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Any way you buy them – fresh, frozen or dried – blueberries are packed with nutritional power. If you need reasons beside just taste to snack on blueberries, keep these nutrition facts in mind:

  1. They provide antioxidants. Ensuring a good amount of antioxidants in your diet can reduce the chances of cancer, lower high blood pressure, improve wrinkles and help your heart stay healthy amongst many other benefits. Anthocyanins, the pigments that make blueberries blue, are potent antioxidants. A half-cup of blueberries provides the antioxidant power of five servings of peas, carrots, apples, squash or broccoli.
  2. They are a healthy, low-glycemic-index carbohydrate, an especially good choice for those in need of better blood sugar control.
  3. Blueberries are a great source of vitamin C, important for supporting your immune system.
  4. They help meet your daily fiber needs with two grams per half-cup serving.
  5. Blueberries have shown promise in addressing the untoward effects of aging. Studies associated with consuming blueberries have demonstrated improved motor skills and a reversal of age-related short-term memory loss.
  6. Also, they may offer various other health benefits ranging from reducing cancer risk and defending against urinary tract infections, to protecting the brain from stroke damage and reducing heart disease risks.

Look for organic blueberries, and toss some in a salad, eat as a snack or throw in a parfait with plain yogurt and walnuts. If fresh, organic blueberries are cost prohibitive, substitute with organic frozen or dried products – all three forms provide health-protective benefits. However, keep in mind that dried blueberries are a concentrated source of sugar and often have added sweeteners, so read labels and enjoy them in moderation. Frozen organic blueberries are a great replacement for ice in making a frosty breakfast smoothie with unsweetened nut milk and a handful of raw almonds.

We recommend that you start using more of these fresh, God-given powerhouses!

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3 John 2 – I wish that you may prosper AND BE IN HEALTH

Pistachios have become a favorite snack for many people. Did you know that pistachios are one of the most nutritious nuts you can eat? Just a small 1 ounce serving contains over 30 vitamins, minerals and other powerful nutrients to help you burn fat, improve your cholesterol and heart health, and balance out your blood sugar. They contain some of the highest protein and healthy fats of any nuts, so they are one of the best ways to snack, get tons of nutrients, keep your blood sugar low, and burn fat as well.

Pistachios rank high among nuts as having the highest amounts of antioxidant activity of any food. Antioxidants help to prevent free radical damage, which allows for healthy cell reproduction, slows aging, and prevents chronic disease, among other things. Pistachios have a unique nutrient and fatty acid profile. They are a good source of unsaturated fatty acids and numerous antioxidants.

Compared with other popular nuts, pistachios are one of the richest sources of potassium, vitamin B-6, beta-carotene, and lutein + zeaxanthin. And they contain a healthy amount of protein, fiber, and selenium (good for thyroid health) as well. These little green nibbles are crunchy, salty, delicious, satisfying, low-carb and good for you! Although these yummy nuts have loads of (healthy) fat in them, they are one of the best fat-burning snacks you can find.

Next week we will present to you FIVE great reasons to eat more pistachios—make sure you get your copy!

Health Ministries Department, 6810 Eastern Ave NW, Washington DC 20012

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Jamaican ginger is widely held to rank alongside Indian ginger as the finest in the world. It has an intense fragrance and a delicate eucalyptus-like aroma and flavor. This ginger is used to make the internationally famous Jamaican ginger beer. Production is centered around the parish of St. Ann on the north coast of the island. Here are some of its amazing health benefits:

  1. Fights Germs. Certain chemical compounds in fresh ginger help your body ward off germs. They’re especially good at halting growth of stomach-upsetting bacteria like E.coli and shigella, and they may also keep respiratory viruses at bay.
  2. Keeps Your Mouth Healthy. Ginger’s antibacterial power may also brighten your smile. Active compounds in ginger called gingerols keep oral bacteria from growing. These bacteria are the same ones that can cause gum infections.
  3. Calms Nausea. The old wives’ tale may be true: Ginger helps if you’re trying to ease a queasy stomach, especially during pregnancy. It may work by breaking up and getting rid of built-up gas in your intestines. It might also help settle seasickness or nausea caused by chemotherapy.
  4. Soothes Sore Muscles. Ginger won’t whisk away muscle pain on the spot, but it may tame soreness over time. In some studies, people with muscle aches from exercise who took ginger had less pain the next day than those who didn’t.
  5. Eases Arthritis Symptoms. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory, which means it reduces swelling. That may be especially helpful for treating symptoms of both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. You might get relief from pain and swelling either by taking ginger by mouth or by using a ginger patch on your skin.
  6. Lowers Blood Sugar. One recent study suggested that ginger may help your body use insulin better, but more research is needed to see if ginger could help improve blood sugar levels.
  7. Lowers Cholesterol. A daily dose of ginger may help you battle your “bad” or LDL cholesterol levels. In a recent study, taking 5 grams of ginger a day for 3 months lowered people’s LDL cholesterol an average of 30 points.
  8. Protects Against Disease. Ginger is loaded with antioxidants, compounds that prevent stress and damage to your body’s DNA. They may help your body fight off chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, and diseases of the lungs, plus promote healthy aging.
  9. Relieves Indigestion. If you live with chronic indigestion, also called dyspepsia, ginger could bring some relief. Ginger before meals may make your system empty faster, leaving less time for food to sit and cause problems.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS

Health Ministries Department, 6810 Eastern Ave NW, Washington DC 20012

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The TP Youth Department and Deacons are bringing back a Takoma Park tradition, with the Valentine’s Banquet for 2019! This year the “Heart & Soul Banquet” will take place on Saturday, February 9 at 8 pm in the keystone room. Tickets are $40 per person and are available for purchase on below. It is going to be a night full of great food, terrific music and entertainment and a lot more!!! We hope to see you there!

Register and purchase your ticket with the link below!

Purchase Tickets Here!

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Rest is incredibly powerful. It refreshes, rejuvenates, regenerates and rebuilds the mind, body and soul. Rest empowers you to function at your best. Ideally, rest includes a good night’s sleep as well as time to relax and rejuvenate daily, weekly and annually.

The true benefits of rest are misunderstood and often unappreciated. The stress and pressures of life can accumulate over time and can create a generalized “dis-ease” with life. Proper rest is a powerful antidote for this common problem.

Because our society revolves around its own concepts of “success”, many people have become pressed by work and their personal desires to achieve that “success”. The day is filled with many important and seemingly urgent responsibilities, so rest is easily dropped to the bottom of the list. Yet, many do not realize how much more effectively and efficiently their minds, bodies and souls would function, and how much more likely they would reach their goals of “success” if they gave themselves the right kind of rest, at the right time.

Our loving Creator knew that the humans He created would need this rest, so He planned a weekly day of rest – the Sabbath, a day when we can put aside the cares of the week and restore our strength. Kept as God intended, the weekly Sabbath rest goes a long way to rejuvenating our bodies, minds and souls.

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FOR YOUR HEALTH: 3 John 1:2 – I wish that you may prosper AND BE IN GOOD HEALTH

Nutrition is the fuel that drives the whole system. Take time this week to evaluate your food intake remembering that even small improvements, done regularly multiply the health benefits many times over. Research has consistently shown the importance of a good diet on your health, energy levels, and longevity.

Enrich Your Eating Experience

Imagine being able to add healthy, quality-filled years to your life. Consider all the smiles you could share, the new friends you could make, the many lives you could touch. Sound too good to be true? It doesn’t have to be. With all the strides made in medical advances, it’s easy to forget nutrition’s significant impact on health. The surgeon general’s report on nutrition reveals that eight out of the ten leading causes of death in the United States have a nutritional or alcohol-related component. So, correct nutrition is absolutely vital for creating and sustaining good health. You would never dream of putting sand into your car’s gas tank – so why do we think we can put anything we like into our bodies and not suffer poor health?

Eat for Health

You are what you eat – and what you eat affects your mental well-being. Researchers at Harvard University have discovered that you can adjust serotonin, a brain chemical linked with depression, by varying the amount of carbohydrates in your diet. Not only that, but when you get depressed the brain triggers a craving for the carbohydrates that are capable of restoring serotonin levels back to normal. In other words, food can affect your mood, and your mood can influence which foods you choose.

Our ever-wise Creator provided foods that would help the people He created to live forever – fruits, nuts, grains and vegetables. These foods contain all the nutritional elements that our bodies need, with far less of the toxins that come with eating animal flesh. That’s why in this series of handouts we are concentrating on natural foods and drinks, and how to prepare them in nourishing and delicious ways!

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Getting physical activity at any time of the day is definitely beneficial, but morning physical activity has big advantages!

First, it has been found that more than 90% of those who exercise “consistently” exercise in the morning. Think about it: often you may be planning to exercise “later”, but unexpected events arise and push your activity out of your schedule. Morning physical activity helps us to be more consistent.

Second, physical activity in the morning “jump starts” your metabolism and keeps it elevated throughout the day. If you choose to exercise at night you’ll miss out on much of the benefits of your elevated metabolism, and your sleep might be affected.

Third, exercising in the morning gives you the satisfaction of knowing that you have already gotten in your activity for the day. And you don’t have to worry about trying to fit it in later if something unexpected comes up.

Fourth, physical activity helps you to be mentally alert. By exercising in the morning, you are more mentally awake all day — not just or a few hours.

With physical activity, sometimes we carry an “all-or-nothing” mentality. We often think if we don’t get the activity we want just when we want it, then it’s not worth it. But research shows that an accumulation of just three 10-minute activity sessions a day can make a tremendous impact on our health. Every minute helps.

So many of us long for balance in our lives, but our lives will never be truly balanced until we make intentional activity a vital part of our day. And, in the end, we don’t want to merely do “our best” — we want to do our balanced best!

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So, how do you know when you should drink extra water?

1. If You’re Thirsty

Thirst can be triggered by the loss of fluid in and around cells and in the blood. Thirst is your body’s way of saying you need water to avoid dehydration, which can lead to many other complications. It’s also important to note that older people often have problems with the thirst mechanism and may not feel thirsty even when they’re dehydrated.

2. If You Have Bad Breath and Dry Mouth

One potential reason for bad breath is a lack of normal saliva production. Even mild dehydration can reduce saliva flow so if your bad breath is accompanied by a dry mouth, drinking more water throughout the day may help. Keep a glass of water by your bedside for nighttime relief, too.

3. If You Can’t Think Straight

Water is essential for brain function. Studies show that a loss of only 2% of your body fluid can cause a decline in mental function, so if you’re having trouble concentrating, it may be time for water.

4. If You’re Physically Active

Increased activity can increase the amount of fluid lost when you sweat. It’s best to drink two to three cups of water before your activity begins and drink about one cup of water every 15 minutes or so while you’re active. You might need even more if you’re active in extreme temperatures.

5. If You’re in a Hot Area

Water is essential for regulating your body temperature, so if you’re outside on a hot day or stuck inside without air conditioning, you need more water as the heat causes you to sweat more. Even if you’re not active, spending the day in 90-degree temperature conditions could more than double your fluid requirement.

6. If You Have a Fever

If you’re sick with a fever, letting yourself get dehydrated will make things worse. Sip water or other fluids to keep yourself hydrated. Also, see your health care provider if the fever lasts more than two days or you have other symptoms that don’t go away.

7. If You Have Diarrhea

Diarrhea can happen for a variety of reasons, but whatever, the cause, diarrhea can lead to dehydration. Drink extra fluids while you have diarrhea, and after, to remain hydrated.

8. If You’re Pregnant or Breastfeeding

Women who are pregnant need about ten cups of fluid every day. Some women retain extra fluid during their pregnancy and have some swelling, but that doesn’t reduce the need for water. If you’re pregnant, talk to your doctor about how much water you need every day. Breastmilk is mostly water, so you’ll need to drink extra water while you’re breastfeeding. The Institute of Medicine recommends all breastfeeding moms consume about 13 cups of fluids every day.

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Last week, during her presentation, Dr. McIver reminded us that we should “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.” Breakfast is an especially important meal because the body has “fasted” during the night. The brain’s basic fuel is glucose, and so regularly supplying it with a new source of energy is essential.

In 1995, the University of California hosted a group of psychologists, neuroscientists, nutritionists and physiologists to review the scientific research on breakfast. They concluded that the “eating of breakfast is important in learning, memory, and physical well-being in both children and adults.” The classic, much quoted Alameda County Study found that those who ate breakfast almost every day or did not often eat between meals reported better physical health and lived longer than those who skipped breakfast or ate between meals.

A good breakfast is essential for maximum efficiency of the body and mind, especially during the later morning hours. Breakfast eaters are more efficient at problem solving, have increased verbal fluency, an improved attention span, better attitudes and scholastic scores. A recent study by Harvard psychologist Michael Murphy, included 4,000 elementary school children. Half ate breakfast, half did not. Those who ate breakfast had better scores on attention tests, and a verbal fluency test where they were asked to name all the animals they could think of in 60 seconds.

What kind of breakfast is the best? The answer is foods with a low glycemic index and glycemic load. The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly the carbohydrates in food are absorbed into our bodies and converted to fuel, and the glycemic load is an indicator of carbohydrate “quality”. When it comes to sustained brain power, Terrill Bravender, professor at Duke University, explains that food that is low on the glycemic scale — such as whole grains — are preferable. Even though a bowl of oatmeal and a bowl of sugary cereal may have the same number of carbohydrates, they have very different glycemic loads. Beans, lentils, almond milk, Greek yoghurt, berries, plums and oranges have an even lower glycemic load and work even better at supplying a steady, stable supply of good brain food.

Our diet is very important to our health. By choosing to make positive changes we can enjoy great health benefits.

Today’s take-away: Eat a hearty breakfast of foods that sustain you through the morning!

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April 5th, 2018 YOUTH LOCK-IN

The weekend of the lock-in is finally here! Beginning at 3:00 pm today, we’ll end the Sabbath together in the park, then begin our FUN and INTERACTIVE social activities tonight, ending tomorrow afternoon at the Skyzone! Spaces are limited so RSVP to our Youth Director, Cecil Calliste at 301-648-4552. Cost is $60, includes dinner and breakfast.

HEALTH MINISTRY WALK

We had a great time on our walk last Sunday, and the next one will be on Sunday, April 15 at 9:00 am at Greenbelt Park. Full details of the meeting place will be given next Sabbath.

SPRING EVANGELISM

TPC Presents “Living With Hope,” our Spring Evangelism series April 8-21. Our speaker is our very own Pastor Kosly Joseph. Meetings begin Sunday, April 8 at 7:00 pm in the Keystone Room. Meetings are held every night except for Thursday and Saturday. Please invite your friends and family to come out. Nightly prizes! Prayer Meeting, noon and 7:00 pm will be canceled the next two weeks during this series.

The series entire date and time schedule are posted below. Don’t forget to invite a friend or two, we can all use some hope.

Save these upcoming dates!!! April 15th – Health Ministry Walk

The walk will take place on Sunday, April 15 at 9:00 am at Greenbelt Park. Full details of the meeting place will be given next Sabbath.

May 12th – Pastor Nixon Installation

This is your opportunity to welcome our new Senior Pastor John Nixon II and his family. We encourage you not to miss church this Sabbath as we prepare to welcome them into our church family.

May 13th – Mother Day Brunch

You are invited to our annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 13 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We will have American as well as Caribbean cuisine.  The cost is $15.00.            For more information please contact Romania Voisin at (240) 381 – 7791.

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