Not only has he delivered 1,500 babies over the course of his forty years of experience in the medical field, Dr. Walt Larimore also has valuable insight into practical yet effective ways to live a long and healthy life.
On an episode of Ask Dr. Walt, he shares how implementing five habits may prolong the lives of people of all ages by ten years or more.
Taking care of the bodies God has graciously created is not only recommended by health professionals, but it is also emphasized throughout scripture:
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, ESV).
“For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church…” (Ephesians 5:29, ESV).
As temples of the Holy Spirit, believers are called to take care of their souls, minds, and bodies, which makes the following five health tips from Dr. Larimore all the more pertinent:
- Never smoke (or stop the habit) According to Dr. Larimore, smoking is the reason for one in five deaths and the leading cause of preventable diseases.
- Maintain a normal weight body mass index (BMI) Although obesity is a pandemic in and of itself, Dr. Larimore encourages viewers that there is hope because each day is a chance for a new and healthy start.
- Participate in 30 or more minutes of exercise five days a week Dr. Larimore highlights the benefits of exercise as compared to sitting disease that is twice as likely to lead to premature death. Any movement of the body reduces stress and anxiety while increasing mental and relational health.
- No alcohol (or limit it) With the risk of dementia hanging in the balance for those who intake alcohol on a regular basis, Dr. Larimore suggests only one drink a day for woman and two a day for men.
- High-quality and nutrient-dense diet “A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is associated with better brain health,” said Dr. Larimore, and it also slows the rate of memory loss.
If you want to add richness to your physical and mental health while honoring God with the body He uniquely knit together, click the video above to learn more from the expertise of Dr. Larimore.