One of the many ways we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” is that our bones are living tissues constantly being molded and sculpted. To do their job, your bones need proper nutrition just as the rest of your body does. If only your bones could talk, they might say to you, “Don’t rob my calcium! Be a good steward of the health God gave you. His design for your body was perfect.”
As far as your body’s priorities are concerned, your bones are first and foremost a storage place for calcium, and only secondarily a means of structural support and locomotion. So, when there’s not enough available calcium, your body removes it from your bones for higher priority needs elsewhere. Survival is more important than locomotion.
When the rate of bone loss speeds up while the rate of making new bone tissue slows down, your bones become porous, brittle, and susceptible to fracture. Factors that contribute to osteoporosis include poor nutrition, poor calcium absorption, hormonal imbalance, hyperthyroidism, conventional drugs, lack of exercise, cigarette smoking, high alcohol use, fluoride, environmental toxins and heavy metals. Caffeine is insidious. It causes your body to leech calcium from your bones.
The designer of our bodies also created the perfect food for us and provided a user’s guide. To understand how to achieve and maintain health, we have only to turn to the Bible.
Your body is designed with the God-given ability to stay healthy and to regain health. My book, “Morning By Morning Pathway to Health”, applies biblical principles to health and shows how a daily commitment and the faithfulness of God can transform your health.
My favorite zucchini story from a few years ago. You could make a meal of this zucchini! Fresh from the garden, zucchini is great grilled, roasted, in salads, battered and fried, or as zucchini soup.
You can make a delicious, beautiful zucchini soup with about 2 lbs. zucchini cut in pieces, 3 T butter, 1 medium Vidalia onion diced, 1/4 cup half & half, and 1/2 cup either chicken broth or vegetable broth. Boil the zucchini for a few minutes; saute onion in butter. Puree or blend the zucchini until smooth and pour into the pan with the onions. Add broth and half & half. Wonderful either hot or cold!
As the bread-winner and spiritual leader of your family, you are their superhero! You can get stronger to serve God and family longer. If you want to stay healthy longer so you can continue to take good care of your wife and family for many years to come, there are actions you can take now to ensure your long term physical and spiritual 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 your diet and exercise to reduce weight and change your body composition can significantly lower your 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. Be in the Word daily and lead your family in spiritual matters. My own father has passed, but Philippians 1:3 gives me great comfort: “I thank my God always upon every remembrance of you.” I love hearing from readers. What are your comments, insights, and Father’s Day stories?
Our bodies are wonderfully made and are tremendously resilient. Yet we can eventually overwhelm them with long-term, low-level exposure to toxic chemicals, especially when combined with our inattention to proper nutrition, lack of exercise and lack of rest.
What’s all the fuss about toxins, food additives, pesticides, herbicides, etc.? Many factors such as environmental toxins, chronic stress and genetic predisposition, working together, weaken your body.
The average American consumes seven pounds of food additives per year, including chemical preservatives, artificial colorings, artificial flavorings, stabilizers, emulsifiers, and assorted other substances. We use chemicals to keep insects from ruining our crops, make our fabrics flame-retardant, our shampoos fragrant, our homes bug-free, and a host of other desirable objectives. But the result is that the typical U.S. home contains 1,500 hazardous substances and more than 10,000 food and chemical additives are allowed in the U.S. food supply.
The designer of our bodies also created the perfect food for us and provided a user’s guide. To understand how to achieve and maintain health, we have only to turn to the Bible. Biblical principles apply not only to spiritual growth but also to physical health.
The pathway to health involves making choices that are life-giving. We honor God when we are good stewards of the health he has given us rather than squandering it.
We wreak havoc in our physical bodies when we lack the knowledge of how to stay healthy, or worse yet, when we stubbornly refuse to act on what we do know.