Keep Looking Young

Research has found that diets high in sugar may cause wrinkles, sagging skin, and possibly even acne. Sugar can trigger a process known as glycation, leading to connective tissue damage and discoloration in your skin. It also leaves your skin more susceptible to damage from the sun’s rays. We all know to limit our intake of sodas, candy, cakes, and cookies, but sugar is also in white bread, packaged cereals, white rice, pasta, ketchup, salad dressing, bar-b-q sauce, and other processed, packaged, and canned foods. Other food additives also contain sugar but under different names,e.g. high fructose corn syrup. corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, turbinado, sucrose, maltodextrin, maltose. Consuming foods rich in antioxidants can prevent glycation so try raising your daily intake of fruits, which are rich in antioxidants. Instead of salty snacks, eat fruits rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. Vitamin C contains ascorbic acid which is effective in reducing wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen. For fruits high in vitamin C and antioxidants try kiwi fruit, blackcurrant, guava, strawberries, lemon, orange, tangerines, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, nectarines, peaches, and mangoes. Also eat veggies rich in Vitamin C, e.g., Peppers, spring greens, brussels sprouts, broccoli, curly kale, gourd, cauliflower, tomatoes, mustard greens, asparagus, cucumber, cabbage, green tea, and herbs e.g., cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, oregano, chili pepper, cayenne pepper, basil, cloves, fennel, and parsley. You may also want to take rose hips capsules (this is the center portion of the rose containing the seeds). Rose hips are high in Vitamin C and are good for the skin and blood vessels. It is also used as a prevention and treatment for the common cold. Massage Olive oil into your skin to remove dirt that causes blemishes and open clogged pores. It is rich in vitamins E and A and assists in repairing skin damage and absorbs UV radiation. Vitamin E gives you a youthful appearance by slowing aging. Vitamin A gives your skin a healthy, natural glow. Olive oil is also filled with antioxidants that fight free radicals that cause the skin to age. It absorbs quickly so leave it on for two to five minutes then rinse with warm water. If you use olive oil daily, your skin will return to producing the oil it needs naturally. You can also use Vitamin E capsules. Just break open the capsules and rub the moisturizer on your skin, as well as your lips and fingernails. KEEP LOOKING YOUNG

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Anxiety

 40 million Americans deal with anxiety every day. People with anxiety frequently have intense and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations, sometimes with sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear resulting in panic attacks.[1] The pandemic and the Marxist left-wing media have made the problem worst. Jesus gave us the formula for dealing with anxiety. Jesus said He is the “living water” and those that drink of the “living water” will never thirst again (John 4: 13-14). He is speaking of the thirst for God and eternal life in God’s presence;[2] this thirst is met by the pouring out of the Holy Spirit as recorded in vs.14 ESV, “the water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” To accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and follow his teachings provides spiritual and emotional strength to overcome anxiety, fear, hopelessness, loneliness, depression, and mental illness.

     To truly follow Christ, we need to love and serve others. This involves taking on the role of servant.[3] Jesus gave us the perfect example of service, e.g., leaving a heavenly home to live amongst the common people, as well as performing the tasks of a servant, e.g., washing the feet of his disciples (John 13: 4-5). If we wish to serve well, we need to take the time to get to know people and honor them by listening well.[4] Just listening to people discuss their problems and concerns is a powerful service.[5]

      There are many people we can serve. Service starts at home. What are some things that you can do for your spouse? Your children? Do things for him/her. Reach out and show love and concern by listening and by action. Teach the children correct principles by word and example; get involved. Then reach out to others: relatives, friends, neighbors, strangers, those that are spiritually lost, people in poor health or poverty, addicts, homeless, and incarcerated. Live a life of love and service and find emotional and spiritual fulfillment as anxiety fades.

     On judgment day the King will say, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matt. 25: 40).

 By Larry Kuka


[1]https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anxiety/symptoms-causes/syc-20350961

[2] D.A. Carson, The Gospel According to John, (Leicester, England: Inter-Varsity Press; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Pub., 1991).

[3] https://experiencemission.org/blog/5-steps-serving-others-well

[4] Ibid.

[5] Ibid.

Sugar & Your Health

One hundred years ago, the average American consumed just four pounds of sugar a year. Today, consumption is 40 times this amount, about 160 pounds a year. Food companies add large quantities of sugar, or worse, high fructose corn syrup to many processed foods, e.g., bread, pastries, cereal, baked goods, pasta, beans, vegetables, fruits, sauces and condiments, peanut butter, jams and jellies, snacks, yogurt, ice cream, as well as drinks; carbonated colas, sports drinks, energy drinks, coffee, milk, fruit juice, and bottled water.

If you have a meal of bar-b-q, white bread, baked beans, french fries with ketchup, sugar-laced cole slaw, and salad with commercial salad dressing, you have eaten sugar/high fructose corn syrup in every item and have consumed more sugar than eating most desserts. This is the recipe for poor health and a shortened life span.

Sugar consumption is the underlying cause of most diseases including cancer, liver disease, high cholesterol, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, gout, arthritis, dementia, et al.

Sugar directly influences cancer cells. The amount we consume can either feed those cells or starve them. A diet high in sugar can contribute to the formation of cancer. It also can make a difference in the treatment of a person who has cancer.

The solution is to eat whole foods cooked from scratch and avoid processed food.

Source: cbn.com  Also see healthline.commayoclinic.orgwebmd.com, and draxe.com

LIving Water

Jesus said, “whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4.14. “The soul’s deepest thirst is for God himself, who has made us so that we can never be satisfied without him. Christ satisfies man by bestowing upon him by the gift of his spirit, an inward source of satisfaction” F.F. Bruce, The Gospel of John. Jesus Christ is the solution for unhappiness, depression, anxiety, despair, selfishness, marital problems, mental illness, and suicidal thoughts.
Drink the living water of eternal life and live as God intended for you to live.

Where to Go from Here

As I read the Old Testament book of I Chronicles, I learn the genealogies from Adam to
Noah, as well as many generations after Noah, including Abraham and the 12 tribes of Israel.
Genealogy is important to the people of God. The ancient Hebrews relied on their genealogy
to determine their tribal ancestry, where to live according to their tribal land allotments, and
their spiritual duties.
We can trace our genealogy and determine the same. We can learn who we are: we are a
product of our ancestors. We can learn from genealogy and family history why our ancestors
settled where they did, and why we were born where we were. Once we realize why we are
here and where our family came from, we can more easily determine where we should go
from here.
If adopted we can learn the same about the ancestors of our adopted family. Once adopted,
we become heirs of our new family and entitled to the same birthright as a natural born
person.
Learning our genealogy and family history has never been easier; no more traveling to
archives to search family records, just research it all online. We can even post our family tree
online for others to learn.
Learning the history of our family gives us a greater understanding of who we are, why we are
here, and where to go from here.
Searching genealogies and family history heals mental illness, nervousness, anxiety,
depression, and feelings of worthlessness. A person searching their family history cannot
remain in a state of mental disorder: they will gain a new insight for living.
When Christ returns, our dead ancestors will be resurrected and we will be able to talk with
them directly and trace our lines all the way back to Noah.
May you be blessed with many hours of learning; where you came from, why you are here, and where to go from here.

Liver Essentials

  The liver is a small organ that performs many different functions. Only God could have created such a small organ (only four pounds) that performs thousands of such complex deeds. If you take good care of your liver, it will take good care of you. One of the best ways to destroy your liver is by overeating. Also, eating and using the wrong things, e.g., alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, drugs, medicines, oral contraceptives, refined white-flour foods, processed foods, junk foods, potato chips, corn chips, fried foods, sugary drinks, and artificially sweetened drinks. To protect and heal your liver drink lots of pure water with lemon. Raw fruits and vegetables are your best friends. Fresh vegetable juice (homemade not canned), especially carrot and beet juice is very good for the liver. Dandelion, celery, beet juice, asparagus, fresh-picked apples, rice, bananas, wheat bran, seeds, almonds and other raw nuts, kelp, brewers yeast, raisins, and prunes are good foods for the liver. Good liver supplements are dandelion, milk thistle, turmeric, ginger, and rosemary. Take good care of your liver and you will prevent many diseases.

Not intended for medical advice: for informational purposes only.  

Need More Protein? Try These Seeds

Flaxseed (1.8 grams of Omega 3’s per tbsp. 31 grams of protein/cup)
Flaxseed contains 3 major components- Omega 3’ essential fatty acids. This makes flaxseed heart healthy. Lignans – these are estrogen and antioxidant, flax contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods. Fiber – both soluable and insoluable types. There is evidence that flax may reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.
Chia ( 14% protein) These superfood seeds are nutritious and contain protein, fiber, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, antioxidants, and Vitamins B1,2 and 3. It’s also the plant food with the highest amount of Omega 3 fatty acids. Spoon into smoothies, on top of yogurt, or into stir-frys. Make a chia pudding by adding these seeds to soy milk. They expand when added to liquid and make a soft texture. Chia promotes heart health and reduces risk of type 2 diabetes. It lowers bad cholesterol and improves good cholesterol.
Quinoa (4 grams protein/ half-cup) Quinoa seed is a complete protein: it contains all the essential amino acids your system needs. Filling and high in fiber, it also contains iron and magnesium. Quinoa makes a great breakfast cereal with fruit, nuts, and a little raw honey or pure maple syrup. It is high in fiber, Vitamin B-2, calcium and antioxidants and may reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Sunflower Seeds (6 grams of protein/ 1⁄4 cup) Sunflower seeds are nature’s energy snack food, with protein as well as heart-healthy unsaturated fat and vitamin E for the skin. They add a crunch to salads when roasted or toasted. Sunflower seeds increase production of red blood cells, aid heart health and diabetes prevention. They also increase energy levels and protect the body from the sun’s UV rays and help relieve pain of arthritis symptoms.
Hemp Seeds (5 grams of protein/tbsp.) Hemp seeds offer complete protein, as well as necessary minerals like zinc, magnesium, and iron. They’re also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, and can lower cholesterol levels and risk of depression. Nutty, soft, and slightly sweet, they can be put in a blender and sprinkled into just about any dish, soup or smoothie and contain amino acids, essential fatty acids and Vitamin E. Use hemp as an aid to prevent diabetes, heart disease and metabolic syndromes.
Pumpkin seeds ( 9 grams of protein/oz.) Pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein, zinc, magnesium, manganese, iron, phosphorous, copper, sodium, lutein, selenium, fiber and Vitamins E, C, K and B. Pumpkin seeds support the immune system, nerve and muscle function, prostate health in men, blood glucose levels, libido, prevent infections, heal skin wounds, prevent hair loss and reduce anxiety, stress and heart disease risk. Mixed with raw honey and milk they are reported to remove intestinal worms. They can be eaten raw or slightly toasted (do not over cook to preserve the fatty acids).

Sources: http://www.webmd.com http://www.yahoo.com/health superfoodprofiles.com http://www.naturalnews.com healthdiaries.com

This information is intended for educational purposes only; not intended as medical advice.

Your Health & Covid 19

The U.S. has more Covid 19 cases than most other nations (1). They also have more access to media through television, radio, internet, smart phones, etc. Is there a relationship? Psychosomatic illness is brought about by the influence of the mind and emotions (2). I once knew a lady in her early forties that told me she thought that she would get cancer. Within two years, she was diagnosed with cancer, and six months later she was deceased. She actually perceived her demise in her mind.
Since Americans have the greatest access to the media, they also have the greatest access to the fear and stress that is promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO). If we allow this fear to control our thinking, we are opening ourselves up for sickness. This is evident when we see people walking alone in isolated outdoor areas wearing a mask. Their fear of getting the Covid 19 is greater than their faith and confidence in having good health. This is the reason that a person can remain in quarantine and still get Covid 19.
Our immune system functions best when we are stress free. Stress is the direct enemy of good health and strong immunity to disease. There are things that we can do to strengthen our immune system, e.g., removing addictions to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine,
and sugar; as well as eating healthy foods. However, these health benefits will be outweighed by fear and stress. If fear of the Covid 19 affects you, then removing the source of the stress and fear is the best remedy: turn off the television, radio, internet, and smart phone.
Spend your new-found time with family, friends, and good books.
The Bible is a faith promoting book, especially the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Faith over fear is the desired result. Mark 16:17-18 tells us that believers are protected from deadly things. “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for,” Hebrews 11:1. In the midst of a storm, Jesus asked his disciples, “Why are you fearful, O ye of little faith?” (Matt. 8:26). Perhaps we should ask that same question of ourselves.
You may also like positive thinking and faith promoting books, e.g., books by Dale Carnegie, Joel Osteen, Zig Ziglar, Napoleon Hill, Norman Vincent Peale, et al.
“Let it be done for you according to your faith,” Matt 9: 29.

  1. https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-09-16/u-s-vs-rich-countries-covid-19
  2. https://www.verywellmind.com/depression-can-be-a-real-pain-1065455
    https://www.wikihow.com/Deal-with-Psychosomatic-Illness

Grace

“Grace was given to each one of us.” (Eph. 4:7 ESV) The word “Grace” comes from the Greek word “charis” meaning favor, goodwill, or benevolence of God. We have all received grace. If we sin and fall from grace it is due to our own weaknesses, which we can overcome by following Jesus Christ.
If we fall, we can get up and start anew through the grace of Christ.
Be all that God intended for you to be. Do not accept failure. If at first, you do not succeed, then start over again. Get back up as many times as you fall. You can do it. You can do all things through the grace God has given you.

Echinacea

Echinacea is an herb, also called American Coneflower
or Black Susan. Several species of the echinacea plants
are used to make home and commercial medicine from
the leaves, flowers, and/or root. It is widely used to fight
infections, especially the common cold and other upper
respiratory infections. Some people take echinacea at the
first sign of a cold, hoping they will be able to keep the cold
from developing. Other people take echinacea after cold
symptoms have started, hoping they can make lessen the
symptoms. Research shows that echinacea probably reduces cold symptoms, but it’s not clear if it helps prevent colds from developing. It may be taken as a medicine but is very effective when put in a pot of water and boiled. By deep breathing the vapors from the boiling water and
echinacea, sinus and lung congestion is relieved. Echinacea capsules can be opened and emptied into the water. Eucalyptus or peppermint may also be used with echinacea. Echinacea is also used against many other infections including the flu, urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast infections, genital herpes, bloodstream infections (septicemia), gum disease, tonsillitis,
streptococcus infections, syphilis, typhoid, malaria, and diphtheria. Other uses not related to infection include chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), rheumatism, migraines, acid indigestion, pain, dizziness, rattlesnake bites, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Sometimes
people apply echinacea to their skin to treat boils, abscesses, skin wounds, ulcers, burns, eczema, psoriasis, UV radiation skin damage, herpes simplex, bee stings, and hemorrhoids.
Echinacea species are native to North America and were used by Great Plains Indian tribes.
Later, settlers followed the Indians’ example and began using echinacea for medicinal purposes.
Source:
https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-981/echinacea