It’s unclear what lies in store for health care reform, but President Trump promises to shake it up. There has never been a better time to think about preventative care, and there is plenty you can do to stay out of the doctor's office.
Here are some of our favorite tips, tools & products to keep you out of the doctor’s office.
Manage your stress. Stress can be incredibly damaging to your immune system. Many people benefit from yoga and meditation as a way to manage stress. Just getting started? Local yoga studios are a great way to plug into the community and get help from instructors, but you can also start for free with great resources like www.DoYogaWithMe.com. We love Yummy 30 with Fiji McAlpine. Need a mat? Fans of the Manduka PROlite celebrate the mat for its durability, grip, portability and comfort. It also comes in a ton of different colors for the yogis who are in it for the fashion.
Be proactive about your reproductive health. Finding a birth control that works for you can be challenging, but talk about a worthwhile pursuit. Vox news reports that IUD insertions have increased by 19% with recent talk of health care reform. Thinking of exploring your options? This contraception survey is a good place to start.
Protect your skin from the sun. According to skincancer.org, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. For prolonged sun exposure — hiking, surfing, swimming, music festivals — check out Vertra’s sun resistant products. The tinted face stick in Kona Gold will offer killer protection from the sun, and also make you look like an airbrushed model.
Take care of your gut. You’ve probably been hearing a lot about probiotics lately. Although skeptics suggest that science can't quite justify the enthusiasm, proponents claim that probiotics can help with everything from digestion to your mood. Probiotics are the “good” bacteria that occur naturally in your gut. You can get this bacteria from foods—yogurts like Dannon’s DanActive and fermented drinks like Health Ade Kombucha (we love Ginger Lemon flavor) are a delicious way get more probiotics in your life. You can also explore supplements like Hyperbiotics PRO-15 Probiotics, a bestseller on amazon.
Prevent your next UTI (duh). Urinary tract infections (UTIs) cause more doctor’s visits per year than everything but the common cold. UTIs are painful and time-consuming, and they also kick-off a cycle of antibiotics that bring on a whole heap of other problems (think yeast infections & the scary implications of overusing antibiotics). Try Uqora—a preventative drink mix that you can drink after sex, exercise, and other activities that put you at risk to stop your next infection before it starts. Each serving costs about the price of a latte. The price definitely beats a trip to the doctor’s office and an antibiotic prescription.What else keeps you feeling good? We’d love to hear!