking care of my body was the most important, but I was missing the eternal connection.
I won’t preach, because it took me thirty-three years to admit I need help, I needed to be saved, I was broken…but goodness I’m so much healthier and happier because of it.
No church is perfect, it’s run by imperfect people, here is a LINK that may help you find a church in your area.
No pressure…just pray about it.