Staying healthy is often a challenge, and staying healthy on a budget is even more difficult. Unfortunately, it is generally more expensive to buy healthy food than it is to buy prepackaged products laced with chemicals and preservatives. However, even while on a budget, there are simple things you can do to promote health and reduce the risk of developing health problems.

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Olive oil: You have likely heard that olive oil is good for you, but do you know why? When used regularly, olive oil can help ward off heart disease, as it promotes the production of good cholesterol while reducing bad cholesterol. Other benefits are the result of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, but there is more. Research points to a possible link between active compounds in olive oil and its ability to shrink breast cancer tumors.

Moreover, when combined with lemon juice, it stimulates the liver and gallbladder, which improves digestion and has a cleansing effect on the organs. As you can see, there are many reasons to stock your pantry with olive oil. It can aid in preventing disease and help you stay healthy on a budget.

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Another staple that can contribute to you staying healthy is fresh lemon juice. Lemons are rich in minerals and vitamin C. Squeezing some lemon juice into an 8-ounce glass of water and drinking it when you first get up in the morning improves kidney function and stimulates them to produce hormones.

Ways to use lemon juice:

  • Make a salad dressing. Add some lemon juice to a teaspoon of olive oil. Add a bit of crushed garlic, sea salt and black pepper. Mix well and pour over a tossed salad or steamed vegetables.
  • Make a refreshing beverage. Squeeze half of a lemon into a glass of water. Sweeten it with maple syrup or stevia. Enjoy a low calorie, chemical free beverage.

Beans: Another staple that can help you stay healthy on a budget are beans. Beans are rich in fiber, contain protein and are a source of iron. Although you can buy canned beans, home-cooked beans are a better alternative, as canned food contain toxins that leach onto the food from the can.

Simply cook a pot of beans and refrigerate them. You can then add a couple spoonfuls of beans to a salad, make burritos or serve them as a side dish with your meals. A serving of beans with brown rice and a green salad makes a nutritious meal, as beans and rice form a complete protein.

Sugar: To stay healthy, it is a good idea to eliminate or greatly reduce sugar consumption. Sugar promotes inflammation and disease. Instead, replace sugar with stevia. an herbal sweetener. You can also sweeten drinks with maple syrup. Maple syrup is low in calories and contains numerous health properties.

Regular Exercise Can Help You Stay Healthy

Exercising regularly not only helps with weight loss, it also promotes better health. For example, walking aids in improving circulation, as well as helps to lower cholesterol and high blood pressure. Another health benefit of walking is that it promotes lymph fluid circulation. Lymph fluid carries chemicals which are important to your overall health. Such chemicals affect hormone production, gland function and your immune system. As you can see, making exercise part of your daily routine can help you stay healthy on a budget.

You don't have to spend hours in the gym. Simply taking a brisk walk for about 20 minutes five days a week can go a long way in keeping yourself healthy.

Water – An Important Element for Staying Healthy

Keep your body hydrated by drinking sufficient water. Hydration is important to keep your skin looking young and promote kidney health. Your kidneys need water to function properly and filter out toxins. In contrast, lack of water promotes constipation, a buildup of toxins, fatigue and kidney disease. Simply drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water daily can help you stay healthy on a budget.

Overall, staying healthy does not have to be expensive. It is better to prevent health problems than to treat them. Paying for office visits (insurance deductibles) and medications can be expensive. If you are healthy and on a budget, incorporating simple lifestyle changes such as the ones mentioned above can help you stay healthy on a budget.    

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