THE BODY BEAUTIFUL


Natural Health Steps to preserving the human body.

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The most important thing that God has passed down to mankind is keeping a natural health. Evidence of this is found in many quotes written in the bible. In Corinthians 6:19-20, the lord states, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” Moreover, Corinthians 3:16-7, “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.” A final quote, states “brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Our body is a temple consisting of three alters spiritual, mental and physical. These quotes indicate that man has been cautious of his body and the preservation of health since the beginning of time. This article researches what is needed to keep these three alters of the body shinning bright.

Physical health relates to everything we put into our body, but more importantly what we do to help remove these toxins from our body. From the period of antiquity anyone who had the knowledge of healing they were regarded as close to God. Because of this special gift these healers were called saints. For most of mankind’s history, health and a godly life were fused. Nutritional deficiencies and lack of personal and public hygiene were the hidden causes behind most epidemics. Historians have taught us that humankind interpreted sickness as evidence that the reigning gods were unhappy. Humankind pled for mercy and universally came up with the idea of offerings to appease the gods. A prime example of spirituality and following Gods laws to promote a healthy body and lifestyle is evidenced in the plague that wiped out 25 million people in Europe from 1347 to 1352-periodically returning until the 1600s.

Most medieval citizens rarely bathed their cities and streets were an infirmary for the spread of airborne viruses such as the plague carried by rats but spread by fleas that nourished on the blood of rats. In this period Jewish people were tortured because they suffered far less casualties than common Europeans. The key to Jewish survival was strict following of their faith which indicated they bathe every day. We all remember that saying cleanliness is next to godliness. Therefore clean drinking water, regular baths along with ancient plant remedies all served to protect Jewish people and anyone who followed these practices.

Secrets of health, particularly natural remedies placed on earth by our Creator, have often been concealed from the public by kings, politicians, physicians, pharmacists and even religious leaders.  When royalty held possession of the many herbal compendiums that were published over the ages they were considered part of their inherent omniscience that was to be passed on down through family lines. Ironically, any peasant or poor layman that knew of these remedies during the Middle Ages he or she was quickly branded a servant of Satan. Therefore, during the period of plague far less and members’ of noble families died because they had the knowledge of herbal medications and medicinal medication.

Medicinal herbs and plants were used during the Passover supper, at which bread was eaten with bitter herbs.  Jesus broke bread and shared wine, his body and blood, with his apostles. He said: —I am the vine, you are the branches. — When supper was over Jesus went across the Kidron valley to a garden on the Mount of Olives. There he was arrested. When Jesus hung on the cross the soldiers stuck a sponge soaked in wine on some hyssop and raised it to his lips. Lilies of the field, figs, thistles, bitter herbs, grapes and hyssop—these and dozens more plants are mentioned in the Bible. They symbolize Gods’ mercy, bounty and judgment; they illustrate Jesus— message. Their products were used for physical healing in biblical times and can be used today for physical and spiritual healing.

A prime example of the previous statement is the “Purging with hyssop,” the Bible records, “and I will be clean.” Hyssop has been used for millennia as a holy herb, consecrated for cleaning holy places. Its name comes from the Hebrew word adobe or ezob, which literally means “holy herb”. Hyssop is an evergreen bushy herb growing 1 to 2 feet (60 to 90 cm) high on a square stem with linear leaves and flowers in whorls of 6 to 15 blooms. Hyssop has a mint-like taste (which is understandable as it is part of the mint family) it has been considered an aphrodisiac when combined with ginger, thyme, and pepper. Hyssop has been hung in homes to provide protection from the evil eye, and from witches. It has also been planted frequently on graves as protection for the dead from the living. Hyssop can be used as a tea, oil extract for perfumes or a scent to keep evil away. I recommend hyssop as a protection from evil spirits or hyssop plants in great quantity to be boiled and used as a remedy for back pains.

Red wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart healthy. The alcohol and certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of “good” cholesterol and protecting against artery damage. Red wine can prevent blood clots. Resveratrol is a key ingredient in red wine. Some research shows that resveratrol could be linked to a reduced risk of inflammation and blood clotting, both of which can lead to heart disease. The antioxidant activity of resveratrol may help prevent colon cancer, because many cancers are thought to result from damage caused by oxidizing molecules. Resveratrol can act as an antioxidant agent, meaning it can protect the cells in your body from damage caused by oxidizing agents such as free radicals. These oxidizing agents are normal by products of cellular metabolism, and they tend to accumulate inside your cells over time. Several laboratory studies suggest that resveratrol neutralizes these damaging oxidizing agents and helps prevent oxidative damage in the colon, lungs, kidneys and other organs, reports the Nature Reviews Drug Discovery article. Image

The Bible states figs, however, I suggest prunes a similar preserved fruit which agrees with my body type. If you are trying to lose weight or you have constipation prunes are key ingredients to relieve constipation or promote weight loss.  Prunes contain plenty of dietary fiber. Since the body cannot process fiber as well as it can digest other foods, the fiber usually stays in the colon where it bonds with the existing waste. The fiber adds bulk and weight to the waste, making it easier to excrete. Aside from this, fiber also helps the waste absorb water which gives it a slippery texture. This is why it’s important that you also drink plenty of water if you are consuming prunes to relieve your constipation.

Bitter herbs remind us of the bitterness of the slavery of our forefathers in Egypt. Fresh grated horseradish, romaine lettuce, and endive are the most common choices. Other bitter products such as bitter melon have anti diabetic properties. Red raspberry is a mild bitter herb that has a flavour of black tea. Red raspberry is a product used to promote stomach, liver and gall bladder health. Before we go unto mental aspect of maintaining a healthy body I would like to state there are hundreds of plants related to medicinal purposes in various religions that are healthy and beneficial to promoting health. Some of these that we will not talk about are garlic, various teas such green tea, green coffee bean extract and hot peppers.

They are many things to promote mental health, the first being to treat you with kindness and respect as well as treating other with kindness and respect. This can be done by learning another language, sponsoring someone in need from a country of diaspora. Taking care of your body mentally by getting 6 to 8 hours sleep per day.  You should associate yourself with trusted friends and family. Use the powers of meditation and fasting to quiet mind and promote health. Avoid drugs, cigarettes and excessive alcohol. These things can only pollute mind and serve to indulge in things to lead you further way from God and the truth about health.  You must remember, people who are emotionally healthy these are people who are in control of their emotions and their behavior. They are able to handle life’s challenges, build strong relationships, and recover from setbacks.

To continue finding a partner who believes in similar values as you. Mental well-being is also sexual well-being and the topic of same sex or heterosexual is always posed. For mental well-being heterosexual life style is the best example of peace and harmony and happiness, however, the bible states that only God can judge another being, therefore, person sexuality is not commonly measured for happiness. Mental well-being is best exemplified by those who have an even balance. This balance is expressed by liking yourself and helping others. The final point is protecting the physical alter of the body. These are obtained from the type of foods we eat and the products we use to cleanse our bodies from the bacteria and other contaminants found in the foods we consume. The key words are water, eating healthy and exercise. The healthiest option for dieting and to realign the body is the consumption of gluten free foods. What is Gluten free lifestyle? A gluten free diet excludes the protein gluten. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). A gluten-free diet is used to treat stomach ulcers, people with acid reflux problems and many other complications including weight loss. Gluten causes inflammation in the small intestines of people with celiac disease. Eating a gluten-free diet helps people with celiac disease control their signs and symptoms and prevent complications.  A gluten free diet is a shock to the mind; however, you will find many foods that are tasty and gluten free and many brand name food companies producing foods such as assorted meats, bacon, ham, roast beef that are gluten free.

Furthermore, fresh greens, and non-polluted vegetables should be had in your everyday ration. If you do not have vegetables in your diet everyday then you must have a multivitamin supplement to replace the lack of vegetables in your system.  This is important because vitamins help to maintain your internal organs and preserve your skin and promote a sparkle or lustre in your eyes. I have mentioned gluten free foods, and vitamins. I will now talk about the importance of water and choosing healthy water. Water is important because it is vital to survival for every molecule on the planet. Water helps the earth maintain a certain temperature needed to regulate the surface atmosphere. Moreover, water intake is important in human beings in that it helps to clean the kidneys and aid in the process of removing toxins through urination.

What is the best solution for water source? We must first analyze the impure solutions such as bottle water and tap water.  Tests on leading brands of U.S. bottled water turned up a variety of contaminants, including cancer-linked chemicals three times higher than normal health standard, according to a study released by an environmental advocacy group.  These tests discovered many chemicals in a dozen brands, with an average of eight contaminants found in each kind of bottled water. Tests showed coliform bacteria, caffeine, the pain reliever acetaminophen, fertilizer, solvents, plastic-making chemicals and the radioactive element strontium.  A key element to weight loss is to drink a lot of water, however, water without acidic contaminants.  These contaminants serve to feed fat cells and promote swelling of body. A more suitable option is tap water that is boiled; nonetheless, this will not remove all the acids from the treatment of the water or the bacteria forming on the pipes.

The best solutions are KANGEN water system, a system that is roughly 4200 in value. A cheaper route would be to purchase alkaline water from a speciality store. Both waters are alkaline. Alkaline water is water with the correct acid-alkaline balance in your body. The pH level (acid – alkaline measurement) of our internal fluids affects every cell in our bodies. Extended acid imbalances of any kind can overwhelm your body, and lead to health complications. Just as the body regulates its temperature in a rigid manner, so will it manage to preserve a very narrow pH range – in the blood and the body. As a matter of fact, the body will go to such great lengths to maintain a blood pH of 7.365 that it will even create stress on other tissues, body systems, and organs to do so. Chronic acidity will interrupt all cellular activities and functions – it interferes with life itself.  When the pH of the body gets out of balance (too acidic), we may experience low energy, fatigue, excess weight, poor digestion, aches and pains, and even more serious disorders. Alkaline water is a healthy choice because it removes acid from your body and the high alkalinity helps to regulate and cleanse the colon.

Psyllium husk is the most perfect fibre for removal of waste and toxins’ from the colon.  Psyllium is a shrub-like herb that is most commonly found in India. It possesses a plethora of health benefits and has proven effective in treating irritable bowel syndrome, colon cancer, constipation, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, ulcerative colitis and atherosclerosis among various other health conditions. Akin to flax seed and oat bran, the fiber in psyllium husk is soluble. Soluble fiber is useful in lowering bad cholesterol which reduces the risk of heart disease and promotes overall health. Psyllium fibre expands and forms a gelatin like glue in the colon this drawing in the liquids and forcing the stool to the surface.  This fibre is the most important product to promote longevity in life and aid in weight loss.

Finally, physical activity such as swimming, running, weight training. This helps in very big degree to keep our body strong and healthy, and mind fresh. Without physical activity people become susceptible to obesity which could lead to diabetes and many other deadly diseases. The body releases toxins through sweating, urination and removing waste from colons. There are hundreds of remedies and steps to promote a healthy lifestyle along with weight loss. Life is short why not preserve the outer body beautify by taking care of the inner body.

Courtney Duncan

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