There’s no question that putting premium fuel into your body will cost more than making a meal plan around Ramen noodles. However, higher quality nutritional and lifestyle choices over time will create a higher quality of life, so the investment is certainly worth the return.
Unfortunately, adjusting the family budget to include healthier foods and lifestyle choices can be a show-stopper. We are simply not used to prioritizing funds for proper food, and in the current economic climate, some funds are so tight that there is really very little room to negotiate.
Here are 5 great ways you can start to improve your health on a tight budget.
One of the first things you definitely need to consider is fermented vegetables. A healthy body is always rooted in a diet that includes a copious amount of vegetables. Fermenting them unlocks even more power (largely due to assimilation) and is also a preservation method so your fresh vegetables can last an extended period of time.
Consuming fermented vegetables keeps bad bacteria and yeast in check as the lactic acid producing lactobacilli in these foods alter the pH balance in the intestine which helps prevent the overgrowth of friendly bacteria, molds, and candida. A healthy intestinal tract is a primary consideration to achieving good health.
A popular fermented product is sauerkraut, which is an excellent source of numerous vitamins, minerals, enzymes, probiotics, fiber, and antioxidants. You can easily make this nutritional gift, and the cost to benefit ratio is very difficult to beat.
Earthing is another low cost health technique that can reap incredible rewards. Having a connection to the earth’s electrical energy promotes well-being, not only because it resonates with our own electrical field, but also because it helps discharge the negative health consequences of EMFs.
Earthing can improve a number of health conditions, most notably around inflammation, sleep, mood, energy, and the immune system.
The most effective way to get grounded is to get your bare skin (feet and hands are most popular) in the grass, soil, sand, or other earth material for 20-30 minutes a day. The longer, the better. If the season or other factor prevents you from doing this, consider doing a long-term investment in earthing technology, which can ground you by proxy for pennies a day.
Vitamin D is crucial due to its miracle-class ability to halt cancer (77% of ALL cancers are prevented by vitamin D alone), to ease depression, boost bone health, improve brain function, enhance heart health, and much more.
To maximize the absorption and storage of vitamin D, (it can be stored for up to 3 months) get in the sun and allow it to penetrate the skin of at least the arms and legs for 15 to 30 minutes in peak hours of the day.
When the sun goes away, consider supplementing with a liquid Vitamin D3/K2 formula, which is very inexpensive to obtain.
With approximately 70% of our physiology being made up of water, the purity and nutrients contained in it is of quantum importance. Drinking water from a source that is clean and provides trace minerals is one of the most health promoting activities you can undertake. However, people are still drinking inferior sources, such as tap, bottled, or poorly filtered water.
The absolutely best source of water is from a spring that has been proven to be clean of environmental contaminants. It is highly oxygenated, mineralized, and easy to absorb. In fact, it is what all water filters try to mimic, as it is the premiere source.
Failing that, get a good water filter that removes unfriendly contaminants, which will be a low cost and profitable investment over the course of their lifetime.
For thousands of years meditation has been practiced as the path to enlightenment and a greater understanding of the universe. Regardless of your interest in either of those things, meditation is a healing exercise that has definite benefits for the body and mind.
Some of these benefits include better immune system response, reduced stress, and greater cognitive ability. Simply taking a few minutes each day to sit comfortably in silence or with meditation music will go a long way to improving your health, and it’s free!
In addition to these recommendations, make sure to avoid or severely minimize all sugar, processed foods, gluten, refined grains, and alcohol.
Check out the Healing Benefits of Sauerkraut for your homemade probiotic recipe, and start healing your body today on a tight budget.