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A lack of water dehydrates the fluids, tissues, and cells of the body. It causes the blood to thicken, increasing the risks of stroke and heart disease. Insufficient water can mimic hypoglycemia, causing headaches, tiredness, and fainting spells. The body loses ten to twelve cups of water every day. The food we eat provides two to four cups of water, so we need to drink six to eight glasses each day to replace the difference. Pure plain water is the best way to replace the fluid you need. Many sugar laden beverages actually result in a loss of water from the system; it requires more water to metabolize the sugar in a drink than it can provide. Caffeine and alcohol are both diuretics which cause the body to lose water. You need an extra glass of water for every highsugar, caffeinated, or alcoholic beverage you drink. Drinking water with meals dilutes the gastric juices and slows the digestive process. The best time to drink water is between meals, beginning an hour after eating, until fifteen minutes before the next meal. Water is a remarkable aid in the treatment of disease. When you are ill drink plenty of water. This replaces any fluid lost during a fever and insures that every part of your body will function well. Frequent showers will prove to be helpful as well. New tart Sunlight Sunshine has gotten some bad publicity recently; the impression has been given that even small amounts of sun are harmful. While it is true that excessive sunlight can increase the risk of skin cancer and cataracts, sunshine in moderate amounts has many benefits. ❂ Sunlight converts cholesterol into vitamin D, lowering the blood cholesterol. Vitamin D provides a host of advantages to the body, including prevention of many types of cancer and better calcium absorption, which in turn helps prevent osteoporosis and tooth decay, makes stronger denser bones, and speeds bone repair. ❂ Sunlight kills many germs and enhances the immune system by increasing gamma globulin, and raising the number and effectiveness of the white blood cells which destroy germs. Lightly tanned skin kills germs and resists infection much better than untanned skin. Many skin diseases respond well to controlled doses of sunlight. ❂ Sunlight soothes the nervous system and is important in treating depression. It gives a sense of well-being by increasing endorphin production in the brain. ❂ Sunlight strengthens the cardiovascular system. It improves the circulation, lowers the heart rate, and normalizes the blood pressure and blood sugar, bringing highs down and lows up. ❂ Sunlight aids in weight loss, increasing the metabolism by stimulating thyroid production. ❂ Sunlight improves sleep. Natural light exposure in daytime increases melatonin output at night. ❂ Sunlight enhances waste elimination by improving liver function; it is an effective treatment for jaundice. It relieves the kidneys of some of their burden by eliminating wastes through 12 s RADIANT LIVING

the skin when you sweat. Moderate work or exercise outdoors every day will secure these benefits and more. We receive the sun’s rays even on cloudy days; however ordinary window glass filters out 95 percent of the useful ultraviolet light. What About Skin Cancer? Sun should be taken in moderation. Overexposure to sunlight is a major risk factor for skin cancer. Melanoma, a quickly spreading skin cancer that is fatal in 20 percent of cases, is associated with lack of regular sun exposure and repeated burning of the skin. Avoid sunburn like the plague. Get your sunshine in small doses and take great care between 10 A.M. and 3 P.M., particularly in summer when the sun is strongest. Excessive sunshine, especially sunburn, increases your risk of skin cancer. However, sunlight provides so many benefits that avoiding it is not a healthy choice. At least ten minutes of sunlight per day is necessary to maintain good health. Any exposure of more than this should be based on your individual skin tone. News art Temperance The word temperance, when used in the context of health, has three very distinct meanings: moderation in the use of that which is good, total abstinence from that which is harmful, and self-restraint. More is not always better. Work, exercise, rest, eating, and sunshine are all beneficial and necessary; but any of them taken to extremes becomes harmful. Overeating, even of the most healthy foods is detrimental. Exercise is indispensable to living healthfully, but overexertion can cause injury. Anything that harms the body is counterproductive to good health. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or caffeinated drinks. Avoid things that are harmful to you personally: foods to which you are sensitive, or which contribute to a disease you are fighting; risky behaviors or activities; as well as certain people and thought patterns. This rule simply stated is, “First, do no harm.” Self-restraint is easily said, but it is an elusive goal for most of us. It is sobering and alarming to realize that often we really are not in control of ourselves, that we are slaves to some appetite or habit. When you find that what you will to do you don’t have the power to accomplish, there is hope. See Habits and Addictions p. 40. RADIANT LIVING s 13

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