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Inflammation is a “hot” topic in medicine. It appears connected to almost every known chronic disease: from heart disease to cancer, diabetes to obesity, autism to dementia and even depression....
Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness. —Psalm 86:11 It’s hard sometimes to find rest for our souls. We may hit a season with tremendous challenges in it, and our hearts are naturally troubled. Yet God promises us a peace beyond our circumstances....

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 We're constantly preaching the benefits of healthy eating, but have you ever thought about why we do it, beyond a general, vague idea that it's better for us? Do we know how long it takes for our bodies to benefit from an increase in nutrients and a decrease in inflammatory foods? According to our experts, it takes only minutes to see positive change. Here's what starts to happen in your body in the minutes, days, and years after you adopt a healthier diet:

1. Within 20 minutes, you're healing your gut.

According to Dr. Terry Wahls, "The bacteria living in your bowels, on average, divide every 20 minutes. That means what you eat is continuously either fertilizing the health-promoting bacteria or the disease-promoting bacteria, minute by minute."

2. Within a few hours, you'll experience healthier brain function.

"Because of the gut-brain connection, the food you eat impacts your brain within hours," says Dr. Wahls. More sugar tends to create more inflammation, which has a negative impact on your brain. On the flip side, more "microbial accessible carbohydrates," which, in non-doctor speak, means simply resistance starch and nonstarchy vegetables, will create less inflammation and healthier brain function. The bottom line: Grabbing a bagel before that big meeting isn't a great idea.

3. Within 72 hours, your hormones begin to stabilize.

According to hormone expert Dr. Sara Gottfried, within just three days of eating a clean diet with no processed food, balanced carbs, and tons of plants, your insulin and cortisol levels will normalize. This results in far more energy and your belly fat beginning to melt away.
4. Within two weeks, your productivity will go up by 20 percent.

"One of the first things I see improve in patients' lives once they start eating a clean, nutrient-dense diet is an increase in energy and a decrease in brain fog," says Dr. Will Cole. "Often these happen within the first two weeks. According to the World Health Organization, healthy eating can increase productivity by 20 percent!"

5. Within one month, your skin will be clear and glowy.

Our body's largest organ, the skin can really benefit when we adopt a healthier diet. Studies have shown that certain food groups (high in vitamins and minerals) are linked to improvements in how our skin looks and feels. "Simple carbohydrates, sugar, alcohol, and caffeine can really dry out your skin," says Dr. Jill Javahery, a California-based dermatologist. "When you start eating better, you'll immediately notice a rehydration of your skin and extra glow! If you're struggling with acne, look to your diet first. Being overweight or eating too many simple carbs can make you more likely to develop acne problems, and eating a clean diet will result in clear skin, often in as soon as four weeks!"

5. Within six weeks, your thyroid and estrogen are back on track.

According to Dr. Gottfried, this means you'll be able to keep weight stable, you'll find yourself experiencing fewer mood swings, you'll have normal pap smears, and your hair will stop falling out.

6. Within five years, you won't be aging as quickly.

Your telomeres get shorter as you get older and are one of the parts of DNA that scientists believe are responsible for signaling your body to age. Studies have shown that after five years on a plant-heavy diet, telomeres were significantly longer than those in a control group. Forever young? We'll take it.

7. For a lifetime, you'll experience more effortless weight management.

Countless studies support the notion that a plant-based diet can help with weight loss, and people who eat a diet high in vegetables and fruits are more likely to maintain a healthy weight throughout their lives.

With the many temptations we face each day, sticking to a healthy routine can be really tough! But it's so motivating to know that within just a few hours we start to heal and that just a couple of months of effort can totally transform our hormones, skin, and brain function.

When we commit to giving our bodies what they need to be happy and healthy, they will work just as hard to support us too—keeping us strong, sharp, and beautiful.

Liz Moody is the senior food editor at mindbodygreen. She's contributed to Glamour, Women's Health, Food & Wine, goop, and many other publications and is the woman behind the healthy food blog Sprouted Routes and Instagram account @sproutedroutes. Her first cookbook, Glow Pops: Super-Easy Superfood Recipes to Help You Look and Feel Your Best, was released by Clarkson Potter/Random House in April 2017. She's a known green smoothie pusher and will rarely turn down a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie.


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Let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. —Galatians 6:9 NLT

We all get physically tired and need rest. But the apostle Paul urges us not to get emotionally and spiritually tired of doing good. We need to hold onto the hope that doing what is right will lead to a harvest of blessing.

God invites us first of all to do good for ourselves. He asks us to make small, intentional choices that will end up producing a great harvest if we persist. Today you might take one little step toward a goal, trusting that the harvest will come.

Then, by caring for ourselves like this, we will have the strength of heart to do good for others. We’ll have the courage to persevere in doing what is right and generous toward others, trusting that again, the harvest will come. Perhaps there is someone you can encourage today, some small step of kindness you can take, or a ministry you can participate in that pours life into others.

Food for Thought: The Bible encourages us to “Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly” (1 Corinthians 13:13 MSG). We can have confident hope in the coming harvest and draw on God’s strength to love extravagantly.

The Daniel Plan 365 Day Devotional is a companion to the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Daniel Plan.  This 365-day devotional provides the heartfelt insight you need to take your health to the next level.  Feast on something bigger than a fad.  Motivational tips, Scripture passages, Food for Thought, and a special note from Rick Warren lead the way to transformation for the long haul. 

This perfect summertime salad is packed with lots of colorful vegetables, a little feta, fresh herbs and an olive oil vinaigrette. And Quinoa, the ancient high-protein, gluten-free grain (really a seed) of the Inca Indians, makes a hearty base for this delicious meal....
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