It’s been over three since this pandemic began. Scientists tell us that Covid may become a household word that we will deal with for some time. As the variants continue, it appears they are less deadly. In addition, cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s rates are soaring, and autoimmune diseases now number at over 100 different conditions. There’s never been a better time to enhance your immune system and improve your health. Here are four simple steps to a healthier New Year.
1. Eat more plants.
There’s no better way to enhance your immune system than to nourish your body and gut with the plants God provided in Genesis 1:29 for Adam and Eve—and for us. These include fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices, and beans, legumes, and grains. Unfortunately, most Americans only eat 2-3 of these God-given gifts each day.
As you increase the number of plants you consume daily, you nourish your body and immune system with more phytochemicals and antioxidants that fight diseases and cancer, more fiber to regulate your digestive system and feed your good gut bacteria, and much-needed vitamins and minerals which our body needs to work properly. Every plant God created has cancer-fighting power and builds our immune system to fight cases of flu and viruses. Our gut is where 70 to 80 percent of our immune system is located. So nourishing our body with a variety of plants is key to maintaining a healthy gut.
2. Move each day.
Our bodies were made to sleep at night, but move during the day. Movement is key to healthy living. It enhances every system in our body including our lymphatic system. This system is a part of our immune system and it only works properly when we move. Think of your lymphatic system as your trash disposal system. The sedentary lifestyle is contributing to many diseases today including cancer. Even with COVID still around, find a way to move your body through walking, swimming, riding a bike, dancing, etc. each day.
3. Lessen your toxins and plastic exposure.
We live in a toxic world. When your toxic bucket becomes overloaded, your immune system can become distracted and suppressed. Toxins enter our bodies through the foods we eat, the water and fluids we drink, the air we breathe, and through what we put on our skin. High levels of toxins were found in my body after my cancer diagnosis and were a major cause of my cancer. We’re not aiming for perfection here. Our goal is to lessen these toxins so our immune system can work as God intended.
4. Meditate on and live out God’s Word in your life.
There are so many distractions and concerns around us as we face this new year. As Christians, we realize we may be living in the last days vividly described in the Bible. But our mission is the same—we are to be witnesses to those around us as we journey through each day. May others see Christ in us as we meditate on the promises and instructions in the Bible, especially during these times. It’s the peace of God in our hearts that promotes healing in our bodies.
It’s our responsibility to care for our bodies. With cancer rates, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, and Alzheimer’s disease on the rise, and COVID still hovering over us, there’s never been a better time to put these simple steps in place. We all need to make changes that will enhance our immune systems this New Year. When we have a healthy immune system and gut, we will fare better against any flu, virus, or disease. When we keep our eyes and focus on Jesus, our bodies will continue to heal the way God designed them to.
What health goals are you implementing this New Year?
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Ginny Dent Brant is a speaker and writer who grew up in the halls of power in Washington, DC. She has battled cancer, ministered around the world, and served on the front lines of American culture as a counselor, educator, wellness advocate, and adjunct professor. Brant’s award-winning book, Finding True Freedom: From the White House to the World, was endorsed by Chuck Colson and featured in many TV and media interviews. Unleash Your God-Given Healing: Eight Steps to Prevent and Survive Cancer was released in May 2020 after her journey with cancer and was recently awarded the First Place Golden Scrolls Award for Memoirs, and Second Place in both Selah Awards for Memoirs and Director’s Choice Award for Nonfiction at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference. It recently received the Christian Authors Network’s (CAN) Gold Award for Excellence in Marketing for reaching 62.5 million people with a message of cancer prevention and survival. It was written with commentary from an oncologist and was featured on CBN’s Healthy Living Show, Atlanta Live, and CTN’s Homekeepers along with over 75 media outlets. Learn more and cancer and wellness prevention blog and book information at www.ginnybrant.com.