Health

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been used as a folk remedy for thousands of years. In 400 B.C. the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, sang the praises of this amazing, yet humble, product.

Some of the benefits of adding organic apple cider vinegar to your diet can include reducing bad cholesterol, regulating blood pressure and reducing water retention. It can help increase your concentration, memory, energy and vitality. Apple cider vinegar is also a natural antibiotic which aids digestion and weight control.

And it’s so easy to take – just add a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of honey to a glass of water and drink before meals to help with digestion. Add some to your salad at dinner.

Isn’t the Lord amazing? Some of the most healthful, inexpensive products are made from things He put in nature just for us. Let’s thank Him for it!

2. Go Organic?

Is it a good idea to – go organic? Organically grown produce (without pesticides or chemical fertilizers) and organically-fed meat have become the choice for many. While a higher price tag comes with the certified organic seal, many believe it’s worth it to ensure they are not consuming toxic pesticides in their food.

Include a raw organic salad with dinner: fresh spinach, cauliflower and carrots. Add some apple cider vinegar and flax seed oil for a simple side salad full of vitamins, enzymes and essential fatty acids.

Many nutritionists believe cooking destroys vitamins and enzymes in food. Enzymes are the catalyst for the hundreds of thousands of chemical reactions that occur throughout the body. So, including raw organic food whenever possible is a smart choice. Whether you choose organic or not, be sure to wash all produce thoroughly, pray over your food and thank the Lord before each meal.

3. Hard facts about soft drinks

Here are some hard facts about soft drinks. Americans drink over 13 billion gallons of carbonated drinks a year.

One can of regular soda pop has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, caffeine plus artificial food colors and sulfites. But you say, “I drink diet soda.” Well, some experts say artificial sweeteners are worse than sugar, and make us crave more sweets and fattening foods. And many now link the chemicals in soft drinks to osteoporosis.

Obesity rates in children also seem connected to soft drinks. A British study found that for every soda a child drinks per day, their obesity risk jumps 60%. As a former overweight six-pack-of-soda-a-day girl, I believe it.

Instead of soda pop, drink water—or try sparkling water – add lemon or flavored stevia.

To answer another kind of thirst, Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”

4. Heart health

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, what does it take to maintain a healthy heart? Start with a good vitamin and mineral supplement and omega-3 oil; add a diet high in fiber but low in processed food and trans-fats, and maintain a good lifestyle: don’t smoke, control your waist size, learn to manage stress well, and get some daily exercise. You’ll improve your general health, help prevent heart disease and strengthen your heart.

Science shows that a heart healthy diet is one with lots of unprocessed foods, veggies and fruits, and whole grains that retain much of their original kernel-structure. In food processing, as when making noodles or flour, we lose 60 to 95% of most of the heart healthy nutrients.

That’s health for your physical heart, but spiritually speaking, Proverbs 4:23 tells us “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it flows the issues of life.”

5. “Live Food” vs. “Dead Food”

A lot of the food most people in Western cultures buy is highly processed “dead” food. Some think distinguishing between “dead” food and “live” food is ridiculous. “So-ah, you want your turkey sandwich to gobble and run across the table, feathers and all?” No, of course not!

What most nutritionists mean when they say “live” food is food as close to nature as possible. They include vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts and seeds. You can tell what these live foods are by looking at them. They’re not mysterious, so you usually don’t have to read a label to figure out what they are. They are chemical-free and come pre-packaged in bright, beautiful wrappers made by God.

I like making the distinction this way: there’s God-made food from nature’s bounty and man-made food from a giant factory. Sure, we can have man-made food—but make it a tiny percentage of what you eat. God-made food is live food—and here for your health!

6. Good Digestion

If you have digestive problems of any kind, would you be willing to try an experiment? Don’t eat fruit with other foods. For example, don’t have banana slices or raisins on your breakfast cereal or eat an apple right after your turkey sandwich at lunch. Instead, try eating fruit first, and then wait 20 minutes before eating the rest of your meal. Fruit digests quickly and will actually help with elimination.

You may also want to avoid eating starches, such as bread, rice or potatoes with protein such as meat or eggs. While God made us able to digest many types of foods, if you’re suffering from problems with digestion, the combinations of foods you’re eating may be the culprit. And if you’re not digesting food properly, that can affect your health and energy because you’re absorbing less nutrition from your food.

Digestive enzymes are also helpful—look for them at your health food store.

7. Deep Breathing for Health

Are you a shallow breather? Most people are. As babies and small children we took more complete breaths, but later we began breathing only into the upper lungs. Singers, speakers, actors and athletes learn how to take more complete breaths. It’s great for oxygenating the blood, for stress relief, mental clarity and vocal projection.

To learn how, place one hand on your abdomen just above your navel. Place the other hand on your upper chest just below the collar bone. Inhale deeply through your nose and make your abdomen expand gently like a balloon. Your upper hand should move only slightly after the lower part of the lungs are filled. Now exhale gently through the nose. This is considered a complete deep diaphragmatic breath.

Don’t worry if you don’t catch on right away. It takes practice. Over time, you can breathe that way naturally again. Now, take a deep breath and say, “Hallelujah!” Praise the Lord!

8. A Cleansing Breakfast

We all clean the outside of our bodies, but how about the inside? Every so often try this simple, delicious cleanse.

Within an hour of waking, have a cup of fresh carrot juice or carrot/apple juice (getting a good juicer is worth the investment). Add a scoop of concentrated powdered greens for extra nourishment.

Around 9 o’clock take a fiber supplement and around 10 o’clock, have a piece of fresh fruit (such as grapefruit, peach, apple, or orange). This will keep energy your up and help with cleansing. Many find this helps them feel light and focused without opting for a heavy, fat-laden breakfast. You’ll be helping your digestive system as it cleanses during the first part of the day, AND giving your ten trillion cells the nutrition they need.

While there are those who stay on the cleansing breakfast plan, others follow it just a few days a week. Try it and see how you feel!

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