When you don't treat your body properly, you're more likely to develop chronic conditions.
When you don't treat your body properly, you're more likely to develop chronic conditions.

Just Say No: How Harmful Habits Deteriorate Your Health

Smoking, consuming excess alcohol, physical inactivity and a poor diet – there's a reason they're referred to as bad habits. Each one of these behaviors can negatively affect your overall health, and when followed together, they're even more deadly. When you don't treat your body properly and make poor lifestyle decisions, you're at greater risk for becoming obese and developing diabetes. Your chance of experiencing heart disease and stroke also increases, among many other illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention.

You're in Control

Unfortunately, that list of chronic conditions goes on. Poor habits can impact your mental, physical and spiritual well-being, according to Rev. George Malkmus in his book "God's Original Diet."

"Attaining and maintaining a healthy body requires more than healthy food to nourish it, along with sunshine and exercise," he said. "We must also avoid polluting our body with toxic substances."

Of course, eating a plant-based diet can fuel a thriving body, but you'll never reach optimal health if you don't break free from the bad habits.

"Don't you think it is high time you considered taking control of both your physical and spiritual life so that you can experience the ultimate health God desires for you and your life?" questioned Malkmus.

Nearly every physical condition the body experiences occurs through some degree of neglect. It's time to take control and fuel your body to self-healing.

You're in control of your body. Fuel it properly.You're in control of your body. Fuel it properly.

Harmful Habits to Kick to the Curb

God created your body and granted you control over your health and well-being. By making smart lifestyle choices, you'll diminish your chance of experiencing life-threatening conditions. Here's just how harmful those bad habits can truly be:

Smoking
Did you know that nearly 8.6 million people in the country have developed a serious condition because of their smoking habits? Those include coronary heart disease, COPD, stroke, cataracts, pneumonia, periodontitis and various cancers, just to name a few. What's more, secondhand smoke is just as harmful, putting loved ones and passersby at risk.

Consuming Alcohol
As Ann Malkmus shared in her book "Unravel the Mystery," multiple studies have found traces of resveratrol, an antioxidant, in wine. There is no proof, however, that consuming the wine is the best way to receive the benefits of the antioxidants. In fact, all of the harmful side effects of drinking alcohol may even overpower this possible advantage. Alcohol depletes zinc, magnesium and B-complex vitamins, it's directly linked to liver damage and can increase your risk for multiple cancers.

Physical Inactivity
Without regular exercise, the body won't function properly. For example, the elasticity of tissue cells diminishes, muscles waste away, the heart becomes weak and bones become fragile. This increases one's risk for developing osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and being overweight or obese, as stated in "The Hallelujah Diet" by George Malkmus.

Following a Poor Diet
Relying on the Standard American Diet is much like filling your car's tank with watered-down gas instead of high octane fuel. This won't fuel the vehicle correctly, and it'll damage the system. So many disorders, illnesses and chronic conditions can be avoided by simply treating the body the right way. By following a primarily raw, plant-based diet, your self-healing body will thrive just as God always intended.

By dropping the bad habits and making healthy lifestyle choices, living a strong, healthy life becomes easier. If you're ready to join us on the path to better health, try our 7-Day Winter Detox today.

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  1. This blog is another great one! Looking at the habits we should kick to the curve, the smoking, I total agree with because it can cause harm. Before my mom passed away she died from COPD, seeing her struggle to get her breath, hurt me so bad it was nothing I could do for her. She would always say to us please don`t never pick up the habit of smoking. So I took that at heart to listen to my mom! Both my brothers was deliver from smoking afterwards…So Praise God for that. I would always go to the scripture 1 Corinthians 6:19 – know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? and another one was 1 Corinthians 3:17 – If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are. Meaning we need to watch what we put in our bodies! We need to take care of our bodies that God have given us….

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