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Health and BodyBuilding.

(By Physical Guitarist)..

Oho of the 'greatest sins against the body is overeating. The intemperate indulgence in alcoholic liquors i®> questionably a great evil. It h■ s thousands of‘graves and ruins thousands of homes annually. But tne evil of alcoholic intemperance is a& nothing when compared to the evil ot overeating. This habit is almost universal. Hardly a home exists that is not made unhappy in a greater oi lesser degree, by the habit. Hardly a life h a s been wrecked in health, “but that the evil has not played an important part iii causing the wxecv a & In fact, the evil of alcoholic intemperance itself is largely caused by overeating. The stomach becomes overloaded. The m a ss refuses to di-o-est —it ferments, and there is a desire for something the victim hardly knows what—anything to rid the stomach of the vile contents. Alcohol affords this temporary re lief. It spurs up the organs to increased activity. It is about time that temperance advocates veie aw'akened to the real cause of a coholic intemperance. It is generally supposed that if a man has a large day’s work to perform, he must eat a n unusual!? '-a* go breakfast. and a proportionately large dinner. Thi6 is certainly an error for this reason. Barge demands jipon either the nervous or muscular system for the time being -detract from the power to digest. The stomach requires nervous energy to enable it to perform its functions. It the nervous forces are otherwise en-o-aged or used they cannot be utilised in digestion. Hence it follows theoretically. at least, that instead oi giving The digestive organs an extra task in preparation for an extra efiort, they should be required to perform less than the ordinary amount of labour. Overloading the_ stomach and overworking the brain at the same time is exceedingly dangerous. The man who overworks mentally must “he temperate. Bernau Mob addon says on the sub- , j ec t —“T have no doubt that a ne- ’ ■n-lect of this precaution is a not frequent cause of many of the sudden deaths of which we so often receive accounts, especially among politicians and public men.” When the st omach'js overloaded it is almost impossible to 'do brain work with any degree of satisfaction. The power of concentrating the mind upon any subject entirely' -disappears. Another unfortunate result of overeating is the entire disappearance of a normal appetite. One cannot tell by the appetite what the system mostly needs. He or she simply oats until a feeling of fullness indicates that the stomach is crammed to its capacity. The victim of overeating always eats without appetite. .He may have a -desire for something, anything to relieve his unsatisfactory feelings, but a normal craving for food needed to nourish* the body he really' never experiences. ]

In my next notes I purpose writing on colds, and how they are caused. and how they may he avoided.

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Health and Body-Building., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 8, 25 May 1907

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Health and Body-Building. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 8, 25 May 1907

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