Why are the Japanese known for living the longest natural lives? Bet you want to know so let’s have a look at how to live the Japanese way.
1. Get energy from quality food
Eat balanced diet that include a mix of unpolished grains, fresh vegetables and fruits, lean meat, fish, poultries, eggs, nuts and dairy products. Always go for unprocessed food and drink enough clean water throughout the day.
2. Move your body
Regular exercise is essential to longevity because it strengthens the heart and lungs, reduces risks of getting chronic diseases and releases stress from the body. According to Dr. Maoshing Ni, the author of Secrets of ‘Longevity: Hundreds of ways to be 100’, people who lived longer than 100 years of age had walked at least 30 minutes everyday. Moreover, research suggests that walking can reduce the risk to developing heart and cerebrovascular diseases.
3. Reduce stress
Stress is unavoidable in life but if you can manage it, you will find the energy for all in life and be less likely to develop chronic diseases.
Antioxidants such as, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E protect the body from free-radical bombardments. A study in Italy found that those who lived through their hundredth year had high levels of vitamin A and E in the body. These are keys to living a long healthy life.
5. Power the brain
Prevent the degeneration of the ability to learn by exercising your brain. You can do this by playing strategic and memory games such as chess and sudoku, or, pick up a vocabulary activity like crosswords. Learning a new language or a musical instrument are also good options.
6. Maintaining a healthy heart
Second to cancer and accidents, heart and cardiovascular diseases are one of the leading causes of death among Thai people only. But they are preventable. You can reduce the risk of developing the diseases by eating nutritious food, exercising regularly, quit smoking and avoiding processed and high saturated fat food.
7. Feel the sun
Most recent studies from the US reported that 15 minutes of sun a day contributes to longevity because exposure to sunlight prevents deficiency of vitamin D. The increasing vitamin D level in the body will also nourish your heart. Moreover, additional intake of vitamin D supplement can put you further away from osteoporosis and other illnesses.
8. Enhance the immune system
Our immune system gets weaker when we get older and that is why we get sick easier. Dietary intake of vitamin C rich food such as kiwi, red and yellow vegetables, broccoli, zinc (found in oysters), walnuts and unpolished grains can help enhancing the immune system. And, they are also great antioxidants.
Research indicated that participating as a volunteer can better your health. There is a strong correlation between volunteering and health in which volunteers have lower death rate, higher working capacity and lower risk of developing old age depression than those who did not participate in volunteering.
10. Playing with your pets
According to the Australian Companion Animal Council Inc., pets are great companions. They give you exercise and improve you interpersonal relations. Keeping a pet may decrease the number of visit to your doctors and reduce the risk of developing heart and cardiovascular diseases.
11. Laugh out loud (LOL)
Laughing lightens your mood, lifts your spirit, releases stress and improves your health. Try talking about the things that cracked you up with your friends or family. Laughing is also a natural antioxidant.
Piece of cake, aren’t they?
Taking dietary supplement is another option for those busy bees. Start taking good care of yourself today to accomplish longevity.
In order to supply your body with sufficient nutrients, take vitamin and mineral complex to meet the body’s daily dose.