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Nutrition - Proper nutrition is the foundation of good health and recovery. 

The disease and suffering that prevail everywhere are mainly due to popular errors in diet. Many ailments are cured if the following instruction is put into daily practice.

  1. A major portion of the diet should consist of fresh, raw or "live" uncooked fruits and vegetables prepared in a natural, tasty way. Uncooked fruits and vegetables contain enzymes which are essential to good health.
  2. Vary the diet from meal to meal, but do not eat too many varieties at any one meal. Keep the recipes and the meals simple.
  3. Use the whole (unrefined) grains such as whole wheat bread and brown rice. Discard the use of refined grains such as white flour and white rice.
  4. Eliminate rich, concentrated foods containing too much sugar, fats and oils (especially lard), salt, and protein (meat and other animal products).
  5. Eat at the same time each day. The stomach functions best on a regular schedule. Allow at least 5 hours from the end of one meal to the beginning of the next meal.
  6. Do not eat between meals. Eating between meals delays stomach emptying, which causes the partially digested food remaining in the stomach to spoil or ferment.
  7. Breakfast should be the largest meal of the day with several pieces of fresh fruit, a few raw almonds and a small amount of whole grains or bread. Supper, if eaten, should be the smallest meal. Supper should be eaten at least 2 or 3 hours before bedtime.
  8. Eat all you need to maintain health and enjoy your food, but do not overeat. Too much food dulls the mind, causes fatigue, increases disease, and shortens life.
  9. Eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly. This will increase the enjoyment and the nutritional benefits of the food. Mealtime should be pleasant and unhurried.
  10. Drink enough water daily to keep the urine pale. Drink liquids in between mealtimes. Avoid drinking during meals, just before a meal, or soon after a meal. Liquids dilute gastric juices and slow down digestion.
  11. Skip 1 to 4 meals periodically. Fasting is an aid in educating the appetite and a rehearsal for self-control. Fasting is an excellent remedy for many illnesses.

Exercise - Action is a law of life. Muscle tone and strength are lost without exertion, but exercise improves the health of body, mind, and spirit multiplying vitality and health.

Exercise is an absolute requirement for body strength and development. More people die from lack of exercise than from too much exercise. More people "rust out" than "wear out". Daily exercise is beneficial for people of all ages. Exercise not only promotes a sense of well-being and prevents disease, but it also aids in the recovery from disease.

  • Exercise must be regular--at least 30 minutes per day.
  • Exercise must be brisk but not violent.
  • Exercise should be varied (such as walking or gardening) for best use of all the body muscles.
  • Exercise should be enjoyed for it to have the most beneficial effect. Exercise strengthens the bones and muscle

Water - Because the body is 70% water, keeping well hydrated and knowing what and when to drink are essential to health. Hydrotherapy (water applied externally to the body) followed by massage enhances the circulation and immune system in wonderful ways. 

A continuous supply of water is needed for all living things. Man can live up to 6 weeks without food but only a few days without water. Every cell of the body needs water. Water makers up about 70 percent of our total body weight.

The body prefers slightly warm to cool water. Very cold water shuts down the digestion (if taken at mealtime) and diminishes the body's thirst signals. The best time to drink water is between meals. Avoid drinking water within 30 minutes before a meal and until 1 to 2 hours after a meal. Drinking with meals dilutes the digestive enzymes and delays the process of digestion.

  • Water is essential for efficient circulation of the blood--which is nearly 90 percent water. The bloodstream carries oxygen and nutrients to every body cell and transports the cell's waste products to the kidneys, lungs, and skin for removal. The bloodstream also transports white blood cells that fight disease-causing germs in the body.
  • Water keeps the body temperature within a normal range. The evaporation of perspiration on the skin surface helps bring down fever.
  • Water produces the fluid that constantly moistens the eyes. Without tears the eyes would become dry and inflamed, resulting in loss of sight.
  • Water is needed to lubricate and cushion the bones and joints.
  • Water is necessary for the production of saliva and digestive juices.
  • Water relieves both physical and mental fatigue. The brain is approximately 85 percent water. It is not surprising that drinking one glass of water every 10 minutes for one hour relieves many headaches.

The human organism requires 1/3 more water than the body's thirst signals indicate. The following routing will help meet the body's daily water needs. Drink 2 glasses of water upon arising, 2 glasses midmorning, 2 classes midafternoon, and another 2 glasses before bedtime. Drink enough water to keep the urine pale. Distilled water is recommended as it is pure water.

All organs and body functions require water: Breathing, Digestion, Elimination, Hormone Secretion, Temperature Regulation, Lubrication of muscles, bones, tendons, and Protection from injury by cushioning tissues.

Sunlight - The sun is the established energy source ordained by God to sustain the cycle of life for plants and animals.  Sunlight is supremely important for the body's metabolism and hormonal balance. 

  1. Sunlight improves the circulation of the blood.
  2. It increases the cardiac output--the amount of blood that is pumped by the heart with each contraction.
  3. Sunlight increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.
  4. Sunlight helps regulate the blood pressure toward a normal, healthy level.
  5. Sunlight increases the number of white blood cells and stimulates their ability to destroy both germs and cancer cells.
  6. It increases gamma globulin--a protein that helps the body fight infection.
  7. Sunlight is effective treatment for jaundice in the newborn infant.
  8. Sunlight improves liver function, and helps the body to eliminate toxic chemicals and environmental pollutants.
  9. Sunlight stabilizes blood sugar (glucose) levels.
  10. It lowers cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Sunlight may decrease cholesterol by more than 30 percent.
  11. Sunlight converts cholesterol and ergosterol in the skin to vitamin D, but only to safe levels. Vitamin D plays a part in the metabolism of calcium and phosphorus, which are essential for bone and teeth development. Adequate vitamin D can be obtained by exposing the face to the sun for a few minutes each midday.
  12. It improves muscle tone and endurance. Exercising outdoors in the sunlight develops the body muscles more than indoor exercise does.
  13. Sunlight increases the body metabolism by stimulating thyroid gland function.
  14. Sunlight comes through the eyes to the pineal gland and affects the pituitary gland, which controls hormone production of the other endocrine glands in a beneficial way.
  15. Sunlight enhances the mental outlook and a sense of well-being. It helps prevent or overcome mental depression.
  16. It lessens stress by working through the sensory receptors in the skin as a well as through psychological factors.
  17. It promotes healing. Expose infected parts of the body to sunlight. A short sun bath several times a day will destroy germs and promote wound healing.
  18. Sunlight helps keep the home free from disease-causing germs. "Perfect cleanliness, plenty of sunlight, careful attention to sanitation in every detail of the home life, are essential to freedom from disease and to the cheerfulness and vigor of the inmates of the home"  Ministry of Healing, page 276.
Temperance - Using good things moderately and avoiding the bad is obviously wise, yet often hard to practice. Temperance can be neither bought nor earned, but is rather an important gift of God, a "fruit of the Spirit" (Galatians 5:22, 23).

Temperance or abstemiousness means to deny self, to use moderately that which is good, and to use nothing that is harmful to the body. Moderation should be exercised in all the habits of daily life--diet, work, sleep, study and dress. Abstain entirely from unclean meat and harmful substances such as alcohol, tobacco products, and caffeine-containing beverages such as coffee and colas. Breaking this health law has very serious consequences.

Air - The body's most essential resource is air. More important than food or water, proper breathing and pure air are fundamental to good health. 

Man might live 5 to 6 weeks without food, a few days without water, but only a few minutes without air. Fresh air has an invigorating influence on both body and mind. The body benefits more from outdoor than indoor exercise. Pure fresh air benefits the body and mind in the following ways.

  • Fresh air promotes a healthful circulation of the blood.
  • It refreshes and strengthens the body.
  • Pure air soothes the nerves--gives the mind composure and serenity.
  • It excites the appetite and helps the food to digest more perfectly.
  • Fresh air in the bedroom gives a good night's sleep.

Rest - Restoration requires rest because sleep allows the body to renew itself Many types of rest are important for health, but the sweetest rest follows labor. "Early to bed and early to rise" is a vital NEW START principle, and a healthy lifestyle makes this principle easier to maintain. 

Trust In Divine Power - Directly linked to physical health (Proverbs 3:5-6), trust in God is a gift leading to right choices. 

Faith and trust in God undergirds all the other health laws. It is the most essential law to put into the daily practice. While the atheist may achieve health by following the seven health laws, perfect health is possible only by including the eighth health law--the cooperation of human with divine power.

The very best physical, mental and spiritual health possible is attained only by connecting with God's power. The better the total health, the greater will be the ability to honor and glorify the Creator and Redeemer of mankind by reflecting His character to the world.