Steps to achieve better health
Our bodies are our most important asset while on earth. If we don’t have a body it means we no longer exist on earth. We should want to do everything we can to ensure that our bodies are functioning at optimum level. Better health means longer life, better life and a more rewarding life.
What I will share with you today are steps that I used to achieve better health. Not everyone will move at the same pace, but it is important to get started making the necessary changes needed. So here are the steps to better health.
Step 1: Eat food the body recognizes
- Go heavy on plants, grains, water, and foods closest to their natural state. Raw fruits and raw vegetables are excellent places to start.
- Drink water above every other liquid, including juice.
- When you cook, choose baked, boiled, or broiled over fried.
- Most humans are lactose intolerant; therefore, do not consume any dairy products (cow milk, cheese, etc.)
- Eat these foods — nuts (especially almonds), raw fresh vegetables (avoid canned and preserved vegetables that have high salt content) greens, brown rice, black rice, wild rice, spelt pasta, spelt flour, vegan or bean burgers, and vegan “meat,” homemade vegetable soups with no cream (avoid canned soups or soups with high salt content and preservatives), vegetable pasta, whole grain bread, mushrooms.
- Drink teas, because leaves are for healing. We should find which leaves are best for our health. For example — white willow bark (for pain), echinacea (natural antibiotic), golden seal (immune system), ginger or lemon ginger (digestion), milk thistle (internal organs), dandelion root (internal organs), Hawthorn berries (heart), saw palmetto berries (prostate), turmeric root (inflammation), ginkgo leaves (memory), and cranberry (urinary system).
Step 2: Understand how to eat
- Breakfast should be your largest meal, because you fill up at the beginning of a journey and not the end. Lunch should be smaller, and dinner should be very small and consumed before 6 p.m. The best recommendation is no dinner at all, only a healthy snack, because you do not need to fill up to go to sleep. When you fill up at the end of the day, your body stores the excess food, and your blood system works unnecessarily hard while you sleep. Remember — large breakfast, medium lunch, and light dinner. Eat like a king at breakfast, a queen at lunch, and a pauper at supper.
- Eat five hours apart to allow for proper digestion, with no snacks between your meals.
- Do not drink anything with meals, because liquids interfere with the excretion of digestive enzymes designed to break down your food for absorption. You will notice that saliva is produced when food is introduced into the mouth; saliva is what is supposed to interact with foods, not water, and definitely not soda or fruit drinks.
- You may drink water 30 minutes before a meal, and water or juice one-and-a-half to two hours after a meal.
Step 3: Develop a health routine
- Develop a health routine that incorporates the six natural doctors.
- Begin each morning with a drink of warm water to stimulate your digestive system and to cause healthy bowel movements.
- Begin each day with meditation.
- Develop a habit of exercising regularly. Use aerobic (walking, running, moving) exercises first, as these are best for circulation and respiratory health.
Step 4: Identify foods that enhance your health
- Determine which foods are best for you and that your body responds well to. Remember, your body talks and if you are wise you will listen. All of us are unique individuals and sometimes our bodies would tell us that a food that is considered good for others is not good for us.
- It may be helpful to do an allergy test to determine if there are foods you are allergic to. I discovered after testing that the inflammation in my body was due to “nightshade vegetables,” which may be good for others but not for me. Any foods with high acid content seem to bring negative results for me.
- Be careful even with natural products. The fact that a product is natural does not mean it is automatically good for you. You want natural foods, but you want the natural foods that are best for you.
- Learn proper herbs for your condition. Whenever you have health challenges, there are herbs that are helpful. Learn which herbs are right for you.
- Learn about conflicts and side effects. Many times we have seen advertisements on TV indicating the side effects of chemically-based drugs. Sometimes we also can experience side effects from natural products; so be vigilant about side effects even from natural products.
Step 5: Identify foods and toxins that harm your body
Check food labels for the following ingredients and where you see them, avoid buying those foods.
- Hydrogenated anything
- Preservatives (some of which are used to embalm the dead)
- Aluminum (Do not cook with it; it can get into your food and body system.)
- High fructose corn syrup: This ingredient has been scientifically proven to adversely affect health and is often used as a cheap sweetener. Use natural sweeteners instead; for example, honey, maple syrup, and Stevia.
- Trans fats and saturated fats: These are prolific in fried foods, fast foods, and many meat and dairy products.
- Aspartame, and aspartate.
- Cysteine and cysteic acid
- Avoid these food types: pork (contains toxins, worms), red meat (contains uric acid and is high in saturated fats); and scavenger animals and seafood (conch, shrimp, lobster) that collect waste from the earth or sea.
- Pastor Dave Burrows is senior pastor at Bahamas Faith Ministries International. Feel free to email comments, whether you agree or disagree, to [email protected]. I appreciate your input and dialogue. We become better when we discuss, examine and exchange.