Treat Your Health Well – Part 1
Eat well, move well, think well… live well.
God’s heart toward us is that we be in good health in body, soul and spirit. John’s third letter reflects this as he greets his friend Gaius: “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.” 3 John 1:2 (ESV)
God has designed our bodies with an amazing ability to heal and restore from injury or illness, including fevers to kill infection, vomiting to eliminate harmful bugs , or even sneezing to remove irritants from our respiratory system. Even so, accidents, injuries and major illnesses can overwhelm our bodies and result in long term changes to our health. Jesus brought miraculous healing to many caught in such situations and still does today.
Full health, at a physiological level, involves so many complex processes that, quite fortunately, happen without you and I having a full understanding. I’m glad I don’t have to consciously instruct my T-cells to attack each virus particle! It would be exhausting.
While the design of our bodies has an innate ability to heal and maintain health, as with all things that God has given us to enjoy, He expects us to take the best care we can. This doesn’t mean that it is easy, in fact at times extremely challenging, especially for those with significant disabilities or injuries. Nonetheless, for our own benefit, our families and friends, we need to be good stewards of our health.
Does this mean adhering strictly to a particular diet to maintain some kind of ideal weight or spending two hours a day in the gym? Not necessarily. For able-bodied people, our responsibility needs to be to maintain a level of health that enables us to do what God has called us to do.
So, what can you do?
1. Eat well
There is so many varied opinions about how we should eat, and what constitutes a “good diet.” A variety of new diets, like Paleo, FODMAP, J.E.R.F. (Just Eat Real Food), GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) Diet, LCHF (Low Carbohydrate, Healthy Fat) have no shortage of testimonials as to the benefits many have had. A rapidly increasing body of scientific research is supporting the need for us to restore a more natural, wholesome approach to food. While there is no shortage of voices of dissent, dig a little deeper into these and you will find these are most typically ones who have a vested financial interest in maintaining the status quo.
While packaged and processed foods can be convenient and inexpensive, the processing that gets them into the package often destroys much of the nutritional value and has lots of “extras” such as refined sugar, preservatives, artificial flavourings and colourings, that can have very detrimental effects on our gut health and body. Not the least of these is refined sugar. I have seen many people over the years regain substantial levels of comfort, movement and general health simply by significantly reducing their sugar intake. Sugar is pro-inflammatory to the tissues of the body and can be responsible for many degenerative changes that lead to significant health problems in the body. These can include diabetic changes, arthritic conditions, heart problems, respiratory conditions and hormone imbalance. Depression and anxiety have also been demonstrated to respond well to reduced carbohydrate intake. (*)
Need some encouragement on this topic? Watch this incredible message from our series “Running on Empty” on being faithful stewards with what we’re given.
Stay tuned for Part 2.
by Dr Steve Osborne
Dr Steve Osborne is a Chiropractor, the Principal of HealthGuard Wellness, 4 Margaret St, East Toowoomba and a member of the Chiropractors Association of Australia.
(*) List of high level research papers that support these statements: List of References for Diet Changes