You Are What You Eat

Written by M. Larson

whatyoueatYears ago, when I was a young bride, I was fortunate enough to read a book that contained comparatively new ideas: You Are What You Eat. It set forth the importance of vitamins and minerals for our physical well-being, and I think I can give part of the credit for the energy and good health I enjoy today to that revolutionary book!

Up until the time that book was published, however, most people didn’t realize the need for a balanced diet. They didn’t realize that fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods are a primary source of food vitamins and minerals. Now we know that milk helps to build and maintain strong bones and teeth, not only in growing children, but in aging adults. The latter can ward off brittle bones and nails by having plenty of milk products in their diets.

Your food and drink can make you healthy, strong and cheerful, or it can make you fat, diabetic, grumpy, depressed and beset by many other physical and emotional problems. For better health, check out the following. Here are some truths that have enabled me to stay healthy and serve the Lord with energy and enthusiasm:

  • Vitamin A is found high in such things as green and yellow/orange vegetables, many fruits, salmon, liver and eggs – will give you a smooth, healthy skin, guard you against infectious diseases and is good for your eyes.When I developed dry eye, I learned that ophthalmologists told their patients they just had to live with this condition that could actually result in blindness. In answer to my prayers, the Lord led me to information that indicated 10,000 units of vitamin A daily, along with plenty of water, would heal me – and it did. It healed my neighbor too. It also fights infections.
  • B complex consists of all the B vitamins. In order to work best in our bodies, they need to be taken together. Lack of various substances of the Vitamin-B complex may result in all kinds of physical problems, including lack of energy and nervous and depressed feelings.For persons subject to emotional ups-and-downs, these “B” vitamins are especially helpful in keeping them on a more even keel. Good sources of the B vitamins are: beef, salmon, brewer’s yeast, chicken, liver, eggs, and whole wheat flour products. White flour products only supply three of the B vitamins which means you could develop a deficiency in the others.Dr. Derrick Lonsdale said he sees thiamin deficiency regularly in people who are addicted to cola and empty-calorie foods. Many such patients go without breakfast and wolfed down junk food and soda. All of them suffered from such problems as depression, insomnia, chronic fatigue and lack of the B vitamin, thiamin. Tired? Depressed? Junk the junk food.
  • Vitamin C prevents scurvy and colds. (Whenever my nose runs, I zap it with C.) It also helps hay fever and the healing of wounds. It is found in fruits and vegetables such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons, strawberries, cantaloupes, broccoli, greens, spinach and potatoes. (Getting Vitamin C in our diets isn’t too hard to take, is it?) This vitamin helps us to digest food and fight the effects of stress. (Is any problem stressing you out? Grab an orange!) We need to take in a good supply of Vitamin C daily.
  • Vitamin D is provided for us by sunshine and fish. It aids formation of our bones and teeth. It works together with calcium to keep them strong and healthy. Calcium is also found in milk and dairy products. (Tired of cavities? Suffering from osteoporosis?)
  • Vitamin E, found in wheat germ, salmon, peanuts and nuts, wards off old age, high-blood pressure and heart problems, and is good for our skin, eyes, circulation and lungs. It protects our bodies from many problems, and keeps a sparkle in our eyes! (Anyone for a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread?)If you feel the cold easily, have brittle nails, and feel depressed and irritable, you may be anemic, lacking in iron. We get iron from beef, liver, sunflower seeds, broccoli, peas, brewer’s yeast, raisins, poultry and fish.Bananas, potatoes, orange juice and milk provides us with potassium. Bananas, peanut butter and oatmeal fortifies us with magnesium. Certain fats, cholesterol, alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine, however, will hurt your body and could even kill it. Alcohol and nicotine deplete your body of vitamins and minerals. Many people take vitamin and mineral supplements daily just to make sure.

Keeping your spirit bright

When we receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, we become spiritually healthy; He becomes part of us. He can give us peace and a joy that makes our faces and personalities shine. This gives us true beauty…the beauty of Jesus.

Taking in good food each day keeps our bodies in good health. Jesus Christ said He is the “bread of life.” After we receive Him as our Savior, we can draw spiritual nourishment and strength from Him each day. We do that by staying close to Him, abiding in Him as He advised in John 15:1-7. He has helped me to have peace and joy in all kinds of circumstances!

Just as things like alcohol and drugs hurt our bodies, wrong-doing hurts us spiritually. But if when we do something wrong, we repent of it and ask the Lord’s forgiveness, He will cleanse us. He will renew our strength to live a good life for Him.

Many of us already know these truths – but do we practice them? The great tragedy of the church today is that fact that so many Christians have fallen by the wayside – and so many others, although busy-busy for the Lord, exhibit little of the fruit of the Spirit!

God has given us food for good spiritual health, and this food is in His Word, the Bible. Just as we need to eat three times a day, we also need to feed our spirits daily. The prophet Jeremiah said to God,

“When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God Almighty” (Jeremiah 15:16).

Again, many of us know these things – but I have noted that few of us practice them after we reach a certain stage in our Christian experience. Feeling that we have “arrived,” we tend to think we no longer have to feed our spirits. We may prefer to let TV and VCR feed our flesh, and without our realizing it, our old self jumps into the driver’s seat of our lives!

The Word of God is pure and full of spiritual vitamins. The more we eat of it, by reading and hearing it – and the more we practice it in our daily lives – the healthier spirits we will have – and with these we will have a peace and joy that will radiate out from us. These qualities will not only make us lights for our Lord, but along with a good diet, they will lengthen our days and service for Him on earth.

No comments yet

Leave a Reply