The practical application of Natural Hygiene consists of many practices that, collectively, comprise biologically correct living. Specifically:
Eat predominantly of fresh raw fruits, [tender] vegetables, nuts and seeds;
Eat predominantly of raw, live food;
Learn and apply the rules of food combing to ensure efficient and easy digestion;
Eat foods at room temperature;
Chew thoroughly to maximize surface area of the food for complete digestion;
Eat when relaxed; and
Eat only when hungry.
Cook or overcook food – past 120 degrees, nutrients are destroyed;
Eat when emotionally unsettled, when tired, when in pain, or immediately after hard physical work;
Salt or overly season foods; or
Eat many strong-tasting foods including hot peppers, garlic, onions mustard, etc.
Drink only distilled (soft) water;
Drink only when thirsty; and
Drink only enough to quench thirst.
Drink with your meals.
Get as much fresh air as possible;
Allow for maximum ventilation when indoors;
Walk on streets that have less vehicular traffic and exhaust; and
Make sure indoor air is free of sprays, circulating dust, etc.
Breath through your mouth;
Inhale tobacco [or any other] smoke;
Permit smoking in your home or office; or
Breathe excessively cold air (if possible).
Involve all parts of the body, preferably exercising the muscles against resistance; and
Exercise in fresh air (or if indoors, with windows open).
Exercise to the point of exhaustion;
Exercise immediately following a meal;
Prolong muscular contractions beyond a few seconds; and
Breathe deeply without simultaneously remaining active.
Cease activity sometime during the day by napping or resting;
Close your eyes; and
Rest when tired.
Read or watch television while resting.
Go to bed early;
Select a dark, quiet, well ventilated room; and
Maintain a comfortable body temperature.
Eat before retiring.
LIGHT AND SUNSHINE:
Expose as much of your skin to sunlight as possible, up to an hour maximum daily;
Use natural, not artificial light (rays penetrate only white or light colored porous clothing); and
In cold climates, while indoors, get sunlight through open windows with heater turned on to avoid undue chilling.
Remain in sunlight for long periods; or
Expose yourself to the midday sun;
Find something about which to be happy everyday;
Feed your emotions daily with inspirational thoughts, pleasant sights and sounds, kind words and the like;
Keep negative emotions to a minimum; and
Couple negative emotions (fear, grief, anger, depression, etc.) with physical activity.
Dwell on the negative.
Maintain a comfortable temperature at all times; and
Take excessively hot or cold baths.
Wear clothes of porous material (cotton); and
Wear light colored clothing.
Dress for comfort, not merely for fashion.
Wear synthetic clothing; or
Wear constricting clothing (girdles, tight belts, etc.)
Sit erect at all times; and
Keep your head straight-up while walking, standing or sitting.
ZEST FOR LIVING:
Pursue some constructive objective; and
Engage in some activity which gives you fulfillment.
Natural Hygiene does not substitute foods, fasting, sunbathing, etc., for drugs, but it uses these influences because they are essentials of health. Hygienic Self-Health Care peddles no cures and recognizes none. Instead, only nature, meaning those normal influences and processes of life, restore health.
Hygienic Self-Health Care cannot be reduced to a series of rules and regulations that involve absolute terms like “always” or “never.” Each day, however, all of us have to make decisions about how we will live in such a a way that we remain comfortable and relaxed with our lifestyle – and not uptight or fanatical.
“Power comes by discipline to our natural mandate, and lack of it dissipates strength and life itself.”
Source: “Awakening our Self Healing Body: A Solution to the Health Care Crisis.” Arthur M. Baker