Christian Living


Roadmap for Your Health

"So many great men and women of God are dying before their time, and one more day of their life could have resulted in tens, hundreds, or thousands of people coming to know the Lord.  So it is such a crucial time for us to understand that God wants us to prevent illness and live a long and abundant life," says health expert Jordan Rubin.

According to Rubin, the pathway to a healthy lifestyle begins with implementing the Seven Weeks of Wellness program that is based on scriptural principles.

Rubin shares more about how you can get healthy in the following interview.

You’ve been seen on Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, NBC, and The Food Network.  We’ve read about you in Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, Reader’s Digest, and a lot more.  For the past few years, Jordan, you have become known as America’s Biblical Health Coach whose goal it is to help the Christian community unlock its health potential.  Sadly, statistics show the Christian community is quite unhealthy, with obesity and disease rampant.  Can that be changed? 

JORDAN RUBIN: I believe that God wants us whole in body, soul, and spirit.  We’ve actually developed a Seven Weeks of Wellness church curriculum, a small group and home fellowship curriculum, or an individual program that you can go through, and in 49 days, you will painlessly incorporate changes in your life, step-by-step, one new change a day, so that you are a new creation by that 50th day of jubilee.  It is the day of jubilee where the lame shall walk and the blind shall see, as the Lord says in His Word.

I am so excited that this plan is based on the Scriptural principle.  It’s called Counting the Omer.  In Ancient Israel and even in certain places today, between the end of the Passover season and the beginning of the Feast of Pentecost or the Feast of Weeks, they counted in anticipation 49 days until the 50th day when the Lord transformed them.  And, if you will look back to the Feast of Pentecost, you will see the time when the Word of God was spoken in a booming voice.  It was also transferred to tablets and later the Spirit of God came down on us, descended on us, and people were saved and healed.  God was ready to charge us to make a difference in this world, and that’s what going to happen in just 49 days by following the Great Physician’s Prescription for Health & Wellness Seven Weeks of Wellness Plan.

Let’s get into some of the other keys because these are crucial for people to change their lifestyles.  The second talks about supplementing your diet with nutritional, living nutrients and superfoods.  How important is it for us to supplement what we are eating?

I believe it’s crucial for everybody to supplement their diets, but it’s important to use the right supplements.  More than 70 percent of us are using one supplement or another, according to certain surveys.  The problem is that many of these supplements we use combine chemicals and isolated ingredients that are made in the same laboratories that make our pharmaceuticals.  God created foods for us to eat; food nourishes us and I recommend key supplements that are whole food nutritionals. Now, many people take a ton of supplements.  I ask them why, and they say that they are not sure.  “I heard about this one from this place and read about this one.” 

I will recommend a few select but powerful nutrients, some of which have been used for hundreds of years in the form of food and can actually do everything such as prevent risk factors associated with heart disease and diabetes.  Some can improve cognitive ability or raise your IQ if you are a child.  Some can improve the strength of your hair and your nails, reduce osteoporosis risks, and help improve your mood, your immune system, and your skin, just by taking simple supplements each and every day, not as a replacement for food, but in addition to healthy foods.

One of the things that you do, and I have heard this before, is fish oils, especially cod liver oil, and some people will hear that and immediately say, “ Ah, yuck,” or “I took that as a kid.”  We’re not talking about castor oil here, right?

Yeah, take your fingers off your nose.  You don’t have to hold it anyone.  No, cod liver oil and omega-3 cod liver oil is one of my favorite products.  It’s actually a supplement, a food and a drug, all in one.  It has actually been used dating back to 1850.  It was in every pharmacy back then.  It’s still in every pharmacy if you look.  Cod liver oil doesn’t have to taste bad anymore.  You can also get it in capsules, so you don’t taste it at all.  It is so wonderful the benefits that fish provide, but cod liver oil and omega-3 cod liver oil complex, which I recommend in the Great Physician’s Prescription, are even better.

Is there a specific one that you take?  Is it like Atlantic cod liver, or is it something else?  If it just says cod liver, do you buy it?

Well, when you look into the Great Physician’s Prescription for Health & Wellness, we have a GPRx resource guide that will list all of the foods, all of the supplements, all of the skin care, all of the exercises, all of the recommendations in the book.  It will list the brand and the types and the specific products for you to buy so that you can immediately make a difference in your life, starting in week two.  Remember the second key to unlock your health potential will be introduced in week two, and each day, you will introduce a new key supplement into your life.  You will really feel the difference by the end of week two.  So, in day fourteen, you’re going to be the expert on the few key supplements you’re going to use each and every day that will make a difference in your health.

All right, we’ve talked about several keys, Jordan.  We talked about eating to live and living a life of prayer and purpose.  We just talked about the supplements, and that’s the second key.  The third is about hygiene.  I think, as I have read your book, this is why so many Jewish people survived some of the plagues in the Middle Ages.  They had a regimen down that kept them from getting a lot of the diseases from the other people in the society.

Four thousand years ago, when God communicated His plan for wellness to the Israelites through Moses, one of the main forms of what you would call biblical medicine was the practice of advanced hygiene.  The Israelites knew how to take care of themselves and practice hygiene even before the germ theory was around.  There are specific commandments on how to separate yourself from unclean animals, from unclean people, to bury your waste a certain amount away from the camp, and, believe it or not, these hygiene plans have not been followed by the world until about 150 years ago.  So God’s Word never returns void.  It always accomplishes what it intends.

Today we are living in a country in America that is not as hygienic as you think.  Forty-one percent of people may not be washing their hands after using the restroom.  The world is small.  With international travel, we could be shaking the hands of someone in another continent that has different germs than we do.  It’s not that there’s anything wrong with that individual, but we’re not used to being exposed to all these germs. 

There is a way to change that, and you’re going to read in week three, chapter three, about key three—practicing advanced hygiene.  I will show you a program that takes three minutes, twice a day, so you can cleanse the five areas of your body where germs are susceptible to enter.  Now, I want to be very clear that although these five areas, the hands, the eyes, nose, ears, and mouth are portals for the entry of germs, germs don’t cause disease.  Germs can contribute to a weakening of your immune system.  They can add stress on your immune system that will cause you to be susceptible to disease.  With all of these crazy flu viruses, the bird flu, SARS, all these things going around, having that extra protection couldn’t come at a better time.  The practice of advanced hygiene, key number three in week number three, is a life-changing instruction from the Word of God, proven through history and confirmed by science.

You say that germs don’t fly—they hitchhike.  That means we could be taking germs from one part of our body and moving them to another part.  I would assume you would say that most people don’t wash their hands, and, even when they do, they don’t wash them correctly or long enough.  What do you do when you’re in the restroom in the morning for your hand washing regimen?  How do you wash your face and your hands?

Well, believe it or not, there is a way to actually wash your hands that gets the germs out where they really are.  It’s funny.  If you take a hand and you start to see where the bacteria usually reside, it’s not on the palm.  It’s not on the top of the hand.  It’s not even between the fingers.  It’s underneath the finger nails, where normal hand washing fails to reach.  So I recommend getting a semi-soft soap and actually driving your fingernails into it and then washing the rest of your hands with that soap, particularly the cuticles and the other parts of the hand.  This aspect is so important because what we do with our hands is touch other parts of our body and auto-inoculate ourselves, which means we drive germs into the other four areas.  This hand washing takes very little time, and, of course, I recommend washing your hands for about fifteen seconds, or the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday.”  So it isn’t difficult.  In fact, three minutes is plenty of time to do this hygiene system, but it could be the most important three minutes of your day for your physical health.

Let’s go to key four because this is another important one.  Perhaps someone would say, “Look, I can eat some of the right foods.  I like those recipes you are talking about.  I can keep my hands and face clean.  I love the idea of living a life of prayer and of purpose.  But this whole idea of exercise, of conditioning my body?  I’m too busy.  I don’t have time.  I don’t have the energy.  I’m too fat to exercise.  If I exercise, it’s going to make me want to eat more.”  How do you answer those people today?

The fourth key to unlock your health potential is to condition your body with exercise and body therapies.  I know everybody has a hard time exercising.  It’s the number one thing people complain about.  I can tell you that I have found an exercise program called Functional Fitness that trains movements, not muscles, and will allow anyone, any age, any activity level, any size or shape, to perform simple exercises with or without weights, on the road, wherever they need to do it, five to fifteen minutes once or twice a day.  They will not only be healthier when they look in the mirror, but internally they are going to be healthier because we are strengthening the body, not just getting ripped abs and a six pack and looking great, which is a side benefit.  Functional Fitness is a great way to improve your overall health.  But there are other body therapies that you are going to learn about in week four as well.  They include fasting, resting, and the importance that God places on rest.  They also include sleep—how getting sleep at the right times and in the right amounts can actually help you lose weight and improve your health.

So many people right now are tired.  They feel tired every day when they go to work or when they’re trying to work with their kids, and they know that they’re irritable because of that sleep deprivation. 

Sleep is so, so important.  You’re also going to learn about sun, and how some of us are depriving ourselves of a great source of health by not ever getting any sun because we are afraid of getting cancer.  Sun is very important.  It is healthy for us.  You’re also going to learn about using water to make you healthy.  It’s called hydrotherapy.  You’re going to learn about using essential oils, aroma therapy, even music therapy.  All of this is incorporated into practical, applicable steps that you will master by the end of week four on the Seven Weeks of Wellness program which is the Great Physician’s Prescription.

Used with permission. Courtesy of The B & B Media Group.

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