Why do Japanese live the longest on this planet?

We all long for good health and disease-free living. And, we do what not to attain a perfectly healthy body and mind, but the people who have actually succeeded in mastering health are Japanese.

As per the recent statistics published in ‘The Guardian,’ currently, 20,561 people in Japan are above 100 years of age. And, the best part is that most of them are in good health free of lifestyle disorders.

Today in the thirties, the younger generation is faced with chronic disorders like thyroid, obesity, anxiety, and malnutrition. If you go a little further, then people in forties are suffering from early aging, arthritis, diabetes, obesity, heart problems, insomnia, stress, etc.

In the fifties and onwards, many people are faced with diseases like cancer, blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, etc. But, surprisingly, the Japanese are healthy in their 80’s, 90’s and beyond that. So, what is it that they are doing differently, which the rest of the world isn’t doing?

Japanese have the following remarkable habits that keep them healthier:

  • Japanese eat 1/3rd of the North American counterparts. Portion control is one main characteristic of Japanese food culture. Their plates are smaller in size, and they socialize and communicate a lot while eating. This slows down their eating food, which ensures they eat less.
  • Japanese has a lot of freshness in their food. They eat a lot of vegetables and green leafy vegetables and resort to cooking techniques that involve boiling, stewing, steaming, slow cooking to ensure nutrients remain intact.
  • Japanese are not too much into eating desserts. Instead, they eat a lot of fresh leafy green vegetables, soups, and rice.
  • Japanese drink MATCHA tea, which is made out of green leaves and is very high in anti-oxidants.
  • Japanese are a lot more active and hard-working people. Japanese have been recorded with the highest number of working hours. They don’t believe in taking leaves and are incredibly dedicated and consistent.
  • Japanese also believe in living a stress-free life. They have strong family bonding and believe in working hard and eating healthy.
  • Japanese also believe in standing and walking more.

Did you know that post-world war II, the Japanese had the shortest life expectancy? So, it surely cannot be the genetics that is driving the longevity of people in Japan. 

Food culture, thoughts, customs, connect with nature, and active lifestyle goes hand in hand in ensuring the longevity of life. There is so much to learn from Japanese culture if we wish to stay healthy forever.

Let’s cut down on processed sugar, and fill ourselves up with vegetables, fruits, soups, rice, and pulses. A healthier lifestyle is a promise that we need to make to ourselves now. So, let’s pledge to work towards creating a healthy, positive, and active lifestyle. 

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