A trip to the doctor's office is an incredibly expensive venture, and if it's just a routine visit, or if it's for something that turns out to be small, it can be frustrating to have to hand over that much money. (Or it can be hard to scrape together enough money for insurance to automatically cover those visits!) Avoiding a visit to the doctor's doesn't have to be a painful thing -- you can maintain your health and well-being and not need to go in for medical treatment at all.
Stay hydrated and active.
Drinking the right amount of water every day is one of the most important things you can do for your health. On average, a person should consume eight 8-oz. glasses of water every day, and at the least should replace the amount they expel through urine and sweat. You should also be active, making sure to exercise frequently if not every day. You don't need to have a rigorous training program to be healthy; you just need to keep your body moving on a regular basis.
Learn how to adapt your diet.
There isn't a universal diet that works for everyone. Some people need more fiber, others need more iron, others can't function without a significant portion of red meat every day. Use diet-modifying tools to figure out what your body needs -- through wellness tracking and home tests of your various nutritional levels -- and then eat accordingly. You may have to make some changes in other portions of your budget if your diet ends up requiring expensive health foods, but a slightly more expensive grocery bill will be far lower than a trip to the doctor's.
Take supplements regularly.
Supplements are not inexpensive, but they won't break your budget either. Plus, they're better for you and much less expensive than medications, which you may have to purchase if your body has imbalanced levels of certain vitamins and minerals.
Do self-checks when possible.
Women in particular should check for breast cancer on a regular basis. WebMD.com has a page for self-assessments, which you can use to figure out if something is wrong with you (although the tests may be inaccurate since they are without accurate medical equipment). Be sure to stay in tune with your body so you can tell if something is wrong long before it becomes an uncontainable problem.
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