God’s Pharmacy for Healthy Living

3 John 1:2–

“Dear Friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”

I hope that you are all well–body, mind, and spirit–as we walk through this unprecedented time in our lives.  There is much conflicting and unknown information about COVID-19, but the one thing of which we can be certain is that God is in control.  Daniel 2:21–“He controls the course of world events; He removes kings and sets up other kings.  He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars.”   Truth and understanding come from God.

With that in mind, let’s look at some ways that we can keep ourselves healthy.

God created our immune system to fight against disease, and our job is to support it.  There is no magic pill that can take the place of a healthy lifestyle.

1.  Practice peace (the opposite of stress).  Fear and anxiety weaken the immune system.  Philippians 4:6–“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  2 Timothy 1:7–“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgement.”  Psalm 56:3–“When I am afraid, I will trust in you.”  Isaiah 26:3–“You will keep in perfect peace the mind that is dependent on You, for it is trusting in you.”

2.  Wash your hands.  Mark 7:4–“When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they have washed.  And there are many other customs they have received and keep, like the washing of cups, jugs, copper utensils, and dining couches.”  Leviticus 15:11–“If the man with the discharge touches anyone without first rinsing his hands in water, the person who was touched is to wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will remain unclean until evening.”

3.  Practice quarantine.  Leviticus 15:13–“When the man with the discharge has been cured of it, he is to count seven days for his cleansing, wash his clothes, and bathe his body in fresh water; he will be clean.”

4.  Sleep (7 to 8 hours a night for adults) is important for allowing the body to repair and rebuild.  Psalm 4:8–“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

5.  Get 20 to 30 minutes of moderate daily exercise.  Movement keeps our lymph system working to “take out the trash”.  Take hourly breaks from sitting.  Clean the house, pull some weeds, walk around the block, put on some music and dance, etc.  Feel free to check out my Exercise at Home with Lisa Facebook Group for some simple exercise routines you can do anytime (balance, cardio, WholyFit, etc.).  The link to join is Exercise at Home with Lisa

6.  Fresh air and sunshine help to increase vitamin D and alleviate depression, positively affecting the immune system.  Deep breathing helps to strengthen the lungs and remove toxins.

7.  Drink enough pure water to dilute toxins and mucus so they can be removed from the body.  A stagnant river is a breeding ground for disease.  Keep your internal river flowing with enough pure water.  Squeeze 1/2 lemon into a cup of water for its vitamin C content, which helps fight infections.

8.  Eat food as closely to the way God created it as possible to obtain nutrients and fiber that help create an environment where viruses can’t thrive.  Highly processed foods are poor in nutrients and fiber and can create a hospitable environment for viruses. 

Learn to read labels and count fiber instead of calories.  Eat a minimum of 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day.

9.  Replace negative character traits with positive ones.  Colossians 3:12-14–“Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another.  Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so also you must forgive.  Above all, put on love–the perfect bond of unity.”

Good health starts with a healthy spirit!

10. Keep learning to be healthy!  Join my private Facebook Group:  Learning to be Healthy with Lisa.

If you need more help with healthy eating, check out my programs at www.learningtobehealthy.com.

Blessings of health,

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritional Consultant

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

www.learningtobehealthy.com

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.

‘Tis the Season for Walking!

Here in Houston, the temperatures have become ideal for outdoor walking (that is, when it’s not raining).  You can enjoy the many health benefits of fresh air, sunshine, and walking, all while reflecting on God’s creation.

If you’re already a walker, great!  Keep it up!

If you need some motivation to start walking (farther than from the couch to the refrigerator), read this article published by Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says that walking is “the closest thing we have to a wonder drug.”

Whether you need to reduce sweet cravings, lose a few pounds before the holidays, improve joint health, boost your immune system, or just clear your head, walking is one of our best health tools!

Getting started:

1. Read “5 Surprising Benefits of Walking”.  Determine your “why” for walking.
2. Choose a time and place to walk:  around your neighborhood, at the gym, in a park, etc.  For some, it may be the simple act of walking to their mailbox and back, then to the next door neighbor’s mailbox, etc.  Walking can be a great time for socializing with a friend, spouse, child, or a special time of literally walking with God.
3. Decide how many days a week you will walk, and set a reminder:  put it on your calendar, appointment book, smartphone app, or wherever you keep your reminders.  If you have an Alexa Echo Dot, you can program it to remind you to walk.  Start with a realistic, manageable goal, slowly increasing as you develop the habit.
4. Decide how long or far you will walk:  minutes, miles, steps, destination, etc. It’s better to start with a mini goal and build on it.  Feeling successful will motivate you to continue.  If you want to keep track of distance, you can download one of many apps available for smartphones, or just use a simple pedometer like this one on Amazon.
5. Have faith in the present and long-term health benefits of walking. “For we walk by faith, not be sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7.
The Autoimmune Revolution is free from Monday, November 5, through Friday, November 9.  You can register and receive a free ebook to help you better understand autoimmune disease and what to do about it.  Here’s the link: Autoimmune Revolution registration and free ebook

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

www.learningtobehealthy.com

 

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.