The 8 Laws of Health
1. Nutrition – Good nutrition is essential for good health. Eating an abundance of fruits and vegetables along with nuts and grains is what supplies our body with the vitamins and minerals that contribute to the production of good blood, a higher level of energy, and a longer life.
“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” Genesis 1:29
2. Exercise – It is vitally important to keep the body moving! Different people do it in different ways. Some people enjoy swimming, others like jogging, and yet others prefer cycling. I like taking long walks and I also enjoy gardening. I get my exercise done, I breath fresh air, and enjoy the beauty of nature all at the same time.
3. Water – Water cleanses the body and helps eliminate waste and toxins. For good health we should drink 1 oz of water per two pounds of body weight every day. It has to be water, caffeinated drinks do not count.
4. Sunshine – Spending time outside in the sunshine every day is not just a good idea, it is critical for our health. Spending 15 to 20 minutes daily in the sunshine helps our body get the much needed Vitamin D. This has to happen at the specific time of the day when the shadow of the body is shorter than the body height, typically between 10 AM and 2 PM. In wintertime, when the sunlight is at a slant, this window of course would be much, much smaller.
5. Temperance – Self control is very important in every area of life. Temperance means having a healthy balance of work, rest, and everything else we do. For good health we are to abstain from harmful things and to be moderate with the good things.
6. Air – Breathing fresh air is essential to good health. Breathing deeply fills the body with oxygen, invigorating the cells and the tissues, eliminates toxins from the body and helps us relax when we are tense.
7. Rest – We need a good amount of sleep in order to restore and maintain good health. When our body is exhausted and run down, we are more likely to get sick. Ideally, adults should get 6 – 8 hours of sleep every night and the hours before midnight prove to be the most restorative. Benjamin Franklin was on to something when he said early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. We also need our weekly rest. When God created the world, he sanctified the seventh day as His holy Sabbath. He knew how much we would need the weekly break in order to rest and spend time with Him. I delight in the Sabbath Day and consider it a great blessing.
8. Trust in God – It makes perfect sense to put our trust in Him who is our maker. As children who trust the parents that love them, so we are to trust our Father above. He who provides our daily food, gives us bodies that can move, supplies us with water and sunshine, helps us to be balanced in our decisions, gives us the much needed air and rest is worthy of my trust. I love you Father and by the way, Happy Father’s Day!
“Good health and good sense are two of life’s greatest blessings.” – Publilius Syrus