Health and Wellness

At Heritage, we care about you -- your life, your family, but also your health. That's why we started a health and wellness ministry, led by Scott Siewert. Check back periodically for new and updated articles regarding wellness. 


by Charles billingsley

"Don't you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Worshipping God with our bodies is quite differing from worshipping the body itself. We live in a culture that is obsessed with the body. And it's big business, too, reaching an average revenue of 31.4 billion a year. 

There's certainly nothing wrong with living a healthy lifestyle and eating properly. In fact, we should do that, as our bodies are a temple of the Lord and we need to treat them as such. However, worshipping God with our bodies as "a living sacrifice," as Paul puts it in Romans 12, means we present all we are as an offering to God. Worship isn't just something we think about. It's something we do--with our hands, feet, ears and eyes. It means we glorify God wherever we are and with whatever we are doing. 

Remember, worship is you and me loving the Lord in all aspects of life. So jump in and worship God, with your whole heart and your body!

sugary drinks linked to aging of the brain: article original source, Toledo Blade

Drinking sugary beverages is associated with markers of accelerated aging and early signs of Alzheimer's Disease, a new study reports. Researchers used data on more than 4,000 people older than 30, examining their brains with MRI and measuring memory with psychological tests. All completed well validated food questionnaires. 

Sugary beverage intake is an indirect measure of how much sugar we get in our diets, which is difficult to measure. The study, in Alzheimer's and Dementia, found that on average, the more sugary drinks consumed, the lower the total brain volume and the lower the scores on memory tests. Brain shrinkage is tied to an increased risk of Alzheimer's Disease. 

Compared with those who drank no sugary drinks, those who drank one or two a day had a reduced brain volume equivalent to 1.6 years of aging, and lower memory scores equivalent to years of aging. Those who drank more than two had decreased brain volume equivalent to two years of normal aging and lower memory scores by the equivalent of 11 years. The researchers took into consideration diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, smoking, and many other health behavioral characteristics. 



sushi: a healthy addition to one's diet
by lisa drayer, cnn

A little different angle to discuss rather than all the different supplements, methods of exercise, and what not to eat or drink: how about the food, sushi? Whether you eat sushi from a Japanese restaurant or from a local supermarket, there's no doubt that it's become a mainstream meal--and that's good news.

Sushi can be a very healthy addition to your diet, especially when it's filled with vegetables, omega 3-rich seafood like salmon and tuna, and small amounts of heart healthy avocado. The healthfulness of sushi can rapidly decline, though, depending on how your roll is prepared. Sushi saboteurs include tempura batter and condiments such as mayo and cream cheese, which boost unhealthy fat and calories. 

Sodium rich soy sauce can also be a concern; just one small tablespoon contributes about 900 mg of sodium, or about 40% of the daily recommended sodium limit. If you are watching your sodium, ask for a low sodium version or eliminate all together. Ask for brown rice instead of white rice. Although it still may contain sugar to boost sweetness, it's rich in whole grains and offers a fiber boost. Bottom line? When eating sushi, keep it seafood rich and simple.