It isn’t a question you want to hear, but it’s time someone asked why you’re slowly killing yourself. Of course, you would never consciously choose to cause harm to your health. However, there are some important things you should know.
If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. —1 Corinthians 3:17
Taking care of “God’s temple” and living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be complicated, but it does fit into a complete spiritual lifestyle.
Here are six easy tips on how to monitor your own health:
1. Healthy Eating and Plenty of Water
Are you getting enough water or the right amount of vitamins? One first indicator of dehydration or other imbalance is to check the color and odor of your urine. Unless you’ve upped your B vitamin intake to turn your urine bright yellow, it should be clear or straw colored. Dark urine with a strong smell might mean that you are in the early stages of dehydration or some other health concern. How many fruits and vegetables did you eat today? Make sure you are eating fresh produce, preferably organic. Also pay attention to how much fiber is in your daily diet.
2. Blood Pressure, Heart Rate Control and Exercise
You don’t have to buy an expensive gym membership to benefit from daily exercise. Park your car farther away from the door than usual or take the stairs instead of the elevator. When you do exercise, pay close attention to your heart rate before and after exertion. Count your heartbeats for 15 seconds, then multiply by four to get your heart rate. Sit down and wait for two minutes before checking your rate again. Subtract the second number from the first. If it is less than 55, your heart rate is higher than normal.
3. Mental Health
Health and well-being goes deeper than just the physical body. A happy attitude and a strong spiritual walk also goes hand-in-hand to complete well-being. Add laughter and relaxation to your daily routines.
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. —Proverbs 17:22
4. Sleeping Beauty
Proper amounts of rest are very important to good health. Regardless of varying reports of how many hours you need, you will be able to gauge whether or not you’ve had enough sleep by paying attention to warning signs. For example, do you suffer from a mid-afternoon crash of drowsiness, or do you find yourself feeling dozy?
5. Lustrous Hair and Glowing Skin
It’s natural for skin and hair to show signs of aging, but excessive hair loss or skin issues could be a sign of a more serious medical issue. For instance, thinning hair may be a sign that you need more iron, B vitamins, or an indication of thyroid disease. Also, check your feet. Your feet are sometimes the first teller of a future diabetes diagnosis, and can also disclose out of control blood sugar. According to the American Diabetes Association, nerve damage in diabetics often cause blisters, fungus, peeling skin, cuts and bruises on their feet.
6. Weights and Measurements
An extreme fluctuation in weight gain or loss is sometimes an indication that there is a medical issue which requires attention. Also, pay attention to your height. Shrinking as you age sometimes indicates bone density issues.