The absence of any of the Health Essentials I will list can have a detrimental effect on your overall health. Some are more important that others.
What would you say the one thing that is most essential for your health?
If you said good quality food you were wrong. Most of us could survive 30 to 60 days without food. I have watched the progress of a man on a hunger strike who went over 60 days before he died of starvation.
If you said water you are getting closer. Most of us can hang in there for over 4 days without water.
You probably figured it our by now. The most important Nutritional need is Air. Most of us would have a hard time lasting more than 4 minutes without air.
The air we breathe needs to be clean. Our bodies were designed to handle a limited amount of naturally occurring pollutants in a given day. If we are assaulted by more than we were designed to handle our bodies will become overworked and could exhibit adverse symptoms.
If you live where air pollution is common or work in an environment that is polluted you should consider moving or changing jobs. The short term financial benefit to living or working in a polluted environment is not worth the long term health risks.
An individual, suffering from protein poisoning, will be far more sensitive to even normal, natural, pollutants.
Indoor air can be more polluted that the outside air. Many of us need an air purifier to clean the air. I plan to give you more information on this subject later.
There are many diseases that are related to air pollution. There are many more that are aggravated by it.
Smoking is an obvious source of toxic pollutants. A person who has clean lungs will have a violent reaction when smoke is introduced into their lungs. When you smoked your first cigarette (unless you were raised around smokers) your body told you that it did not like what you were doing. After a while it was able to tolerate the smoke. toleration, is no indicator of whether you are being harmed or not.
We need to maintain our body temperature. It should be obvious that we need to maintain our body temperature. If you have ever spent too much time in cold conditions without adequate clothing you know what can happen if you get too cold.
It can bring on the cleansing symptoms of a fever or a cold. Or if you get too cold it can kill.
On the other hand too much heat can kill as well. When our bodies bring on a fever as a body cleansing measure any interference can kill. Our bodies know how to maintain body temperature. Very few people actually die from a fever. Many die from the heroic measures used to lower a fever.
We need to be very careful what we do to lower a fever. It should be helpful to understand that a fever is a body instituted event designed to speed up the elimination of toxic substances from the body. If your body is not overloaded with toxic substances it is not likely that you will experience a fever.
Pure water is an important essential to health.
We need to replace all the water we lose each day with pure water.
Some of the best sources of pure water are raw fruits and vegetables. Distilled water is a good option for many who need a little extra. There are other purifying processes that remove the toxins and inorganic minerals from the water.
If you need more water that you get from raw fruit and vegetables, you need to reject coffee, tea, soda, bear, and all other beverages other that pure water.
Your body uses water to transport nutrients into your body and toxins out.
The water in fruits and vegetables is loaded with good nutrition. The beverages that are available are loaded with toxins that interfere with your body in some way.
If the water you drink is already polluted with toxins, and negative nutrition, your body will have a hard time dumping the toxins, and dead cell debris, it is trying to get rid of.
Most municipal water system have chlorine and fluoride added to the water. Both are toxic. Chlorine kills the friendly bacteria and enzymes in our digestive system so even if you get enough to eat you will be malnourished. Fluoride makes the teeth brittle so they brake easier and it is very toxic.
An adequate supply of living food is needed to promote a high degree of health. If your food supply consists of primarily dead (cooked and processed) foods it will be hard for your body to stay healthy.
We were designed for a specific diet. According to Genesis 1:29, that diet is raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
It has been proven that the enzymes in Living food have a lot to do with our state of health. There are many books on this subject. One I like is “Enzyme Nutrition” by Dr. Edward Howell, available from Hallelujah Acres.
Like the plants we eat, we need Sunlight. One reason I recommend walking outdoors for exercise is that we need sunlight on our skin and eyes to produce vitamin D. No, Cows milk is not a good source of vitamin D. The vitamin D added to cows mild is not the same as the Vitamin D our bodies produce. Pasteurization makes it useless.
It is amazing low little skin surface area, exposed to the sun, will give us all the vitamin D we need. Also our bodies store enough vitamin D to keep us going for several days. So if you are not able to get out every day it is not a problem.
Without exercise we slowly lose our muscle mass and become unable to function. The older we get the faster we lose muscle if we remain inactive. We were designed to be in motion for at least part of every day.
Our people are becoming more and more sedentary. Our lifestyles are a prescription for poor health. There is a lesson devoted to this subject.
The cleaner your body is on the inside the less sleep you need to restore energy. However we all need sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep you will not be able to perform as well, and your health will suffer.
We recharge our nerve energy while we sleep. Also, during sleep we do the bulk of body repair and toxin removal. So, adequate sleep is a must.
The amount of time you need depends on your state of health. If your are clean inside you may be able to get by with 6 hours of quality sleep. If you are toxic inside your may need 10 or more hours per day.
It has been proven that a short nap in the middle of the day can reduce the amount of sleep you need at night.
Assurance of Life and its means
We need to feel safe. We need to be assured that we will have a safe environment to live in. We need to be assured that we will have enough to eat. If we live in fear, even if all other needs are met, we can develop disease.
It has been said that “cleanliness is next to godliness”. Well our bodies dump some of the toxins we need to get rid of through our skin. Regular cleaning of the skin helps the body by removing the food bacteria need to multiply, thus reducing the potential odor you could have. Cleanliness in our environment has been of far more value in the fight against disease than all the drugs ever created.
Creative useful work
A lack of creative, useful, work can lead to all sorts of things that effect our overall health.
We were created gregarious. That means that we were designed to need interaction with other people. Interaction with animals can be a good substitute. However it is not the same. We need positive, nurturing, relationships.
Perhaps our most important non physical need is emotional poise. This is where our spiritual health fits into the picture. It effects all other parts of our life and lifestyle. It is my opinion that it is hard to have a high degree of emotional poise if we don’t have a close relationship with our creator.
We were created for the specific purpose of communing with God and serving our fellow man. When we are out of fellowship with our creator we lack a significant key to exceptional health. If we only serve ourselves we can become very lonely and unfulfilled.
This course has never been meant to be the final authority in the field of health. It was meant to spark your interest in further study. To give you a springboard to a brighter future. Through our forum, Chatroom and links to other materials we seek to guide you into a state of health you may have never thought possible.
Hallelujah Acres has courses and books to further your knowledge of what it takes to live in a high state of health.
Charles Snyder is a Health Minister who teaches on the subject of health. This is one of the lessons in his health course. He will cover each of these items in more detail in future articles. You can contact him through his web site.