First United Methodist
Church of Gilford

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February Notes

Parts of The Body

1 Corinthians 12:12-26Paul talks about how all the different parts of the body are necessary to the whole. As I read this passage I thought about not only all the parts of the body of Christ buthow this passage is also important to the individual person.So often in our culture we first look at a person from the outside. We think we arehealthy if we look healthy. The scripture that made me think about this was 1Corinthians 12:23-24 "Instead, the parts of the body that people think are the weakest are the most nec- essary. The parts of the body that we think are less honorable are the ones we honor the most. The parts of our body that aren't presentable are the ones that are given the most dig- nity. The parts of our body that are presentable don't need this."What I think about in this passage is the parts of the body that aren't presentable or that we think are the weakest. Our digestive track is one of the parts that many don't think about unless they are having a problem. The digestive track (mouth to anus) can be the core of our health though. Without this system our food would not get absorbed, filtered and then the poisons passed. Many don't like talking about problems they may be having in one por- tion or another of this system, but if it isn't working well neither are we.So as Paul talks about, keep the Whole body healthy. Eat properly to keep the whole body healthy. When I say the Whole body I mean mind, body, and soul. So feed your mind body and soul with good food, which will nourish you and keep the whole body healthy in every way.If you have questions or need guidance in this please let me know. Shalom, Kathy Smith, Parish Nurse 

The Winter Doldrums

This time of year we all need to have some way to keep our spirits up during the cold months of winter. The best way to combat cabin fever is to get out, get some sun (when possi- ble), socializing with others is a great way to help get out of the doldrums as well. I've put to- gether some tips that may help in some way through this cold month of February. Enjoy life and be a part of it even if there is snow on the ground.Resolutions: how are you doing? Now that January is over a good portion of the reso- lutions we start the New Year with are gone out of our minds. Well it's not to late to start up again, just think of them differently. One way to help you reach your goals is to reframe your objectives, be more flexible and easier to accomplish. For exampleOld Way – I want to lose five pounds; reframed: I'm going to drop 3-6 pounds. Also, break them down in to smaller segments. Start with small mini workouts like the seven- minute workout. This work out is broken up with 30-second intense moves then ten seconds of rest. Who doesn't have seven minutes to help them get into shape? You can also try switching between walking and jogging (or fast walking) every 30 seconds. Losing weight is always a big one and exercise is one way but food is the other side of that coin. Again start with small changes then keep adding as you go along.

Eat breakfast – you've fasted all night; help your body get going by eating something. Try not to make it an all carbohydrate breakfast though. Add fruit, even nuts or other protein is the best way to start the day.

Snacks are the downfall of many. Try to find something that you can easily carry and will be quick to get during work or even at home. It may take a little prep but it will be worth it.

Watch portion size, eating on a smaller plate is one way to help. We eat with our eyes as well as our nose and mouth. When you see a lot of food on a plate it looks better than the same amount of food on a larger plate.

A note about Carbohydrates – If food has been refined the body breaks it down too fast, breaking down into sugars, when there is too much sugar in the system your body stores that energy as fat for use later. Example, a loaf of bread that is light as a feather (even if it says whole wheat) will break down very fast. A loaf of bread that has weight to it will take longer to break down thus the body can use the properties better and not just turn it into fat. So food that is as close to natural is always best. Also, anything that is packaged or made for you (i.e. restaurants) will probably have too much salt, sugar and fat.


So Long, Sick Days

Start with a clean Slate

Washing your hands for a full 20 seconds. Make sure to scrub all over your hands between fingers with warm soapy water. Hand Sanitizers are only a last resort. They do kill some germs but they won't physically remove dirt, which can harbor bacteria.Power up with Purple ProduceRed grapes and blueberries have potent anti-germ properties. The compounds spur the production of bacteria- and virus- killing protein. And when those compounds were combined with vitamin D, the results were even stronger.Get D-FensiveVitamin D also promotes your immune system to produce proteins that get rid of bacteria and viruses. But come winter, three-fourths of us don't soak up enough sun for our bodies to make sufficient D, says Adit Gind, M.D. Ginde advises taking 1,000 to 2,000 IU of vitamin D a day, which can help ward off colds and flue. And, at your next doc appointment, get you D levels checked.WalkPeople who walk or do other medium-intense exercise for 30-45 minutes, five days a week have 40-45 percent fewer sick days. Exercise increases the activity of important immune cells, especially the ones on the front line, which are destroying germs the moment they enter your body.

Tips from Better Homes and Gardens January 2014 pg 91

Shovel Snow Safely

Before you dig in check with your doctor. Clearing the walk is strenuous exercise and can tax your heart. Upgrade your shovel – Choose a smaller shovel for a lighter load, and look for one with an ergonomic shape, such as a curved handle.Warm Up – Tight muscles are more likely to lead to injury, so march in place for 5-10 minutes before- hand. Also drink plenty of water and take breaks.Practice Good Posture – Bend at your hips and knees instead of hunching over. "Use you leg and hip muscles —not your back," Also try to push as much snow as possible versus lifting it.

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