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Secrets To Japanese Longevity: 7 Reasons Why Japanese People Don't Look Older Even After Turning 100

Date October 17, 2018 16:27

Japanese people have been known for their longevity and amazing health! Women look young and fresh in their fifties, while 90-year-olds remain so energetic that they can easily cope with working on a farm and taking care of the household. How do they do it?

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Naomi Moriyama mentions a few secrets in her book, which has the well-chosen title “Japanese women don’t get old or fat.” Longevity isn’t something extraordinary in Japan.

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The author’s grandparents mother and grandfather lived up to 90 and 95, respectively, and remained in good health for their entire life.

So, here are some of the things they do in Japan to live long:

1. They are mindful eaters

The Japanese culture presupposes a different attitude to food. They do not rush with having meals, nor do they eat on the go, and they never neglect the quality of food.

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2. Make it small

They eat small portions. It’s healthier not to feel 100 percent satiated, and then have a snack after a short while, than suffer from overeating, which leads to indigestion.

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3. Keep it fresh

The Japanese love fresh food! Many of them eat fruit and vegetables shortly after they are harvested from their own land. The city dwellers pay close attention to the freshness of food in the stores, too. There is a variety of green leafy vegetables, spices and roots right there on the menu.

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4. Diet, defined by geographic

So it happened that Japan is a land of high-quality, high-protein, and low-cholesterol foods. Tofu, rice, seaweed, simmered veggies, and shiitake mushrooms are the most traditional products and they stand out due to their health benefits.

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5. The way of cooking

The way we cook makes a difference. The Japanese prefer grilling, stir-frying in a wok pan, steaming, sautéing and simmering their food. 

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6. Quality of life

Good economics can’t but influence the longevity. Japan is the mother of the most innovative technologies in science and medicine, and boasts of the most accessible health care system in the world. Moreover, its citizens are conscious of regular health checks.

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7. A different attitude

Our thoughts have a tremendous power! One more thing that keeps Japanese people so young and energetic at any age is the way they approach aging.

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They do not divide life before and after retirement, and this youthful outlook on the world works as the elixir of youth.

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The Okinawa Island is even known by an unofficial name, “the land of immortals”, for a reason. Hundreds of people who live there have celebrated their 100th birthdat. In 2017, the number of Japanese people over 90 years of age hit the 2 million mark.. 

We definitely have something to learn from these centenarians!

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