Japanese people on average have the longest lifespan, and Japan holds the record for being one of the healthiest countries in the world. This is not because of their genes but because of their very healthy lifestyle, which contributes to their longevity. Here are five healthy Japanese habits that you may want to try in order to increase your lifespan!
Japan is one of the top seafood consumers, consuming almost 10 percent of the world’s fish. Fish have omega-3 fatty acids which are very important for brain and heart health. Studies show that consuming fish can help lower heart disease by 36 percent – the reason why scientists recommend eating two servings of fatty fish, like tuna or salmon, each week. Just make sure not to fry your fish because it may actually lose its nutrients. Try grilling it instead.
Besides fish, the Japanese also eat a lot of seaweed. In fact, they use over 20 kinds of seaweed in different dishes such as miso soup, sushi, donburi (rice bowl), and many more. Seaweed has around two to nine grams of protein per cup and also contains iodine. Since our bodies don’t produce iodine, we need to consume food that contains it. Iodine can help our bodies produce thyroid hormone.
Aside from drinking green tea daily, in Japan, there are tea ceremonies too. But they don’t just drink any tea, they drink green tea. Green tea in Japanese is “ryokucha” but they shortened it to “ocha.” That is why when you request for tea or “ocha” in Japan, they will automatically give you green tea.
Green tea is very good for our bodies, in fact, it has a lot of benefits like reducing risks for heart disease and cancer. It can also lower cholesterol concentrations in the blood. Not only that, green tea is also high in antioxidants which is good for our skin.
Japanese people have the habit of stopping eating before they feel full. This is known as “hara hachi bun me,” a diet that started in Okinawa, which means “eat until you are eight-tenths full.”
It is said that we should eat slower since our stomachs are usually late in receiving the signal that we are full, which takes around 20 minutes. This is why if we eat slower, we realize that we actually don’t need to eat as much food as we thought, thus helping us maintain a healthier weight.
Japanese people exercise on a daily basis. Since driving costs are quite expensive in Japan, people travel using public transportation or by walking. Walking can be a good exercise, in fact, walking daily for 30 to 60 minutes is very good for the heart.
Besides walking, the Japanese also practice the art of tai chi a lot. Tai chi is considered as good exercise, especially for older people because it doesn’t give much weight to the joints. It is also very good for relieving stress.
These are just five of the Japanese habits that can possibly make your life longer. Try and change your lifestyle so that you can live happily with your loved ones longer!