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The Los Angeles Central City Seventh-day Adventist Church Health and Temperance Corner

Health is defined as “The state of being well and free from illness”.
Temperance is also defined as “Self resistant in one's behavior or in eating and drinking”.
3Jn1:2 God desires that we prosper and be in good health.
Rom.12:1, 2 Present your bodies a living sacrifice unto God.
1Cor. 6:19, 20 Your body is the temple of God.

Research done at the National Institutes of health shows that two thirds of all deaths-including those cause by coronary heart diseases, strokes, arteriosclerosis, diabetes, and some types of cancer-are related to our lifestyles choices, including what we eat. The top ten causes of death in the United States are associated with too much fat, calories, cholesterol, sugar, salt, alcohol, and tobacco; and too little fiber-rich foods.
Science doesn’t have all the answers yet, but one thing is certain-right lifestyle choices can promote health and reduce the risk of disease dramatically. The ideas and recipes that I will be sharing with you on a monthly basis are part of a lifestyle plan for optimum health and happiness. This choices plan is the key to a happier, healthier you. Follow these eight principles and you’ll not only feel better and look better, you’ll be better.  Here’s the choices list:

  1. Eat a wholesome plant-based diet.
  2. Exercise daily.
  3. Avoid drugs.
  4. Drink eight glasses of water per day.
  5. Spend some time-but not too much I the sunlight whenever possible.
  6. Enjoy fresh air every day.
  7. Get adequate rest.
  8. Put your trust in divine power.

Health and temperance covers every aspect of human life when governing and self restraining habits of: eating, drinking, smoking, and the use of drugs.

1. Eating
(Diet and Health) Our bodies are built up from the food we eat. There is a constant breaking down to the tissues of the body; every movement every organ involves waste, and this waste is replenish from our food. Each organ of the body requires its share of nutrition. The brain must be supplied with its portion; the bones, muscles, and nerves demand theirs. It is a wonderful process that transforms the food into blood and uses this blood to build up the varied parts of the body.

SELECTION OF FOOD- those foods should be chosen that best supply the elements needed for building up the body. In this choice, appetite is not a safe guide. Grains, fruits, nuts and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator. These foods prepared in as simple and natural a manner as possible, are the most healthful and nourishing. They impart strength, a power of endurance, and vigor of intellect that is not afforded by a more complex and stimulating diet.
There should not be a great variety at any one meal, for this encourages overeating and causes indigestion.

It is not well to eat fruit and vegetables at the same meal. If the digestion is feeble, this use of both will often cause distress and inability to put forth mental effort. It is better to have the fruit at one meal and the vegetables at another.

The meals should be varied. The same dishes, prepared in the same way, should not appear on the table meal after meal and day after day. The meals are eaten with greater relish and the system is better nourished, when the food is varied.
1Cor. 10:31 Whatever you eat or drink, do all to the glory of God.
Gen. 1:29 God's original diet was a vegetarian diet.

2. Drinking
Water (pure water)" In health and in sickness, pure water is one of Heaven's choicest blessings. Its proper use promotes health. It is the beverage which God provides to quench the thirst of animals and man. It helps to supply the necessities of the system, and assist nature to resist disease".

Tea, Coffee and Alcohol
Tea and Coffee- Tea that contains caffeine acts as a stimulant and, to a certain extent, produces intoxication. The action of coffee and many other popular drinks is similar. The first effect is exhilarating. The nerves of the stomach are excited; these convey irritation to the brain, and this in turn is aroused to impart increase action to the heart and short-lived energy to the entire system. Fatigue is forgotten; the strength seems to be increased. The intellect is aroused, the imagination becomes more vivid.

Because of these results, many suppose that their tea or coffee is doing those great good. But this is a mistake. Tea and coffee do not nourish the system. Their effect is produced before digestion and assimilation and what seems to be strength is only nervous excitement. When the influence of the stimulant is gone, the result is a corresponding degree of debility. The continued used of these nerve irritant is followed by headaches, wakefulness, palpitation of the heart, indigestion, trembling and many other evils. Tired nerves need rest and quiet instead of overstimulation and overwork. The demand for stimulant becomes more difficult to control, until the will is overborne and there seems to be no power to deny the unnatural craving. Stronger and still stronger stimulant are called for, until exhausted nature can no longer respond.

Alcohol, or ethyl alcohol, refers to the intoxicating ingredient found in wine, beer and or hard liquor. Alcohol arises naturally from carbohydrates when certain micro-organism metabolizes them in the absence of oxygen, called fermentation. Alcohol metabolizes quickly by the body and about 20 percent is absorbed directly across the walls of an empty stomach and can reach the brain within one minute and clouds one's judgment.

Arthritis Increase risk of gouty arthritis
Cancer Increases the risk of cancer in the liver, pancreas, rectum, breast, mouth, pharynx, larynx and esophagus.
Hyperglycemia raises blood glucose.
Hypoglycemia lowers blood glucose, especially for people with diabetes.
Liver Causes fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis.
Nerve Causes neuropathy and dementia, impairs balance and memory.
Obesity Increases energy intake
Psyschological Causes depression, anxiety and insomnia.
Malnutrition Increases the risk of protein-energy malnutrition; low intakes of protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, B6, D, and C, thiamine, and impaired absorption of calcium, phosphorus, vitamin D, and zinc.
Pro.20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging.
Pro.23:29-32 Do not drink fermented wine. It brings sorrow, woe and contention. It is deceptive and clouds judgment.

3. SMOKING (The Tobacco Habit)
Tobacco is slow, insidious, but most malignant poison. In whatever form it is used, it tells upon the constitution; it is all the more dangerous because its effects are slow and at first hardly perceptible. It weakens and clouds the brain. Often it affects the nerves in a more powerful manner than does intoxicating drink. It is more subtle, and its effects are difficult to eradicate from the system. Its use excites a thirst for strong drink and in many cases lays the foundation for the liquor habit.
Rom.12: Present your bodies a living sacrifice unto God.
1Cor.6: 19, 20 Your body is the temple of God.

Information cited from The Ministry of Healing(Ellen G. White) Nature's Seven Doctors, Online research and The Bible.