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longevity; 7 secrets to Japanese longevity


The Japanese have one of the highest life expectancies in the world and their secrets to longevity have been studied and celebrated for decades. While there are many factors that contribute to Japanese longevity, such as genetic and environmental factors, there are several key practices and behaviors that are commonly associated with a long and healthy life in Japan.

In this article, we will explore the Japanese secrets to longevity in detail, covering everything from diet and exercise to social support and stress management. By the end of this article, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the Japanese approach to health and wellbeing, and how you can apply these practices to your own life.

japanese are known foe longevity

(1) Healthy diet; – The Japanese diet is known to be rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, soy products such as Tofu and miso, rice and green tea such as Matcha. This diet is low in saturated fats, high in nutrients such as protein, Omega 3 fatty acids phytoestrogen, rich in antioxidants and fiber, which helps to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and other chronic illness as well as promote overall health and wellbeing. This diet makes Japanese people strong and healthy.

portion control for longevity

(2) Active lifestyle; – Japanese has active lifestyle and physical activity is an important part of Japanese culture. Walking and cycling are common modes of transportation.

Many Japanese participate in regular physical activities such as martial arts, yoga and dance.

These activities can help to improve cardiovascular health, increase strength, stamina, flexibility and reduce the risk of chronic illness.

These activities can help to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, hypothyroidism and obesity.

Additionally, in Japan toilets are in indian style like squatting or sitting.

Because of sitting toilets, core stays engage and healthier for the bowels and muscles.

cycling is primary transportation for longevity

(3) 80-20 rule for eating; – They eat only until 80% full (8 out of 10 parts). They usually take at least 20 minutes for the brain to get the signal from the body.

This rule helps them to stop eating as it has had its fill of Nutrition.

(4) Slow eating technique; – The Japanese serve smaller portions and follow a slower eating style. Portions serve on smaller plates, families eat together and at a dedicated dining setup.

They do not sit before a TV set or while typing on the cell mobile phone. They mostly prefer sitting on the floor and using chopsticks, making the eating process a lot slower. 

using chopsticks

(5) Social support; – Japanese culture places a high value on social support,.

Social support can help to reduce stress and promote mental wellbeing. The practice of “Ikigai”, which refers to finding one’s purpose in life, believes to contribute to longevity.

(6) Stress management; – The Japanese have a variety of stress reducing practices such as meditation and yoga.

Hot Springs (Onsen) and forest bathing (shinrin-yoku) are also famous in japan for reducing stress.

(7) Healthcare; – Japan has a comprehensive health care system that provides Universal coverage, preventive care and regular checkups. These help to detect and treat illness early, which can improve overall health and Increase life expectancy.

Overall, the Japanese focus on a Healthy lifestyle and a strong support network.

These all activities can contribute to their long and healthy lives.

Dr.Hetal Patel


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