Natural living and the Christian life

Many times in the church world, people like myself who adhere to natural living, herbal medicine and so on, get wrongly accused of being “new-age” and some even liken it to witchcraft hocus-pocus.

Many of my Christian friends think its just a little bizarre that we eat no sugar and negligent that we don’t run the children to the doctor when they get sick. And a waste of time to use food, vitamins, and herbs to heal our bodies instead of getting a quick fix in the form of a pill.

But to us, healthy natural living is an integral part of the Christian life. Why?

One – God wants us to take care of our bodies because our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit (God lives IN US!) 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says this:

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

 

So by eating healthy nourishing foods, maintaining optimal vitamin levels, getting adequate rest and exercising, we are promoting health in our bodies. We will also be more effective in our service for him. It’s hard to be in service to the Lord if we’re not giving Him our best – if our brains are altered by sugar, we’re not giving Him our best.

Your Brain on Sugar: Research out of the University of California, Los Angeles, suggests that sugar forms free radicals in the brain’s membrane and compromises nerve cells’ ability to communicate. This could have repercussions in how well we remember instructions, process ideas, and handle our moods.

If we’re eating typical American food, laden with additives and preservatives, we’re not going to be giving God our best. Read more about that here: 5 Common Food Additives That Are Toxic to Your Brain

Also, if our bodies are overweight and sluggish then we are not glorifying Him with our body. We can’t serve him well if we don’t have the energy to get out of bed! Exercising or active lifestyles will keep our bodies healthy, ready to serve. Getting adequate sleep will give us energy and clear, sharp minds. So our goal in healthy living isn’t merely to “be healthy”, but it is to more effectively serve the Lord and to glorify Him in our nutrition and lifestyle choices.

(I have seen others go too far and become “health nuts” – being healthy becomes an idol for them and is their main focus in life. This is obviously not what I’m advocating.)

Two- God has given us amazing immune systems – bodies that are self-healing. If we have healthy functioning body (see point one above), then the vast majority of the time, our bodies will heal themselves! Its true! But, if you are eating sugar, it probably won’t heal itself .

(From www.askdrsears.com) Excess sugar depresses immunity. Studies have shown that downing 75 to 100 grams of a sugar solution (about 20 teaspoons of sugar, or the amount that is contained in two average 12-ounce sodas) can suppress the body’s immune responses. Simple sugars, including glucose, table sugar, fructose, and honey caused a fifty- percent drop in the ability of white blood cells to engulf bacteria…..The immune-suppressing effect of sugar starts less than thirty minutes after ingestion and may last for five hours.

If you are chowing down on junk food and the typical American diet instead of nourishing, real foods, then no, your body probably won’t self-heal.

“What we eat and drink and how we live are key factors in keeping our immune system running at optimal capacity. Recent research on the immune system has demonstrated the importance of vitamins A, C, and E and the minerals zinc and selenium. Vitamins A, C and E are important for the formation of white blood cells. Selenium stimulates formation of antibodies to combat viruses and bacteria. Zinc stimulates the “killer” cells that search out and destroy harmful viruses and bacteria.

We make choices every day that affect our immune system and our health—the foods we eat, the exercise we get (or don’t get), the nutritional supplements we take….Bad choices weaken our bodies and our immune systems while good choices strengthen our bodies and our immune systems. (www.naturalhealthschool.com)”

Three: Being healthy saves oodles of money that can then be spent on spreading the gospel and feeding the hungry. Americans spend 3.8 Trillion on healthcare according to Forbes. 3.8 Trillion in a year! Folks, there’s just something disgustingly sick about that. Imagine the good that could be done with all that money! Our money is not our own to do what we’d like – it is God’s money and we are merely His managers. Are you spending your money in a God-honoring way? Are you spending His money on food that promotes your health, or wasting it on junk that makes you sick that leads you on a road to doctors and prescription drugs?

Now we’re not against doctors and prescription drugs when needed  – there are situations where there is just no other alternative. But this should be the rare exception, not the norm.

Four: He gave healing, medicinal plants. There are so many herbs available that can help heal your body, but don’t leave us with the unfavorable side effects of the drug industry. And they just grow! Here on the earth! No chemist involved with the production of them. And they are much cheaper than prescription drugs. So why should we jump so quickly into using man-made drugs when God has provided herbs to heal our bodies? Instead, take some time to learn more about using herbs for healing. Now, you have to understand though, herbs probably aren’t going to help you much if you aren’t adhering to points one and two above. So, yes, it does seem “easier” to just take a pill and carry on with your sugar highs and pizza pockets. But consider the following.

The pharmaceutial industry is a huge money-making industry. Is their goal to make you healthy? I hope you’re not that naive. They would love for everyone to be on daily maintenance medication. And then you’ll need a second medication to counter-act the unpleasant physical side effect of the first medication. And maybe even a third medication to counter-act the emotional/mental side effect of the first drug. And now there are side-effects to drug 2 and 3 to deal with too.

Need more to convince you to stay away from pharma? The Greek word “pharmakia” is where we get our English word “pharmacy” from. It literally means “drugs”, and is translated into our English Bible as either “witchcraft” or “sorceries”. It appears five times in the New Testament: in Gal 5:20, Rev 9:21, 18:23, 21:8, and 22:15.

Now, I realize that some of you have serious health issues where you really need your prescription drugs in order to live. But are you also building up your immune system and promoting a healthy lifestyle in hopes of coming off the pharma? Are you doing everything you can to help heal your body? Or have you just accepted the pharma as an easy fix to your ailments? There are MANY examples of people who were on daily maintenance medications who were able to come off of them once they started eating healthy and exercising.

 

So, in conclusion, are natural living, herbal healing, and real food diets just a new-age fad? We don’t think so. To us, we see it as a way to bring glory to God and to be more effective in our service to Him.

Learn more about healthy living!

10 years ago, I knew nothing about living a healthy lifestyle (besides what they taught me in high school health class which was taught by the drivers ed teacher, and really didn’t teach me anything beyond the food pyramid and that we should go to a doctor if we’re sick).

Anyway, when I was pregnant with my first baby 9 years ago, I began learning on my own about living a naturally healthy life. I went “back to school” on my own, but with no quizzes, tests, and papers to write! I just read a lot of books about different aspects of healthy living and over the years, I’ve learned quite a bit.

Well, I just happened to see this ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2014 offered – it is an AWESOME deal! (I don’t get any kickbacks from promoting this – i just think it is such a great opportunity for y’all, so I wanted to promote it!) It’s only $29.97, and if you bought all these books separately, it would cost you over $800!

Click here to get it: Healthy Living Bundle 2014

Some of the e-books I’m excited about:

  • Herbal Preparations and Applications by Natalie B. Vicker
  • Essentials of Essential Oils by Rachel Ramey
  • The Postpartum Herbal Guide by Laura Schuerwegen
  • Traditional Remedies for Modern Families by Sarah Pope
  • The Art of Gardening: Building Your Soil by Susan Vinskofski
  • A Practical Guide to Children’s Health by Kate Tietje
  • Grain-Free Meal Plans Freezer Cooking Guide by Cara Comini
    And there are SO many more. The sale only lasts for 15 more hours. Get it while you can and go “back to school”! Because we should never stop learning new things!

Natural Care for Cold/Flu

Fall is here! Which means cold/flu season will be here before we know it.

In our house, we don’t take any type of medications for colds, but that doesn’t mean we don’t do anything to help our bodies fight off the illness. Heres our protocol for cold/flu.

  1. Vitamin C – this is our first step! For adults, take 2,000 mg at first dose, then 1,000 mg every hour until bowels loosen (you’ll know when you’ve reached this point). Then take 1,000mg every 3-4 hours until sickness is gone. For children, make the dose 250-500mg depending on size. (I’m not a doctor though, so please research for yourself how much you think you need!)
  2. Vapor rub – We don’t buy Vick’s brand (which is petroleum based – yuck), but instead we mix up our own. (¼ cup coconut oil, 10 drops eucalyptus oil, 10 drops peppermint oil, and 6 drops rosemary oil). Rub on chest as needed to help with congestion and coughs.
  3. Lemon-ginger tea – this is great to help with your congestion, but it also has healing properties as well! Grate 1 inch worth of ginger into a saucepan with 2 cups water. Simmer for 20 minutes. Strain into a mug and add about ¼ cup lemon juice. Add honey to taste – I usually use about 1 T. honey. Then add 1/8-1/4 t. Echinacea tincture (half it for children) and stir. I drink this about every 3-4 hours.
  4. Eat warm nourishing foods! Don’t underestimate the healing power of eating healthy real food! Stick with warm soups, warm veggies, slow cooked meats and add garlic to anything you can (garlic helps fight off illnesses). Keeping the body warm is important to help fight the sickness so cut out cold drinks, raw fruit and raw vegetables until you’re feeling better. Also cut out dairy foods because it is mucus producing, and if you have a cold, you definitely don’t need any added mucus, right?!  And absolutely no sugar! Sugar diminishes the body’s immune system for hours after consumption.
  5. Avoid fever reducing drugs unless temperature is over 104. The fever has beneficial effects of helping your body kill off the disease. When you lower your temperature, you’re essentially extending the illness. (but if the temperature exceeds 104, please try to lower it! Cold compresses, cool baths, and then fever reducing drugs as a last resort if the cool bath doesn’t work).
  6. REST! I know, I know, you’re busy. But you can either rest now and heal quickly, or keep running and drag out your cold and get sick again quickly. Rest as much as you can. If you have small children, pop in a movie and lay on the couch with them and go to bed as soon as your children go to sleep.

So that is how we deal with colds/flu. Try it next time you get sick and you will be back to normal in no time!

I am not a doctor, but I have researched this stuff out for our family. Please research for yourself before administering herbs to your family!)

 

Working for the Lord

Do you sometimes feel like your job is not important? I think many Christians feel like they are just putting in hours at the office, while the pastors and missionaries are doing the actual “important” work. All they are doing is answering phones as a receptionist, or taking orders at a fast food restaurant, or plugging numbers in the computer.

Or maybe, like me, you are at home all day long tending the house and children, changing diapers, cleaning up messes, washing clothes. All while other people get to go out into the world, interacting with the world, sharing the gospel and doing the work of Christ.

But this is faulty thinking to assume that one position is more important than the other. As long as we are working for the Lord Jesus and following Him in obedience, then whatever we are doing, we can know that our work is important to Him.

Here’s a great quote from Martin Luther that sums it up:

“What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow.”

So tomorrow when you wake up, have a new perspective. You are on assignment from the Lord. You are working for Him. And your work, whatever it is, is just as important to Him as anything else.

Colossians 3:23-24 : And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.