There are lots of things I do that are both frugal and healthy but one thing I do more and has made a bigger life change than any other frugal change I have made, so here is my best, most helpful and most simple frugal health tip.
What I do the most consistently that saves me the most money is to consistently drink water. I drink water without adding any of the cute tasting additives that are available. If I want to add something, I try to make it a real fruit. Most often what I add are juices of the following:
When I had oranges or lemons into my water I feel incredibly refreshed instead of weighted down with sugar.
For me these are fresh fruits that I eat when I can. The fruits available to add to my water change with the seasons. When I winter in Texas; the above fruits are available year round, fresh off the tree. Where our trees are there aren’t a lot of additives and sprays used. I sometimes get too much fruit and will juice them into ice cube trays just to have the juices to add to my water.
I also choose to not add sugars or other sweeteners to the water I drink. I thought I needed to add things (like Kool-aid and Crystal Light) for years. I thought that I deserved a better drink than water. What I found after I stopped ingesting all the sweeteners sugars and corn syrup, was that many of my aches and pains went away. My joints moved more freely and my muscles hurt much less. I wish I had realized before what I was doing to my body.
My doctor visits for pain are much less frequent now. I feel better.So not just is water a cheaper alternative, I save money by not needing to pay for doctor visits and pain pills as much.
Adding lemons to my water is my second favorite way to drink water.
Drinking more water is an amazingly easy thing to do. At first when I wanted to start drinking more water, I chose to alternate one glass of ice tea for one glass of water; or one glass of pop for one glass of water. After a while, I realized that I didn’t like pop as much. That never happened with ice tea. I still have to make a conscious choice to drink water instead of tea.
In the winter I have access to reverse osmosis water at a great price. This really helps me. During the summers when I am up north I choose to let my water breathe before I use it to dissipate some of the chlorine that is used in my community.
Marty is an avid motorcyclist who advocates for recovery from a psychiatric diagnosis, peer support and recovery coaching. She's been writing online for a little over ten years and is now trying to figure out who she wants her target audience to be.