Don’t Believe the Lie

Life teaches us many things. One thing I’ve painfully learned is lies are usually too good to be true. Sometimes, there are lies told that are almost believable, especially at Christmas time.

How about this one: “Santa Claus is real”? Responsible sane adults tell it to little children, along with the lie “I’ll never lie to you”. Yep! I once fell for it hook, line, and sinker!  It was intentional and well-meaning deceit, but isn’t that how Satan works too?

In the Bible, Satan is proven to be the first liar. Genesis recounts the Creation and the Fall of mankind through Adam and Eve. You see Eve believed a lie (Genesis 3:1). That belief ultimately caused her to lose her home in paradise and earned her pain in childbirth as punishment for disobeying God (Genesis 3:16). Her husband Adam also paid the price for her sin. He was condemned to struggle to survive for the ground was cursed (Genesis 3:17).

Here’s what the serpent said and Eve’s response:

“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.” Genesis 3:1-3 (KJV)

Here’s what God really said:

“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it:  for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Genesis 2:26-27

Sin creeps in because the heart is deceitful. Jeremiah records the truth in Jeremiah 17:9-10:  

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked:  who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”  

These verses warn us about how easily we can be deceived and the consequences. It’s not pretty, as Adam and Eve discovered.

The world at large continually tears down the true meaning of the Christian celebration of Christmas. Jesus has been replaced with Santa and Self. Much ado is made over Santa and gift giving. Character is revealed very clearly during the rush Christmas shopping.

Believers celebrate the birth of Jesus, God’s own Son. His life on earth demonstrated God’s goodness, love, and mercy for mankind. He came to offer Himself as a sacrifice for sin. God’s law requires that sin be punished. Jesus took the punishment for our sins when He died on the cross. He satisfied God’s requirements so that those who believe in Him can be forgiven and reconciled to God.

Trust is precious. Once lost, it’s difficult to regain. Don’t allow yourself to get into the habit of lying. Even “little white lies” are a problem because they seem okay, even harmless. If someone lies about something small, they will lie about something big when it suits the purpose.

Let’s reject the lies about the reason we celebrate Christmas. Seek the truth. The Bible tells us Christmas is about a baby boy born in a stable who came to be the Savior of the world.

by Linda Hull

A Happy Christmas Day for Lydia

One sunny day in late November, my sister Emma and I sat in the cafeteria eating our lunch. “I’ve thinking about Pastor Jim’s message yesterday at church. He told us Jesus taught we should help one another,” I said, munching on a carrot.”I wonder if we can help someone have a happy Christmas. Maybe it could be someone who doesn’t expect a good Christmas Day.”

I finished the last of my fruit salad and said, “I know someone in my math class, and you know her too, Emma. Her name is Lydia Koch. She and her family recently came here from Germany. She told me her family doesn’t expect a happy Christmas Day because their father is away.”

“Oh, yes,” Emma said. ” She has blonde hair and blue eyes.  She’s shy and quiet, but she seems very nice. ”

“Let’s talk to Mother about doing something for her family today when we go home,” I said, as we put our trays in the cafeteria return window.

“Let’s do that,” Emma agreed.

That afternoon we found Mother in the kitchen. It smelled of good things coming from the oven. “Mother, Emma and I have a good idea,” I said. ” We were thinking about Pastor Jim’s message about how Jesus taught it was important to help others, especially when things aren’t going well for them,  and we were thinking maybe we could help  Lydia Koch’s family, have a good Christmas.  I could make some oatmeal cookies.”

“And I could bake a chocolate cake,” Emma chimed in. ” Mother,  you told me,  I can make good chocolate cakes.”

Mother smiled and nodded.  “Well, girls,” she said, ” I think that would be a very good Christian thing to do.  I talked with Sophie Koch after church last week. She told me she was not planning to have a Christmas dinner since her husband was away and couldn’t be home with the family, and lately,  she has not been feeling well either.”

“Mother, maybe we could prepare a turkey for her,” I suggested.  “Then, she can put it in the oven and bake it. That would make it a lot easier for Mrs. Koch.”

“Yes, it would, Alyssa. That’s a good idea. With a turkey and some pastries we bake, they should all make a good Christmas Day for Sophie and her family.”

“Let’s let it be a surprise,” I said.

A few days before Christmas, Mother, Emma, and I met the Koch family after church outside the entrance. While Mother  visited with Mrs. Koch, Ruth and I took Lydia to the gift basket we had prepared. “We have a surprise for you and your family,” I said, showing her the food basket. When Lydia looked inside and saw all the pastries and the big fat turkey stuffed and ready for baking, tears came into her eyes.  She reached out and gave Emma and me a big hug.

“Thank you. Thank you,” she said, smiling through her tears. “Now we can have a wonderful Christmas Day.”

I’ll never forget the look of happiness I saw on Lydia’s face as she carried the basket to her mother. Both Mrs. Koch and Lydia hugged us. Mother put her arms around them and said, “It was Alyssa’s and Emma’s idea.”

Mrs. Koch nodded happily through her tears “Thank you, girls,” she said.

“Last week Pastor Jim reminded us that Jesus wants us to help one another,” I said. “And today, that’s what we are doing. Lydia told us you haven’t been feeling well.”  I gave Mrs. Koch a big hug once more. Emma  and I looked at one another with a bright smile. We both felt wonderful inside. We knew we were following the teachings of Jesus by helping our friend Lydia Koch and her family have a Happy Christmas Day.

 

Written by Evelyn Horan

Be Kind To Your Body

There are two types of people out there. Those that love and worship their body, and those that consume tons of soda and junk food and hardly seem to know what a vegetable is. We’ve all been guilty of being unhealthy at some point in our life, and there is nothing wrong with that. But, if you’re someone who chooses to do this all the time, you’re definitely going to notice the repercussion of it as you get older. A poor diet and low exercise levels can have just as much of a dangerous impact as abusing alcohol. However you mistreat your body, it’s time to change your mental attitude and be kind to your body. Read these few simple tips to see how you can do just that.

Diet & Exercise

This is the thing that most people struggle with. Some people just hate the thought of exercise, some people just hate going to the gym, some people just have no motivation at all. The best way to get your head in an exercising frame of mind is to start small. A brisk walk every morning or evening can really boost your energy levels, and you’ll start to notice the calories dropping before you know it. Once you’ve got comfortable with getting out for a walk, try changing it to a jog. Make sure you have the right running equipment to make the whole ordeal that little bit comfier. There are brands such as Brooks shoes for sale that’ll give you all the comfort and support your need. Build and build on your exercise routine until you feel ready enough to progress to weights, or even gym classes. They’re a really good way to keep yourself interested in fitness. Diet also plays a huge part in your overall wellbeing. Focus on trying to get your 5 a day of fruit and veg to being with. Then you can begin to cut the junk food out to really notice a difference.

Holistic Approach

The holistic approach covers all areas, from your physical wellbeing, mental, and spiritual. It’s all well and good just improving your diet, or just improving your exercise levels. But if you don’t have the right mental attitude you’re never going to be truly kind to your body. When you’ve got so much going on in your life, it’s so easy to become down, stressed, or a little bit depressed. This has such a negative impact on your overall appreciation towards your body, yet people tend to ignore it and assume it’s just how everyone thinks. To try and alleviate some of this stress, try praying and remember that Jesus tells us to give all of our fears and anxieties to Him. Sleep is also something a lot of people seem to lack, yet it is so important to your overall well being. Try and get the recommended 8 hours a day to make sure you’re always fresh.

WE WILL REJOICE AND BE GLAD!

The holidays are drawing near. Many may wonder if they will be alone yet again this year. Friends and family may be far away or busy with their own plans, but no matter the circumstance, there is one who knows your loneliness. No one has to go through life all alone.

I love Psalm 118:14 (KJV). It says, “The LORD is my strength and song and is become my salvation.”

Who is this LORD? Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son. The psalmist is rejoicing in the One who can get us through any crisis. He is our strength! When we feel alone, our LORD is with us. We can be joyful because we have a constant companion!

How does this work? Jesus came as a baby, then was crucified on a cross, and rose again. His death was God’s way of dealing with sin in the world. Jesus paid the price God requires. Sin must be punished. Jesus took the punishment on behalf of all mankind. When He rose from the grave, He ascended into Heaven. Then the Holy Spirit came to reside in the hearts of all Believers. Consequently no one who has repented of their sin and called upon the name of Jesus for salvation from the punishment for sin is alone. The Holy Spirit comes to live in the heart of the Believer.

Therefore the LORD truly is with us, giving us strength to endure any situation. When life gets tough, I go to Psalm 118:24:  “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

The LORD already knows what a day will bring, whether sorrow, hardship, or joy. He knows and understands our trials and fears. He is aware of our disappointments. Yet, despite all we face, He never leaves or forsakes us (Hebrews 13:5).

We expect to suffer trials and troubles, because we live in a sin filled world where the sin nature present in each of us has predominance. We must constantly strive to obey our LORD.  With the help of the Holy Spirit and guidance from the God’s Word, the Bible, we can choose to live a life that is pleasing to God.

We can choose to embrace the life He gives us, rejoicing in each day. To enjoy the happiness we can find in each day, we must choose to rejoice and be glad despite our circumstances.  We may repeat that part “we will rejoice” with gritted teeth, but we can know with certainty that we are not alone in our anguish.

I will rejoice and be glad!

I choose to trust Him with each day of my life.

That trust in Him gives me peace because I know He is faithful to do what He promises. Without Him, I will fail and fall. With Him, I can overcome. I will rejoice with thanksgiving because He is faithful even when I am not.

This holiday season let us rejoice and give thanks!

*Let us give Him thanks for His many blessings!

*Let us praise Him with love and joy for His gift of redemption and forgiveness of sin.

*Let us give thanks for our hope for an eternity spent with Him.

*Let us thank Him for revealing Himself to us.

 

by Linda Hull

Frugal Food For Savvy Students

Leaving home for the first time is always a very challenging time for people. You will have to learn loads of new skills, and a lot of them will feel very foreign to you. Along with this, you will have a fresh set of responsibilities, and life will get harder if you don’t put the right time into them. This is only compounded when you put studies on top of out. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some frugal food options, and how they can be used to improve your first few months at university or college.

Team Up: In most cases, the food you buy in stores is designed to feed families, as these are one of the largest demographics. Of course, this is great when you’re cooking for four people, but isn’t as good for someone eating alone. You large multipacks will see food wasted, in turn draining your funds. Thankfully, though, you can solve it with ease. By working with your housemates, you can enjoy the same meals, reducing the cost of the ingredients for everyone.

Go Veggie: The biggest culprit for expense in the food world is meat and fish. Unfortunately, these staples cost a huge amount to produce and have to reflect this in their price. Of course, though, you don’t need meat to survive, and will probably be able to get by on a vegetarian diet while you study. Companies like Super Nuts can help you to get exactly what you’ll miss from not eating meat, and there are loads of great recipes to try. Not only will this sort of diet be cheaper, but it may even be a little bit healthier, too.

Buy In Bulk: Along with changing your diet and sharing with those around you, it could also be a good idea to think about the long-lasting items you eat, along with the amount of them being purchased in each shop. Bulk buys are usually a lot cheaper than getting things individually. Using websites like Amazon, it’s become incredibly easy to order the food you need in huge amounts, without having to leave the house. This will make it a lot harder for you to make impulse food purchases, as you will already have exactly what you need.

Tackle Temptation: finally, it’s time to think about the ways you’re going to tackle temptation with your food. Takeaways and little treats will quickly mount up when you have them all the time. While bad for your health, this is also very concerning when it comes to finances, and isn’t a good way to live. Instead, you need to balance temptation, giving yourself to the occasional treat, and avoiding overspending on food. It will be hard to be strict all the time. But, this doesn’t mean that you should be giving yourself total freedom.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on your frugal food as a student. During this time in your life, you will have loads of different things to learn and get used to. To make this easier for yourself, saving some money will remove a lot of stress, giving you the chance to focus on your important work.

Do You Thank God For Your Blessings?

Do you thank God for your Blessings? It seems I spend more time in prayer asking God for things rather than thanking Him for what He’s done.  In my self -pity, I seem to compare myself with friends and people I admire. There’s always someone who is more talented, more popular and more organized. I should remember to be thankful.  For example, I am thankful God hasn’t answered all my prayers.

 Earlier, in my prayers, I had asked God to help me get on the basketball team.  Emma, a friend, lives down the street. She is great at sports.  A few weeks ago, I was embarrassed  in front of the rest of the team, when Emma, team captain, of the after-school basketball team, and the most popular girl in class said to me, “Alyssa, I don’t want to make you feel bad. But it takes a lot of running and dribbling, and co-ordination to make the team. Isn’t that right, Mary?” Emma nodded to her second-in command- standing beside her.

    “That’s right,” Mary said.  “You know Alyssa, you made a lot of mistakes this afternoon. And you missed all your basket shots.”

    “Maybe, you should try out for the volleyball team,” Emma said. “They don’t have to move around the court as much as we do. They stand more in place. I think volleyball would be a lot easier for you.”
    I nodded. I was so embarrassed, I wanted to crawl in a hole and hide.   After dinner that evening, my mom tried to tempt me with my favorite desert- chocolate pudding, and I didn’t even want any.

       I had asked God for His help to get on the basketball team, and I didn’t make it. I was sad. Could I look at the situation the way God expected me to do? Finally, I sighed, as I admitted to myself, it was true,  I wasn’t very coordinated. Once I almost fell down trying to dribble a pass ball from a team member.

     But now, I feel a lot better these days. I’m on the volleyball team, and I’m serving good shots over the net. I’m enjoying myself. I’m exercising and getting physically fit, and I think this is the plan God had for me, even though it is different from what I had wanted.

    There are times, I’m sure you will agree, we’ve spoken a cross word to a friend or a loved one, or a time when our younger brother or sister tried our patience.  I remember while enjoying my own good health, I forgot to visit my friend Debbie, when she was sick.  I know she would have been glad to see me.

      When I enter into self-pity, I try to think of all my blessings.  My first blessing is my physical and mental good health.  A second blessing is my Christian home and family. I remember my personal possessions and all the wonderful things I have– my room, my TV, my computer, and my cell phone.

    When I think of all the abundance I enjoy compared to the rest of the world’s population.  I know God has blessed me by letting me live here, when I remember there are millions living in poverty in many countries in the world today.

    God didn’t promise to grant me all my wishes, but He did say He’d meet my needs.  It’s time to trust God and know that He has our best welfare at heart, and He knows our future. I should be more grateful.

     It’s time to count my blessings and thank God for His goodness to me. I should say, “‘Thank You, God, for all You’ve done for me, and for all You’re going to do'”

    I think I’ll begin right now!

written by Evelyn Horan

Hate The Cold? Here Are 5 Easy Ways To Get Fit Indoors

Finding the motivation to exercise can be difficult at the best of times, and even worse when the weather turns cold. The colder fall and winter temperatures can make it easier to stay under the covers than getting up to do that run. If you hate the cold, you’re not alone, and luckily there are some great ways for you to get fit without having to step outside your front door. Here are five effective ways to exercise indoors.

1. Interval training

You might think that you need to head to an expensive gym class to have a go at interval training or circuits, but you can do them easily at home yourself with a few bits of equipment or even your own body weight. Download an interval training app, choose a selection of exercises and set the timer! This is a great way to get a HIIT workout in if you’re short on time, as well as being able to help you target different body areas.

2. Yoga

No matter how experienced you are, you can easily practice yoga from the comfort of your living room. All you need is a mat or a comfortable floor space, some instruction and you’re all set! There are some great classes available online or through YouTube, and you can check out this Yoga 101 guide to make sure you have everything you need to get started. The ideal activity to start or end the day, yoga will improve your flexibility and balance as well as being an excellent form of meditation.

3. Spin class in your living room

Spin classes are a fun and fast-paced way to start the day, but who wants to venture out in the dark at 5am to get to a class? Take a look at some of the best stationary bike reviews and find a good model for your home and put together your own spin class routine to get you pumped in the morning. Make sure you get a funky playlist together and start pedaling!

4. Equipment-free weight training

You don’t need a gym full of weights to help you tone your muscles. There are plenty of exercises that you can do at home that simply involve using your own body to develop strength and muscle tone. Take a look at some effective bodyweight exercises that will get you leaner and stronger without having to set foot in the gym.

5. Step to it!

If you’ve got steps in your home, make the most of them by performing step-based exercises that will get your heart pumping and help you give your body a good overall workout. Even if you haven’t got stairs, you can always buy a cheap step from eBay or Amazon and do your own step aerobics class at home. Invest in some hand weights (or fill up some water bottles) to boost your workout further. Using the things you already have in your home will save you money, but still provide you with an effective workout.

 

With all these great indoor workout ideas, who needs a gym? Put a stop your winter workout wimp-out excuses and start exercising indoors instead.

Getting Your Health Fix Without Hacks Or Tricks

Everybody wants to be healthy. That’s undeniable because it’s a natural human instinct to want to survive. However, wanting to be healthy and actually working towards it are two different things. The majority of us try to cut corners to get that perfect body or, at least, to “look healthy” on the surface. Yet, a healthy glow does not equate to a healthy body. The best way to improve the way you look is, ironically, to stop thinking about vanity. You need to focus on looking after yourself and your appearance will naturally change along with that.

Your goal should be to get that health fix without using hacks or tricks. A healthy lifestyle isn’t something you can cheat or fast-track; you need to turn it into a permanent routine, as will be discussed throughout this article. You need to find patterns and habits to adopt within your lifestyle that you’re going to stick to in the long-run so as to ensure you keep your body and mind healthy. If you want a few genuine health pointers then this guide should help.

Physical fitness.

Your first objective needs to be: an improved level of physical fitness. That means no more hitting the gym once a week, giving up after an hour, and heading to the jacuzzi. You need to find a way to fit physical fitness into a regular cycle within your lifestyle. Everybody needs to keep their body active; it doesn’t matter if you’re a “health nut” or not. Keeping your body moving on a daily basis is important to ensure not only that you maintain a healthy weight but that you keep your heart and even your mind healthy (the latter will be discussed later). If going to the gym doesn’t suit you then you could find another way of staying active. Perhaps you could go on a brisk jog around your local park; aim to get in 10,000 steps every day and you’ll notice the difference.

Of course, if you do want to go the extra mile to improve your muscle tone and mass then you need to think more carefully about your physical fitness routine. You need to think about the things you eat because you need lots of protein and additional hydration to make up for everything lost in strenuous workouts. You might also want to check out companies such as AreTheyOnSteroids for legal steroids because there are options out there if you want to increase your gains. Still, remember that this only works when coupled with a strong workout game; you can’t cut corners, and there are no hacks. You still need to do the work.

Sensory health.

This is definitely something you didn’t expect to see on the list if you’re still young but that’s exactly why you should take this point more seriously. Problems with your seeing or hearing abilities might develop later in life but it’s the way in which you look after your sensory health today, whilst you’re young, that affects how well these senses will serve you in your future.

When it comes to protecting your hearing, you need to think about turning down the volume of devices you use. Most people combat a lack of hearing by turning the volume up but this actually does more damage to your ears; you may not be able to hear something but that doesn’t mean it’s not having the exact same effect on your eardrums as somebody with perfect hearing. Don’t give your ears a beating. And if you do think you’re slightly too hard of hearing then you could look into solutions such as hearing aids.

A healthy diet.

It’s the topic everyone discusses but the one for which nobody seems to have a definitive answer. What does it take to start a healthy diet? Well, the main piece of advice you can take on board is not to starve yourself. Eating less is certainly not the healthiest route to take; eating fewer bad things is good but eating less of everything is not good. Just keep things simple and find a permanent diet that works for you because consistency and moderation are both just as important as each other.

Make sure you put fruit and vegetables in your dietary plan; they contain iron, carbohydrates, proteins, and most the key nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. As a rule of thumb, don’t entirely cut sugar out of your diet but be wary of it. Low-fat foods are often worse for you because they counteract the lack of taste by pouring a heap of sugar in there. And, believe it or not, fat is something your body needs.

Sleep better.

A slightly easier thing to accomplish in your mission to achieve a healthier lifestyle is a better standard of sleep. Well, it’s easy if you can practice self-discipline. Sleep is the main thing that people neglect in our modern society; we’re all so busy with our important jobs and important personal lives that we don’t have time for sleep. Ironically, our lives would become much easier if we got 8 hours of rest every night because our brains would be more alert and energized.

Of course, it’s not just about the quantity of sleep either. You might still feel tired even if you do sleep for 8 hours every night. Don’t shrug your shoulders and assume that you can’t win either way; the problem might lie instead with your mattress. Sleep is a time for your body to recharge and heal; if your body isn’t properly supported whilst you rest then you won’t get a proper standard of sleep and you’ll suffer from aches or pains. Invest in a proper mattress and remember to replace it every 7 years.

Work on your mental health.

Finally, you need to work on your mind. Your physical and mental health are strongly linked to one another. If you want one to improve then you need to focus on the other. Dealing with stress can lead to physical issues such as acne or reduced appetite. It’s definitely not all taking place “in your head” so don’t dismiss your mental issues. Try out meditation as a way of centering yourself when life becomes too overwhelming.

Pencil Skirt Pride

Pride always seems to get in the way of pleasing God. I know because it happened to me.

When I started a new job, I wanted acceptance and respect as a true professional. A shopping trip was the first step! I really needed some new outfits meant to impress.

That navy blue suit was a perfect fit! I was bursting with pride when I wore it! It had an adorable little jacket and a pencil skirt that fell below the knee. A white blouse and black shoes completed my professional outfit.

I received several compliments from the older ladies in the office, who were just a little tired of the more casual attire worn by some girls. I was quite pleased I measured up to their high standards! The other girls didn’t say anything, but that was okay.

Right off, my boss gave me an important task to do that day. I was to go over to one of the government buildings to pick up some paperwork. No problem!

I found a parking place and started walking to the building. That’s when I discovered I could only take very tiny steps instead of my usual longer stride. I hated to admit it to myself but that skirt just didn’t have any give to it at all.  It was a bit of a hike and my time was slipping away. It was impossible to hurry.

When I finally made it to the building, my next obstacle loomed before me. To my horror there were about fifteen steps to the building’s main door. How does one get up steps if you can hardly bend your knees?  

I stood there, hoping  no one noticed I was deliberating about how to get up the steps. Obviously, my beautiful outfit was more suited for church, not office work. I had no choice but to swallow my pride and hike my skirt up a bit so I could go up those awful steps.

I am reminded of the verse in Proverbs 16:18 (KJV):  “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

Another verse that comes to mind is found in 1 John 2:16: “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

Later, I had to admit to myself and God that my goal in wearing my gorgeous suit was to draw attention to myself. I wanted to show up the other girls in the office. There was an attitude in my heart that set myself up as better because I had a much desired position in the office. It wasn’t about looking good, but about setting myself apart in arrogance.

God doesn’t mind us dressing up for an important event. He doesn’t mind when we excel and do well. He expects us to do our level best in every situation, not purposely fail.

To do our best, we need to turn to Him in prayer asking for His direction and guidance. Our focus is to be on how we can please Him, not ourselves. Instead of seeking our own acclaim, let us take pride in what our Lord does! He alone deserves the praise and glory! Our joy comes from knowing that we are pleasing to Him.

A thoughtful reminder from the Apostle Peter:

“…be clothed with humility:  for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the might hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:5b-7

Every time I begin to feel prideful, I am reminded of my humiliating experience in a pencil skirt. I remember to trust God to help me to be the person He wants me to be.

Written by Linda Hull

Are You As Healthy As You Could Be?

Every single person on this planet is different. Even identical twins have differences within their bodies that make them unique. Saying that, it’s not surprising that some people have ailments or complaints about their body earlier than others do. Age is a big factor when it comes to things going wrong with your body because as you get older your body starts to weaken, especially if you don’t look after it properly. However, even the younger generation still suffer with common complaints as well as some unusual and rare cases. This article is going to make you question whether you could improve your lifestyle so that as you grow older, you decrease the chance of ailments forming. If you’re already suffering with certain conditions, it might help you find some relief from your symptoms.

Smoking and Alcohol

You probably don’t have to be told that smoking should be something you avoid like the plague. Not only does it make you smell, discolor your teeth and drain your money, it causes cancer. You might be thinking to yourself that you’ll be fine, but why take the risk? If you’re a smoker, quit while you’re still young enough not to have damaged your body too much. If you’ve never tried a cigarette, then don’t. Quitting smoking will help reduce the risk of you getting cancer, or developing other lung conditions like asthma later in life and also COPD.

Alcohol is a little bit of a taboo subject because so many people enjoy a drink or two. While there’s nothing wrong with that, bingeing on alcohol is bad for your liver, money, mind and much more. Remember to drink in moderation!

Looking After Your Bones

Many people forget about keeping their bones healthy, until they start getting problems like joint pain and brittle bones that break or crack easily. Remember to keep your calcium levels up through the food you eat and by drinking plenty of milk.

An alternative is to take a supplement like Strontium that contains a natural mineral that’s found in our bones. This can be found in AlgaeCal, but make sure to read up on AlgaeCal side effects to make sure you’re clued up on what to expect. Of course, if you’re worried about the condition of your bones, make sure to visit your GP to get professional advice on what treatment you should be taking.

Keeping Hydrated

Our bodies are mainly water, so if you’re not putting enough water into your bodies you will be starving it from one of the main sources in which it needs to run on. Aim to drink the recommended 2 liters of water a day to ensure your body is getting everything it needs.

It’s simple really, eat well, drink enough water, don’t put harmful toxins in your body and look after your bones and you will find yourself at peak fitness in no time!