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Healthy Living Real Food

Is Reactive Medicine Cheaper than Prevention?

Photo credit – Michelle Lanter

Are you in the habit of eating poorly and then taking medications regularly when you become sick? If so, you may want to consider what you spend on medications, insurance premiums, and low-quality food versus preventative care and good quality food. In the long run, preventative care can save you thousands of dollars in prescription drugs and trips to the doctor and hospital. And it can certainly afford you a much better quality of life and avoid suffering, pain, and misery.

As one example, if you went to the doctor and received a prescription for Levaquin, without insurance you would spend approximately $161.00 for ten pills. This medication is used for illnesses such as sinus infections, bronchitis, and pneumonia. If you are insured, you are still required to pay a monthly insurance premium to offset the cost of prescription drugs – which will vary according to your plan. Depending on your insurance plan, you will receive certain “benefits” and reductions of those costs. Insurance premiums are only slated to increase over time.

The bottom line is, you are still paying a hefty sum for prescription drugs which may or may not make you well. In general, prescription drugs (at best) will remedy symptoms for a short period of time – but over a longer course of time the problem often remains unchanged and then you have other issues that are caused by the drugs such as side-effects (both short and long term), nutrient depletion, and the fact that what is causing your health issue has not been addressed.

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Healthy Living Real Food

Saving Money On Your Organic Life

Who says organic isn’t affordable? Would you like to save money on organic products you buy? There are various merchants who provide online coupons for these healthy foods. Here are just a few:

    Here are some other ways to save money on organic:

    • Look for store brands featuring organic items. Many stores are now featuring an in-house brand or off-brands which are more economical such as Whole Foods 365 line, S&W, Private Selection, O Organics, and Eating Right. Be sure to notice which of these products are actually healthy to consume, as many products are labeled organic but are still processed and contain sugar or are artificially high in carbohydrates. Look for the Natural Value brand, a line found in most health food stores which offers economically-priced organic products.
    • Shop locally and seasonally as well. These foods are always cheaper, fresher, and more nutritious. Check this list of fruits and vegetables that are in season, month-by-month.
    • If there are good organic brands you like, go to their web sites and check frequently for coupons and special offers. Sign up for newsletters to get on the brands’ list for coupons and special offers. Also, if you contact the company to make a suggestion or ask a question, many companies will send coupons to you in the mail.
    • Don’t buy processed foods; buy fresh, whole food ingredients
    • Keep your eye open for sales
    • Be willing to substitute one thing for another if the item is cheaper (don’t skimp on quality though)
    • Shop at your local farmer’s market.
    • Join a co-op or CSA. These groups provide benefits and extras to their members.
    • Grow your own in a home or community garden.