The 29 non-di­etetic fac­tors

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Health Mat­ters Trust Maran­dure

THIS week we are talk­ing about things we should do and things we should not do to main­tain or pro­mote good health. I com­piled the list be­low based on my many years’ ex­pe­ri­ence as a Natur­opa­thy Prac­ti­tioner. How­ever, for most of the meth­ods to be ef­fec­tive they need to be ap­plied ap­pro­pri­ately and ad­e­quately. Re­mem­ber, too much of too much can be too much.

The List 1) Ob­tain fresh air dur­ing the day while sleep­ing at night. A slight cur­rent of air should pass through your sleep­ing room at night. When you have the op­por­tu­nity to go out­side, breathe deeply of the fresh air. Prac­tice good pos­ture. Neg­a­tive ions are im­por­tant for good health, and th­ese are pri­mar­ily found out­side the house.

2) Sun­light is im­por­tant. Get a lit­tle ev­ery day. There is a higher rate of breast can­cer in lo­cal­i­ties where there is less sun­light.

3) Ex­er­cise is im­por­tant, and, as ev­ery­body says, walk­ing out­side is the best way to get it. If you are go­ing to do vig­or­ous ex­er­cise warm up first. Do some vig­or­ous walk­ing ev­ery day.

4) Rest is of vi­tal im­por­tance. As you grow older, try to rest a lit­tle be­fore prepar­ing a meal. Then, when the meal is over, go out­side and walk around a lit­tle.

5) Do not do heavy read­ing or study just be­fore bed­time. This might cause your brain to be con­gested and it be­comes dif­fi­cult to fall asleep. The best thing to do, in­stead, is to go out­side and walk around in the cool night air, breath­ing deeply. You will then find sleep more eas­ily.

6) It is im­por­tant to main­tain a cheer­ful, sunny, thank­ful, con­tented at­ti­tude. This, I as­sure you, is a pow­er­ful health­build­ing recipe.

7) Even more im­por­tant, Trust in God, He is the only One who can help you through your prob­lems and tri­als.

8) You need pe­ri­ods of rest and re­lax­ation ev­ery so of­ten. Pur­po­sive liv­ing, when the ob­jec­tive is to help oth­ers, is pow­er­ful for the good of our so­ci­ety and ex­cel­lent for your health. But do not over­work your­self.

9) They say clean­li­ness is next to God­li­ness. Clean­li­ness is im­por­tant. Keep your yard, house, clothes, and body clean. Wash the out­side with water [take a shower ever day], and, wash the in­side by drink­ing enough liq­uids. At cer­tain times, take an en­ema or colonic when needed, es­pe­cially when you are sick. Show­ers are gen­er­ally bet­ter than tub baths, they are quicker and more san­i­tary.

10) On this one, I risk the wrath of most (gen­tle) men. Do not wear belts, corsets, garters. The clothes should be sup­ported from the shoul­ders, not at the waist. Men should wear sus­penders as part of the way to avoid later prostate prob­lems.

11) The right ex­er­cise of the will is cru­cial. You are well, you be­come well, you re­sist dis­ease, you choose not the wrong path, and choose to do the right thing — through the power of the will.

12) As much as pos­si­ble, live on a sched­uled rou­tine. In this way, you will get your meals, water, rest, ex­er­cise, and fresh air. You will have time to eat, to think, and make right de­ci­sions. Main­tain­ing reg­u­lar hours is a great ben­e­fit to health. Avoid stay­ing up late at night: Use your will and go to bed when you are sup­posed to.

13) Avoid chill­ing or over­heat­ing. Avoid drafts. The danger is in chill­ing or over heat­ing the blood, ei­ther can cause trou­ble. Dress prop­erly, keep the limbs cov­ered. They should be as warm as trunk.

14) Fast oc­ca­sion­ally. Skip a meal and just drink fruit or veg­etable juice in­stead. If you are in good health, you can carry on your work on a lighter load till the next meal. If you are frail, go to bed and rest. This will do you won­ders in re­build­ing and strength­en­ing your body, so you will avoid later de­vel­op­ment of chronic and de­gen­er­a­tive dis­eases.

15) Keep your blood cir­cu­la­tion equalised. Do not chill the ex­trem­i­ties. Do not over eat, or eat wrong foods. Main­tain mod­er­ate ex­er­cise. Do what it takes to live right, and you will be richly re­warded.

16) Avoid anger, fear, worry, and en­er­va­tion. An ex­cel­lent way to ruin your­self is by in­dulging in ex­cess sex or for­bid­den sex. Hap­pi­ness comes through self-con­trol, not in­dul­gence.

17) Never overdo your im­mune sys­tem. It pro­tects you, only as you do not make it work too hard in the process.

18) Do not over­work one body part more than the oth­ers. Many oc­cu­pa­tional in­juries oc­cur be­cause this rule is vi­o­lated. Take time to rest, when you are not busily work­ing. Look a lit­tle closer at ath­letes, box­ers, and karate ex­perts. They are usu­ally phys­i­cally dam­aged in their joints by the time they are 50. This is not nec­es­sary. Live well by liv­ing mod­er­ately. Too much food, too much work, and too much re­lax­ation can each be a prob­lem. Learn to bal­ance it all.

19) Have a care­ful at­ti­tude. Avoid falls, blows, haz­ards, and dan­ger­ous ac­tiv­i­ties. More quadriple­gia oc­curs from div­ing into shal­low water than any other sin­gle cause. Get ex­tra rest when you work near sick peo­ple.

20) Learn to un­der­stand the dis­tant early warn­ing signs. What are the first in­di­ca­tions that you are about to fall ill? Find out what they are, for your­self, your loved ones, and your chil­dren. When you see trou­ble com­ing, get ex­tra rest, re­tire ear­lier. Skip a meal or two, go to bed, and fast on water and lemon juice.

21) When able to do so, avoid jet lag and trav­el­ling in for­eign coun­tries. They have dif­fer­ent in­testi­nal bac­te­ria, and you can surely get sick over there.

22) This one is for those in­di­vid­u­als who work in noisy en­vi­rons like heavy in­dus­tries and mines. Please avoid loud sounds, such as chain saws and other loud ma­chin­ery. Wear ear pro­tec­tors. 23) Also, avoid dust, smoke, and chem­i­cal vapours. 24) Move out to the ru­ral ar­eas, if you want the best of health: Away from the noise, the fumes, the rush and tur­moil. Go out to an area where there is quiet­ness, peace, fresh air, neg­a­tive ions, and bet­ter sun­light.

25) Do not live in the low­lands or by a creek. Do not live where it is al­ways damp around the house. Set­tle in an up­per area where it tends to be drier.

26) Avoid hav­ing trees close to your house. Do not have your win­dows cov­ered up with cur­tains, let the sun come through. It pu­ri­fies ev­ery room it en­ters. Sky light is pu­ri­fy­ing also, but lesser so.

27) If pos­si­ble, avoid pets in, or around, the house. If you want a dog or cat in your house, give it a weekly bath. You can con­tract dis­eases from dogs, cats, pigeons, birds, and other an­i­mals.

28) Veg­etable, fruit, berry, and flower gardening is an out­stand­ing way to main­tain your health—in sev­eral ways. But avoid us­ing chem­i­cal fer­tilis­ers, in­sec­ti­cides, and other gar­den chem­i­cals.

29) Lastly, learn how to give water ther­apy [hy­drother­apy] treat­ments. Learn how to pre­pare and use sim­ple herbs. Keep a few on hand. As we try to help oth­ers, our own health im­proves.

Trust Maran­dure is a Natur­opa­thy Prac­ti­tioner based in Bu­l­awayo he can be con­tacted on 0772482382 or email tg­maran­dure@ya­hoo.com.

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