Laughter is healthy

There is indeed a relationship between what stays in the stomach, what we cannot digest, what will not move appropriately from the stomach into the intestines, and that which saddens us. When we experience something genuinely tragic, it literally has a hardening effect on our digestive system. Even if it is almost unnoticed, it is nevertheless true that inner sadness causes us to work against our digestive processes. It is analogous to the food lying in your stomach like a stone. […]

Laughter is actually a process that makes us organically healthy. It acts as a healthy, undisturbed digestive system.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 302 – Menschenerkenntnis und Unterrichtsgestaltung – Stuttgart, June 12, 1921 (page 21)

Translated bij Nesta Carsten-Krüger

On too much protein

If one gulps down too much protein, it doesn’t go over into the body at all, but into the fecal waste matter. Even so, the body does get something from it: before it passes out, it lies there in the intestines and becomes poisonous and poisons the whole body. That’s what can happen from too much protein. And from this poisoning comes then very frequently arteriosclerosis-so that many people get arteriosclerosis too early, simply from stuffing themselves with too much protein.

It is important, as I have tried to show you, to know these things about nutrition. For most people are thoroughly convinced that the more they eat, the better they are nourished. Of course it is not true. One is often much better nourished if one eats less, because then one does not poison oneself.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 354 – The Evolution of the Earth and Man and The Influence of the Stars – Lecture VI – Dornach, 31st July, 1924

Translated by Gladys Hahn

Previously posted on October 29, 2015

On too much protein

If one gulps down too much protein, it doesn’t go over into the body at all, but into the fecal waste matter. Even so, the body does get something from it: before it passes out, it lies there in the intestines and becomes poisonous and poisons the whole body. That’s what can happen from too much protein. And from this poisoning comes then very frequently arteriosclerosis-so that many people get arteriosclerosis too early, simply from stuffing themselves with too much protein.

It is important, as I have tried to show you, to know these things about nutrition. For most people are thoroughly convinced that the more they eat, the better they are nourished. Of course it is not true. One is often much better nourished if one eats less, because then one does not poison oneself.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 354 – The Evolution of the Earth and Man and The Influence of the Stars – Lecture VI – Dornach, 31st July, 1924

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