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Your Health Matters to YOU

Good health is important. Our health affects every area of our lives: our familial relations, our work, our friendships, our ability to function in society.

Our emotional health is also attached to our physical health. If you are not physically healthy, it begins to take a toll on you emotionally. You may become sad, depressed, moody, and just not pleasant to be around.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential to living a happy, well-balanced life.

This is why we should take all the necessary steps to ensure that we are living up to our optimal potential when it comes to health. There are things we can do that will positively affect our physical health: such as diet and exercise.

Proper Nutrition

Proper nutrition is key to maintaining good health. Without it, our bodies are not getting the nutrients it needs to sustain it. By proper nutrition I mean natural foods — the way nature made it. Not foods that have been chemically grown in a lab, processed, and foods that have been stripped of all its nutrients for the sake of preserving it, in order to have a longer shelf life. These foods are often not fit for consumption.

I was watching an investigative news show on television one day, and they were showing how certain frozen foods have been seasoned by “flavorings” that were made in a laboratory.

For example, they try and mimic, in the lab, things like beef flavoring, chicken, teriyaki, etc. They’ve pretty much perfected it so that people think they are actually eating the real thing, not knowing that it was all produced in a lab. Of course, they would not reveal which brands of frozen foods are processed in this way, but I think it’s safe to say that all of them have been.

It is very important that we are aware of what we are eating. Read the ingredients; if you don’t know what it is, look it up. You’d be surprised at the things you are actually putting in your mouth.

I think the only safe bet is to stick with natural foods. Fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, naturally raised lean meats.

We should all be limiting our intake of fast foods, processed foods, sweets, sugary drinks, caffeine. I begin to feel sluggish when I eat too much of these foods. My body is trying to tell me that these foods are not giving it the proper nutrition it needs to do the things I’m asking it to do. Listen to your body! It will never lead you wrong.

Exercise

Exercise is also important in maintaining a healthy body. And, it makes you feel good too! Our bodies were not made to sit idle all day. We were made to move!

A few minutes of walking everyday makes a big difference. Movement keeps our joints lubricated, our digestive system functioning properly, loosens stiff muscles (which could be the cause of minor aches and pains), and I believe it keeps our brains active and sharp.

We were designed for movement. A few extra steps a day is a good place to start. Start parking your car further away in the parking lot, take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk to the corner store instead of driving. Your body will thank you for it later.

I believe some of the health ailments we see could be controlled with proper nutrition and exercise. Things like diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.

These conditions seem to be highly responsive to healthy weight loss, a nutritious diet, and regular exercise. A healthy lifestyle is sometimes all you need to prevent these types of ailments in the first place.

Most medical doctors today won’t tell you this. Most will give you a prescription and send you on your way. Most don’t really know anything about their patients, other than what they can gather in the few minutes they spend with them in the exam room.

I discovered that some of the aches and pains, and complaints, I had in the past were a result of increased stress in my life, improper nutrition, and lack of exercise.

If the doctor had taken the time to sit down and talk to me, to get to know what was going on in my life, he would have discovered that I was in a stressful job I didn’t like, I was dealing with a highly stressful situation at home caring for a sick spouse, and that I wasn’t taking care of myself because I was being caretaker to someone else. These kinds of things, if left unchecked for an extended period of time, can begin to affect us physically.

Most doctors are only treating the symptoms. And when it gets to the point where you are actually sitting in the doctor’s office, it means that the real problem has been going on for some time and is starting to affect you to where you are starting to experience physical discomfort as a result.

Personally, I am more interested in getting to the root of the problem, and eliminating it if possible, instead of treating symptoms.

It wasn’t until I left my stressful job that I began to feel better. I was no longer in that toxic environment. I felt refreshed. And, I lost ten pounds — without even trying!!

Find out what’s causing the stressors in your life. If you’re not satisfied with the doctor’s answers, seek your own answers, or get a second opinion.

You know yourself better than anyone. They have only limited information about you. And it’s nearly impossible to treat the whole person when all you have to go by is a brief synopsis, or a small glimpse into their lives.

There is a wealth of information at the library, and online. But, be careful with the information you find online. Make sure the information comes from a reputable source who is knowledgeable in the field.

Knowledge is Power, The Holy Ghost, and Instinct

Knowledge is power. And, I find that being filled with the Spirit and power of God — the Holy Ghost — helps tremendously! Not only will the Spirit lead you into all truth, but He also leads you into common sense, which is needed to maneuver through the obstacles of life.

Some things are so simple that using something as simple as common sense will save us a lot of grief.  But, if we are not operating on that level, we can miss a lot.

Sometimes our gut feelings are often overlooked as well. God gave us something powerful when He gave us instinct. Even if you are not filled with the Holy Ghost, we all have instinct.

My instinct has helped me weather all kinds of storms. If something doesn’t feel right to me, I won’t do it, I don’t care what anyone else says. I have to be comfortable with it first. My instinct has never led me wrong.

If your health matters to you, make up your mind to do the things you need to do to maintain a healthy you. It makes no sense to me for us to pray to God for healing if we are just going to continue down the same destructive path, which probably contributed to our poor health in the first place.

God has given us everything we need to maintain a diet filled with natural, wholesome foods. He provides the rain, the soil, the trees — everything we need. Now, it’s up to us to do our part: to eat what He has provided for us.

If we choose instead to eat the foods that man processes in a laboratory, then we shouldn’t go running to Him if our bodies start to rebel.

He gave us everything that pertains to life and godliness. In other words, He’s given us everything we need to maintain a healthy natural life, and a healthy spiritual life. Now, what are you going to do about it?

 

 

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