Avoiding a Visit to the Doctor's With Preventive Care

A trip to the doctor's office is an incredibly expensive venture, and if it's just a routine visit, or if it's for something that turns out to be small, it can be frustrating to have to hand over that much money. (Or it can be hard to scrape together enough money for insurance to automatically cover those visits!) Avoiding a visit to the doctor's doesn't have to be a painful thing -- you can maintain your health and well-being and not need to go in for medical treatment at all.

A bowl of fresh vegetable salad.

Stay hydrated and active.

Drinking the right amount of water every day is one of the most important things you can do for your health. On average, a person should consume eight 8-oz. glasses of water every day, and at the least should replace the amount they expel through urine and sweat. You should also be active, making sure to exercise frequently if not every day. You don't need to have a rigorous training program to be healthy; you just need to keep your body moving on a regular basis.

Learn how to adapt your diet.

There isn't a universal diet that works for everyone. Some people need more fiber, others need more iron, others can't function without a significant portion of red meat every day. Use diet-modifying tools to figure out what your body needs -- through wellness tracking and home tests of your various nutritional levels -- and then eat accordingly. You may have to make some changes in other portions of your budget if your diet ends up requiring expensive health foods, but a slightly more expensive grocery bill will be far lower than a trip to the doctor's.

Take supplements regularly.

Supplements are not inexpensive, but they won't break your budget either. Plus, they're better for you and much less expensive than medications, which you may have to purchase if your body has imbalanced levels of certain vitamins and minerals.

Do self-checks when possible.

Women in particular should check for breast cancer on a regular basis. WebMD.com has a page for self-assessments, which you can use to figure out if something is wrong with you (although the tests may be inaccurate since they are without accurate medical equipment). Be sure to stay in tune with your body so you can tell if something is wrong long before it becomes an uncontainable problem.

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Comments (12) -

Virginia Watson
Virginia Watson
2/15/2013 11:46:54 PM #

Learn to balance diet and exercise. At least 30 minutes a day would be just right. Start at your own pace like walk for the first few days and slowly increase the intensity and duration of your exercise as you progress. It's hard when your just starting and you'll feel that you want to give up already but you just need to dig deep and keep the passion

Jennifer Stone
Jennifer Stone
2/15/2013 11:58:14 PM #

Have your regular check-up once in four months or depending on your schedule. You can diagnose problems early, if they are any, thus have a better prognosis. Early screening and early treatment go hand in hand in preventing complications and have a better quality of life. Prevention is better than cure, so might as well exercise and live a healthy lifestyle guys, its for your own good :0

Jane Curry
Jane Curry
2/16/2013 12:04:16 AM #

Before taking supplements, consult with your physician to check if you are appropriate to take these vitamins or minerals and most importantly if they are safe and approved. Moreover, you can check and ask for herbal stuff that is apt for your condition. Don't ever self medicate since the supplements your taking could have adverse effects that could harm you instead. Just go to the doctor and it would not take much of your time either

Eddie Langley
Eddie Langley
2/17/2013 5:08:44 AM #

Vegetables are essential in your diet, I eat broccoli, squash, lettuce with a mayonnaise dip, fresh cut carrots, potato. It costs so much just going to a doctor to seek medical advice, how much more would it be if you were admitted for weeks. Its a NO-NO to be sick in these difficult times.

Frederick Knowles
Frederick Knowles
2/17/2013 5:14:17 AM #

Bp apparatus is just cheap and you could get one from your trusted merchandise or health store. You will be able to get your blood pressure daily and record daily results to monitor your condition. Also, take your medication religiously to avoid complications and control your disease...

Calvin Noel
Calvin Noel
2/17/2013 5:27:35 AM #

I took this supplement and herbals and after a year or so, my gallstone were gone surprisingly... can never underestimate the power of prayer coupled with these supplements and medications

Herschel Wash
Herschel Wash
2/23/2013 11:55:12 AM #

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. That's one famous saying about saying healthy and avoiding a visit to the doctor. It's true that eating a fruit everyday can improve your health because it contains a lot of vitamins and anti-oxidants or otherwise known as anti-aging nutrients which are useful in fighting free radicals. These free radicals accumulate and slowly contribute to the deterioration of our brain cells, our skin and pretty much our whole body. But with this cheap and simple solution, we can SLOW the aging process and keep ourselves healthy. Remember to eat a balanced diet based from the food pyramid and remember - "Anything that is too little or too much is bad for our health."

Judy Outlaw
Judy Outlaw
2/24/2013 7:40:00 AM #

Buy a couple of fruits and vegetables and peel them. After, get a blender and mix them up together. You can experiment on the combinations you put in you blender, you can add - carrots, lemon, apple, broccoli or anything you want. You can drink it directly and don't worry about the taste because you will get used to it.

You could also have a puree of the juices of fruits like orange. Its a good fruit to use since it's juicy and contains a lot of nutrients. You purchase one of those things where you would just cut the orange in half and push the orange through and it will crush the orange completely and take all the juices to another container. I've known all these things because my mom is hypertensive and I'm helping her prepare her special diet.

Nathaniel Tinsley
Nathaniel Tinsley
2/24/2013 7:46:29 AM #

To avoid a visit to the doctor, never self medicate. Each person can react differently to a medication and it doesn't mean that the medication the doctor gave your brother for colds could also be utilized for your colds. This is difficult if you're in the medical field like me because you already know each medication and it's indications, actions, adverse effects, side effects and even drug interactions. I'm guilty of self medicating but I consult a doctor when I feel that I can't cure it by myself anymore. That's how hard headed I am, I think I know everything but I don't.

Gabriel Meeks
Gabriel Meeks
2/24/2013 7:54:00 AM #

Do not only focus on the physical aspects of your health. Don't disregard the mental part of it. Stress for example is an indicator of your health. Too much stress can take a toll to your body until you get sick without any medical reason. Learn to handle and channel your stress properly. Have a way to vent it out properly, engage in sports to release all your frustrations and stress for the week. You could join yoga classes, meditation sessions where you practice guided imagery and relax your senses. Even deep breathing exercises every morning is helpful to calm you down.

Earvin Hill
Earvin Hill
2/24/2013 8:04:37 AM #

Take good care of your body. Don't abuse it by skipping meals, sleeping late, drinking too much alcoholic beverages and engaging in harmful activities. It's not like an appliance where when something goes wrong, you can get another piece and replace the broken one. You only have one heart, two lungs, one liver, two kidneys and you can't find another one to replace it immediately. If you find a donor, its not a guarantee that it will work perfectly, it could be rejected by your body and make things worse.

Imagine what your life would be in the coming years if you continue to do these bad habits of yours. You could end up in a dialysis machine thrice a week, in a wheelchair because of lower body paralysis, liver failure, lung cancer or worst case scenario, dead. You still want to see your grandchildren and tell them stories of your youth. You may not see it's effect now but along the road, you'll regret doing these things. You'll only realize that when it's too late.

Joseph Parish
Joseph Parish
2/24/2013 8:10:35 AM #

Cut down on your fat and canned goods intake to prevent hypertension from developing. Use natural oils in cooking, avoid burned or over grilled foods. Buy those items which are fresh and contain no preservatives. Take time to cook your own food and don't patronize fast foods or instant meals.

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