The health industry is well and truly taking off, and you can find all manner of things for all manner of ailments these days, and usually they come at a fairly significant cost.
While products like Matcha, Curcumin, Camu Camu, Goji Berries and the seemingly endless list of new super foods on the market do have health benefits; you can be healthy in life without sending your bank balance into cardiac arrest.
Water is free, or at least free-ish if you take into account water bills and such. Get yourself a water bottle, and use tap water to hydrate. Drinking plenty of water is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself, and there is no real need to pay over $2.00 for half a litre of it, when it is literally on tap in your home.
Vitamin D cannot be stored by your body so you do need to get it preferably daily. You can buy tablets from the chemist, and some people who are particularly low in vitamin D need extra assistance, but the other way to get your vitamin D dose, is to get some sun on your face. Obviously you need to balance sun exposure with sunburn, but you can get Vitamin D for free.
Buy in Season:
Buying fruits and vegetables that are in season will cost you less at the check out. It’s also a good idea to have a look at what you’re throwing out at the end of each week and adjust your shopping accordingly. Buying food that sits in your fridge for a week before getting thrown in the bin is not good budgeting, but it is hugely common. If you end up throwing out half a head of broccoli each week, buy one head less and save some money. If you don’t get through a whole cabbage, try Brussels Sprouts, they’re basically tiny cabbages, and you can control how many you have. (Trust us, they taste different now from when you were a kid)
Super foods are the only healthy foods:
If you don’t have the budget for ancient grain from Peru or magical berries from Bolivia, you can still be healthy. Blueberries are super high in antioxidants and much less expensive than some newer fashionable alternatives. Pumpkin, sweet potato, broccoli, silver beet, all these vegetables that have been around for ages, are still good for you, and if you’re buying in season they’re not overly expensive.
Hit the Streets not the Gym:
If you’ve got the cash for a gym membership that’s great, but if you’re on a budget, a regular walk or run around the streets is just as beneficial as the same thing on a treadmill at the gym.
Supplements, organic foods, and super foods can all be great in helping you get and stay healthy, but they’re not an absolute requirement to be healthy. Yes you can find supplements high in vitamin C, but you can also eat silver beet and get a good dose of it, so don’t let your bank balance stop you from being healthy.