Free Christmas stuff
Sun Dec 22, 2013
by Mark Driscoll
Practical tips from a dad for affording Christmas generosity
Sat Dec 21, 2013
by Dave Bruskas
Resurgence Roundup, 12/20/13
Fri Dec 20, 2013
by Mark Driscoll
How to throw a holiday neighborhood outreach
Thu Dec 19, 2013
by Andrew Weiseth
11 ways to pursue a relationship with God
Wed Dec 18, 2013
by Marsha Michaelis
The Preacher’s Voice: Digestion and Immunity
The Preacher’s Voice Series: Click | View Series The last article discussed strain, stress and tension as factors inhibiting the effectiveness of preacher’s voice. This segment is going to discuss digestion and immunity.
Poor Digestion Is A Bummer
Bad digestion leads to bad breath, excessive mucus and post nasal drip, acid reflux, gas and bloating, and continual burning irritation. Food and environmental allergies, consumption of bad foods, excess alcohol, tobacco, and just plain old digestion inefficiency can contribute to bad digestion and cause bad breath. For some people, continual exposure to gluten, dairy, or other food groups will cause bad reactions until they are identified as a problem and eliminated. Testing for these reactions and for digestion efficiency is prudent, as this can eliminate these undesirable reactions.
Some very approachable blood and digestive efficiency tests can assist in identifying these unpleasantries. I had a friend who suffered from extreme discomfort because he had reactions to nuts, wheat, and dairy, but as soon as he eliminated these things, he got better. I have also treated many patients with enzyme deficiency, which causes indigestion, malabsorption, and a decrease in good bacteria. When appropriately treated the symptoms get better. Anti-acid medications just temporarily resolve the issues and do not lead to permanent changes. Finding the cause is most essential in taking care of the problem!
Can’t Live On Fumes
Much can be said for good immune health. Preachers and doctors get sick. They may have a higher resistance to certain bugs because of being around crowds of people, but dependence upon the old phrase “I never get sick” is asking for trouble. Preacher, you will get sick. You are not indispensible and immune to everything. You will be blindsided if you continue to live on the fumes of your strong body constitution. There is no way that the battery can continue without being maintained and recharged. The negative results I mentioned above will contribute to stressing the immune system if unchecked. You must take precautions to strengthen your immune system. Just depending on Tylenol, cough and cold medicine, and occasional vitamin C is not enough.
Get Some Help!
You need a plan that will keep you strong, and there are many tools available online such as Health Fact Sheets and the Reference Room of the Health & Wellness Institute for such strengthening. In my practice, I have been using these tools with success. The common response from patients that have followed immune strengthening programs is that they don’t get sick as often and have a higher amount of energy for daily needs. Preacher, if you are strong, that is a blessing. Don’t abuse this. However, if you have chronic colds and immune stress, do not ignore these serious signs. A preacher needs a physician who can act as health coach and mentor, so get some help!