Did you know that out of the top five reasons people purchase medications, almost 100 percent are preventable with healthier habits? During 2018, for example, 41 percent of medication purchases were for blood pressure; 30 percent were for allergies; 29 percent for colds or flu; 29 percent for cholesterol and 19 percent for arthritis. These numbers are striking because the same poll declared that 55 percent of Americans ages 50+ believe they have complete control or are mostly in control of their health. 

Could this mean that most believe that control over their health comes from taking a pill instead of making healthy personal choices? Let’s hope not. While medicines have a time and place—and science has made phenomenal advances that have benefitted humankind—it is in our own personal best interest to do what we can do, right now, to limit the likelihood that we’ll ever have to take medication.

Right now, half of all Americans live with at least one chronic disease like heart disease, cancer, stroke or diabetes. These and other chronic diseases are the leading cause of premature death and disability. But as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states, chronic diseases can be prevented by eating well—which means plenty of fruits and vegetables, being physically active, not smoking and avoiding excessive drinking. 

Now here’s news: Even if you have been diagnosed with a chronic disease, improving any of your daily health habits will most often improve the condition.

If you needed a reason to change out a bad habit for a good one, there you go! Today is a great day to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet; get up on your feet as often as possible; walk whenever and wherever you can (ideally 30 minutes or more a day); breathe deeply and practice other forms of stress management; get a good night’s sleep; avoid smoking; and go easy on alcohol. 

The best control you will ever have over health is from diet, exercise and stress management choices—not a pill. ✨

I’m @DianGriesel aka @SilverDisobedience — the author of The Silver Disobedience Playbook and TurboCharged: The SilverDisobedience Edition (available at amazon!) ✨ I’m a Perception Analyst who shares my Daily Meditations for other Ageless, Passionate & Curious People.  Modeling info at Wilhelmina Models New York —other info in my bio & on my websites.  Necklace can be found at SeaGlassbySharon