Good Living. A Philosophy of Health by A. T. Todd (Auth.)

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This idea of flushing out is fairly recent and came in with the now common water portage systems of sewage removal, but let me remind the reader that, strange as it may seem, he is not a lavatory basin, and he cannot be flushed out, no matter who says the opposite. The drinks now taken at breakfast are tea, which is neutral, and coffee, which in most people is distinctly naturally laxative. Another drink I sometimes advise for the constipated is the South American mate which also is decidedly laxative.

The sight of the food, the brightness of the light and of table ware and decorations, and cheerful music all augment digestive power. But the best stimulus for digestion is the breathing of pure air, that is outside air ; we all know the appetites we used to get after a morning on the beach when a good sea wind was blowing. As is noted more fully in the chapter on cleaning houses, the air of houses, workshops, offices, and factories is loaded with all sorts of filth and living disease germs—these are what the motes of the sunbeams DIGESTION 33 consist of.

T h e smells of food also help appetite, but only if smelled for a short time before the meal is to be eaten ; as is noted in the chapter about rational cookery, prolonged smells of food which the cook suffers from, are highly prejudicial to appetite and digestion. The sight of the food, the brightness of the light and of table ware and decorations, and cheerful music all augment digestive power. But the best stimulus for digestion is the breathing of pure air, that is outside air ; we all know the appetites we used to get after a morning on the beach when a good sea wind was blowing.

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