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Being Married Protects Your Health

Personal relationships can benefit your physical and emotional health. According to the BBC, a new study shows that marriage in particular can boost your health and life expectancy. This is particularly true if you are facing serious health challenges such as high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease.

Researchers found that married people facing health challenges like high cholesterol had a 16 percent higher survival rate over 14 years than their unwed peers. The study did not examine if the marriages were happy or not. Interestingly, the same benefits were less pronounced for widowers, divorcees and those who cohabitated but were not married.

Marriages take work to maintain, like any relationship, but small, simple acts and choices made on a daily basis add up to building a happier existence. Happy couples make a point to talk throughout the day. Sharing those seemingly mundane details about your lunch or updates about how an appointment or meeting went help you stay connected.

Financial stress is a leading cause of divorce, so sit down with your partner and come up with a financial plan you can both agree on. It helps to talk about both long-term and short-term goals and then brainstorm strategies to reach them. Once you’ve got your plan, communicate regularly about your spending and savings.

Of course being married does not mean you can pursue unhealthy lifestyle choices with impunity, nor does being single doom you to a life of illness. The benefits outlined by the study were very specific: a higher chance of survival when facing specific health challenges. If you are single, one approach is to rely on your network of friends and relatives to provide a support network. Optimizing your health with leading edge wellness strategies may provide far more than the few percentage-points boost in survival rates experienced by married couples.

Of course, avoiding health challenges in the first place is the best strategy of all. Stress can also be a major challenge to emotional health.  One of the best ways to address stress is the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over 5,000 years, but without the invasiveness of needles. EFT is an empowering multipurpose tool that can help cope with stress and positively impact your health.

What you eat has a huge impact on your health, regardless of marital status.  My nutrition plan provides cutting-edge dietary information that can benefit both beginners and experts. The foundation of this plan is the total rejection of all processed foods. It's critical to avoid the wrong calories, including refined carbohydrates, sugar/fructose and grains. Instead, you should consume only nourishing and whole foods that have been sustainably sourced.