Health and well-being are directly related to a healthy lifestyle. Without good food, good drink, exercise and relaxation, the body is exposed to great strain and stress. However, there are simple rules for the “sensible handling” of one’s own body.
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- 1 Humans have forgotten how to live a healthy life
- 2 You need food to live
- 3 Proper lifestyle for health
- 4 The “8 rules” for a healthy lifestyle
Humans have forgotten how to live a healthy life
People have simply forgotten how to eat properly. During the many changes in society, nutrition has not lost its importance, but the focus has clearly shifted from quality to quantity. What was taken for granted many decades ago is now referred to as “eco or organic nutrition”. In turn, the term “diseases of civilization” seems just as common. A peculiarity of the so-called advanced industrial countries. But when it comes to nutrition, it can already be seen that progress does not have to mean improvement.
“Simplify life” through new products
Faster, easier, cheaper. These catchphrases of the “food” industry tempted more and more people to grab just as quickly and, above all, thoughtlessly. The catchphrase “make life easier” is also omnipresent in the kitchen. But as far as the quality of the industrially produced products is concerned, the term “body filler” is more appropriate than “food”.
You need food to live
Anyone who wants to keep their car in good working order and is also concerned about a long and rust-free “life” also takes care of the best care, regular maintenance and also high-quality petrol, coolant and motor oil. But as if one’s own body could only grow and thrive through shower water, soap, air and sunshine, what actually belonged in the residual waste is stuffed into the body. A growing, functioning and self-healing body does not depend primarily on sun and water like a date palm, but on a healthy and balanced diet.
Malnutrition can be bad for your health
How should a body be able to extract the valuable building blocks for cell construction and cell repair from a mixture of nutrient imitations, flavor enhancers, highly processed plant residues and possibly also pork infused with antibiotics? This requires (vegetable) fats, carbohydrates and protein and these are processed as little as possible. In addition, there is a balanced ratio of vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Otherwise, not only does the cell structure function particularly poorly or not at all, but other consequences are possible. These include immune deficiency, cognitive impairment, surprising allergies and intolerances, up to serious illnesses.
The saying “You are what you eat” applies here.
“Thinking apparatus” also needs proper fodder
One’s own brain is not disconnected from the body, although one could certainly come up with this theory in the case of some contemporaries. But to function properly, the “thinking apparatus” is just as dependent on a healthy diet as the rest of the body. If there is a lack of the right substances in the appropriate quality, this will also bring about corresponding disadvantages for the brain function. Impairments can, for example, only short-term memory, difficulty concentrating, reduced comprehension and also difficulties in making correct decisions. Factors that also directly affect the learning potential. The overcoming of reading a reasonable book is at some point incomparably greater than simply turning on the “flicker box” to send the rest of your thinking ability to stand-by.
More problems arise
Granted. The changes in society also affected everyday and professional life. More rush, more required performance and less time. Above all, shopping often has to be done on the way home from work and the desire to make conscious choices is at an all-time low. Added to this is the gradual disenfranchisement of consumers, in that measures are taken that are advertised as “making life easier” and that “relieve” people’s independent thinking even more. This also includes the highly acclaimed “Nutri Score” system. Now just a few colors and capital letters were enough to explain a “healthy” or “unhealthy” diet to the consumer. However, the foods that would actually be ideal for the body would not even have a packaging on which this color spectacle label would even have space. However, that would be asking a bit too much and does not work at all in today’s society, especially not in larger settlement areas.
There are still beneficiaries
But with the whole package of changes that have a harmful effect on humans, a whole package comes together that makes the “medicine industry” in particular rub its sweaty hands sore. Because nothing is more lucrative for the pill factories than chronically malnourished people with equally chronic “malnutrition side effects”. These are then the “diseases of civilization”, which are treated almost as “that’s just the way it is”. Then the symptoms are tampered with according to Louis Pasteur instead of following the idea of Antoine Béchamp, preferring to investigate the causes. But just as only hungry people can be of interest to bakers and butchers, modern “pill-pushers” and their many foreign trade representatives with their stethoscopes (not all!) will certainly not be happy about perfectly healthy people. On the topic “Pharma” the Bible has one very interesting statement ready.
Proper lifestyle for health
The aim of this article is not to set up a diet plan, but rather to describe the basics of healthy nutrition, or rather a healthy lifestyle, in rough outlines. There are certain “golden rules” for this. This is not a simple gray theory, but was taken for granted “times” ago or simply arose because of the living conditions. These simple rules have also been tried and tested in modern times.
Here the Church of the Seventh Day Adventists (SDA) stands out, which, in addition to the gospel, which is held very highly, also represents the teaching of a healthy lifestyle just below it. The result of a study that specifically examined the nutritional practice of the STA and the consequences of this in more detail speaks clearly for a healthy lifestyle. And there is absolutely nothing “mystical” behind it.
The “8 rules” for a healthy lifestyle
Basically, as a rough outline, there are 8 rules that are crucial for a healthy lifestyle.
1. Drink enough pure water
2. Balanced nutrition
4. Sufficient physical exercise
5. Enough sunshine
6. Stay in the fresh air
7. Ausreichende Erholungszeit
8. Full trust in God
One or the other rule may well be known, even seem trite. But as simple as some rules may sound, they are still as important and are no longer so self-evident for everyone in this world flooded with stimuli. This applies to the “simple” difference between water and Coke.
1. Drink enough pure water
Pure water? How boring. Still essential. The emphasis here is on “pure water”, meaning neither in any form of colored sugar water, nor in the form of coffee or green tea. The body needs far more water than is often widely appreciated. This is particularly true of older people, who often feel less thirsty than younger people.
The often heard rule of thumb is at least 2 liters of water for an adult. If even higher temperatures and a lot of movement come into play, then significantly more. Without water, no sensible metabolism is possible. Nutrients, vitamins, messenger substances and especially waste products have to be transported back and forth. This only works smoothly if there is enough water in the circuit. Too little water leads to blood thickening. Very bad for the blood circulation, especially if the blood flow is already disturbed for other reasons. 2 liters are relatively easy to manage with 8 glasses of 250ml spread over the day. The first glass as soon as you get up. A trained habit could become, for example, that after each visit to the toilet, a glass of water is “replenished”.
2. Balanced nutrition
A “balanced diet” sounds very abstract. A healthy diet definitely includes vegetable proteins, vegetable fats and unrefined carbohydrates. All this with the accompanying vitamins, minerals, fiber and trace elements. The apple fresh from the tree is far healthier than the applesauce from the jar, although it is difficult to get anything healthy out of applesauce. Fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains ( Caution in wheat) in their diversity are definitely part of a balanced diet.
A healthy diet is also characterized by its regularity and in reasonable amounts. A larger breakfast, a medium lunch and a small evening meal (until around 6 p.m.) are good, as is a larger later breakfast and also a larger early afternoon meal (2 meals per day). It is important to keep the evening meal small and not too late. The body should recover during sleep and not exhaust itself with digestion. Resting the body also includes detoxifying the body. Metabolism waste products are removed from the cell environment and transported to the excretory organs. Detoxification is of the utmost importance to the body and should not be hampered by a heavy late night meal.
In addition to accurate meals in appropriate amounts, moderation also includes the frequency of meals. Small snacks in particular can completely throw off the ongoing digestion of the previous meal. The stomach does not sort out what is already good and what is only half digested. It’s the “whole porridge” that counts. If the possibly very healthy lunch was eaten just over an hour ago, then a piece of cake, a biscuit or even just an apple is enough to send the whole porridge in the stomach into overtime. Nutrients that have already been broken down are fermented and converted into fatty acids, among other things, because they simply lie in the acid bath of the stomach for too long. The healthy becomes something “superfluous” or even harmful. Therefore, leave enough time between the individual meals and – no matter how difficult it is – avoid coffee and cake.
The renunciation of sugar in particular is also moderate. Really bad stuff. It not only hits the ribs and, in combination with cocoa and milk (animal fat), can lead to extremely poor blood values, but also very effectively weakens the immune system. Sugar directly affects the body’s resistance. What’s more, the refined sugar rushes into the bloodstream almost immediately, sending blood sugar levels skyrocketing only to be met with a massive rush of insulin. In the end, the blood sugar even drops below the level it was before the sugar intake.
Moderation also includes avoiding coffee, green tea and alcohol as much as possible. All means that are not beneficial to the body, but detrimental. No matter how stimulating the coffee may seem, it is only a temporary effect with potential for addiction. But the blood flow to the brain goes downhill. Coffee is also considered to be an immune depressant and a promoter of inflammation. This also applies to green tea. Theine and caffeine are essentially the same.
4. Sufficient physical exercise
Craftsmen can only smile at this piece of advice. But for everyone else, it’s important to consider what daily exercise is actually like. The quick jump out of the car to go shopping is not necessarily one of them. Adequate exercise is useful not only for “burning” and calories, but also for stimulating muscles and therefore also for detoxification of the body. The lymphatic system, which is responsible for removing toxins, does not have its own transport drive but is dependent on the contraction of the surrounding muscles. With more exercise, the heart and circulation are also stimulated and promoted. All good for well-being and metabolism.
It doesn’t have to be a marathon. At least 20, better 30 minutes of “conscious” exercise per day bring a lot. This also includes gardening, if you are lucky and have the opportunity. An all-round work, which demands pretty much every muscle group and this within a reasonable framework. Lifting heavy weights is no longer a compensatory move. However, Nordic walking is one of the most beneficial activities.
5. Enough sunshine
It is no coincidence that the feeling of spring starts with the first long sunny days after a period of white-grey wintertime. The sun stimulates the production of happiness hormones as well as the production of vitamin D. This vitamin is sometimes very important for the body’s immune system. Sunbathing in summer should, which is a matter of course, never be done in the blazing sun and if possible without sunscreen. The length of time you spend in the sun depends heavily on your skin type. Sitting in the shade brings enough sunshine to the skin so that the positive effects can be skimmed off. A walk under the winter sun also has positive effects on the body and well-being.
6. Stay in the fresh air
Those who live in the countryside have a clear advantage. Fresh air does not mean the tilted window in the center of the big city. Healthy fresh air can only be found in nature. Be it in the wide field or in the dense forest, the city dweller should regularly take the time to visit such a place for an extended walk. After all, larger cities also have some more extensive green spaces, but they can’t really replace the open environment in the great outdoors. Fresh air brings fresh oxygen without major stress from foreign or even toxins. Everything only beneficial for body and mind.
7. Sufficient recovery time
Adequate sleep is not achieved in 4 or 6 hours. The body simply needs time not only to “let the soul dangle”, but also to carry out the necessary detoxification. As already mentioned in the case of a balanced diet, the stomach should not be filled with food just before sleep. A good orientation is 8 hours of sleep, and that is continuous sleep. If possible, do this in a quiet and well-ventilated environment. If you have trouble sleeping, you should probably do without the afternoon nap, as well as the “good old” cocoa drink with milk. The coffee isn’t exactly sleep-inducing, either, and should be crossed off the mundane list anyway. Instead of schnapps to fall asleep, clear water would be a far better alternative.
8. Healthy trust in God
Anyone who believes that humans developed parallel to apes after the division from a common predecessor should simply think about whether this could have been the case at all for simple logical reasons. Because what speaks for it consists only of assertions, but no evidence can be presented. So far not a single one. What speaks against it, is quite true provable and you don’t need a “study” for that, just some logic.
The theory of evolution without any evidence is what it is, a theory. According to their “latest knowledge”, the big bang theorists postulate the emergence of the world from nothing. The extensionless point (singularity) has already been discarded. Evidence, of course, cannot be provided. It is a kind of “secular religion”, as absurd as it may sound. However, when the evidence is lacking, you just have to believe it.
On the other hand, belief in a Creator God is far simpler and, above all, understandable. The one who created everything from nothing. So the explanation of the Creator God would be even more detailed than science with its thesis of the creation of the world out of nothing, from nothing, or from where or whatever.
Of course, since our Creator also created man, He knows him inside and out. He knows what is good and what is bad for people. It is not for nothing that the Bible contains a whole list of potential foods that are good or even taboo for humans. Since God created man, He also knows how a maltreated or “nutritionally abused” body can be brought back into shape. The “deal” that is generally applicable in the Bible, “keep my statutes, then I will send you everything”, also applies to health. Since trust is also a sure sign of faith, God will not hold back His helping hand. This is where the literal “healthy trust in God” lies.
Genuine faith, healthy trust in God and observance of His statutes (commandments) almost automatically leads to a healthy lifestyle and this includes healthy eating and the renunciation of what could harm the body created by God.