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Overcome Habits Detrimental to Health

Habits Detrimental to Spirit, Soul and Body Health

 

It is advisable to examine one’s life and let go of bad habits before embracing positive ones when considering a more holistic lifestyle.  The following are some of the habits to avoid:-

Over-Indulgence in food and drink

Too much of anything is detrimental to health.  Gluttony of food and drink may lead to overweight and overworking of the liver and digestive system.  Systematic over-eating overtime is a major cause of obesity and a large percentage of overweight is due to over-indulgence in food and drink. Gluttony affects the spirit in a negative way and is regarded as a lack of self-control.

Poor Sleeping Patterns

Sleep deprivation leads to poor performance of the body system and affect mental capacity.  Continued poor sleeping may lead to chronic fatigue, affecting other areas of one’s life; it can lead to heart diseases and other health problems.  It is a major cause of accidents as it affects mental capacity and concentration.  A person is unable to perform to their optimum if there is sleep deprivation.

Inactivity

The number of people who have little or nothing to do is surprising.  Our bodies are designed to be activity and so a lack of activity will affect the normal function of the body.  Over a period this causes sluggishness and poor balance.  A lack of activity may cause depression and chronic fatigue.  Another negative effect is that energy not expended will be stored by the body as fat, resulting in weight gain.

 

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Food To Stay Healthy

What are the foods to eat to stay healthy?  Everything but in moderation.  If mankind were cognisant of this basic fact, I suspect many of the woes related to overweight or indeed underweight, would be non-existent.

The problem is not the food; the problem is the attitude towards food. It is the preference of one food group over the other that keeps the system unbalanced and wanting of nutrients that weakens the body. It is the lifestyle that prevents us or allows excuses not to eat right but have fast food as the usual recourse.

Over the years, people have become more and more conscious about which food to eat to stay healthy. Over the years too, several recommendations have been advised. To this end, books were written, keep fit programs were sold and advices followed.

If ever, several adverts have already claimed superior benefits of their weight reducing, health-inducing product. What the adverts succeeded at was over-selling and over- highlighting their claims but never challenged this fact. But that is always true with commercialism. In this age where cents and dimes are often the rule of the day, there is no compunction to oversell a product to the point of using scare tactics for the targeted consumer to get their attention and possibly draw out their wallets and part with their money.

 The advice is not to fall for fad foods. Instead eat food that tastes good. Eat all foods that are recommended in the good old food chart. The body needs sodium, it helps cleanse the body and prevent diseases. The body needs fat. Fat insulates us from the elements and helps keep our body lubricated as machines are lubricated. Fat also keeps our skin supple and feeling younger. Have protein in the diet, you cannot do with less of it especially when in the healing and during the growing up years. Calories are needed to maintain energy levels so is sugar. But then everything has to be taken in the right amounts and quantities – everything in moderation.

Aside from the food groups that have been classified by science, there are only two types of food in nature that are provided to us. One is food for nutrition, the other are food for medicine and healing. Examples of these are garlic, turmeric and other herbs too many to mention. Every food has its own function and counter action; every food has different properties and tends to counter balance another food.

In an effort to sell a product, a brand, or an idea, what results is a scare that effects in limiting us with food choices often to those that we do not enjoy. The limiting of food choices keeps on evolving that if everything that is heard or advertised is listened to, nothing is worthy of eating anymore.

Every region on earth will always provide a balanced food source for that region. Foods grown in the US are different from those grown in China. But when examined closely, the tastes may change but the same balancing effect in the diet is present, anywhere in the world. That should tell us something. The earth provides everything for our enjoyment and health.  It is up to us to practise moderation and balance.  Knowing when to say enough has never been so paramount than when confronted with a plate of food. I have heard it said, “eat to live, don’t live to eat”; sound advice for a good number of us.