The key to fitness is nutrition, we are mainly what we eat.
It is true that exercise, restful sleep, peace of mind, regular habits of elimination, bathing, etc., are all factors in keeping fit, but these will avail nothing if our nutrition is at fault.
It is now recognized that most common illnesses are closely associated with nutrition
and arise from lack of vitamins and minerals, just as some more serious ailments, such as
scurvy, rickets, anaemia, beri-beri, pellagra and nerve troubles are equally deficiency
ailments and respond to appropriate vitamin therapy.
Periodically, new and successful uses of vitamins in diseased conditions are reported
in the world’s medical journals and more and more physicians are prescribing vitamins,
where some 50 years ago they prescribed drugs.
Many people wonder why the terrible epidemics which formerly ravaged the earth –
typhus, yellow fever, typhoid, cholera, malaria, bubonic plague, etc – have largely
been brought under control, yet the degenerative diseases, such as heart ailments,
high blood-pressure, hardening of the arteries, stomach ulcers, nervous breakdowns,
colitis, cataract, and kidney and liver ailments are all on the increase.
The reason is that the plague or ‘dirt’ diseases, spread by vermin, mosquitoes and
human contact are disappearing owing to improved methods of hygiene and sanitation.
The degenerative diseases arise primarily from man’s continual tampering with
natural foods, thereby depriving them of vital nutrients that Nature, in her wisdom,
incorporates in our foodstuffs to ensure good health.
It is a tragic fact that most people these days only begin to take an intelligent interest
in their health, after they have lost it.
Nature requires that we co-operate with her, and we cannot escape the consequences
of our refusal to do so.