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Quarterly Issue April 2023
Spring into a new mindset!
Did you know there is a mind/body connection? Your thoughts along with mental stress are more powerful than you realize. They certainly can affect other areas of your life. In this Issue, we will address the cause and effect of emotions and negative responses on our body. There are ways to make changes and simple adjustments in daily life that can make a great impact with positive results in our body, mind, and overall health.
The Mind/Body Connection
Can negative emotions and mental health affect physical health?
The answer is absolutely, yes. Positive emotions on the other hand do as well. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” 3 John: 2 states, “Beloved, I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.”
Your soul is your mind, will, and emotions. The bottom line is the way we think has a tremendous influence on our health and wellbeing. In fact, Dr. Carolyn Leaf, a cognitive neuroscientist, and Christian showed in her research that around 87% of illness can be attributed to our thought life and approximately 13% of diet, genetics, and environment. Toxic emotions like fear, anxiety, and anger release chemicals in the brain to get ready for a battle. These chemicals called neurotransmitters, such as epinephrine (adrenaline) are released to increase heart rate, supplying energy to muscles and concentration. This is good for a short-term emergency, but if a person is in a chronic state of stress, it can cause high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and can lower immune function as well.
A person that lives in a state of fear and anxiety also causes their digestive tract to slow down, because the body thinks there is an emergency and sends blood flow away from the GI tract to the heart and muscles to get ready for the battle. Because of cascading events due to fear, anxiety, and anger, digestion suffers, and the liver must overcompensate to clean up the process. A person that is chronically angry and resentful can cause dysfunction to the liver. On the flip side a person with liver issues can cause an angry state of mind.
In our country, we are bombarded with pharmaceutical advertisements. We are almost programmed that if we have a certain condition to take a drug that will counteract that condition. However, if you don’t address the root cause of these responses or behaviors, the problem or issues never really get resolved. It just gets covered up. If it is a physical situation where your body’s function needs attention there are natural ways of supplementing help in those areas. There are foods God has provided for us to help our body’s function better. Sometimes the cause goes deeper than physical dysfunction where the emotions need attention. Perhaps the lifestyle or circumstances that a person is in can affect their health. The way we tolerate or respond to the circumstances of life affects even our physical and bodily functions.
by Mark Lenhart, N.D.
Fear, Anger, Anxiety
We were born with emotions such as anger. However, I believe we must use it only as a tool to change things. An example of this is when we see something unfair or unrighteous going on, anger can rise on the inside. This reaction can propel you to respond in a positive way. In that case, it is being used to bring a solution to help a person or make some positive change. Helping to bring a resolution. Be aware that some unresolved anger can turn into depression. Then depression can cause a person to do unproductive things. The bible talks about anger in Ephesians 4:26. Be angry, but don’t sin in the process. Do not go to bed in anger or carry it around with you.
Fear and anxiety are intertwined. They both produce a similar stress response. Fear can be an immediate response to a real threat, but anxiety is a reaction to emotions. In other words, anxiety can be irrational and occurs in anticipation of a threat that really doesn’t exist. Worry and anxiety work together. They are really misplaced trust. Worry is a sin, because we are not really trusting God or what he tells us in his word. Most of the things we are anxious or worry about don’t come to pass. But worrying can and often have a damaging effect on our body in addition to wasting time on useless thoughts. Be mindful of what you are thinking about or meditating on. Philippians 4:8 “Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of a good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”.
Changing our thinking and thought life can resolve areas of dysfunction. Be encouraged that with God’s help you can learn how to limit, control, and ultimately eliminate these stressful thoughts. That is the root solution. The key is found in Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will keep your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus. In other words, with God all things are possible.
by Mark Lenhart, N.D.
Symptoms of Stress
Dr Mark taught us how thoughts and negative emotions can affect the liver function and vice versa. In addition, tension and stress can be the result of worry and fear. It can manifest as your heart racing, stomach upset, bathroom habits out of balance, headaches/migraines, and muscle aches/spasms. Prolonged stress can even affect the adrenals and cortisol causing fatigue, weight gain, trouble sleeping, among others. Take migraines and muscle aches for instance. When you are worried or in a stressful situation the muscles in your body, especially the neck and shoulder muscles, and even chest tense up and become tight or bound. That blocks the blood flow and in turn can cause headaches or migraines and even difficulty taking a deep breath. It becomes a cycle of one thing affecting another or one issue that causes other issues.
Sometimes we feel overwhelmed and anxious about life. It could be a high workload, or time pressures and even fear. Our mind is a powerful thing. It can drive us or slow us down. It’s all how we think. Sometimes we think too much, in other words worry. We focus on things like enough money to pay the bills. Or worrying about loved ones. There’s a fine line of concern and being overwhelmed with thoughts and worry. Perhaps you are stressed about meeting deadlines or getting to work on time. Fear of failing a test or punishment for not measuring up to someone’s expectations. All these emotions cause stress. Stress and worry can affect different areas of your body. Stress lowers your immune system. You are more susceptible to health issues like colds, sore throats, etc. if your immune system is compromised. Stress, lack of sleep or lack of quality rest can indeed affect your body’s resistance to sickness. Are you one that seems to get colds, allergies, upper respiratory issues, migraines, frequently? A lifestyle of mental stress of any kind can create or develop physical ailments.
As stated earlier, addressing the root can often resolve the cause and effect of things. Such as allowing adequate time to appointments can avoid stress and tension of being late. Some things have common sense answers. Things easily avoided by a simple adjustment to the routine of daily life. Our Pastor says, if you are on time to an appointment, you are late. In other words, it can be both beneficial to your health and a compliment to your character to be early.
Doing some Spring cleaning and heart searching can bring you to a realization of the root cause or original issue therefore giving you opportunities to change things. There is hope for change. Seek peace from God. He is truly the answer you may be seeking. Surrendering the worry and trusting him can bring you that peace you need and long for. In addition, including some fun, relaxation, and prayerful meditation can make the effects of the stress of life minimal.
A new mindset will spring you forward to a more peaceful, healthy lifestyle.
By: Patrice Lenhart
Creating New Habits
Try daily walking, yoga, deep breathing, stretching, prayer, even massage now and again.
Find out what works for you. All these suggestions can make the changes you need to help eliminate stress and keep your body in balance. With proper nutrition and care for your body, you can live long and healthy doing all you were created for. God has created you to live in balance and be complete and whole in every way. Peace in your soul, that is mind/emotions, and your body meaning balance of all functions is so important to living a healthy lifestyle. Cherish your God given body and take care of yourself. You then will have the stamina and strength to live life to the fullest.
HEALTH Tips of the Day
Ideas to avoiding ‘Stressful Moments’
• It seems to never fail when you are in a hurry, there is construction on the road you are on.
• The only checkout line in the store is long and the cashier is slow moving.
• When you can’t find your keys as you are ready to leave the house.
• Not enough time to eat a healthy breakfast and run out the door.
• Letting the mood of others give you a bad attitude.
• So tired and dragging through your day, leaving you open for added stress.
1. Deep breathing exercise can help with staying calm in stressful situations. Even warding off the tightening of muscles that stressful moments can affect.
2. Always leave yourself enough time to get to an appointment or work. This can avoid unnecessary stress or anxiety in reaching your destination.
3. Organization isn’t a natural thing for everyone. You must have a place for things where you can find them and know that’s where they can be found when you need them.
4. Prepare the night before instead of rushing around in the morning. That can be what you are going to wear for the day, what you are eating for breakfast, etc.
5. There is no one responsible for your attitude or mood except you. Take responsibility for your behavior and develop a positive, hopeful attitude.
6. Get adequate rest. There is no doubt you are more likely to get stressed when you are tired.
Label Reading 101
Food Stressors namely ingredients…
Sugar, artificial flavors, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, preservatives/food additives, caffeine, refined items
Here’s To Your Health
Foods for Liver Health
Foods to Avoid:
Fatty foods (fried) Starchy/Processed Carbohydrates
It is no coincidence that word ‘live’ can be found in the word liver. If we take care of our health including the liver, you certainly will live a more healthy and productive life. It takes minimal effort to make healthy changes that can make a big difference.
So, take your body, mind, and the health of it seriously. It’s the only body you have on this earth. The stresses of life don’t go away but you have power over not allowing them to overwhelm you. God has given us natural remedies and wisdom to know how to take care of ourselves. Be encouraged for with him all things are possible. You can live a healthier life. His power gives us strength to overcome. He created us perfectly with every organ and function of our bodies designed by him. We are strong in him and the power of his might. Ephesians 6:10
Here’s to your Health always,
Mark Lenhart, N.D.♥