In 1921 one of my heroes, Mahatma Gandhi wrote a Guide to Health.
It has to be said, that he lived a long and active life, and he promoted health, and good living as part of his overall philosophy of peace and understanding.
The book contains some far out ideas, that I don’t cover, I’m only summarising the things he got right (if only partially about mud!)
Just like Benjamin Franklin, Gandhi believed more people suffered ill health through over-eating than from starvation (a fact that is even more true today).
He believed you should only eat AFTER doing some work – so eating first thing in the morning was NOT on his list. Gandhi taught skipping breakfast, and waiting 3 hours before you ate. He also liked fasting, not just as a political protest. Something now proven by Nobel Prize winning science to be essential for long term health.
Gandhi saw the stomach as the engine of the body, and therefore of health, so it was important to feed it the right food in the right amounts.
He was a vegetarian, and preached against the use of cow’s milk (it after all for calves, not humans). Ahead of his time, as now modern milk is full of antibiotics and hormones.
Surprisingly, like me, he also advocated ‘eating your water’ rather than drinking it. He reasoned quite correctly that if you ate enough water filled plant, you would not need to drink much.
Watch my Hydration videos for more on that:
Gandhi was very much for regular daily exercise, realising that a lack of exercise ‘weakens the mind’. Now we know exercise protects not just against heart disease an cancer, but also depression and dementia.
Likewise he believed you had to exercise the mind as well.
His ideal ‘job’ was a farmer – using mind and body daily.
Getting out doors to get plenty of fresh air was a big must for Gandhi, as he saw being inside breathing the air that others had just breathed out as quite disgusting. Today however air pollution is linked to hundreds of thousands of early deaths every year in the UK alone.
Finally, Gandhi believed in the healing power of mud. This is something that I think he partially got right – the idea that you could decrease a fever by being buried in it.
This is most likely because of ‘grounding’ see my Natural Pain Relief Report page for more on that.
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