A HEALTHY MIND

 

Good Health

As members of Seventh-day Adventist Christians, UGAMAA also considers good health as an essential attribute of a true Christ follower.  The scripture says “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?  If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”  1 Corinthians 3:16-17(NKJV)

 
 

A Guide to Good Health

Trust in the Lord

Trust is found in our unswerving belief that God will indeed work on our behalf to bring His perfect will for our lives into being.  Trusting God is against our human nature.  We think we know how to take care of ourselves.  If we trust in God, we are admitting that we are not in control of our lives, only God is in control of our lives. The more senseless life becomes, the greater our need to trust in God.  When we trust in God, we are giving God permission to be our helper, our redeemer, our physicians and our all in all.  If there is anyone who is able to provide us with optimum health is only God.

Daily Spiritual Devotion

Paul admonishes us in Philippians 4:8 that “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things.”  What a better way of have peace of mind by starting your day with reading God’s word.  You will be amazed how less stressed you will be by thinking about God’s message to you from His Word

Physical Activities

Do you want to feel better, have more energy and perhaps even live longer?  Look no further than old-fashioned exercise.  Exercise combats chronic diseases, strengthens heart and lungs, helps with stress, helps to manage your weight and promotes better sleep.  Exercise doesn’t have to be drudgery.  Find an activity you enjoy and go for it.  It is recommended that you exercise continuously for at least 20 minutes and preferably outside breathing in fresh air.

 
 

Basic Necessities and "The Word"

Adequate Nutrition

Having adequate nutrition from a well-balanced diet is essential for optimum health.   A well-balanced diet should provide essential nutrients (protein – essential amino acid, carbohydrates - polysaccharides, lipids – essential fatty acids, dietary fiber, minerals and vitamins) and other health components such as phytochemicals and antioxidants.  It is now recommended that our diet should mainly be a plant-based one to reduce most of the chronic diseases.  It is not surprising that it is the same diet God originally recommended.

Water

Water makes up more than 50% of the weight of the human body.  It is any absolute necessity, next to air, for all living organisms and without it; humans would die in a few days.  Your body needs water to: Regulate body temperature and life processes, transport life giving materials to body organs and other parts, remove waste from the body and prevent and sometimes cure may types of diseases.  Most adults will lose between 2 to 3 quarts of water per day by way of normal body functions such as perspiration, urine and sweat.    There are 2 ways which have been recommended to make up for water lost:  Experts have always said, on average, that drinking 8-8 ounce glasses of water daily will provide all your daily water needs.  Lately it has been suggested that taking your body weight in pounds and dividing it by 2 will give you ounces of water you need daily.  For example a 160 pounds person will need 80 ounces (10 -8 ounces glasses) of water daily.

Rest

God knew how important rest is for His created beings.  He set aside one day after every six days for us to have a complete rest from all our work (Leviticus 23:3 “There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, a day of sacred assembly.  You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a Sabbath to the LORD”).  Rest is very important for our health.  The average family has very limited time to rest or relaxation.  To maintain optimum health, studies have shown that adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night.  You cannot make up for the sleep lost, thus you need to have a regular sleep in order to have optimum health.

 
 

Body and Soul related to "The Word"

Fresh Air

We need to continuously inhale oxygen from the air and exhale carbon dioxide for good health.  To keep our heart, lungs brain and muscles health, we need to go out and breathe fresh air daily.  If you stay inside the house, it is very likely that you are exposed to polluted air unless your house is open to the outside air daily for some period of time.  Polluted air will not provide the oxygen which our body needs for optimum health

Sunlight

Our bodies need natural sunlight for a healthy skin and to synthesize adequate amounts of vitamin D.  Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with osteoporosis and diabetes.  According to a June 2007 study by Lappe, J.M. et al. published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, not getting enough direct sunlight increases our chances of getting cancer by at least 70%.  A few minutes of sunlight exposure of body parts such as arms, hands, legs, face, for 2 to 3 times per week will go a long way in providing adequate amounts of vitamin D for our body needs.

Temperance (Self-Control)

Our human nature is so corrupted that we like the things which are not good for us but enjoy the things which are harmful for us.  A great number of people enjoy smoking knowing pretty well that it is harmful to them.  To bring it close home, most of us stay away from drinking water but enjoy drinking sodas daily.  All around us we can observe the results of poor choice. People are having a variety of diseases and other health problems as a result of poor choice.  Knowing and following the right choices will contribute tremendously to optimum health.

Contentment

Satisfaction with what we have brings about peace of mind knowing that all is alright.  The real issue of contentment is whether it is Christ or ourselves who determine what we are.  When we seek to control the content, we inevitably turn to the criterion of comparison to measure what it should look like.  The problem is that comparison is the enemy of contentment – there will always be people who possess a greater quality or quantity of what we think we should have.  Because of this, comparison leads to covetousness.  Discontentment lowers ones immunity causing susceptibility to various diseases and illness.

 

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