Your food shall be your medicine — Hippocrates.
Diet plays a vital role in the maintenance of good health and in the prevention and cure of disease. In the words of Sir Robert McCarrison, one of the best known nutritionists, “The right kind of food is the most important single factor in the promotion of health; and the wrong kind of food is the most important single factor in the promotion of disease.”
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They are an extremely rich source of minerals, enzymes and vitamins. However, faulty cooking and prolonged careless storage, destroy these valuable nutrients. Most of the vegetables are, therefore, best consumed in their natural raw state in the form of salads.
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These are the most important and the most potent of all foods and contain all the important nutrients needed for human growth. They contain the germ, the reproductive power which is of vital importance for the lives of human beings and their health.
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Based on what has been stated above, the daily menu of a health-building and vitalising diet should be on the following lines:
Upon arising: A glass of lukewarm water with half a freshly squeezed lemon and a spoonful of honey, or a glass of freshly squeezed juice of any available seasonal fruit such as apple, pineapple, orange, mosambi or grapes.
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Like vegetables, fruits are an excellent source of minerals, vitamins and enzymes. They are easily digested and exercise a cleansing effect on the blood and digestive tract. They are highly alkaline and contain a high percentage of water and a low percentage of proteins and fats. Their organic acid and high sugar contents have immediate refreshing effects. Apart from seasonal fresh fruits, dry fruits, such as raisins, prunes and figs are also beneficial.
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Acidosis can be prevented by maintaining a proper ratio between acid and alkaline foods in the diet. Certain foods leave alkaline ash and help in maintaining the alkalinity of the blood, while others leave acid ash which reduce the blood alkalinity.
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Acidosis is a condition in which the acidity of body fluid is abnormally high. The normal body chemistry is approximately 20 per cent acid and 80 per cent alkaline. In normal health, the reaction of the blood is alkaline and that is essential for our physical and mental well-being.
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I. A fast on orange juice for three days. During this period, orange juice diluted with water should be taken every two hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and bowels cleansed with warm water enema.
II. An all-fruit diet for 3 to 5 days. In this regimen, take three meals a day of fresh juicy fruits such as apples, pears, peaches, papaya, grapes, oranges and pineapples.
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The treatment of acne by the administration of salves or ointment does not serve any purpose. They only suppress the action of the sebaceous glands temporarily. In nature cure, the main emphasis is on diet and certain water applications.
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Acne is perhaps the most common chronic skin disease. It is an inflammatory condition of the sebaceous (that is, fat) glands and hair follicles usually found on the face, the neck, chest and shoulders. Approximately, eight out of ten young people between the ages of 12 and 24 suffer from some degree of acne.
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