Shopping Cart
Your Cart is Empty
Quantity:
Subtotal
Taxes
Shipping
Total
There was an error with PayPalClick here to try again
CelebrateThank you for your business!You should be receiving an order confirmation from Paypal shortly.Exit Shopping Cart

Mercy Christian Counseling

NCCA Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counseling with Temperament

Counselor's Corner

Counselor's Corner

ALL YOU REALLY NEED

Posted by mercycounseling on July 16, 2018 at 9:35 AM

Let’s face it: we all want to be healthy and happy. Unfortunately, we either lack the motivation to make necessary changes or we look for it in all the wrong places. Sometimes both are true. Sometimes even knowing where to begin can elude us. Fret not, dear reader; I’m going to give you an outline garnered from my training and experience. Here’s what you need:

Something for the Spirit.

Something for the Soul.

Something for the body.

We are spiritual beings. True health and happiness has a spiritual component. As a Christian, I believe we are all created spiritual beings by God. Our spirit has needs that can only be satisfied in relationship with God through Jesus Christ. All that “stuff” we pursue—things, people, pleasure, power, wealth, recognition, accomplishment, even love—cannot satisfy the true source of our longing. We must develop a relationship with our Creator. He has the most precious love story waiting for us to read—the Holy Bible. In it God reveals Himself to us; and it is free to pursue. No one can achieve true health and happiness without a relationship with God.

We possess a soul. Closely linked with our spiritual dimension is the soul—the mind, will, and emotions. Genesis 2:7 tells us about when God created Adam, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground (body), and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (spirit); and man became a living soul (with mind, will, and emotions).” Finding health and happiness also means satisfying the needs of our soul. The needs of our soul are as follows:

• The need for social networks and intellectual stimulation. To feel we have a purpose.

• The need to be responsible and make decisions. The need to know that we have what it takes.

• The need to give and receive love, and to know that we are loved.

“No man is an island” is a saying I’m sure you’ve heard. We were not created to be alone. Earthly relationships are every bit as important (but not more important) as our relationship with God. In the absence of satisfying human relationships, God is able to provide for every one of those needs.

Because people come in many temperaments with different shades of expression and responsiveness, these needs will not be met in the same way by everyone; but for these brief purposes, suffice it to say that we cannot be healthy and happy unless these needs of the soul are met in ways that are not harmful to us, our human relationships, or our relationship with God. A Christian counselor trained by the National Christian Counselors Association (www.ncca.org) can help you understand the needs of your temperament and how best to meet them.

We live in a body. We cannot be abundantly healthy and happy living in a body ravaged and malfunctioning due to neglect and disease. Neglect is a strong word when applied to the average person, but it is often true for most of us. The body has needs that must be met as well as the spirit and soul. The basic needs of the body are for air, water, food, shelter, exercise, and rest. It is the presence and quality of these that determine the level of our physical health.

• Clean air is critical for good health. Many necessary trace minerals are found in fresh air that contribute to good health. Environmental pollutants can stall your improvement or recovery. Exchange the air in your indoor environment daily. Change furnace filters and vacuum bags. Avoid harsh chemical cleaners by switching to natural alternatives. Quit smoking! The carbon monoxide you breathe while smoking renders your red blood cells useless because carbon monoxide fills the cellular receptor sites that should be carrying oxygen to every cell in the body. When you smoke, you are literally suffocating yourself!

• Water is critical for good health. Your body is 65-75% water and every biological process requires water. Dehydration is very common and an enemy of good health. Insufficient water intake inhibits biochemical processes and allows toxins to build up in the body. An individual needs about one-half his/her body weight in ounces of pure water every day. For example, a 150 lb. person would need to drink 75 oz. of water daily. More is needed during periods of excessive sweating. Steam distilled water is the best type of water to drink because it is “heavy” water, not containing minerals that mostly will not be useful to the body. In fact, it will help your body deliver appropriate minerals and carry away waste more efficiently.

• Food—obviously you need it—should be consumed in as natural a state and as wide a variety as you can get it. What you DON’T eat is very important to your health. If there is one thing that can destroy your health faster than anything else and which should be eliminated from your diet, it is this: refined sugars such as white sugar and highly processed, strained honey. Second on my list of toxic foods is other forms of highly refined carbohydrates such as white flour products and anything described as convenience food. These products have nothing of value to offer your body and are, in fact, like eating poison. They ruin your ability to digest food properly and maintain stable blood glucose. In this age of pollution, I can only really recommend organically grown fruits and vegetables and grass-fed, free roaming flesh animals, chicken, and eggs. No animals from concentrated feeding operations or fish farms, due to the filthy conditions and polluted food they are raised in and on.

• Your primary source of shelter is your skin. Please take care of it. The integrity of your skin determines how many pathogens can get into your bloodstream and cause health problems. Skin also includes the mucus membranes that line the alimentary canal from nose/mouth to anus. What you eat and drink can cause breakdown of this barrier. Highly processed food, alcohol, sugar, and drugs (both pharmaceutical and recreational) can over time cause changes in the mucus lining of the digestive tract leading to illnesses like ulcers, irritable bowel disease, food allergies, and yeast overgrowth, to name a few. Secondary sources of shelter include clothing and dwelling places. These are designed to keep you safe from the extremes of the environment. Choose and use wisely.

• Exercise is simply the requirement to move your body around from place to place. It does not mean you need to join a gym. Our bodies have muscles, tendons, and ligaments designed to put the skeleton into motion. Movement helps to keep blood flowing (veins have passive valves in them that squeeze the blood back toward the heart only through muscle contraction). The lymphatic system becomes congested with toxins in the absence of movement, because lymph doesn’t move unless we move. To be healthy, you’ve got to spend time in motion every day. Sitting around too much turns your body into a stagnant sewer that breeds weight gain, lethargy, and disease. Taking a walk is free, gets your system moving, and increases the delivery of oxygen throughout the body.

• Rest is not optional, and many people today are not getting proper rest. Humans need a minimum of 6 hours uninterrupted sleep per every 24-hour cycle to be healthy. Anything less than 6 hours has the same effect on the body as drinking alcohol—loss of cognitive function, coordination, and reflexes. Sleep cannot be banked for use later. It is a daily need. If you are not sleeping properly, it’s time to investigate why and make the changes in your lifestyle that will support this most important function.

• Sunlight, though much maligned by western medicine, is one of the primary ingredients for good health. The infrared wavelengths in unfiltered, natural sunlight striking the skin stimulate the formation of vitamin D, which is a vital nutrient. It also stimulates deep-tissue repair, formation of collagen, and is a natural antibiotic. Sunlight striking the retina of the eye aids the body in regulating the wake/sleep cycle and the production of melatonin. Sunlight is also a mood enhancer. I recommend spending time in the sun as often as possible, but protect against sunburn.

So there you have it: my list of basic must-haves for better healing and health. I encourage you to find something on this list to begin with and build from there. Choose that which you are able to sustain. Set realistic goals. This is not a one-time fix; it is a lifestyle. As the pinnacle of God’s creation, you are worth the best. I wish you abundant wisdom and success in your journey!

Susan A. Haberkorn, Ph.D.

Natural Health Coach

 

Categories: None

Post a Comment

Oops!

Oops, you forgot something.

Oops!

The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.

Already a member? Sign In

83 Comments

Reply bape
3:36 AM on March 18, 2022 
I wish to express my love for your kind-heartedness giving support to individuals who have the need for help on the theme. Your special dedication to passing the message across had become surprisingly informative and have specifically empowered most people like me to attain their objectives. Your entire interesting guideline means a whole lot a person like me and extremely more to my mates. Thanks a lot; from everyone of us.
bape http://www.bathing-ape.us
Reply yeezy
11:02 PM on March 14, 2022 
I wanted to put you that little observation to be able to give many thanks the moment again over the gorgeous concepts you've provided above. This has been really extremely generous with you to convey unreservedly precisely what many of us would've sold as an ebook to help with making some cash for their own end, and in particular given that you might well have done it in the event you decided. The techniques also worked to be the great way to know that most people have a similar desire similar to my own to know a little more regarding this problem. I am sure there are thousands of more pleasant situations ahead for folks who read carefully your website.
yeezy http://www.yeezy-sneakers.us
Reply kyrie irving
4:07 PM on March 12, 2022 
I have to convey my passion for your kind-heartedness for those individuals that really want help with this topic. Your real commitment to getting the solution all around had been especially effective and has continually permitted workers just like me to reach their targets. This warm and helpful instruction entails a whole lot a person like me and much more to my office colleagues. Thank you; from each one of us.
kyrie irving http://www.kyrieirvingshoes.us.com
Reply golden goose
12:59 AM on March 11, 2022 
My spouse and i were really glad when Louis could complete his investigation by way of the precious recommendations he grabbed through your blog. It is now and again perplexing to simply choose to be giving out guidelines which usually the others might have been selling. And we do understand we now have the website owner to appreciate because of that. The type of illustrations you have made, the straightforward blog navigation, the friendships you make it easier to create - it's got everything incredible, and it is aiding our son in addition to our family feel that this issue is satisfying, and that is quite serious. Thanks for the whole thing!
golden goose http://www.goldengooseoutletstore.com
Reply lebron 18
12:49 PM on March 10, 2022 
I wish to get across my appreciation for your generosity giving support to persons who absolutely need help with your niche. Your very own dedication to getting the solution along ended up being definitely functional and have consistently allowed regular people like me to achieve their ambitions. This useful hints and tips indicates a lot a person like me and even more to my fellow workers. Thanks a lot; from all of us.
lebron 18 http://www.lebron18.net
Reply curry 6 shoes
8:39 PM on March 8, 2022 
I simply wished to thank you very much once more. I do not know what I could possibly have handled without the pointers shared by you over this field. Entirely was an absolute hard scenario in my position, nevertheless looking at a specialized technique you managed it made me to cry with joy. Now i'm happy for this support and then wish you are aware of a powerful job you're putting in teaching the rest using your website. I'm certain you've never met any of us.
curry 6 shoes http://www.curry6.net
Reply jordan shoes
8:12 AM on March 8, 2022 
I precisely wanted to say thanks yet again. I am not sure the things I might have created without those solutions discussed by you relating to my area. It was actually a very fearsome issue in my circumstances, but coming across a skilled approach you dealt with the issue took me to weep with gladness. I am just happy for your information and thus believe you realize what a powerful job you're getting into educating some other people using your site. I am certain you haven't encountered all of us.
jordan shoes http://www.jordanshoes.us
Reply off white nike
6:27 PM on March 6, 2022 
I have to get across my love for your kindness in support of those individuals that should have assistance with that subject. Your real dedication to passing the message up and down came to be exceptionally powerful and has empowered associates much like me to attain their endeavors. Your personal valuable publication entails a whole lot to me and especially to my colleagues. Regards; from everyone of us.
off white nike http://www.offwhites.us.com
Reply lebron james shoes
6:26 PM on March 6, 2022 
I would like to get across my gratitude for your kindness supporting folks that actually need help on this particular study. Your personal commitment to passing the message up and down has been especially effective and have really empowered guys and women much like me to realize their aims. Your personal helpful tutorial means a whole lot to me and additionally to my office colleagues. Regards; from everyone of us.
lebron james shoes http://www.lebronjames-shoes.us.com
Reply cheap jordans
3:32 AM on March 3, 2022 
My spouse and i felt quite fortunate Edward could complete his reports out of the precious recommendations he obtained from your blog. It's not at all simplistic just to be handing out things people may have been trying to sell. And now we do understand we have got the writer to thank for this. All of the explanations you've made, the easy blog menu, the relationships you will make it easier to promote - it's got all spectacular, and it's facilitating our son in addition to us feel that that concept is thrilling, and that is particularly vital. Thanks for all the pieces!
cheap jordans http://www.retro-jordans.us.com
Reply jordan 12
3:32 AM on March 3, 2022 
I in addition to my pals ended up checking the best items located on your web blog and then all of a sudden came up with a horrible feeling I had not expressed respect to the site owner for those secrets. All the women were consequently stimulated to study them and already have in actuality been loving them. I appreciate you for truly being indeed helpful and for using this kind of good useful guides millions of individuals are really wanting to be informed on. Our sincere regret for not expressing appreciation to earlier.
jordan 12 http://www.jordan12.us.com
Reply hermes handbags
3:32 AM on March 3, 2022 
I must show my appreciation to you for rescuing me from this particular predicament. Just after surfing throughout the world-wide-web and finding techniques which are not beneficial, I believed my entire life was over. Existing devoid of the answers to the difficulties you've sorted out by means of your good guideline is a serious case, as well as the ones that would have in a wrong way affected my career if I had not noticed your site. Your own personal competence and kindness in dealing with all the details was very useful. I'm not sure what I would've done if I had not come upon such a point like this. I am able to at this point relish my future. Thanks for your time so much for the skilled and result oriented guide. I won't think twice to propose the blog to any individual who would need assistance about this matter.
hermes handbags http://www.hermes-handbags.us.com
Reply birkin bag
3:31 AM on March 3, 2022 
I happen to be commenting to make you know of the fantastic discovery my wife's princess went through going through the blog. She discovered too many pieces, most notably how it is like to possess a wonderful teaching spirit to let other individuals without difficulty fully understand specific grueling subject areas. You undoubtedly did more than visitors' expectations. Thank you for showing the warm and helpful, trusted, edifying and in addition easy guidance on that topic to Jane.
birkin bag http://www.hermesbirkins.com
Reply curry 7 shoes
3:31 AM on March 3, 2022 
Thanks for all of your effort on this web page. Betty really loves engaging in investigations and it's easy to see why. Most of us notice all relating to the compelling means you present helpful things on this blog and as well attract response from some others about this content and our own simple princess is without question becoming educated so much. Enjoy the rest of the new year. You are doing a dazzling job.
curry 7 shoes http://www.curry7shoes.us
Reply golden goose
3:29 AM on March 3, 2022 
My spouse and i ended up being absolutely excited that Albert could round up his preliminary research out of the precious recommendations he got from your web page. It's not at all simplistic just to happen to be making a gift of steps many people might have been selling. And we all already know we have got the blog owner to thank for this. The illustrations you've made, the easy blog navigation, the relationships you help foster - it is all fabulous, and it's really helping our son and us know that this topic is exciting, and that is rather fundamental. Many thanks for everything!
golden goose http://www.goldengooseoutletonline.us.com
Reply golden goose
3:58 PM on March 2, 2022 
I am only writing to make you be aware of of the nice encounter my cousin's girl undergone reading through the blog. She realized a wide variety of pieces, including what it's like to possess an amazing giving nature to have others with no trouble fully understand selected complicated topics. You actually exceeded visitors' expected results. I appreciate you for showing these informative, healthy, informative and also cool tips on the topic to Evelyn.
golden goose http://www.golden-goose.us
Reply kyrie irving shoes
2:55 PM on February 28, 2022 
I'm just commenting to let you understand what a useful discovery my friend's girl went through going through your blog. She even learned some things, including what it's like to possess an incredible coaching heart to let a number of people with no trouble know various specialized things. You undoubtedly did more than our own expected results. Thank you for presenting the warm and helpful, trusted, revealing and in addition cool guidance on this topic to Emily.
kyrie irving shoes http://www.kyrie7shoes.us
Reply curry 7 sour patch
2:52 PM on February 28, 2022 
I and my pals came digesting the best tips and hints found on your website and so at once came up with a horrible suspicion I never thanked the blog owner for those tips. Those people appeared to be as a consequence passionate to read through them and have simply been tapping into those things. We appreciate you truly being well thoughtful and for utilizing such marvelous themes millions of individuals are really needing to understand about. Our honest apologies for not expressing gratitude to you earlier.
curry 7 sour patch http://www.curry7.us
Reply supreme shirt
12:23 AM on February 27, 2022 
I definitely wanted to post a small remark in order to express gratitude to you for all the fabulous advice you are showing on this website. My extensive internet research has at the end of the day been recognized with brilliant ideas to go over with my family and friends. I would claim that many of us site visitors are extremely fortunate to be in a magnificent community with many special professionals with helpful secrets. I feel very fortunate to have come across the website page and look forward to tons of more fun moments reading here. Thanks a lot once more for everything.
supreme shirt http://www.supremeshirt.us.com
Reply adidas yeezy
9:15 PM on February 24, 2022 
I wanted to write down a small message to be able to appreciate you for all of the amazing points you are writing on this website. My time consuming internet look up has at the end of the day been rewarded with pleasant tips to share with my guests. I would point out that many of us readers are definitely endowed to live in a good community with many special individuals with great methods. I feel truly fortunate to have used the weblog and look forward to tons of more exciting moments reading here. Thanks a lot again for everything.
adidas yeezy http://www.yeezysadidas.us