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There are some basic principles of health all should adhere to no matter what your income level is, or what part of the world you live in, or your work schedule. Most of us already know these principles but the ears should never be wearied of hearing it. So here they are:
!. Plenty of water, even if it’s rain water.
6. Belief in God
8. Abstinence from flesh foods.
9. Avoid processed food.
10. Consume plenty vegetables and fruits.
The first nine principles are absolutely free. The tenth principle, our daily bread, is guaranteed by God according to Matthew 6: 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
God is truly wonderful!!!
Sleeping. On your Left or Right?
There is a lot of discussion and opinions about which side is the best side to sleep on. But it all comes down to your health. For those with sleep apnea, pregnant women, the aged, those with back and neck injury and other health issues, the widely recommended healthy sleeping position may not work. For pregnant women for example, it is recommended that they sleep on their left side to reduce pressure on arteries, and allow for continued blood flow to their uterus.
For healthy people, it is advised that sleeping on the right side is the best position. It requires less pressure on the heart and stomach.
Most, especially health professionals, recommend sleeping on the left side as the best position. “To the left, to the left! Did you know that sleeping on your left side can promote better coordination between your digestive system and GRAVITY? That’s correct – the small intestine moves waste to your right side to make its way to the large intestine and then to the lower colon on the left side. This increases the likelihood of having your bowel movement first thing in the morning.” Yet for those with gallstones, and existing digestive problems it poses a problem.
Others strongly believes sleeping on the back is the best way to sleep. It is reported that about only 8% to 17$ of people in the world sleep on their backs. You head neck and spine it is claimed, are in a neutral position, therefore there is no pressure on these areas. It also wards off acid reflux, providing you elevates your head with a pillow keeping your stomach below your esophagus. Yet, for adults sleeping on their backs for a long portion of their lives, it is possible to develop problems on th spine, cause breathing difficulties and snoring difficulties.
Most newborn babies sleep on their backs. The theory is that these babies are innocent and have not yet developed defense mechanisms to protect themselves from the world.
For those with respiratory problems sleeping on the stomach is a way of relieving and expelling excess mucus from the lungs. But this way of sleeping can put pressure on the heart and chest for those with heart problems and high blood pressure. It can also cause long-term damage to neck muscles.
The right side sleeping position if you are following a healthy diet, appears toi be the best way to sleep. But sleeping in any one position for a very long time will eventually present health problems.
A Stony Brook University study suggests that how you sleep could help reduce your chances of developing cognitive concerns later in life.
The study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, found that the way a person’s body is positioned while they sleep could affect the brain’s waste clearance system, aka the glymphatic system. While we sleep, toxins are flushed from the brain through tiny lymphatic vessels called glymphatics. The brain dumps around three pounds of toxins, chemicals, and plaque out of the brain each year.
Scientists used rodents to test how different sleep positions affect this process and found that lying on your side while you sleep may be the most efficient position for toxins to flush out from the brain through the glymphatics.
The study found that rodents who were in the lateral position cleared certain proteins about 25% better than when they were sleeping on their backs or stomach. These proteins may contribute to the build-up of brain plaque, which is strongly linked to age-related cognitive decline. Further studies on humans still need to be done to confirm these findings. Fortunately, most people find sleeping on their side most comfortable.After looking at the information for or against one way of sleeping as opposed to the other it still may not be clear which way is the best way for one to sleep. It would be safe to take one’s individual situation into consideration to arrive at te right decision one ow one should position themselves to sleep. No one remains in the same position all night while asleep. People turn and toss changing positions all night. Alway looking for the most comfortable position to rest. The body eventually decides which is the best way to sleep. If one should decide to monitor ow he sleeps he would be up all night doing this.
When the prophet in the allegory of Zechariah 4 was told to siege the city he was told to spend 390 days on his left side and another forty days on his right side. From a scientific point of view it makes much sense to sleep the way he did. “Sleeping on the left side with a full stomach is the most efficient way to sleep. “Lying on the left side lets food waste easily move from the large intestine into the lower colon, meaning you’re more likely to have a bowel movement when you wake up.”
The stomach is on the left and the esophagus pouring food down into the stomach and into the intestines make a smooth natural flow into the body’s elimination process. Sleeping on the right side on an empty stomach eases the heart and the stomach which tilts to the right and takes no wear and tear on the digestive and elimination system. Imagine food pouring into the esophagus and then having food pushed toward a stomach that’s tilting downward. Some type of digestive disorder must result from this awkward angle. The lord in penning this prophecy took into consideration the process of the human digestive system. Oh what a God of wisdom.
This being said, neither of these positions are ideal for anyone in the manner in which they were ideal for Jeremiah’s allegory. But it can work on a short-term basis. For someone who is bedridden sleeping on the left is ideal; sleeping on the right-side to remedy a bad heart may be a good thing but never on a full stomach. Sleeping while eating as Jeremiah was ordered to do, or starving for a long period of time the next, is not a healthy recommendation from God to man. He used this method to depict the prophecy because it was a perfect way to do so.
Choosing which position to sleep in is left entirely up to the individual and the condition of his health. Sleeping on one’s stomach seem to be the only sleeping position that is clearly undesirable. But, the man with sleeping apnea may disagree since this is the only way he finds relief. So all sleeping positions have their right place. Try to find which, if not a combination of all, is best for you.