WHY DISEASE COME
Disease never comes without a cause. Many diseases and sicknesses are the result of wrong habits and of not obeying the laws of health. Some people suffer because of the careless lives of their parents. But most people suffer because of their own wrong course of action, because they have disregarded the laws of health.
WRONG HABITS OF EATING CAUSE DISEASE
As motor-cars cannot go without petrol, our bodies cannot go without food. If a -person does not eat, he dies. And if he does not eat the right kind of food, he is likely to get sick, and may die.
Our food should he chosen, not only to satisfy our hunger and make us go, but also to build up the body and obtain the highest degree of health and well-being. In chapter three we were told what kinds of foods to eat. Now let us consider the results of not having enough of the good, body-building foods.
NEVER LACK THESE IN YOUR MEAL
If protein is lacking in the food, which is especially serious in growing children, the body will have nothing with which to build. The most serious disease commonly seen due to lack of protein is “kwashiorkor” and is described in the first part of chapter five. To avoid this disease, and other diseases resulting from a lack of protein, use protein-rich foods.
A lack of iodine in the food causes “goiter” as explained can be avoided by the use of iodized salt.
A lack of iron in our food can cause anemia. This makes it difficult for the body to carry oxygen in the blood, and is serious. In order to have more iron in our diet, eat more of the iron-containing foods as suggested.
Lack of vitamins can lead to such diseases as scurvy, beriberi and anemia.
The use of a variety, of several different kinds of fruits and vegetables will help you to have enough vitamins.
Let us also consider some of the things we should avoid using, and some of the things we should not do.
Food should not be eaten very hot, or very cold. Very hot and very cold foods make the stomach work harder, and slow down digestion.
Mustard, pepper, spices, pickles, and other similar things, irritate the stomach and make the blood feverish and impure. Soon ordinary foods do not satisfy the appetite.
One should not eat when very tired, hot, excited, anxious, upset, or hurried. It is better to wait until rest or relief is found before eating.
OVEREATING IS HARMFUL
Overeating is just as harmful as not having enough good food. Too much food burdens the system, and weakens the digestive organs. If an adult begins to gain weight and to get fat, it means he is eating too much. Fat is not healthy—it causes overwork of the heart and many other organs of the body which have to carry around and nourish the fat. A thinner person will be likely to live several years longer than a fat one. Moderate, temperate use of good food will be rewarded with physical, mental, and moral energy.
Sweets, pie, cake, doughnuts, and puddings contain very little, if any, vitamins or minerals or proteins. These sweet, expensive foods cause fatness, tooth decay, and other ills. Your body does not need them.
Do not eat between meals. Your stomach needs time to rest. There should be four or five hours between the times of eating.