You Are What You Eat
Acknowledgement: This section of "You Are What You Eat", is provided by Lord's Glory Ministry for educational purposes only. For those who want to go on diets and or improve your health, we advise to first see your doctor or a professional nutritionist. Our information on "Food" and "Health" is based on a variety of health information from clients, diet specialist, and others who have tried a specific diet and it has worked for them.
Jesus Is Our Holistic Health
Care Healer & Medical Teacher
This section of Holistic Health Care Medicine was included because, it is the closest thing to what Christian's should be seeking when they have physical health problems. It is a fact, that most traditional medical doctors, will only use prescribed medications for a person who suffers from physical health problems. On the other hand, Holistic Health Care professionals, use multiple resources to find the the answer to your medical issues. Therefore, we think this section is a good fit for many people who want to stop using so many prescribed Pharmaceutical Drugs.
What Is Holistic Medicine?
Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the whole person -- body, mind, spirit, and emotions -- in the quest for optimal health and wellness. According to the holistic medicine philosophy, one can achieve optimal health, which is the primary goal of holistic medicine practice.
Jesus did not just heal people. He always dealt with the spirit, the mind, and the soul of a person. He told people about sin and that it would only bring about death. James 1:15. His teaching goes to the heart of problems - attitudes and aspirations - and not just symptoms. This is well illustrated in the Sermon on the Mount, where a summary of the main themes of what Jesus taught, was recorded in the Gospel of Matthew.
- 5:24: Anger is bad for you... 'Be reconciled to your brother'.
- 5:28: Don't harbour bad thoughts... 'Anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart'.
- 5:37: Have integrity ... 'Let your 'yes' be 'yes' and your 'no' be 'no'.'
- 5:39 Don't retaliate and make things worse... 'If someone strikes you on the right cheek turn to him the other also'.
- 5:44: Holding grudges is bad for you... 'Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you'.
- 6: 14: Keep short accounts with people...'Forgive men when they sin against you'.
- 6:19: Cultivate simplicity of lifestyle... 'Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth'.
- 6:25,33: Avoid anxiety... 'Do not worry about your life... but seek first his [God's] kingdom'.
- 7:12: Social concern ... 'In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you'.
Holistic Medicine Practitioners, believe that the whole person is made up of interdependent parts and if one part is not working properly, all the other parts will be affected. In this way, if people have imbalances (physical, emotional, or spiritual) in their lives, it can negatively affect their overall health.
A holistic doctor may use all forms of health care, from conventional medication to alternative therapies, to treat a patient. For example, when a person suffering from migraine headaches pays a visit to a holistic doctor, instead of walking out solely with medications, the doctor will likely take a look at all the potential factors that may be causing the person's headaches, such as other health problems, diet and sleep habits, stress and personal problems, and preferred spiritual practices. The treatment plan may involve drugs to relieve symptoms, but also lifestyle modifications to help prevent the headaches from recurring.
Principles of Holistic Medicine
Holistic medicine is also based on the belief that unconditional love and support is the most powerful healer and a person is ultimately responsible for his or her own health and well-being. Other principles of holistic medicine include the following:
- All people have innate healing powers.
- The patient is a person, not a disease.
- Healing takes a team approach involving the patient and doctor, and addresses all aspects of a person's life using a variety of health care practices.
- Treatment involves fixing the cause of the condition, not just alleviating the symptoms.
Holistic Medicine: Types of Treatments
Holistic practitioners use a variety of treatment techniques to help their patients take responsibility for their own well-being and achieve optimal health. Depending on the practitioner's training, these may include:
- Patient education on lifestyle changes and self-care to promote wellness. This may include diet, exercise, psychotherapy, relationship and spiritual counseling, and more
- Complementary and alternative therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, homeopathy, massage therapy, naturopathy, and others
- Western medications and surgical procedures
Did You Know Holistic Health Care Is A "Natural Mood Lifter"?
In regards to exercising, regular physical activity can relieve stress, anxiety, depression and anger. You know that "feel good sensation" you get after doing something physical? Think of it as a happy pill with no side effects! Most people notice they feel better over time as physical activity becomes a regular part of their lives.
It keeps you physically fit and able.Without regular activity, your body slowly loses its strength, stamina and ability to function properly. It’s like the old saying: you don’t stop moving from growing old, you grow old from stopping moving. Exercise increases muscle strength, which in turn increases your ability to do other physical activities.
It helps keep the doctor away.Stand up when you eat your apple a day! Too much sitting and other sedentary activities can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. One study showed that adults who watch more than 4 hours of television a day had an 80% higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
Being More Active Can Help You:
- lower your blood pressure
- boost your levels of good cholesterol
- improve blood flow (circulation)
- keep your weight under control
- prevent bone loss that can lead to osteoporosis
It Can Help You Live Longer
It’s true, 70 is the new 60… but only if you’re healthy. People who are physically active and at a healthy weight live about seven years longer than those who are not active and are obese. And the important part is that those extra years are generally healthier years! Staying active helps delay or prevent chronic illnesses and diseases associated with aging. So active adults maintain their quality of life and independence longer as they age.
Here are some other benefits you may get with regular physical activity:
- Helps you quit smoking and stay tobacco-free.
- Boosts your energy level so you can get more done.
- Helps you manage stress and tension.
- Promotes a positive attitude and outlook.
- Helps you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.
- Improves your self-image and self-confidence.
- Provides fun ways to spend time with family, friends and pets.
- Helps you spend more time outdoors or in your community.
The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. You can knock that out in just 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. And every minute of moderate to vigorous activity counts toward your goal.
So, this is easy! Just move more, with more intensity, and sit less. You don’t have to make big life changes to see the benefits. Just start building more activity into your day, one step at a time.