Spiritual RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
The “New Year” is historically a time when people make resolutions that they rarely keep… This year, my “New Year Resolution” was not to make a resolution, but to instead start living a revolution because words are cheap and actions are priceless. I started 2014 not talking about losing weight, but actually shedding 14 pounds in 14 days! Later in this article, I will share with you how Michael got his groove back and became a lean clean fat loss machine. But, first, it’s time to unveil this month’s topic, “Vitamins and Supplements.”
If you are a subscriber to Home Cures That Work, then there is a good chance you are one of the millions of people who are health conscious and always on the lookout for natural alternatives to keep yourself and your family healthy year around.
If you are currently taking multivitamins and/or supplements and have benefited from doing so, then you have probably noticed the recent “barrage” of tabloids purporting that vitamins and supplements are essentially useless and offer little if any health benefits, whatsoever! In fact, CBS, NBC and The Huffington Post have launched an all out smear campaign against natural supplements with inconclusive research based on little more than cherry picked demographics and hearsay.
Telling people who have revolutionized their health by using vitamins and supplements that they don’t work is akin to a person telling someone who is accomplishing a great feat that it can’t be done!
Here is the million-dollar question… Who can you think of that would be threatened by consumers use of vitamins and supplements and people taking responsibility for their own health?
Here is another question…
- How many tabloids have been exposing the deaths, side-effects, secondary diseases, addictions and suicides related to prescribed pharmaceutical drugs?
- Would any tabloid dare to report that pharmaceutical drugs are essentially useless and offer little if any health benefits whatsoever?
- Were you, or anyone you know included in ANY trial or study that would discount the effect of natural vitamins and supplements?
I submit these questions not to get your answer but rather to stimulate you to ask yourself some questions of your own. Anyone who possesses even a layman’s understanding of the human body could easily deduce that something that is derived from nature would be far more tolerated by the body than something that was derived from a test tube! But, that deduction would take common sense, a nearly extinct virtue in today’s culture!
Here’s the bottom line…if something works for you…keep doing it regardless of what the naysayers are reporting
I am the poster child of vitamins and natural substance. My life, my wife’s life, as well as our families, friends and countless others have been transformed by a protocol of intelligent natural supplementation.
In fact, I only used two supplements to lose the aforementioned 14 pounds in 14 days…Garcinia Cambogia and Green Coffee (Svetol). Simply take 2 Garcinia Cambogia capsules and 1 Green Coffee capsule 30 minutes before each meal and make sure you include 30 minutes of cardio exercise 3 times a week (weight training also if you desire to build muscle). You also need to check your diet for hidden sugars and eliminate excess carbohydrates. If you follow this recipe to the letter, then you can easily lose a pound a day. I am living proof!
Since 1984, I have been both a student and an advocate of natural supplementation with a deep knowledge of vitamins, supplements, herbs and Chinese medicine, as well as Ayurvedic medicine. I can assure you that at 54 years of age I have never needed pharmaceutical drugs and have a body and energy level that would make a 30-year-old envious!
But even with all of that going for me, it only affects my physical wellbeing… and friends, we are far more than that! You see, God made us triune in nature; we are composed of body, soul and spirit, with each part requiring attention!
Jesus ALWAYS taught balance. For example, if you spent all of your time fixated on nurturing the body alone, then how would your Soul (thought, will and emotions) and your Spirit fare?
“And exercise yourself unto Godliness. For bodily exercise is profitable for a little: but Godliness is profitable for ALL things, having promise of the life which now is, and of that which is to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8
A couple of years ago I attended a meeting and a man of great means approached me and said, “Son, I don’t even have a spiritual life.” I replied, “You have made all of your money by utilizing only 2/3 of your capabilities and this has made you rich…Today, I would like to introduce you to the missing 1/3 that will make you eternally wealthy!”
Everyday consumers spend millions on a myriad of products that promise to enhance their appearance and curtail the ravages of time. Though there is certainly nothing wrong with that, the danger is the preoccupation with the exterior while at the same time neglecting the interior.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and the dish, so that the outside of it may also become clean.” Matthew 23:25-26
If you will, think of yourself for a moment as a triangle with your spirit as the base or foundation and one side representing the body and the other, the soul. You are only as strong as the weakest link, so if your body or soul is compromised no matter how spiritual you are… It will be difficult to stand. Yet God expects us to stand strong…So, how do we do it?
I am glad you asked! Lets start by taking our daily multivitamin out of the cabinet and take a look at the label. Ahh…there it is, the three initials: RDA.
RDA stands for Recommended Daily Allowance or, in layman’s terms, what you need daily to remain healthy. When referring to your body, the RDA is the suggested intake of essential nutrients that your body needs… But, what would a spiritual RDA look like?
Lets look at the life of King David to get a better idea.
“I will praise you seven times a day because all of your regulations are just.” Psalm 119:164
This was King David’s spiritual RDA: he stopped everything seven times a day, everyday, to praise God with a grateful heart for His righteousness.
Maybe you are thinking, “I am far to busy to stop everything 7 times a day and praise God.” Well, here is another scripture for you.
“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Wow, and you thought seven times a day was too much? Did that just say, “Pray without ceasing?” Yes, it did…but let me explain the word “religion” (the practice) never resonated with me because it can mean a devotion to God or…your toothbrush…
Here are some examples:
- “People would say I am very religious because I attend church twice a week.”
- “I religiously brush my teeth three times a day.”
To pray without ceasing is NOT a “religious” practice. It is a lifestyle that obviously DOES NOT mean you quit your job, ignore your friends, never sleep or eat because you are praying without ceasing…Can you pray without opening your mouth, without closing your eyes, while you are on your feet, or at the grocery, behind your desk? YES!
Here is another illustration. You must breathe without ceasing. After your first breath…NOBODY HAS TO TELL YOU HOW TO DO IT AGAIN!
Prayer is spiritual communication with God. You can pray from your spirit while your body is carrying out a myriad of activities! People get soooo hung up with “how to do it” that it becomes a form (schematic) or religious habit and it becomes powerless and passionless. Prayer becomes a chore.
- Vitamin A (AWARENESS)
- Vitamin B (BELIEF)
- Vitamin B1 (BE ONE!)
- Vitamin C (CHRIST – you cannot take too much of this one!)
- Vitamin D (DEVOTION)
- Vitamin E (ENDURANCE)
Just like your daily vitamin regimen is custom tailored to your specific nutritional needs your spiritual RDA works the same way. My “dosage” may not work for you. So maybe you are wondering, “Michael how will I know when it’s working for me?”
Dear friend, it will be obvious…righteousness, peace and joy are just a few of the initial benefits of a daily interaction with God! If you get daily exercise, then your body will show it and people will notice. In same way, if you have a consistent time set aside for God, then your spirit will soar and everybody around you will notice.
Remember…take the dosage (RDA) necessary for you to establish a healthy relationship with God and if you get stuck…consult your owners manual, the Bible, all of the answers to life’s questions live between the pages…
May 2014 be a year of great spiritual breakthrough for you and your loved ones!