Healthy And Fit For The Fight

Christians has proven itself equal to the giant tasks set before it over the years - first evangelization, then the work with the poor and the process of rebuilding the nation. Indeed these are mighty responsibilities which require that everyone is fit for the fight ahead. Physical health cannot be neglected since it is as necessary for our work as spiritual well being.

All of us have an individual responsibility to be healthy and to keep one’s self fit for the long haul.

To achieve this, the concept of personal health needs to be emphasized through information and teaching. Health focuses not just on the absence of disease but also on keeping everyone in a state of optimum wellness. Isn't it always true that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure?

There is a huge importance of keeping a close watch on what people eat. On its flip side, the harsh and adverse effects of a Westernized diet (highly-refined, high fat, high carbohydrates also known as “fast food meals”).

Bad diet plays an important role in the increased incidence of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and intestinal cancer, among others. An example is a big group of Yemenite Jews that migrated to Israel. Back in their homeland, the Yemenites ate a basically high-fiber low-fat diet; the incidence of the aforementioned diseases was practically unheard of. By the end of twenty years, the incidences of these diseases among this group of people became as prevalent as among the native Jews born in Israel. There is a crucial role of good diet versus bad diet.

So, to be fit for the fight, our proper response should be: alter our dietary habits so that our basic food fare is low-fat, high fiber, low refined carbohydrates and moderate protein. The diet modification that is currently favored for protection against the dreaded diseases must include:

1. Low Calories - Cutting back on unnecessary calories has been shown to have tremendous benefit in lowering the incidence of malignancies, heart disease and diabetes. Every meal should include high complex carbohydrates, high fiber foods such as leafy vegetables and whole , grains.

2. Vegetables and Fruits – It is recommended to have a “five-a-day serving” of vegetables and fruits. However, if you have diabetes or a problem with high blood sugar, control your intake of fruits. Better still, consult your doctor.

3. Good Fats - Cholesterol is not always the bad guy nor the only one responsible for blood vessel plugs. There are other factors such as homocysteine. Cholesterol is naturally secreted and is vital in the production of hormones needed for normal bodily functions. The importance of moderating use of monounsaturated fats (olive oil and canola oil) and high intake of Omega-3 polyunsaturated fats. Omega-3 is abundant in deep sea fishes or readily available as supplements. Take care, though, if you are currently taking blood-thinning medications.

4. Low Glycemic Index and High Fiber Foods - It helps to gradually raise blood sugar by eating complex carbohydrates in the form of whole grain and some root crops.

5. Low Body Fat Level - Simply said, high body fat is linked to adult onset blood sugar intolerance and the so-called hormone-dependent cancers. It is therefore beneficial to be lean and fit.

6. Moderate Level of Physical Activity - Keep your circulation moving, get going and get moving. Invest in a healthy future by doing brisk walking or aerobic exercises, 30 minutes three times a week.

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