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Diet, Exercise and Rest

In the past two years, medical doctors and experts have been in high demand on talk radio and television. Whether serving as a guest host or part of a panel, the public is eager to know what physicians believe and think about the Coronavirus. Some of the best advice I heard in 2020 about staying healthy contains a 3 step approach. The first part was getting 8 hours of sleep every night since a lack of rest weakens your immune system.

Everything is permissible (allowable and lawful) for me; but not all things are helpful (good for me to do, expedient and profitable when considered with other things). Everything is lawful for me, but I will not become the slave of anything or be brought under its power. 13 Food [is intended] for the stomach and the stomach for food, but God will finally end [the functions of] both and bring them to nothing. The body is not intended for sexual immorality, but [is intended] for the Lord, and the Lord [is intended] for the body [to save, sanctify, and raise it again], 1 Corinthians 6:12-13.

The second part focuses on staying hydrated. According to a recent Harvard Study, drinking enough water daily regulates body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, delivers nutrients to cells, and keep organs functioning properly. Just as getting enough rest rejuvenates your body, hydrating lowers your chances of becoming infected with the Coronavirus.

Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, 20 You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.

The final piece of advice from this doctor gave was to take care of your body by washing your hands and avoid close contact. While maintaining a healthy diet was not mentioned directly, it was assumed to eat fruits and vegetables on a regular basis. In the passages above, the apostle Paul eludes to food addictions and bad habits. Trying to change anything is hard, but if you can begin to view your body as a temple of the Holy Spirit, this may provide the inspiration needed to diet, exercise and rest every week.

by Jay Mankus

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