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Health and BodyBuilding,

(By Physical Culturist). v

In my last notes I touched upon the digestibility of certain foods, pointing- out what foods should not be taken at the same meals 1 , as being bad combinations, such as fruit and vegetables, fruit and milk, etc. In this connection, as good food is very often made difficult to digest by improper cooking, the followingpoints should be specially noted, and the paragraphs cut out for future reference :

Meat roasted is more digestible than boiled or fried. Potatoes are easier to digest when baked or roasted (but not in fat) than when boiled. The longer porridge, or starchy, food, is boiled the more digestible it is made. Sugar should not be added.

to porridge. Eggs are made indigestible by being boiled hard. They should be poached lightly. Foods fried or cooked in fat, dripping, butter, or lard are a common cause of indigestion and biliousness. Toast', when properly made, is easily digested—it should not be doug'hy or soft in the centre, but baked right through and made crisp by beingput in the oven. The free use of jams, sugar, syrup, or sweets l decidedly produce indigestion and biliousness. Fat and fat food are a common cause of fermeusatdon, sour stomach, headaches, and other symptoms 1 of indigestion. I place special stress upon the question of proper diet combined with systematic exercise, because it is undoubtedly true that the origin of nearly all the diseases that afflict people may be traced directly or in-* directly to the organs of digestion, principally the stomach. Headaches, nervousness, flatulence-, bad breath, loss of flesh, want of vigour, ami depressed spirits’ frequently owe their nrigiu to indigestion. Food which is not thoroughly digested stops in the stomach, decays, and ferments. The poisonous’ gases which constantly arise are absorbed into the blood, and poison the whole nervous system. Such food, not being properly assimilated, does not nourish or build up the body.

The remedy for such ills is not found, as many foolishly imagine, in headache powders, and other patent artificial digestive agents, which merely act as whips or spurs to the tired, enfeebled and overworked orguns of digestion. The permanent an'd real remedy is to give to the stomach rest, by eating less, and partaking of easilydigested foods. It is surprising the number of persons who arc continually trying 'different remedies advertised to cure their complaints, such as electric belt's, pills, and patent medicines (which nearly always contain alcohol or opium). These nostrums are of no permanent value. As for electric belts, they never have cured and they nwer will euro any form of disease. They may cura diseases that have existed in the imagination only, or they produce benefit by creating a more hopeful mental state, tout a condition .of actual disease can no more be cured toy an electric belt than the body can toe kept clean without water. In my next notes I purpose referring to the great influence exercised by the mind on the body and its functions, at the same time pointing-, out the importance of bringing the mind to bear upon the muscles during exercises for the treatment of disease.

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Health and Body-Building,, Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 48, 26 January 1907

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Health and Body-Building, Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 48, 26 January 1907

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