Healthy Bodies

We recently had a healing session on our new channel on Facebook titled *House of Prayer* ( I was aghast at the number of petitions that poured in from people seeking healing for everything from cancer to diabetes. And as I went through the petitions, I couldn't help but wonder how a better lifestyle may have prevented so many of these sicknesses.

We don't look after our bodies. It's a fact. Forget about abusing it with drugs, nicotine, and alcohol; we harm it by unhealthy food habits and not exercising enough. And then there is, of course, the neglect when we don't look after it as we should. Just consider the teeth. A friend of mine told me last week that her teeth are all rotten — and she's not even forty! Too much Coca-Cola, she said! How are *your* teeth?

"Do you not know," Paul asked, "that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit?" (1 Corinthians 6:19). Our bodies are living tabernacles, yet we often treat them like garbage dumps. It might be too late for some of us to rectify some of the more severe damage done to our bodies, but there is still time for the rest of us to fix them.

So, what can we do? Eat a healthy, balanced diet with lots of vegetables and fruit at proper intervals. And *insist* your kids do so too. All children loathe veggies but inculcating good eating habits in them when they are little will help ensure they continue them as they grow older.

Don't use tobacco, vape products, alcohol, or drugs. I know some of you rolled your eyes here, but please research the harmful effects of these substances, consumed even in minor quantities, and see if it might persuade you to stay away from them! Better health or more pleasure? Your choice.

Exercise regularly. You don't need to pump iron; walking is terrific exercise, and a typical adult should walk at least 5000 steps a day. Get enough sleep. We need 7+ hours of sleep every 24 hours for the body (and mind) to rejuvenate itself! And, oh yes, brush your teeth twice a day and change your toothbrush every three months.

Smartphones and smartwatches can keep track of weight, BMI, blood pressure, heart rate, and every health measurement we can think of, so it wouldn't hurt to invest in one. And in a weighing scale, of course! We will save a fortune in medical bills, not to mention avoid unnecessary stress and suffering, if we look after our bodies. Please look after yours. 

May the Spirit be with you.

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