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The Financial Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle

While eating well and exercising are inarguably good for your body, they can also be good for your wallet. This may seem counterintuitive given how pricey gym memberships, grass-fed beef, and organic produce can be. But the fact that so-called “superfoods” and exercise have been shown to reduce cancer risk, help maintain a healthy weight, and even increase brain function informs an important financial reality: lower life insurance premiums. How Can Eating Well and Exercising Lower my Life Insurance Premiums? Life insurance companies consider a number of risk factors when determining premiums, including family health history, weight and diet. The healthier and younger you are, the lower the risk – and typically, the lower your premium. While simply eating superfoods and being physically fit won’t affect your life insurance premiums, the effect that they have on your body – and your lifestyle – could. What Superfoods Should I Be Eating? Superfoods are rich in nutrients…

Cancer Prevention Tips

February is National Cancer Prevention Month, which is a great reminder to put your health first. Fortunately, the majority of known cancer causes are avoidable and related to lifestyle. While eating right, exercising regularly and avoiding tobacco products may constitute your first line of defense, recent research has uncovered a number of small, surprising ways to minimize your cancer risk every day. Not only can these five tips help prevent cancer, they can improve your energy levels and overall well-being in the process.  Filter Your Tap Water A report from the President’s Cancer Panel on how to reduce exposure to carcinogens suggests that home-filtered tap water is a safer bet than bottled water. Consumer Reports’ top manufacturers for faucet-mounted filters are Culligan, PUR and Brita. Store your drinking water in a stainless steel or glass container to avoid chemical contaminants like BPA, which is present in most plastic bottles. Don’t…