Why Eating Better Can Affect Your Health-Insurance Bottom Line
If it was really easy to eat better, everyone would be doing it – and we’d all be uber-healthy.
The reality is, however, eating healthy may be a challenge, but it’s a task that’s oh-so-worth-it, especially for your financial health.
You see, by eating well, you’ll not only feel and look better, but you’ll decrease the likelihood of disease, hospital stays, and procedures.
And that means spending less money on healthcare costs.
It’s a win-win all around, so let’s take a look at the reasons why you should be choosing (more often) broccoli over fries, and fresh grapes over ice cream.
What does eating healthy mean to you?
There are a lot of opinions out there about what is “healthy eating.” Some experts advise you to cut out sugar and processed foods.
Others recommend focusing on a diet that includes lean protein, fresh vegetables and fruits, and whole-grain products.
Still, others recommend an approach of “everything in moderation.”
Whatever strategy you choose, you’ll be sure to gain these benefits of eating a diet with a higher nutrient value:
- You’ll get more stuff done. Yes, it’s true. By giving your body better fuel, it’ll run more efficiently. Think about what you can accomplish when you’re more productive at work or home? And consider that many studies have shown a direct correlation to an unhealthy diet and lower productivity.
- You’ll spend less on life insurance. The cost you’ll pay to procure life insurance is also directly connected to your health. The worse off you are, the more you’ll pay. And don’t think you can get around the fact: To purchase life insurance, you’ll need to pass a physical and hand over your health records.
- You’ll feel better. Switching to healthier eating habits will also affect your mood. You see, your diet impacts your brain’s function that regulates how you feel (or your mood). Proper nutrition helps to stabilize blood sugar, and eating a diet high in nutrients will lower your chances of becoming depressed, too.
- You’ll weigh less. Controlling your weight is also a contributor to health. Overweight or obese people won’t live as long and experience more disease than people with healthier weight levels. In fact, you can improve your cholesterol, lower your risk of diabetes and cut blood pressure just by shedding 5 percent of your weight. Try to make simple swaps, like drinking more water and cutting out soda, or ordering salad instead of french fries.
- You’ll improve your health. Even if you aren’t overweight, you can still be deemed unhealthy. Fill your body with good nutrients, and you can leave your junk-food lifestyle behind and opt for one that includes feeling good and staying disease-free.
- You’ll live longer. Continue along the unhealthy eating path, and you’ll find yourself dealing with more than just disease and a poor lifestyle. You won’t live as long, as researchers have found that people who ate well and exercised increased their life expectancy.
Start changing the way you eat, and you’ll start feeling better, become more productive, shed some weight, improve your health, live longer and lower healthcare costs.
For information about finding a health insurance policy that fits your needs and lifestyle, contact the UROne Benefits team today!