A Healthy Lifestyle
There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.
“There is always something to be thankful for. If you can’t pay your bills, you can be thankful you are not one of your creditors.”
I hope this video blesses you. This is one of my favorite songs.
Six components of living a healthy lifestyle
There are many reasons to try to live a healthy lifestyle:
To lower the risk of disease.
To relieve stress.
To have increased energy.
To increase the length of your life.
To increase the quality of your life.
To be fit for the Master’s use.
I am not trying to increase the length of my life, but I am trying to increase the quality of my life. I don’t do everything right. Some days are better than others. I love food. I love to eat. The problem is I eat too much. Anyway, I’m working on it.
If I had to pick the most important reason for striving to live a healthy lifestyle, I would choose #6. We all have a destiny to fulfill. We have been given gifts and talents to use for God’s use. I don’t think most of us truly grasp that. If we did, we would be doing more for Him.
Everyone won’t write a book, be a movie star, the president of a large corporation, or a great artist. The greatest accomplishment that any of us can do is to accept Jesus Christ as our personal savior and be found trying to fulfill our destiny. Life passes by so swiftly. We have only a limited number or years. I don’t want to die without at least trying to discover and use my gifts and talents. What you do may not be on a professional level. My videos and my blogs sure aren’t. But at least I can say – I tried.
I want to share with you six components of healthy living.
Air is a component of health that we totally take for granted. We don’t go to bed and say, “I sure hope that I won’t run out of air while I sleep tonight or I wonder if I’ll have enough air in the morning.” We just assume that we will have air.
It is possible to go weeks without food and days without water, but six minutes without air and you’re a corpse. Air is so important because of oxygen. The blood and trillions of cells that make up the body perform the functions of life. They must be oxygenated regularly or death occurs. We receive our supply of oxygen by extracting it from the air we breathe into our lungs. This is called respiration. In tiny air sacs in the lungs, the blood is purified, supplied with oxygen, and sent on its way to the rest of the body. When we breathe out, we exhale carbon dioxide gas and a lot of other waste materials.
Even though it’s practically impossible to have really pure air in this day and age we can still do what we can to make the best use of the air that we breathe.
Deep breathing is a component of health that supplies us with the fuel that keeps us alive. How we breathe affects how we absorb oxygen into our bodies. The oxygen feeds the brain, the nervous system, and every cell of the body. Normally, we should breath abdominally. There are enormous benefits that accompany breathing the way the body is designed to breathe. Most people breathe totally from the chest.
Abdominal breathing clears your mind and relaxes you. It balances you. It’s the key to relaxation and to the correct oxygenation of your body. Abdominal breathing takes pressure off the heart, and has an amazing effect on the nervous system. We want the abdomen to expand as we breathe in, and then we want the air to move up and out as we exhale.
Exercise is a component of health that greatly assists in the oxygenation of your entire body, especially aerobic exercise, which accelerates the heart’s pumping action. There is an exercise routine for everyone. Bones are alive, and just like every other part of the body, they benefit greatly from exercise.
Life depends on the flow of blood in our bodies. Every drop of blood circulates through the entire body, every minute! A larger heart is a healthier and stronger heart. Any good exercise routine should address basically three areas of fitness: (1) cardiovascular, or aerobic, (2) strength, and (3) flexibility. Aerobic exercise is the form that strengthens the heart.
Water: There is not one function of the body that is not dependent on water. Approximately seventy percent of the body is water. The brain is 80.5% water, the lungs 80%, and the blood 90%. From the minute food enters your mouth, every process necessary to transform it from a food to blood, bone, muscle, and tissue – depends on water.
Water holds nutrients in solution and transports all food necessary for life to the various parts of the body. The body uses water to extract the vitamins, minerals, proteins (amino acids), carbohydrates, fats, and the other basic nutrients of life to the proper place and drops them off in the exact amounts needed at exactly the right time in the body.
Water holds wastes and toxins that it picks up from the cells and carries them to the organs of elimination. Water carries them to the four organs of elimination – bowels, bladder, lungs, and skin for disposal. Water brings in what we need and carries out what we don’t.
Without sufficient water you would have no saliva. You wouldn’t be able to swallow! The organs that perform the functions of life are all more water than anything else. Water is the chief agent in regulating body temperature, like water in the radiator of a car.
As to how much and what kind of water to drink, well the experts have different opinions. One thing is for sure, the less you get from your food, the more you have to drink.
Food: As I stated earlier, I love food and I know I definitely am not alone. Every day your body loses hundreds of billions of cells, and every day they are replaced with new ones. The new cells are made from the food you put into your body. The quality of the food you put into your body is going to be a major contributing factor to the quality of your health. The food you eat is going to become you. Your cells will be built from what you eat.
We should try to eat less processed (dead) food and more living food. Processing is the practice of taking a perfectly good food, one that contains the nutrients necessary to prolong life, and stripping it of everything and anything of value and then offering it up for sale. In other words, processing is making something to put into the human stomach that no longer resembles what nature produced and intended for consumption.
Your body is alive and can be built only with living materials. A living food is any food that hasn’t been altered in any way from the way it was created by nature. Another way of saying living food is raw food. The greatest percentage of the food people eat is either processed or cooked or both. The more unprocessed, living plant food you eat, the better.
It’s unrealistic to expect people to never eat cooked, “dead” food. The reality is that we like meat, pasta, pizza, candy, cookies, ice cream, etc. however, we should strive for living food to be the majority and cooked food to be the minority. Living food should be predominate in our diets.
Rest and Sleep:
It is during periods of rest and sleep that the body repairs itself, reenergizes itself, and prepares itself for renewed activity. It is every bit as essential to life as air, water, and food. During the hours of sleep, activity is going on inside our bodies. The body, like an electric car, need to be recharged at night. Sleep is a partial shutdown for recharging.
During sleep the body is bustling with activity – repair of tissue, healing, restocking of organs and cells with fuel, replacement of old cells that have lost their vitality with new ones (cell reproduction occurs at more than twice the rate at which it occurs during waking hours). The heart pumps blood through the body to pick up wastes and debris that was not eliminated from the previous day and take them to the channels of elimination. Only part of the brain is asleep, for the nervous system continues to conduct billions of processes while we are sleeping.
Sleep is so critical that it just simply overtakes us when the body needs it. It can be put off for a while, but put it off long enough and you just conk out. The body must have sleep, so it just takes it.
In terms of quality sleep, the hours you get before midnight are most valuable and most restful. How much sleep one needs depends on that particular individual. Some people do fine with four hours and some need ten. If you are not getting enough sleep, for whatever reason, you’re undermining your health. Turn that around and start to allow your body the rest and sleep it requires as a biological necessity of life.
I’m not suggesting that you turn your life around overnight, but you shouldn’t keep waiting for tomorrow either. Change should never become an ordeal. If you knew the house you have worked to pay for was directly in the path of raging floodwaters and all you had to do to save it was stack sandbags around it, would you make the effort? Why would you not make the effort? Surely, your life is as important as your house.
Think about it. What if God says, “Mary, Jason, _____________________ (put your name in the blank) now is the time to rise up so that I can use you.” But you can’t because you’re too tired, too sick, too absorbed with your problems, too lazy, or just unprepared.
Air, exercise, deep breathing, water, food, rest & sleep are only a few components of living a healthy lifestyle. There are many more such as, prayer, not smoking, choosing to be happy and appreciative of what you do or do not have.
Begin weaving these components of healthy living into your daily routine today. Your number one reason to do so – – to be:
Happy & Fit for the Master’s use!
The Parable of the Talents Matthew 25:14-30
What are you doing with your talents?
14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
King James Version (KJV) by Public Domain
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