Free Health Care
These days, the news is often focused on problems with our health care system and how to fix it. It can get pretty depressing—which is bad for our health. But in recent years, there’s been good news about research into some simple but powerful steps we can take to protect our health. Best of all, they are easy, cheap or even free!
1. Drinking plenty of water
- Removes toxins from body
- Improves energy
- Helps control weight by suppressing appetite and helping body metabolize stored fat
- Decreases risks of several cancers
- Preliminary research shows it could ease back, joint pain for most
- Even slight dehydration can cause headaches, fatigue, muscle weakness, impaired concentration and other symptoms
- Reduces risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, other deadly diseases
- Improves mood and mental functioning
- Boosts immune system
- Lowers stress
- Improves circulation
- Strengthens bones
- Lowers blood pressure
- Increases our oxygen supply
- Exercises lungs
- Massages heart
- Increases blood flow
- Releases stress-relieving chemicals in brain
- Boosts immune system
- Helps us cope with stress
- Holding feelings of thankfulness at least 15-30 seconds brings physiological benefits. Levels of stress hormones decrease. Coronary arteries relax, increasing the blood supply to our heart. Breathing becomes deeper, raising the oxygen level of our tissues.
- Benefits can be gained simply by writing in a gratitude journal
5. Friendship/Social Connections
- Helps us live longer
- We recover from disease more quickly
- Boosts immunity
- Makes us emotionally stronger
RX for an extra-healthy day: Go for a walk with one or more friends, then share your funniest stories or watch a comedy TV show as you sip water. Before you leave each other, tell them how thankful you are for their friendship.
Dianne Neal Matthews is a freelance writer and the author of four daily devotional books including The One Year Women of the Bible and Designed for Devotion, which won a 2013 Selah Award. She also writes for websites and blogs, contributes to compilations (including Guideposts’ Mornings with Jesus), and teaches at writers’ conferences. To learn more, visit www.DianneNealMatthews.com or connect with Dianne through Facebook or Twitter.