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Japan’s Secrets To Health And Longevity

Japan is one of the healthiest country in the world and it is said that, on an average, Japanese live 5 years longer than any other people in the world. And Japanese women outbeat their counterparts across the world by 4 years on an average. Also, only 4 percent of their population is said to be obese compared to 32 percent of obese Americans. This percentage of obesity is said to be one of the lowest among developed countries.

The Japanese fixation with rice is well known. This low fat complex carbohydrates provides energy and also keep their body fuller for longer hours. For the Japanese, small portion is how they consume it and thus help in maintaining their calorie intake.

Another Japanese obsession is fish. As Japan is surrounded by sea on all sides, this island country consume fish daily and the oily fish, rich in omega fatty acids, helps in the reduction of heart diseases, rheumatoid arthritis as well as prevent certain forms of cancer.

Seasonal vegetables grown on land as well as seaweeds i.e vegetables grown under water also feature an important part in Japanese meal. These vegetables and seaweeds also provide essential vitamins and minerals and aids to good health. And not to forget the Japanese tea which is said to be rich in antioxidants that aids to reduced occurrence of heart diseases as well as prevents the risk of cancer.

Physical activity in the form of walking have been a traditional way of staying active in Japan.And a huge percentage of its adult population indulges in early morning walk and this is said to be beneficial for keeping them physically healthy.

Also, the Japanese transport system is said to be efficient and thus many Japanese commute to office by walking or public transport that made them walk from the station to their workplaces. Therefore, Japanese, on an average, take 7000 steps which is said to be 2000 steps more than an average American.

Also, as Japan is located in an active volcano belt, there is said to be 3000 active hot springs and the Japanese regularly indulges in hot baths which is said to aid in metabolism, nerve and muscular pain and also heal bruises.