A couple recently wrote that they love my blogs. But they find that my personal health routine is too expensive to follow (supplements, water purifier, clay, etc.). All their time is spent on two low-paying jobs and they don’t even have time to take baths. Even they they think that ‘you have to be wealthy to be healthy’ they would desperately like to follow a health routine because they’ve been suffering for years with serious health problems.
Do you have to be wealthy to be healthy? Not necessarily so!
Supplements? If you can afford only one or two supplements make them magnesium and a good multi. My recommendations are Natural Calm and Organic Life Vitamins (liquid) that you can get at almost half price at VitaCost.
If you can’t afford any supplements, then please use Sea Salt (Celtic or Real Salt). Eighty percent of the population is deficient in sodium…in spite of what doctors say, so, table salt is the real problem. It’s just sodium and chloride and added iodine. Sea Salt has 72 different minerals, many of which we’ve never even tested to know how important they are for the body. I know when I started taking 1/8th tsp of sea salt in every pint of water I drank, I suddenly stopped getting up at night to go to the bathroom. Something was making the water stay in my cells longer and not flush straight through me.
Food? It’s best to eat organic food but many people say it’s too expensive. That’s not the case if you join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Typically food is half the price at a good farmer’s market or through a CSA. You can even start your own CSA, gather members, find an organic farmer and get your food shares free for organizing the program.
Do a cost analysis of what you are eating, where you are eating and where you are shopping. Become a bargain hunter and coupon collector. Keeping track of sales in grocery stores and health food stores and shopping online at VitaCost to save on quality foods and products and get free shipping.
Another blog reader sent the following list of low cost tips. He said “We no longer use store-bought toothpaste (which discolored our teeth and made us sick countless times in years past) and instead use baking soda with a dropper of McCormick mint extract (from grocery store) and a dropper of hydrogen peroxide. We like your sinus irrigation and find it WORKS when a cold come on. We simply use a dropper and snort warm saline (purified water with table salt). We also use a warm saline gargle and a touch of H2O2 for bad sore throats.”
Exercise? Many people say they don’t have time to exercise, but it’s one of the most important things you can do. For short trips around town, try biking or walking. You’ll save gas and detox your lymphatic system, improve your heart health, build muscle that burns fat. A host of benefits for a no cost solution.
Detoxing? I do recommend purified Magnesium Flakes but Epsom salts are definitely better than not doing a magnesium bath at all! Most drug store chains have 6 lb bags for about $5.00. A pound per bath and you’re detoxing for under a dollar.
Time? For people who feel they don’t have the time to live a healthy lifestyle, I guarantee that if you add a few more healthy practices your energy improves, your sleep improves and you will have time and energy to spare.
If you email me your low- or no-cost health tips I’ll pass them along. In the meantime, if you have a question, please google it with my name and I may have already posted an answer. Or check out my expanding Health Library.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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