It makes sense if someone says that Japan is one of the countries with the most long-lived citizens in the world. Blessing for Japan!
Based on a report in The Japan Times, the Japanese government estimates that there are 2.06 million citizens who are elderly, more than 90 years old.
The population of senior citizens aged 65 years old and over in Japan is also among the highest in the world, at around 27.7% of the total population. In the Okinawa region, there are hundreds of residents aged over 100 years.
Even the Emperor of Japan, Emperor Akihito, at the age of 85, still looked fit and healthy. Emperor Akihito has ruled the imperial throne for three decades, Emperor Akihito will bequeath the throne to Naruhito. Prince Naruhito will be the heir to the 126th throne in the Japanese Empire.
Not only long-lived, the elderly in Japan are the most healthy and productive group in the world. The habit of fermentation in the Japanese diet is also believed to be one of the secrets of their longevity. “Tsukemono” or pickled vegetables that are always served when eating, is very good for digestive health. Million old Japanese citizens who are still active at work. From those who work in government offices to gardening in their own fields, older people in Japan can still work and rarely get sick.
That’s amazing… Various mystical stories circulating that review the cause of this Japanese longevity. Some claim that herbal ingredients are the main cause of longevity. Even ancient mystical rituals are also believed to be the cause of this longevity. Is that really true?
Well, rather than being uncertainty, checkup the following Japanese longevity secrets and apply them to your life if you want to live healthy forever …
1. Pickled vegetables
The habit of fermentation in the Japanese diet is also believed to be one of the secrets of their longevity. “Tsukemono” or pickled vegetables that are always served when eating, is very good for digestive health.
2. Consumption of ‘matcha’ (green tea powder)
Compared to other countries, Japan is the country that consumes the most matcha or green tea powder. Green tea is known to be rich in antioxidants , which boost the immune system, prevent cancer, and prevent excess blood cholesterol levels.
Antioxidant activity is able to eliminate free radicals that slow down cell aging and help protect cell membranes and DNA. Matcha also has a positive impact on blood pressure, digestion, and stress.
Japanese people make matcha as their daily drink. Packed in various forms of bottles, to the taste of ice cream.
3. Like to eat sea food
Apart from green tea, which counteracts the radiation that causes premature aging, the Japanese people also like to eat seafood, especially fish which is the main source of omega 3. Omega 3 is good for heart health.
4. Healthy daily menu
The key to Japanese longevity lies in food intake. They usually consume fresh food products and minimize eating instant foods. Generally, they eat vegetables and fruits. Most people in rural Japan don’t only rely on fruit and vegetables, but also add fish and red meat to their daily menus.
They also consume nutritious and low-calorie foods for the lunch menu, and always include brown rice and seaweed. Not only that, Japanese people really like seafood.
Traditional Japanese cuisine known as ‘washoku’ is on the list of UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. The existence of ‘washoku’ can not be separated from fresh fish that are rich in nutrients.
In addition, the Japanese also prefers rice over pasta because the stomach will become fuller for a long time.
5. Source of vegetable protein.
Japanese people really like soybeans. From plain tofu to fermented soybeans called natto, Japanese people often eat soybeans.
6. Quality not quantity
The Japanese have never prioritized the quantity of food. They are rarely seen eating with plates or large portions. Simply spends the dish in a small bowl. If they still feel hungry, they can eat again, modestly.
Indirectly, they practice food portion control. Food is a matter of quality, not quantity.
They also often eat slowly, causing satisfaction and fullness.
7. Japanese people have low obesity rates
One important secret why Japanese people have high life expectancy is that they have the ideal body weight! That’s an awesome thing, isn’t it?
According to statistics, only 3.6 percent of Japanese people have a body mass index (BMI) above 30 and are categorized as being overweight. Meanwhile, in other countries such as America, 32 percent of the population has a BMI above 30.
With a low level of obesity, the risk of Japanese population getting sick will be smaller. Obesity has been clinically proven to be the source of all diseases. If you are obese, start from now destroying harmful fats in your body, especially in the stomach area.
Without a distended stomach, life will be healthier. And that means, a longer life expectancy.
8. Doing restrictions on eating sweet foods
Japanese people rarely eat sweet foods or desserts. They prefer to consume green tea or fruit if you want to eat sweet foods.
This habit is of course very useful for limiting sugar intake in the body so that it can avoid heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
9. Variations in carbohydrate consumption
Carbohydrate consumption in Japan is very varied. The Japanese don’t eat rice 3 times a day, but they have their own way. Most Japanese have quite a large selection of carbohydrates besides rice, including udon (noodles from rice), soba (noodles from buckle wheat), and cereals.
This helps them to not overdo carbohydrate levels in their body. This technique is good to try. To guarantee a healthy life!
10. Consumption of seaweed
Seaweed is high in antioxidants and is able to absorb fat in the body. Therefore, eating seaweed is suitable for those of you who want to lose weight.
In fact, the United Nations establishes Japan as the country with the highest consumption of seaweed at 100,000 tons per year.
11. National sports program
For Japanese, exercise is not limited by age. They will continue to exercise vigorously as long as they can do it according to their body’s abilities.Not something strange if when you visit Japan, you will find a group of elderly people who exercise or run in the city park.
There are also many elderly who still like to ride bikes. Physical activity in Japan became popular along with the presence of a program called ‘Rajio Taiso’ or gymnastic radio.
It’s a kind of warm-up gymnastics broadcast that airs every morning in Japan. Routine sport has become a national program, especially for the elderly.
12. Never ignore breakfast
Do parents still often ignore breakfast? For Japanese people, ignoring breakfast is a big sin that is never to be done. No matter how busy they are, they will always take the time to have breakfast with a healthy menu.
Vegetables, rice, soups, boiled eggs, and green tea becomes a typical Japanese breakfast menu that should not be left behind.
Breakfast provides energy for activities in the morning and controls the portion of lunch. Do not let the portion of lunch become very full like a person who is possessed with mad food.
13. Stay active at work even though you are old
Because they can live healthier, longer, elderly citizens in Japan are also widely employed.
There is a Silver Human Resources Center office in Japan that provides vacancies specifically for the elderly.
By actively working, providing motivation and high enthusiasm for life.
14. Healthy cooking methods
Japan is famous for its delicious culinary, who would have thought Japanese people do not cook using oil but with water.
This is the way that makes food more healthy and nutritious.
Other cooking methods are done in different ways by boiling, baking, steaming and fermenting.
15. A lifetime hobby
Japanese people usually also have a ‘hobby of a lifetime’ which keeps them excited from time to time.
From fishing to karaoke, they continue to find ‘ikigai‘ or a reason to live.
Ikigai makes them eager to welcome tomorrow because they know what to do tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, next week and so on.
Even though all they did was a simple hobby such as “ikebana” (the art of flower arrangement), but it will be enough to make them still smile to welcome a cheerful tomorrow.
16. Cleanliness can prevent disease
If you have ever visited Japan, we will know that the country is very clean. Indeed, the Japanese population is obsessed with cleanliness.
Of course we know that cleanliness is associated with health. Their culture is largely derived from the Shinto tradition where the main teaching is about the concept of purification.
Shinto beliefs really value purity, even anyone must wash their hands and face before entering Shinto shrines.
Cleanliness is associated with good morals for the Japanese population. In addition, Japanese residents have a habit of bathing twice or more a day when summer arrives.
17. Award for citizens aged over 100 years
The Japanese government considers elderly citizens as national assets. Even anyone who can pass 100 years will be rewarded with a silver sake glass called “sakazuki” as a token of appreciation. Despite this record of longevity is certainly a proud achievement for Japan, having an aging population has its own dilemma.
Funds to support a population structure that continues to grow old and have a long life expectancy, is not exactly a small amount.Pension budgets and health services continue to swell every year.
Even ‘sakazuki ‘(reward token for longevity), the shape is getting smaller and the quality is worse because the government is overwhelmed by the increasing number of old age population. Moreover, the birth rate in Japan is now very low. That’s why the Japanese government is now also desperately pushing its citizens to have more children.
If there is no change, then Japanese society will continue to age healthily but there will be no next generation.
Well, that’s not cool bro!
18. Japanese people are accustomed to walking long distances
Usually in other countries, always have the habit of going anywhere with private vehicles. In fact, go to a convenience store that is close by using a motorcycle! This is very different from the habits practiced by the Japanese population. Every day, they used to walk a long distance.
For example, walking from home to the train station and then leaving for school or work.
Based on research, routine walking can increase life expectancy. According to researchers from the US National Cancer Institute, if we remain physically active after the age of 40 years, it will increase life expectancy two to seven years the longer. Hmm … that seems like a good thing, right?
19. Socializing can make you a long life
Another secret of Japanese longevity is that they like to socialize. Eating or drinking with colleagues after work is a common practice in Japan. Although this can reduce sleep time, but socializing is very important for human psychological health.
The more often someone does socialization in a community, then that person will really enjoy his life. That is what Japan residents believe and do consistently. Socializing does not only belong to young people, but older people always take the time to mingle with family, relatives or friends.
20. Stop eating before being full
Eating does have a purpose to make your stomach full. But the Japanese have the principle to stop eating before it is completely full.
This theory is very useful so that the food you consume can be digested properly. And can be a simple diet program for obese people.
21. Implement a balanced lifestyle
A balanced lifestyle is the key for Japanese people to always live healthy. They are indeed hard workers. But they compensate by eating lots of healthy food and doing physical activity.
They also always try to make time to rest.
22. Eat tofu
Facts show, very few Japanese women suffer from osteoporosis. This is because they consume a lot of tofu. Tofu contains high isoflavones that are good for the health of female hormones and prevent them from osteoporosis when they enter menopause.
23. Consumption of ‘bacteria’
Sounds really disgusting … doesn’t it? But just so you know, there are bacteria that have positive benefits for your digestive health. One of the easiest to find is the bacteria in yogurt and pickles.
24. Soak in hot water
Not just a matter of food, when cleaning up while bathing, Japanese people prefer to soak in a bathtub, which is considered more effective in reducing stress levels.
Especially if you soak in the natural springs that full of healthy minerals
That’s all longevity lifestyles of Japan people. That’s challenging for us to become like them if we want to still keep fit in old age.
Okay, let’s look at one interesting example that is exemplary, it is all about the life experience of a Japanese doctor named Shigeaki Hinohara. He shared basic guidelines for living a longer and healthier life.
“Don’t limit the body with too strict rules and think about whether we have enough rest, it doesn’t make us happy,” Hinohara said when interviewed by a journalist from The Japan Times.
Hinohara also still maintain her weight by eating healthy food. For breakfast, he drinks coffee, milk or orange juice mixed in 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
As for lunch, Hinohara chose to consume milk and a few pieces of cake. Then at night, Hinohara consumes vegetables, a little fish, rice and 100 grams of meat twice a week.
With such habits, it’s no wonder that Japanese people always look fit and get a long-life blessing.
From all 24 habits mentioned above, which one have you applied to your daily life?
It’s time to change your lifestyle ……..