The Beauty Secrets of Women in Hunza Who Can Live More Than 100 Years
The community of Hunza people is like a secret kingdom tucked away high in the mountains, hidden from the rest of the world. The life span of its inhabitants has been a mystery for researchers and doctors from all over the world. Their longevity has also been the subject of novels, essays, and even movies.
The beauty of these people and their simple lifestyle sparked the curiosity of the Bright Side editorial team, so we decided to look into the secrets of their vitality.
1. Hunzas live in a very favorable topographical location.
Hunza people live in Hunza Valley, in Karimabad, Pakistan. Surrounded by 3 very tall mountains: Himalaya, Karakoram, and Pamir. The valley itself is located at an altitude of 2,438 meters, which has its health advantages. High altitudes are often surrounded by gorgeous scenery, crisp, fresh air, and beautiful blue skies.
Also, thanks to the thin air at higher altitudes, the number of red blood cells increases, making people generally more resistant. Some studies associated reduced oxygen intake with appetite suppression and increased metabolism. Healthy body mass comes, of course, with a number of benefits, including reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and, yes, reduced risk of heart disease.
2. They adjusted their diet to their surroundings.
One of the researchers who has worked to document the healthy lifestyle in Hunza called it Happiness Valley. According to his observation, Hunza people consume almost no protein. They usually eat 1,900 calories every day, 50 grams of protein, 36 grams of fat, and 365 grams of carbs. On top of that, 99% of the people in Hunza are vegetarian. They also practice the ritual of fasting at least 2 times a week, consuming only apricot juice during that time.
3. Mountain water is another key to their longevity.
Another scientist, Dr. Henry Coanda, who also lived with Hunzas, researched the glacial water they use for drinking and bathing. Coanda carried out deep research and wrote a book on the Hunza water, where he described several reasons for the longevity of the tribe. The water of the Himalayan glaciers contains a lot of antioxidants and minerals.
4. Hunza women use natural oils for youthful, radiant skin.
A kernel and apricot oil mixture, sometimes called “natural Botox,” is one of the natural products the gorgeous women of Hunza use to keep their skin healthy and youthful.
The region is also rich in saffron, the world’s most expensive spice. Hunza people often use this ingredient in cooking. This herb is highly rich in antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties make it a go-to ingredient that can fight various skin conditions, like acne, and get rid of soreness and redness.
5. They drink a special tea prepared with fresh mountain water.
Hunza women prepare a special salty tea with fresh water from mountain springs. The main ingredient is a special herb called “tumuru,” or wild thyme, which grows at high altitudes. In addition to various health benefits, this potion is said to have anti-aging properties and makes the skin look youthful and radiant. Some scientists indicatively titled this water the “Elixir of the Ageless,” emphasizing its beneficial properties.
6. Hunza people are known for their beauty and for the longest lifespan in the world.
The people of the Hunza community have an average life span of 120 years and in some cases, they live up to 160 years. Owing it all to their simple, stress-free, and healthy way of life, they stay youthful and beautiful even in their very old age.
7. At 100 years old, people are still active and working.
Aside from their mostly plant-based diet, their hard work also plays a role in keeping them healthy. A lot of travelers who have lived with the Hunza tribe have reportedly praised their general charm, intelligence, and physical stamina. There is often no such thing as retirement in their culture.
Hunza people tend to stay active even in their old age thanks to their good health. They are constantly on the go and are very active throughout their life, so they usually maintain the same lifestyle when they get older.
8. At 65, women can still give birth.
They can still bear children in their 60s, but they do it in a healthy manner. What’s more, becoming a mom in your 60s is considered a normal occurrence in Hunza. Women of Hunza look a lot younger than their age, even at the age of 80.
9. People of Hunza are well-educated.
Longevity and beauty are not the only characteristics of the Hunzas. They seem to value their minds as much as they value their physical health.
A minimum of three-quarters of the Hunza people — and basically all the younger generations of both genders are literate. Which is an astonishing achievement in a country where about 55 percent of the population can’t read or write, and millions of girls are denied an education. Some people even describe Hunza Valley as the “oasis of education.”
10. Crime in Hunza Valley is almost non-existent.
Hunza Valley is considered an “oasis of peace” in a country that unfortunately has a pretty high crime rate. Despite relative poverty, even petty crime is extremely rare in Hunza, and house doors, for the most, part remain unlocked. This could be thanks to the fact that people who live in this remote, mountainous area are so content and serene.
11. Women are equal members of society.
Unlike women in some neighboring countries and in Pakistan itself, the women of the Hunza people are quite active in their social lives and in the community. Thanks to exposure to international tourists and higher literacy rates, inhabitants of Hunza Velley are quite open-minded and liberal.
Have you heard about the Hunza people before? Which one of their lifestyle habits surprised you the most?