How to Stay Healthy Longer


He must manage his own family well and see
that his children obey him with proper respect.

– 1 Timothy 3:4 NIV

As a bread-winner and spiritual leader of your family, that question is critical and there are actions you can take now to help ensure your long term health. Half of the top ten leading causes of death for adults in the U.S. are chronic diseases with risk factors that are modifiable by nutrition. Modest changes in diet and exercise to reduce weight and change body composition can significantly lower the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and hypertension or high blood pressure. Reduce your intake of saturated fat, cholesterol and trans fats and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables containing antioxidants, vitamins A and C, and whole grains to reduce your health risks.

How can I stay healthy longer so I can take care of my wife and children?

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Choose foods that provide adequate vitamins and minerals.

A preponderance of evidence indicates that your food choices may contribute to the development and progression of heart disease, cancer, and stroke, the three leading causes of death in the U.S. Your food choices also may help to reduce your risk of developing a chronic disease. For instance, diet-related obesity contributes to the risk of coronary artery disease, diabetes, stroke, and some types of cancer. A healthful diet reduces the risk of these diseases.

To promote healing of traumatic injuries such as wounds and burns, additional energy and more of specific nutrients may be needed. Nutrition and your immune system are also inter-related. A deficiency of nutrients impairs your body’s immune response. Without sufficient nutrients, you are more susceptible to infectious disease. The presence of infection can also alter the status of several nutrients. Under-nutrition, compromised immune function, and infection can become a vicious circle.

You can affect your body’s ability to function at peak performance, and protect against disease by eating a balanced diet of the nutrients found in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, meat, and dairy foods.

Find a health care practitioner who will educate you, not just medicate you.  Look for a health coach who is willing to spend time with you to make sure you understand what is happening in your body and why it produces symptoms that bother you. Insist on baseline measures of key health components and measurements of progress and results.

In our high-tech society, we often spend our resources, time, and energy in search of the one technical breakthrough that will prevent or cure disease. We expect it to come in the form of a drug that we can take rather than a change in lifestyle that we can make. We wait for a miracle drug that will spare us from making a lifestyle change.

Unfortunately, we often overlook the simple, straightforward help that is already here in the form of nutritional support, exercise, and lifestyle changes that eliminate toxic input and provide a healthy environment in which our bodies can begin to heal. Crisis management involves early recognition of problems, an effective plan for root cause problem resolution, tools for ongoing monitoring, and a method of enabling the changes needed to support the repair of damages and prevent recurrence of the problem.

When your body gives you a wake-up call in the form of disease symptoms, you need encouragement, assurance, and information to make informed decisions about your nutrition, your lifestyle, and your environmental exposures. Your optimal health requires a daily commitment to healthy choices and it will be rewarded with the faithfulness of God and the healing abilities that He has created in your body’s design. As you detoxify, rebuild, eat better, and exercise, you need a coach who is supportive and uplifting, one who will come along side you with encouragement, helpful measures of progress and celebration of results. Now is the time to get on track!

I love hearing from readers. Please leave your comments, insights, or questions below.

Photo credit: Keith Weller, USDA ARS / Foter.com / Public domain

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One comment on “How to Stay Healthy Longer

  1. john ryan says:

    Dear Normadevault,
    Thanks, on a related note, I can really see how much time you put into your posts. I’m a blogger too, and I know how difficult it can be to make time for writing sometimes. Bookmarked and will share.
    Catch you again soon!

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