These suggestions were written in 1880s, but would be useful today.
THE WAY TO HEALTH1
The only true way to health is that which common sense dictates to man. Live within the bounds of reason. Eat moderately, drink temperately, sleep regularly, avoid excess in anything, and preserve a conscience “void of offense.”
Some men eat themselves to death, some drink themselves to death, some wear out their lives by indolence and some by overexertion, others are killed by doctors, while not a few sink into the grave under vicious and beastly practices.
All the medicines in creation are not worth a farthing to a man who is constantly and habitually violating the laws of his own nature. All the medical science in the world cannot save him from a premature grave.
With a suicidal course of conduct, he is planting the seeds of destruction in his own constitution, and accelerating the destruction of his own life.
1(Transcribed from The Bibb Blade (Six Mile, Alabama) April 1, 1880 – Frank P. Glass, Editor and Proprietor)
Vinegar of the Four Thieves was a recipe that was known for its antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic and antifungal properties for years. It was even used to cure the Bubonic Plague. See Thomas Jefferson’s recipe in VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past