6 Japanese Secrets We Can Use to Live Longer and Healthier Lives
Japan is in 1st place in life expectancy among all the countries in the world. If the average lifespan in Switzerland is approximately 83.4, in Japan it’s 84.3. However, the main thing is not just to live long, but to live happily and in a healthy way.
We at Bright Side applaud Japanese people for their way of enjoying life after they are retired and we found some secrets that they use to keep the body young.
1. The smaller the better.
The Japanese believe smaller portions drive slower eating. That’s what you actually need to understand better if you’re already full or not. Prioritize many small plates instead of one big one. It may help you to not overeat and, as a result, maintain a healthy weight.
2. Eat until you are 80% full.
Eating too fast is not recommended because it takes approximately 20 minutes from the time you start eating for your brain to send signals of fullness. The Japanese know this fact and use one simple rule — eat only until you are 80 percent full or just 8 out of 10 parts of your meal. No need to throw away the rest of the food, just take it with you or put it in the fridge.
3. Have one teaspoon of oil and 0.9 grams of salt.
Nagano is one of the healthiest regions in Japan. The lifespan there is approximately 80-87 years. A survey found that Nagano residents on average were consuming 15.1 grams of salt per day and this amount had a poor effect on health. Instead, it’s recommended to reduce the consumption of salt to 0.9 grams and just one teaspoon of cooking oil.
4. They prefer walking over exercise.
Yes, it’s well known that the Japanese like to stay active all their life. One of their favorite sports is walking. They can still chat during it, so it’s a combination of profit and pleasure: “You walk, you talk, you get exercise and that helps build up a sense of community.”
5. Eat tofu.
Tofu is also a distinguishing feature of the Japanese diet. It’s not just vegan but keeps your skin elastic, so you look younger. Moreover, tofu reduces the risk of cardio diseases and cancer and helps maintain a healthy weight (if we don’t overdo it with another type of food).
6. Take steamy baths or showers.
The ritual of a steamy bath is not just relaxing but also is good for our health. One more thing — you need to use essential oils that help the skin. Be careful to not stay long or you could overheat. The best indicator of the perfect sauna temperature is your own body. First and foremost, it should be enjoyable.
What age would you like to live to? Would it be a blessing or curse to be immortal, in your opinion?