The Seventh-day Adventist Church, from its inception, has promoted a healthy lifestyle as an important factor in its teachings. The health ministry department conducts a number of programs periodically for the public, such as Health Screenings, Vegetarian Cooking Schools and Healthy Lifestyle Seminars. If you would like further information on any of the above, please contact the church office.
Tips for Better Digestion
Dark Green Vegetables
- stomach doesn't have teeth! Make sure to chew your food well in order to break it down. In fact, don't swallow until you can literally “drink” your food.
- Dine at a leisurely pace. It takes 20minutes for the “I'm full” signal to be received by the brain. That's why it's important to eat slowly enough to allow the brain to perceive that you're full.
- Don't gulp liquids with your meals. It's better to drink 15 minutes before or at least one hour after you eat. If you must drink with your meals, sip rather than gulp.
- Don't eat when you're upset. Stress activates the fight or flight hormone cortisol and it creates belly fat. The body hoards fat during a crisis and protects itself with a layer of fat around the middle.
- Exercise aids digestion by speeding up the process. Couch potatoes frequently suffer from consitpation.
Eat a dark green vegetable (broccoli, spinach, kale, collar greens) at least three times a week. These nutritional powerhouses are packed full of vitamins such as calcium and iron. On the run or hate spinach? Try drinking your greens. You can use your blender to blend fruit juice and greens, so it tastes better.