Our creator wants us to enjoy good health. Human beings are an integrated whole. What we often divide into the physical, mental and spiritual parts of a person are really interrelated and inseparable. In other words, what affects the mind, affects the body. Our spiritual condition has an impact on our physical condition, and vice versa. We are a whole person.
Here are eight principles to follow if you really want to live a healthier and more productive life.
1. Pure Air
Pure fresh air is essential to good health. During the day and while sleeping at night, proper ventilation of our home and workplace insures that our blood will always distribute enough oxygen to every part of the body.
Taking deep breaths during a morning walk is a great way to oxygenate your body. The kind of air we breathe is obviously important. Be careful not to subject yourself to fumes, gases or air-borne bacteria from some hidden source. Smoking pollutes the air and is one of today’s big killers.
Scientific research has established a causal relationship between tobacco and lung cancer, emphysema and heart disease. The body’s addiction to the nicotine in cigarettes makes smoking one of the hardest habits to break.
The benefits of sunlight are many:
- Fifteen to 30 minutes of daily exposure to sunlight in the early morning or late afternoon helps the body synthesize or make its own vitamin D, an essential nutrient/hormone in the skin. Vitamin D helps blood to produce calcium and phosphorus, which build and repair bone mass.
- Sunlight acts as a disinfectant and a killer of bacteria.
- The sun provides energy by which the plant kingdom can convert carbon-dioxide and water into carbohydrates. Without this process animals and humans would starve to death.
- Sunlight also helps a person adjust to night work and relieves depression related to dark days where winter occurs. A word of caution: Sunlight can also be harmful. Prolonged exposure can burn skin, increase the risk of skin cancer, speed up the aging process, damage the eyes and cause cataracts.
The body must have rest in order to repair itself. We must have time for recreation and rest to relieve the tensions of work and family responsibilities. Without their required dosage of rest, people often experience anxiety, depression, and irritability. Such emotional stress can lead to illness, which will force us to take the rest our bodies were asking for all along.
There’s simply no substitute for a good night’s sleep. Recharging our spiritual batteries on a daily basis is also important to physical health. A Christian’s daily time of medication, Bible study and prayer will heal the body as well as the soul.
We also need a regular break from the work cycle, a weekly day of rest and annual or semi-annual vacations.
- Exercise helps to normalize blood pressure.
- Exercise allows more blood to reach all parts of the body, keeping the extremities warm.
- Exercise releases both physical and emotional tension, helping you to feel better about life. Exercise is usually the best cure for worry and stress.
- Exercise provides electrical energy to the brain and nerve cells. It promotes health by stimulating the immune system. When the body is kept in tone by proper exercise, the mind thinks more creatively and efficiently.
- It can help with your complexion and keep you trim.
- Exercise makes you more energetic, thus delaying both physical and emotional fatigue.
- It aids in the brains production of a chemical that gives you a sense of well-being and increases your tolerance for pain.
- If you have not been exercising start slowly and increase gradually as you gain endurance. It may be wise to consult your physician before starting. Your goal should be to engage in any type of exercise that is comparable to walking one mile in 15 minutes four or more times a week.
- Since water is essential to every cell in the body, we should drink plenty of it.
- By weight the body is about 70 percent water.
- The body requires about three to four liters of water per day to perform all of its functions. Some of these functions include blood circulation, waste removal, nutrient transport and digestion.
- The average person has between 15 and 40 billion brain cells. Each one of those is 70 to 85 percent water. Sufficient water to supply these cells helps keep you mentally alert and helps prevent depression and irritability.
- It is not only the water you drink that is important. A cool or tepid daily bath or shower improves circulation, thus energizing the body and mind. A shower or bath can also soothe jangled nerves, which can cause illness by weakening the immune system. Bathing also removes impurities from the skin and can reduce fever or you can read Top 7 Reasons why you need to Bathe Everyday
6. Proper Diet
At creation God instructed Adam and Eve to eat a diet of nuts, grains and fruits (Genesis 1:29). After Adam and Eve sinned, vegetables were added to their diet (Genesis 3:18). After the flood, the creator added clean flesh foods to the diet (Genesis 7:2-3, 9:1-6).
The flesh of animals contains both saturated fat and cholesterol, which increase the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes and other diseases. Today many physicians advise those who eat meat to consume only lean, well-cooked meat and fish and to do so sparingly.
Because people on a vegetarian diet are healthier and live longer, many experts in nutrition and health urge us to consider returning to humanity’s original diet of nuts, grains and fruits with vegetables added.
7. Avoid harmful things
What warnings does the bible give about alcoholic beverages? “Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not the greedy nor will drunkards nor slanderers nor do swindlers inherit the Kingdom of God 1 Corinthians 6:10”
- Alcohol affects the following bodily systems: The immune system-Alcohol decreases the white cells ability to fight disease, thus increasing the risk of pneumonia, tuberculosis, hepatitis and several cancers.
- The endocrine system- Only two or three alcoholic drinks per day increase the risk of miscarriages, stillbirths and premature births.
- The circulatory system- The use of alcohol increases the risk of coronary heart disease, reduces blood sugar and elevates blood fats and blood pressure, thus increasing hypertension.
- The digestive system – Alcohol irritates the stomach, thereby causing gastric bleeding. Habitual use of alcohol raises the risk of fatty liver, hepatitis and cirrhosis of the liver. Alcohol is responsible for a large percentage of suicides, auto deaths, child abuse cases and home violence.
This is just but one of the harmful things which affect people. Anything which is harmful to your health and well-being should be avoided always. Ensure you protect your body because it is the temple of God, thus should be kept safe always.
8. Trust in Divine Power
A person haunted by fear or guilt will find it hard to benefit fully from the health practices we’ve just described. But a person enjoying a positive faith in God will experience the ultimate source of well-being: “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits-who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit. Plasm 103:2-4”
Jesus promises to deliver us from every destructive habit through His power at work within us. Ephesians 3:20. If you are attempting to overcome some body-destroying habit such as using tobacco or drinking alcoholic beverages, your best resolutions to quit often turn to ropes of sand.
But by tapping Gods power that is at work within you God can give you strength to overcome. The word of God promises: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13.