Good nutrition is essential to our health. It maintains the building blocks for growth, repair and fuel for energy. It is the foundation for quality of life. Poor diet leads to unwanted weight gain, hypertention, heart disease, cancer, and a […]
Exercise stimulates growth hormones that keeps you from looking younger. It freezes your age and provides greater vitality, extra energy, and longer life. Exercise is very important to a healthy lifestyle approach. Exercise helps one to reach and maintain proper […]
Water is the best beverage! If you drink a soda, cup of coffee, or cup of tea your body retains all the other chemicals and flushes the water. Your body consist of 70% water. Water helps detoxifies impurities in your […]
Sunshine is a good source of Vitamin D, lowers your blood cholesterol, and helps you from depression. It kills many germs, enhances your immune system, raises your white blood cells which helps destroy germs in your body. Sunlight heightens waste elimination […]
Temperance means abstinence, sobriety, self-restraint, and prohibition. Keep everything moderate whether this is work, leisure, eating, or drinking. Abstain from everything that is harmful and detrimental to your health. Anything that harms the body destroys your good health. Do not use […]
Air is the most essential element for both human and animals. One can be deprived of food and water for days but if we deprived of air one can perish in minutes. In order to have good blood, one must […]
An essential part of a healthful lifestyle is getting the right amount of sleep not more than or less than 8 hours a night. When we deprive the body of sleep, it is unable to restore itself adequately. Sleep deprivation lowers […]
Give all your worries to God. Trust in God that He will perform and the One who is in control. Peace of mind and full of hope is worth living. Research has proven the fact that spirituality helps control stress, […]
By: Angela McCall
Picture this. She is a great Christian woman. She never gets mad. Everyone says she’s a great Christian lady. She is the wife of the pastor. Of course she is the model of the church and she will put her best behavior upfront. So even if she is angry she has to repress her feelings because that’s the way she was taught. Nice women don’t get angry. Another scenario. She’s been a deaconess at her church. Everyone respect her. She has a great position at work and in the community she’s in. She never express anger. Nobody have ever seen her mad. She’s a saint. She’s an angel. She seems to have everything in control.
Control. That is. Anger is like a hot boiling water in a pot. If you cover it without letting out a steam it will explode. You cannot pretend you’re not angry anymore and everything is alright although it is killing you inside. I don’t believe that anyone can be just as nice without fully expressing their anger. You have to acknowledge your anger. Anger is a God-given emotion. You are entitled to your emotion. The bible says, “Be angry but do not sin…Do not let the sun go down upon your wrath.” There is a good reason why God emphasized this. He gave us a command to do certain things not because He wants to restrain us from being happy but because He wants us to live a wholesome life without disease.
Like the boiling water in a pot, if it’s not handled right some of our emotions can break down somewhere to let the steam out. If you repress your feelings, it can break into your body and cause disease like cancer. Ulcer. Hypertention. You name it. It is the sin that is causing all the disharmony in your body. Hatred. Resentments. Unforgiveness. All these emotions are not healthy. Get over it. It is the root of all evil that cause all kinds of diseases. It’s important to acknowledge your anger but in a constructive manner and not in a destructive behavior.
Some of the suggestions I have are:
• You can express your emotion by either writing on your diary or journal.
• Write a letter to the person you’re mad at; say anything you want and then burn it.
• Scream on your pillows.
• Scream in your car with all the windows locked up.
• Or do something creative like bake 2-dozens of cookies!
Unforgiveness lowers your immune system. Dr. Neil Nedley says that we get cancer cells everyday but if you’re immune system is weak your body cannot fight it. So, it’s important for us to eat healthy nutrition. Eat the right kind of foods. Just hear a few of these world research links.
“Chronic unforgiveness causes stress. Every time people think of their transgressor, their body responds. Decreasing your unforgiveness cuts down your health risk. Now, if you can forgive, that can actually strengthen your immune system”. [Virginia Commonwealth University]
“The program’s preliminary work suggests that forgiveness lowered the stress hormone cortisol that in turn affects the immune system, but only when the patients forgave the ones they blamed”. [University of Maryland - Institute of Human Virology]
“Forgiveness could boost the immune system by reducing the production of the stress hormone cortisol” [Rockefeller University - New York]
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By: Angela McCall
Refrain from french fries and big macs. Stay away from sundaes. When you’re trying to eat a healthy diet, the list of nutritional no-no’s seems never-ending.
Instead of thinking about all the things you should avoid, focus on all of the wonderful foods you can eat. These delicious foods provide your body with the essential nutrients and help reduce your risk of diseases like hypertension, cardiac arrest, and diabetes. “There is no one magic food that can make a person healthy if the rest of her diet is unbalanced,” says Stacey Nelson, M.S., R.,D., L.D.N., a senior clinical nutritionist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Moderation is the key.
Hungry? Sink into one of these power foods:
There is a way to have the benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids without having to eat fish, fish oil, or expensive capsules. We can get the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids from a plant fat called linolenic acid. Note that the highest source of linolenic acid is flaxseed oil (also called linseed oil). One tablespoon has over 7500 mg of linolenic acid. One tablespoon of soybean oil has more than 900 mg. Even one cup of canned spinach contains about 350 mg.* Now that we understand the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, we can also appreciate the benefits of adopting a healthy diet without the toxins, pesticides, and cancer risk existing in today’s fish. *Source: Proof Positive by: Neil Nedley M.D., page 122.
Anyone with elevated blood sugar should have this hearty breakfast regularly. Oat products are the best source of soluble fiber which helps control blood sugar and insulin levels. After eating oatmeal, “your stomach empties more slowly, and that slows the rise of blood sugar,” says Karen Chalmers, M.S., R.D, a certified diabetes educator at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. Oatmeal also benefits your heart because its soluble fiber helps lower your cholesterol that can clog arteries. The effect of fiber in lowering your cholesterol correlates the risk of heart disease. In a recent research studies, those who consume a high fiber diet have 65 percent less risk of heart disease.
Dr. Neil Nedley (an M.D. who specialized in Internal Medicine) said that the highest antioxidant-containing fruits are the blueberries. The more colorful the fruits and vegetables the higher the antioxidant. Antioxidants inhibit the cell damage associated with cancer, heart disease and other acute illnesses. Blueberries help protect against urinary tract infections, cancer, heart disease, cataracts, and brain damage from strokes. “There is also some research to suggest that they may protect against brain deterioration associated with aging,” says Tara Gidus, M.S., R.D., a spokeswoman for the America Dietetic Association (ADA). Frozen blueberries are as nutritious as fresh, so keep a bag in your freezer and add a handful into your cereal or smoothie.
They’re second only to blueberries in antioxidant capacity and cancer-fighting ability. “Some of the phyto-nutrients in strawberries can discourage the development and growth of cancer cells and perhaps help in their self-destruction,” says Susan Moores, R.D., a spokeswoman for the ADA. According to FDA, strawberries contain more Vitamin C than oranges. Moores added, “Vitamin C may help lower the risk for heart disease by reducing plaque formation and possibly helping prevent harmful blood clots.”
(5) Soy Foods
Foods made from soybeans such as tofu, soy milk, tempeh, miso, soy burgers and so forth–contain cancer-fighting compounds such as isoflavones. Gidus says, “Isoflavones possess antifungal, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.” Soy foods also help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, maintain bone density, and help reduce hot flashes in menopause women. Because soy mimics the action of estrogen, women who have breast cancer should consult their doctors whether to include this in their diets.
Dr. Neil Nedley said that 10 almonds a day keeps the heart disease away. “Nuts contain various antioxidants and phytonutrients that may help protect cells from damage,” says Moores. They are packed with fiber, magnesium, vitamin E, potassium and zinc, nuts are also connected with a lowered risk of cancer and heart disease. Because they are abundant in fiber and monounsaturated fat, they help protect against type 2 diabetes. However, nuts are high in fat & calories and that’s probably the reason why God created them in shells; it is harder to eat them without breaking the shell first and so nuts should be eaten in moderation.
(7) Pinto Beans
Legumes are a good source of folic acid which helps maintain normal function of the heart & nervous system and also they are rich in potassium which helps keep your blood pressure in check. “We need to up our legume intake, and pinto beans are a great way to go,” says Andrea Giancoli, M.P.H., R.D., a spokeswoman for the ADA. Pinto beans are high in protein (7 grams in a half-cup serving of canned beans). If you combine pinto beans and rice you get the complete protein. This is a great substitution from meat. The protein that you get is first hand instead of second hand. Take the cows for instance, they eat grass and then you eat the meat and get the protein from them. But why not just consume the plant base protein direct instead of getting the second hand? It is outstanding compare to the risk of developing cancer disease from eating meat and getting toxic from some of the chemicals they feed the animals.
“This vegetable is a member of the brassica family, which has compounds that may help prevent cancer,” says Cynthia Finley, R.D., L.D., clinical dietitian specialist at The Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center. Study after study continues to reveal the cancer-protective benefits of different pythochemicals. Pythochemicals are found in plant foods that cannot be obtained by animal products. One group of foods that are loaded with cancer-protective factors are the cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage family include brussel sprouts, cauliflower, brocolli, kale, turnips, kohlrabi, bok choy, collards, and cabbage. “Studies show a relationship between a high intake of cruciferous vegetables and a decreased risk of certain cancers.” Cauliflower is also a rich source of vitamin C, folic acid and fiber, manganese and magnesium. If you’re not too gungho of the taste of cauliflower there are other cruciferous vegetables to choose from.
They contain a high source of lycopene, an antioxidant that protects against heart disease, progressive diseases such as osteoporosis, alzheimer’s disease, and cancer. “Lycopene may help ward off colorectal, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers,” says Finley. Tomatoes also contain folic acid, riboflavin, and chromium. Riboflavin helps decrease the frequency of migraine headaches. Chromium promotes normal blood sugar in people with diabetes. Processed tomatoes may be more favorable than their whole-food counterpart especially those who are allergic with fresh tomatoes. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, lycopene can be absorbed better by the body when it’s in a processed form such as ketchup, tomato sauce, tomato paste, or tomato juice.
If you recall seeing a vampire movie where they used garlic to keep the evil spirit, well this might not true but it is true that garlic is one of the best food to fight cancer. The sulfur compounds that gives garlic its intense taste can also help your heart. “Compounds in garlic may help reduce total and LDL cholesterol levels,” says Kimberly Johnson, R.D., instructor of nutrition and hospitality management at Syracuse University. Garlic also helps lower your blood pressure and prevents dangerous clotting.
This dark & leafy green vegetable is a super food. No wonder they used spinach to portray in Popeye cartoons. It is true that this is a power food. “Spinach contains fiber, potassium, vitamin A and folic acid,” Johnson says. Some vegetables when you boil them they lose their vitamins but not spinach. The longer you cook them the more iron you get. Spinach are also abundant in lutein, a compound that helps reduce the risk for macular degeneration. If you don’t care for the bitter taste of spinach, I recommend for you to boil them and add olive oil, salt to taste, and a squirt of lemon juice.
These cluster are rich in flavonoids, antioxidants that fight inflammation, heart disease and cancer. Flavonoids are highly concentrated in the skin of red, purple, and black grapes. Red wine and grape juice have one or more beneficial substances for reducing blood clot formation in arteries than white wine does not have. Some of the benefits of flavonoids are: (1) inhibit the LDL (bad) cholesterol, (2) are more potent antioxidant than Vitamin E, (3) decrease platelet aggregation-clumping, (4) decrease incidence of and mortality from coronary heart disease*. The good thing about whole grapes is that you’re also getting fiber and their water content makes them excellent snacks. *Proof Positive, Dr. Neil Nedley M.D., page 444.
(13) Sweet Potatoes
They’re packed with beta-carotene, an antioxidant that stimulates the immune system. Giancoli says, “The body also converts beta-carotene to vitamin A which is crucial to eye and skin health.” Also notice that most yellow foods such as carrots and yellow squash are high in Vitamin A. So next time you prepare yams for Thanksgiving forget topping them with marshmallows but instead bake the sweet potato with orange juice or cinnamon and dribble of maple syrup.
(14) Bell Pepper
They are packed with vitamin C, thiamine, vitamin B6, beta carotene, and folic acid. Bell peppers also contain a large amount of phytochemicals that have outstanding antioxidant activity. Remember what Dr. Neil Nedley said that the more colorful the fruits and vegetables the higher the content of antioxidant. So when comparing the nutrient values of the different bell peppers, research showed that red bell peppers have higher levels of nutrients than green. Red bell peppers also contain lycopene, which is a carotene that helps protect against cancer and heart disease.
(15) Sesame Seeds
These little seeds are power food and not just decorations on burger buns. They are highly concentrated source of copper, magnesium, zinc, fiber and protein. They are also substances that have been shown to have cholesterol-lowering results. Try to add a tablespoon into your diet every day. “They’re pretty versatile and can be used in many dishes, from stir-fries to breads and muffins, or sprinkled on veggies and salads,” Gidus says. For delicious flavor, toast them in a frying pan a few minutes before using.
Good nutrition is essential to our health. It maintains the building blocks for growth, repair and fuel for energy. It is the foundation for quality of life. Poor diet leads to unwanted weight gain, hypertention, heart disease, cancer, and a lot of other proliferated diseases. Perhaps you would enjoy the tasty meals, weight maintenance, and health enhancement. There is a wide range of delicious foods that are healthful and appetizing. With vegetarian food you can be creative and enjoy a healthy meal without the worry. Don’t let anyone fool you that carbohydrates are bad for you. Complex carbohydrates like whole grains are high in fiber and are low in fat. Some of the examples include oats, wheat germ, barley, brown rice, buckwheat, and cornmeal. Also other products which contain whole grains such as whole grain bread, bagels, buns, and rolls are examples of complex carbohydrates.
Fruits and vegetables are great to losing weight. They are high in fiber and low in fat. A medium size of cantaloupe for instance contain only 60-calories. Fruits are high in Vitamin C and water content. The more colorful they are (ie. blueberries, blackberries, strawberries) the higher the content of antioxidant. Antioxidant are the ones responsible that keeps you from looking younger. In addition, vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals and most are complex carbohydrates. The darker the leaves the better they are. Some of the good examples are: broccoli, spinach, cabbage, artichokes, asparagus, orchard, and so much more.
As far as legumes are concerned they are a good source of protein. In fact a combination of pinto beans and rice equals a complete protein. The only legume that is complete in protein are garbanzo beans. The rest of them such as lentils, kidney beans, black beans needs to combine with other food to sustain the complete protein. Legumes are rich in Vitamin Bs and contain other essential vitamins such as: potassium, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, copper, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin K.
Exercise stimulates growth hormones that keeps you from looking younger. It freezes your age and provides greater vitality, extra energy, and longer life. Exercise is very important to a healthy lifestyle approach. Exercise helps one to reach and maintain proper weight. It burns calories, builds muscle, and increases the metabolism.
Some of the benefits of Exercise are:
• it increases energy levels and makes you more efficient & productive
• it speeds up metabolism, strengthen muscles and maintain your proper weight
• it stimulates immune system, decreases cold & flue, and reduces mortality for cancer
• it promotes better sleep and faster healing
• it prevents from osteoporosis and decreases pain & stiffness from osteoarthritis
• it helps protect from heart disease by strengthening the heart muscle, decreasing blood pressure, and lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol while raising HDL (good) cholesterol.
Water is the best beverage! If you drink a soda, cup of coffee, or cup of tea your body retains all the other chemicals and flushes the water. Your body consist of 70% water. Water helps detoxifies impurities in your body and helps clean your system. A glass of water acts as a bath cleansing and refreshing the digestive system. A lack of water dehydrates the fluids, tissues, and cells of the body. It causes the blood to thicken, increasing the risks of stroke and heart disease. Insufficient of water contributes to hypoglecemia causing headaches, tiredness, and fainting.
Before you drink other beverages such as coffee or tea in the morning, make sure you drink 1-2 glasses of water before you eat breakfast and then gradually increase the amount water to 8-glasses daily. It is hard to create a healthy habit at first but the moment you increase the amount of water you drink a day the easier it gets. For instance, drink half a glass of water in the morning before you drink other beverages. Then the next day, you can increase from half a glass to one glass, two glasses the next day, three glasses the third day, and so forth…until you reach at least the 8 glasses of water intake daily.
Sunshine is a good source of Vitamin D, lowers your blood cholesterol, and helps you from depression. It kills many germs, enhances your immune system, raises your white blood cells which helps destroy germs in your body. Sunlight heightens waste elimination by improving liver function. It is an effective treatment for jaundice. It also reduces the kidneys from some of the burden by eliminating wastes through the skin when you sweat. The best time to get your sunshine is between the hours of 10 A.M. and 3 P.M., especially in the summer when the sun is the strongest. At least 10 minutes of sunlight per day is necessary to maintain good health.
Temperance means abstinence, sobriety, self-restraint, and prohibition. Keep everything moderate whether this is work, leisure, eating, or drinking. Abstain from everything that is harmful and detrimental to your health. Anything that harms the body destroys your good health. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or caffeinated drinks. Abstain from things that are harmful to you. Also, keep your work, exercise, eating, or sunshine in moderate. Moderation is the key.
Even good food can be harmful if a huge amount is taken; which leads to obesity. Remember to maintain your weight you need to keep the calories down. Exercise is essential to healthy living but over exertion can lead to injury. Work is good but an excessive amount of hours can spoil your healthy living. Doctors research uncover the facts that a person who works 40-hours a week are more productive than those who works 60-80 hours a week.
Self-restraint is essential. You must control your diet or activity instead of it controlling you. You must not be the slave of some appetite or habit but someone who has the will of power to control and abstain that is detrimental to your healthy lifestyle.
Air is the most essential element for both human and animals. One can be deprived of food and water for days but if we deprived of air one can perish in minutes. In order to have good blood, one must breath fresh air. Oxygen purifes the blood. It is essential to our health. In order to have good blood, we must breath well. A good respiration calms the nerves, revitalize sleep, nourishes the appetite, and promotes healthy digestion.
Sleep with open windows are better than closed ones. It circulates the air in your house. Air out your house everyday. Avoid car exhaust, tobacco smoke, and stuffy ill-ventilated rooms. Take several deep breaths a day to refresh the mind and increase your energy level.
Plants and the forest contributes a very important function of recycling the environment. They absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen for us to breath. Fresh air has different chemistry from the indoor air we breath. It is electrically charged in natural settings such as around trees, moving waters, or thunderstorms which is the primary reason for it’s healthy advantages.
An essential part of a healthful lifestyle is getting the right amount of sleep not more than or less than 8 hours a night. When we deprive the body of sleep, it is unable to restore itself adequately. Sleep deprivation lowers your concentration and increased irritability. It impairs good judgement which cause values and priorities to change. Loss of sleep can causes exhaustion, depression, delusions, paranoia, and hallucinations. Even as little as three hours of sleep in one single night can decreases the productiveness of your immune system in half. Decreased concentration leads to deadly or nondeadly accidents.
Some people drink more caffeine when they lack of sleep. Caffeine enters the bloodstream and can have a stimulating effect as soon as 15 minutes after it is consumed. Once in the body caffeine will persist for several hours and it takes 6 hours for 1/2 of the caffeine to be eliminated. Your body is getting stimulated but the amount of sleep your body needs is still deprived. Once the caffeine effect subsided your body is more tired than it already was.
Not only our body requires an adequate amount of sleep but in the beginning God created the Sabbath rest to give us a break from all of the hard work. If we work continously our body can break and prone to harmful diseases. The Sabbath rest is design by God to give humans the benefit to rejuvenate himself after a hard days of work during the week.
Give all your worries to God. Trust in God that He will perform and the One who is in control. Peace of mind and full of hope is worth living. Research has proven the fact that spirituality helps control stress, lowers high blood pressure, and prevents the risk of heart disease & cancer. Beyond these scientifically benefits, God promises eternal life to those who trust Him.