My husband is in the investment business and he is encouraging everyone to save for their retirement. I met him in my early twenties and I opened my first retirement account when I was 22 because of him. The last stage of our lives is very real to us and we don’t “put off” what our elderly selves may need.
I really wish there was a way to communicate that sentiment to people when it comes to their health. I wish there was an account that I could have people put 20% of their healthiest days into so that they could pull from it when they really need it. Unfortunately, life doesn’t give you healthy day bank accounts. What it does give you is the opportunity to be healthy now so that your body can keep on chugging along for those later years.
You may think that as a 30 year old you can just grab a cheeseburger and a chicken finger basket and it’s no big deal. One may not be a big deal, but making that a habit is really withdrawing hard on your healthy days savings account and there may be a big penalty at the end. What do I mean by big penalty? I’m going to show you what it costs to deal with diseases that are the most rampant in our country and that are all treatable through a healthy diet:
Heart disease (per medical treatment)
Heart bypass: $70,000-$200,00
Heart valve replacement: $80,000-$200,000
Heart stent: $11,000-$41,000
Heart plaque removal: $30,000-$165,000
Blood pressure medicine: $740-$1,000 or up to $25,000 for 25 years
Cholesterol statins: $600-$1000 or up to $25,000 for 25 years
Medicines and treatments: $7,000-$13,000 per year or $200,000-345,000 for 25 years
Treatment: $1,600-3,500 per treatment
Hemodialysis: $72,000 per year
Peritoneal dialysis: $53,000 per year
Fatty Liver Disease:
Treatment: $1,000 per year
Think about how much money you would need to save for retirement and for your health if you aren’t taking care of yourself. You better start putting away at least $200,000 for medial expenses along with what you will need daily and what you will need for your children’s college (if you are planning on paying for it). OR you could start to take care of yourself today.
How do you preserve your body and immune system for later in life? A whole foods plant based diet. My clients that were on the path to heart disease have dropped their cholesterol over 300 points in just two months. They got their lives back in two months, and have the tools to extend their lives well into their eighties (assuming no accidents happen). My clients that want to lose weight have lost over 200 pounds combined. That is helping them with staving off the potential of type two diabetes and fatty liver.
A whole foods plant based diet will set up your body to be able to last for the long run and it doesn’t break your bank. It is cheaper to eat plants than it is to eat animal products. Think about eating a whole foods plant based diet like investing. You put in a little bit of greens and you get a massive return on your immune system, heart, kidneys, liver, GI tract, and overall well being. Don’t struggle in your retirement days with money and your health. You could be saving now on your grocery bill and setting yourself up to sail through your elderly years without having to undergo extensive medical procedures. That sounds like a win win for your body and your bank account!
It’s easy to drop a couple of healthy days in the bucket if you’re willing to eat a majority of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.