Saturday, April 10, 2010

Self-Reliance in All Things - Physical Health

Physical Health

"Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof;
all these to be used with prudence and thanksgiving. Yea, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless they are to be used sparingly. All grain is ordained for the use of man and of beasts, to be the staff of life... And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; and shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; and shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint."
Doctrine & Covenants 89:11-12, 14, 18
One of the best ways that we can make ourselves more self-reliant is by increasing our level of physical health. If we are maintaining a healthier lifestyle and learning how to better care for others' physical ailments, by way of first aid and home safety skills, we can be more likely to avoid physical ailments ourselves as well as care for our families and neighbors in an emergency.

There are a number of ways that we can increase our own level of physical health. Primarily, we can be obeying the Word of Wisdom. We can also practice "sound principles of nutrition, physical fitness, weight control, immunization, environment quality and sanitation, mother and child health, accident prevention, dental health, and medical care." Learning basic first aid and home safety skills are also important elements.

Something as simple as getting regular doctor's screenings can make a great difference in tracking our health. Your physician will also be able to assist you in setting other goals for better nutrition, physical fitness, and weight control. You have the power within yourself to make a positive change today. You will feel better and so will your family. As you strive to make your physical health a priority, you will also find that you have more energy. Not only will you be taking better care of the temple you have been given, but you will then be able to better use it to bless others and do the Lord's work.

Thanks to Stephanie for this post!

Introduction post here.

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