By Katlyn Mercer Eriksen
The year has just begun, giving us more than new opportunities every day (more than 350 of them in 2019) to honor God in every aspect of our lives, including our health and well-being. First Corinthians 3:16-17 reads: “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.” There are a number of ways to achieve improved health and although many methods are indeed beneficial, others, unfortunately, expose us to a myriad of harmful toxins that can be of great detriment to us. Here are a few suggestions to consider if you want to stay naturally healthy during the year ahead.
Spend more time outdoors
Despite the benefits of spending time outside being common knowledge, the average American spends only 7% of his time outdoors. Spending time outside is very beneficial for both our physical and mental well-being. Studies have found that walking in the woods, for example, can give your mental health a boost, stabilize your blood pressure, and even decrease your cancer risk. Even if you aim to only spend 30 minutes outdoors a day, engaging in an activity you enjoy such as walking, running, cycling or playing with your children, you are bound to experience a significant improvement in not only your physical health but your emotional welfare as well.
Fuel your body with natural food sources
The food we consume has an enormous influence on our health which subsequently influences our spiritual well-being as well. It is estimated that as many as 160 million Americans are currently either overweight or obese. One of the biggest culprits when it comes to weight gain is processed foods. Instead of filling your kitchen cupboards with cans and packets, buy loads of fresh fruits & vegetables, and healthy proteins as well. It is not only our food that is often riddled with hidden nasties but our supplements as well. Read the ingredients list carefully on any health supplement you purchase, steering clear of products with dubious ingredients.
Rid your home of harmful chemicals
The cleaning chemicals we use in our homes can be dangerous not only us as individuals, but the environment as well. Household chemicals are undoubtedly the biggest contributor to indoor air pollution. Such indoor air pollution has been linked to a series of adverse health conditions including frequent colds, skin rashes, headaches, respiratory problems, lethargy, and memory lapses. If you want to pursue a healthy lifestyle try to rid your home of as many harmful cleaning products as possible, instead buying natural, eco-friendly variations or making your own.
We are blessed with only one body and need to look after it as best we can. While it is not always possible to avoid all injury and illness we can make the necessary changes to our lifestyles to remain as healthy and happy as possible during the coming year and beyond.
[resources: The God of Healing]