Every January, pharmaceutical companies across the nation make decisions regarding their price points for the coming months. As we’re all celebrating the fresh start offered by a new year, drug corporations are working to determine how much they should charge for the production of new and existing medications. Unsurprisingly, those costs usually trend upward; however, the average American often doesn’t know exactly how much or how often those prices spike. In 2019, the average increase in existing prescription drugs was 6.3%. That’s almost three times the U.S inflation rate, which was approximately 2.2% in 2018. While that may seem like a hefty price spike for drugs that likely cost little more to produce than they did last year, the truth is even more sobering: that’s the lowest price increase that has occurred in several years. There are many plausible reasons for these kinds of price hikes, ranging from higher lobbying costs for pharmaceutical companies to the age-old problem of corporate greed. Regardless of the reasons, however, the bottom line remains the same: the average American is footing the bill. In addition, consumers are often left feeling powerless. Particularly when the medications they need are a non-negotiable component of their survival, what choice do they have but to pay the necessary cost? Put healthcare in your own hands It is unlikely that any one individual has the power to change the upward trends of pharmaceutical costs. However, there is much we can do daily to bolster our own health. We can make lifestyle choices that decrease our overall reliance on prescription medications. Here at BrainTap, we want to empower people to optimize their health, putting themselves back in the driver’s seat of wellness. As drug prices continue to rise, this cultivation of personal agency feels less like an option and more like a necessity. Our Wellness Collection was specifically designed to help our clients manage their health from the ground up. It gives users access to their own internal pharmacy, taking a holistic approach to wellness that can be seen on the physical, mental, and emotional levels. As you begin to tap into your body’s own inherent capacity to heal itself, you naturally become less beholden to the corporate healthcare system. Below, you’ll find information on two of the bundles that come with our Wellness Collection. Take a look at how they might help you take charge of your health starting today! Our Stress-Free Me bundle was created to help you avoid the chemical cocktail that comes along with chronic stress. Few people are surprised to learn that stress is detrimental to their mental and emotional health, making them more susceptible to things like depression and insomnia. However, stress can also wreak havoc on the body, making it vulnerable to disease. Unmanaged stress increases the risk of hypertension, heart disease, stroke, infertility, and digestive distress. Stress-Free Me gives you practical tools that will allow you to interrupt your stress response. You’ll learn to initiate the relaxation response instead, which can have significant and positive impacts on your health over time. Optimal Health is another bundle in our Wellness Collection, focused on deepening your understanding of how the body works and how you can best support it. For most of us, education on the human body ended after we completed freshman biology. If we’re going to take charge of our health, however, it is imperative that we have a basic understanding of the body’s systems, how they interact with each other, and how to optimize their function. With information on everything from the importance of detoxification to the ways specific foods impact you on a cellular level, Optimal Health is a great place to start if you want to learn what your body needs and how to provide it. These are just two of six bundles available to you through our Wellness Collection. We encourage you to take a look at the rest today! Entrusting your health solely to pharmaceutical companies is becoming less cost-effective over time, and that trend shows no signs of truly slowing down. It’s critical that you have an internal plan for health care. We would love to be a part of that journey!