The perfect life. Seem impossible? Although we can't control many factors in life there are some we can that are now known to contribute to a happier and healthier life.
A healthy diet and exercise are the highest contributors of telomere life span (proteins located at each end of the of our DNA that have the ability to either shorten life or lengthening it), along with loving others.
On the path of faith we will inevitably encounter biblical instructions to fast, pray, and know God through the study and meditation of his word. These three practices are among many Christian precepts that help cultivate a deeper relationship with our creator. Without these leading principles we would be void of a fervent Spirit and without inspiration.
Coincidentally, these three biblical disciplines have been scientifically proven to help us live longer healthier lives. Today a new biblical word is making it's way into the scientific community, tea.
According to Dr. Feng Lei, many tea leaves have bioactive compounds such as L-theanine, thearubigins, catechins, and theaflavins. The study observed that these compounds have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects over the human body. Additionally, teas contain added bioactive properties that may protect the brain from vascular damage and neurodegeneration.
In Dr. Lei's study, a single daily cup of tea had the power to reduce cognitive disabilities in people over 55 by 50%. Another observation gleaned from the study was that among people with a genetic susceptibility to Alzheimer’s, tea had the power to reduce risk to a whopping 86%!
The test was conducted using traditional Chinese teas like: green, black, and oolong. Does that man you should go out and get your hands on as much green, black, and oolong teas? First, these teas contain caffeine, and caffeine can, and will, affect your meditation, although in small quantities it might be okay. Caffeine can also affect the adrenal glands which may have an impact on your health.
Second, virtually all teas have beneficial properties, green, black, and oolong happen to have high concentrations of these wonderful compounds, but since all teas come with these little secret miracle workers go ahead and find a tea that you enjoy and is compatible with your meditation practice.
So if your looking to age gracefully maintain a healthy diet, exercise, study and meditate on God's word, then have yourself a nice cup of tea. You'll feel better, have graeter clarity of mind, and maybe even live longer.
Teas Listed In The Bible
Mint: Matthew 23:23 “Woe upon you, Pharisees – you tithe down to the last mint in your garden but ignore justice, mercy and faith. Mint has a cooling effect on the body while calming the nerves. Mint also contains Omega 3 fatty acids and is very popular in the Holy Land.
Rosemary: Rosemary is known to help circulation, memory, and digestion. Some initial testing shows that it can help lower blood pressure.
Thyme: This ancient herb grows wild in the hills of Jerusalem and was widely cultivated during Bible times. The herb has powerful anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. It’s so effective that manufacturers use it as a cough suppressant. A mixed tea composed of sage and thyme is great for upper respiratory issues.
Basil: Today, basil tea is used holistically for heart disease, to lower blood pressure and it may help heal ulcers.
Chamomile: Calms the nerves and the occasional upset stomach.
Hyssop: Psalms 51:9, “Purge me with hyssop and I shall be made clean”.
This tea is a natural tranquilizer that appears to reduce blood pressure. Hyssop is also known for its antiseptic and antiviral properties. It is good for the digestion, and can help cleanse the body. It's also used by some as a remedy for bronchitis.
Cinnamon: Exodus 30:23: “The Lord told Moses to collect the choicest of spices – 18 pounds of pure myrrh; half as much of cinnamon and sweet cane..." Cinnamon helps with nausea and vomiting problems, as well as diarrhea. Cinnamon also helps stimulate digestion while calming nervous tension. Interestingly, it's also been observed to stabilize blood sugar and maybe even lower cholesterol.
Lemon Balm: It is good for digestion, reducing fever, and staying calm.
Now that you have the tips to living a healthier long life it's time to practice it. Start by consulting with your doctor and then start with small doses of teas to which agrees with you the most.
God bless you on your journey. See you in the kingdom.