Friday, 23 August 2013

Escape Depression

Have you ever felt like life is not worth living? Have the suicidal thoughts of sadness flooded in your mind to a point that you lose interest in things that used to matter to you the most? Throughout the world thousands of individuals are falling prey to the saber tooth tiger called “depression.” Depression affects how we feel, behave and think, it causes us to be hopeless, restless, have low levels of energy, be more forgetful to name a few. Not only can depression be linked to emotional problems, but it is also linked to many physical problems. Are you depressed?

Despite the many types of depression, neither one can ever occur without a cause, “as the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come” Proverbs 26:2. Before treating the symptoms, we must first ascertain the cause. What is bothering you? Is it a broken heart, is it sickness? There’s a promise for you in Psalm 147:3 “He (God) heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.” Are you an orphan or a widow? God cares about you as in Psalm 68:5 “God, who lives in His sacred temple, cares for orphans and protects widows.” Have your family or friends forsaken you? Proverbs 18:24 says “there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.” Make Jesus that friend. Are you anxious? Claim this promise “and the peace of God, which passes ALL understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 furthermore Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Tips to alleviate depression:
1.     Eat food that is high in vitamins, nutrients and minerals, complex carbohydrates and a little bit of fat (avoid frying, rather steam or bake food).
2.     Eat food that’s rich in antioxidants e.g. grapes, carrots, goji berries, broccoli, spinach, nuts (especially almonds), olive oil, blueberries, peaches and seeds (flax/lin seed, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds)
3.     Limit sugary food/treats rather opt for complex carbohydrates like whole grains e.g. brown rice, whole wheat, and whole sorghum along with lots of fresh fruit, wheat germ, veggies and legumes.
4.     Eat enough protein as found in beans, peas, soy products etc.
5.     Dink lots of water
6.    Spend time in the outdoors (especially in nature), exercise and bask in the sun (early morn or late noon) talk to someone you trust J
7.     Pray
8.     Think positive thoughts
9.     Trust God

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom 8:38,39

Monday, 12 August 2013

The Best Medicine

Learning a foreign language is a challenge in the beginning, however; once the learner is now able to express themselves in a different language, it becomes enjoyable and beneficial. Laughter is as a foreign language to some individuals, it’s quite hard to grasp, but believe me it (laughter) does a great deal of good to our health, once we make it a habit to do.

Medical researchers not only claim, but we know from personal experience just how good laughing is for us. It is said to “enhance our body’s intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates the heart, lungs, and muscles” thus increasing the endorphins that are released by our brains. Laughing helps us in times of stress, by assisting in circulation and increasing our heart rate, we are able to get a good relaxed feeling after laughing.

Laughing helps to strengthen our immune systems, this researcher’s say is also good, as negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that affect our bodies by inducing more stress to the system, “in contrast positive thoughts are said to release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more serious illnesses.”

Laughter helps to ease pain, improves our personal and interpersonal relationships as our moods change. The wise man Solomon knew what he was talking about when he said, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

Sources: Mayo Clinic
The Holy Bible

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Cancer Loves Sugar

Can sugar really lead to cancer and obesity? Found this interesting video on YouTube, what an eye opener!