DeVon Franklin is teaming up with Dr. Mehmet Oz to teach people about honoring the Sabbath each week.
As a Seventh-day Adventist, Franklin, who's both a preacher and Hollywood producer, honors the Sabbath each week from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. While he practices this to honor his biblical beliefs, the head of Franklin Entertainment introduced the practice on "The Dr. Oz Show" Thursday as something that could help people's health.
Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon-turned-syndicated talk show host, let Franklin introduce something called "The 7th Day Restart" on his television program. Franklin, who produced the film "Miracles From Heaven" last year, highlighted the various things that people can do to honor their Sabbath Day at the close of their week.
Oz introduced the "revolutionary idea" of resting on the Sabbath as a way to transform the body for longevity, energy and weight loss. Franklin let people know what they should be doing instead of working, running errands, doing household chores and spending endless hours on social media.
The first major principle that people can do to honor the Sabbath each week, according to Franklin, is to spend time in nature.
"We were created to live in nature. I mean, it's God's country," he said. "We spend most of our week in offices, in front of our computer screen. We never get a chance to get out and see the sun, we never get a chance to experience the wind. So on this seven day restart, you've got to get some 'vitamin n' into your system!"
While suggesting that people can hike, go for a walk, and take in the environment, Franklin also revealed that research showed that spending time in nature reduces stress and improves health. Oz, who has a position at Columbia University's medical school as the surgery department's vice chairman, agreed with the health benefits of spending time outside.
"When we put patients into nature after procedures, they actually recover faster," he said.
Franklin also went on to outline that reading things to edify the spirit were important on the Sabbath instead of reading news that could be a source of stress.
"Normally, the type of reading that I do and the type of reading I suggest is the type that edifies the spirit, the type that helps you become a better person. I spend time reading Psalms, Proverbs and the rest of the Bible," he said.
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