Japan is considered to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Enriched with blue sea, lively mountains, culture and a cuisine that is really worth trying, Japan surely deserves this description.
You’ve probably seen some documentaries about Japan and noticed that Japanese women are all very slim and look very young.
The food these people eat makes them extremely healthy and they also live long lives. People in Japan live more than 100 years!
Besides the fact that this food is tasty, Japanese people also that their food is extremely healthy.
In this article, we’re going to present you 10 reasons why Japanese women don’t age and how they manage to stay slim!
1. Drinking Green Tea
Green tea is among the favorite drinks of all Japanese people.
The tea is prepared when the highest quality leaves of green tea are first dried and then milled until they become fine powder. This powder is called matcha. They mix it with water and there’s the highest quality green tea! Matcha is used in this way like a form of ceremonial preparation and people present it as a cultural activity.
Green tea is abundant in various health benefits. It contains antioxidants that are excellent to prevent the process of aging, but also fight free radicals. It is also known to help the process of weight loss, decrease the risk of cancer and heart disease.
A study from JAMA published in 2006 managed to discover that adults from Japan who consumed higher amounts of green tea than they usually do managed to decrease their risk of death. Japanese people who took 5 cups of green tea every day decreased their mortality rates to 26%.
2. Consuming fermented foods
Fermented foods go through a process of lacto fermentation, which keeps the natural nutrients in food and creates beneficial enzymes, B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and various strains of probiotics. Thanks to this process friendly intestinal bacteria is being promoted, the food is easily broken down making it more digestible, which aids weight loss and digestion, then it removes the harmful toxins from the body and as well as heavy metals from cell tissue.
According to the findings of a 2014 study released in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology fermented dairy products stimulate the growth of beneficial intestinal microbes. Frequently consumed fermented foods in Japan are kefir, kombucha, miso, sauerkraut, tempeh, and kimchi.
3. Popularity of seafood
The Japanese prefer seafood over meat, and thus prevent numerous health issues like high cholesterol levels, obesity, and inflammatory diseases. People often eat rice or noodles with seafood, like salmon, tuna, mackerel, and shrimp. Seafood relieves inflammation and supports the health of the nervous system.
Fish is high in high-quality proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, and numerous nutrients, which support the health of the heart, brain, and organs. Omega-3 fatty acids help in the elimination of body fat, especially in the abdominal area, promote smooth skin and prevents skin conditions, like psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, acne vulgaris, non-melanoma skin cancer and melanoma.
The Japanese consume fish in various ways, grilled, fried, steamed, baked, poached, and believe that the more fish you eat, the healthier you will become.
4. Eating smaller portions
The Japanese believe that smaller portions of food are better for their health and figure. Eating less means intaking less calories and prevents overeating and weight gain.
They serve small plates of food which aren’t full, and the food is arranged nicely in order to showcase its beauty. The Japanese enjoy fresh food the most and never serve big portions.
5. Walking is a ritual
In Japan, both men and women walk a lot. Walking is a good form of exercise to remain slim and fit.
Walking not only helps with weight loss, it also improves cardiovascular health, boosts energy and mood, and helps relieve stress.
Japan’s population is heavily concentrated in cities, and many people commute by train and subways. This means they need to walk or bicycle to the station and back.
Even children walk a good part of the way to school, instead of being dropped off by their parents.
Apart from walking, use of bicycles is also popular. Many people ride bicycles everywhere, which is another good form of exercise.
6. No walking lunches
The Japanese people respect their meal time, so they believe it is rude to eat on the go. While they eat, they do not do anything else, no TV, no work.
They eat slowly, which is also helped by the use of chopsticks, so they stomach has more time to process the food, and the brain gets the signal that it is full.
7. Healthy Cooking Methods
The Japanese cuisine also healthy cooking methods, and people mostly consume raw, grilled or simmered foods. They rarely consume deeply fried foods, and when they eat tempura, for instance, they have only a few pieces
8. Martial Arts
Numerous people in Japan practice some form of martial art, like judo, karate, and aikido, which improve heart health and the muscle flexibility, boost endurance, build muscle strength, slow down aging, and help weight loss.
According to a 2013 pilot study published in Clinical Medical Insights: Women’s Health, martial art exercise lowers inflammation in obese premenopausal and overweight women, improves body composition, and favors bone turnover biomarkers, by increasing bone formation and decreasing bone resorption.
9. Hot Spring Baths
Hot spring baths are commonly used in Japan. People claim that they prolong their lives.
A hot spring is called ‘onsen’ in Japanese. Japan is a volcanically active country, so it has numerous hot spring baths on the islands.
These baths are abundant in healing powers and improve the overall health mostly because of their temperature, but also the mineral content which includes calcium, niacin, silica and magnesium.
Your skin becomes full of these minerals while you use these baths, but also your hydrostatic pressure increases. You’ll improve your blood circulation as well as the oxygen flow throughout your body. You need them for a healthy heart and other tissues and organs.
You’ll reduce stress, improve your sleep and improve your overall health.
Try to take a hot spring bath at least two times every month.
10. Healthy Desserts
Japanese ladies commonly avoid the consumption of sweets and instead of them eat fresh fruits. Their sweets are made of refined flours, contain far less caramel, and do not have numerous harmful, fattening ingredients. In fact, Japanese eat sweets made of healthy ingredients, such as sweet potatoes, fruits, and buckwheat flour.