Health Ministry Department
The Health ministry department is wholistically to the whole person and not just physical health. We recognise that our body is a temple in which the Lord abides (1 Corinthians 6:19) and so our overall health is imperative in the spreading of the gospel.
Our goal is then to educate on how to maintain holistic health and we do so by adhering to the NEWSTART acronym, an influential force to our health message.
Our ministry includes talks on long-term conditions, mental health, managing stress, and physical health that include fitness sessions that run on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm.
Join us in becoming a healthier YOU!
DRY JANUARY 1-31 January 2023
Alcohol is a chemical that can have a range of adverse effects on almost every organ of your body, including your brain, liver, bones, and heart.
Depending on the amount of alcohol you consume- measured in units- the adverse effects on the various organs become increasingly more severe.
After drinking 1-2 units your heart rate increases and your blood vessels expand. After 4-6 units your brain starts to be affected and your judgment and reasoning are affected and you may become uninhibited.
After having 8-9 units your liver starts to struggle to filter the alcohol from your body. After 10 -12 units and more than 12, you start getting alcohol poisoning. Symptoms such as dehydration, drowsiness, vomiting, nausea, and headache.
It takes the liver about an hour to remove one unit of alcohol from the body.
Alcohol poisoning can cause a person to fall into a coma and could lead to their death.
(Source NHS website)
Challenge: try drinking natural fruit juices and water for this Dry January.
Alcohol-related liver disease (ARLD) refers to liver damage caused by excess alcohol intake. There are several stages of severity and a range of associated symptoms
Generally, ARLD is divided into 3 stages: alcoholic fatty liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis.
Alcoholic fatty liver disease:
Large consumption of alcohol, even for just a few days, can lead to a build-up of fats in the liver.
Fatty liver disease is reversible. Providing that you stop drinking alcohol for a significant amount of time (months or years), your liver should return to normal.
Alcoholic hepatitis is caused by drinking alcohol over a long period of time. Sometimes there are no warning signs that the liver is being damaged until it is severe. The liver damage associated with mild alcoholic hepatitis can be reversible if you stop drinking permanently.
Severe alcoholic hepatitis, however, is a serious and life-threatening illness.
Cirrhosis is a stage of ARLD where the liver has become significantly scarred. Even at this stage, there may not be any obvious symptoms.
Cirrhosis is generally not reversible, but if you stop drinking alcohol immediately you may prevent further damage and significantly increase your life expectancy.
(Source: NHS website)