Wednesday, October 3, 2012

How to Maintain Physical Health, Well-Being and Live a Long Life

God's plan of salvation for our lives include complete physical well-being,a long life and renewed physical strength even into old age. To achieve this, God leads us to live by the physical and natural laws which he has built into creation. In Romans 12:1 it sates, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service."
You see in the old Testament, sacrifices were mostly slaughtered and offered as burnt offering to God. But this can not happen in our time, God commands us to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, keeping it alive,fit and healthy so we can serve Him to the maximum capability. This includes living a balanced life which enables us to serve God longer and more efficiently. How does that sound to you today?
This means we should live a healthy lifestyle which comprises of:
~Proper balance of work,recreation and sleep
~Sufficient water intake
~Physical exercise
~A healthy environment
~Healthy nutrition
~Healthy choices in personal care and hygiene
When it comes to healthy nutrition, people have forgotten the basics or what is meant by balanced diet. A balanced diet consists of: Proteins, Carbohydrates, Fibre, Vitamins, Fats, Mineral and essential elements, amino acids and Fatty acids.
Today we see people eating more of fatty diets especially trans fats (partially hydrogenated oils) which is used by many restaurants and fast food-outlets to deep-fry foods because it can be used many times in deep fryers without losing the desirable taste and texture. So people who eat more of muffins, croutons, crackers, crisps, chips, consume a lot of trans fats. People around the world, especially western societies eat fatty diets, including New Zealand where I live. We have too much trans fat, too much fatty meats, too much fried and deep-fried foods, too much pastries and pies. People have no time to prepare their own meals... I interviewed a few ladies why they liked dinning out or take-away foods. Most of them said they did not know how to cook, just imagine!
God does not encourage eating fatty diets. It is recorded in LEVITICUS 7:23... The Lord said.." Give the following instruction to the people... You must never eat fat, whether from cattle, sheep, or goats." Why did He do this? He wanted people to remain healthy. Around the world today, people are more likely going to die from heart disease than any other medical condition. The common one is "heart attack" a silent killer which comes unnoticed and starts developing in young people as early as 20 years of age.
To remain healthy, people should consume a wide variety of healthy foods in their diets to provide enough intake of vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and fibres which are essential for good healthy. I hope you have liked reading this article as much as I did!


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