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!
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%.
Consuming Fermented Foods
Fermented foods are a great part of Japanese lifestyle. Some of them are: sauerkraut, kefir, tempeh, kimchi kombucha and miso.
This type of food has gone through a process of lacto fermentation. This process includes natural bacteria which feed on the starch and sugar found in the food. Then, they create lactic acid. The process of fermentation has the power to keep the natural nutrients in food and in that way, it can create B vitamins, various strains of probiotics, beneficial enzymes and omega-3 fatty acids.
The process of fermentation is excellent for the promotion of friendly intestinal bacteria, but it also decomposes food to a form that’s more digestible. It helps in the process of digestion and is excellent to help you lose weight. In addition, it also helps you remove every harmful toxin and heavy metal from the cell tissue.
According to a study published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology in 2014 there is a connection between the growth of beneficial intestinal microbes as well as fermented dairy products.
They also claim that fermented foods that didn’t contain dairy and herbs can have a positive impact on our intestinal flora.
Popularity of Seafood
Japanese people prefer eating seafood to red meat. They connect red meat to various health problems including high cholesterol, obesity, as well as inflammatory diseases.
The most common meals in Japan include seafood with rice or noodles. Japan is surrounded by sea, so the most popular types of fish and shellfish include salmon, shrimp, tuna and mackerel.
Fish is abundant in some high-quality proteins, omega-3 fatty acids and various essential nutrients, so it’s excellent for our complete health, as well as our organs, especially the heart and brain.
Omega-3 fatty acids have been proved to be able to reduce the body fat, particularly abdominal fat. Seafood can also help you reduce the inflammation in your body and contributes various benefits for your nervous system.
Omega-3 fatty acids are also excellent because they promote smooth skin. Numerous skin disorders can be prevented with their help like: acne vulgaris, atopic dermatitis, non-melanoma skin cancer, psoriasis, and melanoma.
Japanese people eat fish in various different ways: poached, steamed, fried, raw, baked or grilled because they consider it very healthy.
Eating Smaller Portions
Japanese people claim it serving small portions to be a part of their culture.
Smaller portions are important because you’ll eat less food and you’ll manage to lose weight. When you serve smaller plates, the portions will look larger. You’ll also prevent the high intake of calories.
The type of food you intake is very important if you want to maintain weight.
Here are some of the basic rules that Japanese home-cooked food should include:
- Garnish food properly and make sure everything in the plate shows its natural beauty.
- Fresh food is the best food.
- Avoid filling up the plates completely.
- Do not serve big portions of anything.
Walking is a Ritual
Walking is extremely important in Japan, for both men and women. It improves your body and you’ll stay slim and fit.
You’ll manage to lose weight, but it will also contribute to your health in general: you’ll boost your energy and mood, improve your cardiovascular health, and relieve stress.
People in Japan mostly commute to work using train and subways, so they have to walk to their station and back or ride a bike.
Children also walk to school. Their parents don’t drive them.
Bicycles are also really used and they’re also an excellent exercise for all of your muscles.
Eating on the Go is a Big No-No
People in Japan consider their meals to be sacred times. During these periods, you energize your body, so they don’t practice eating while they’re walking. People also consider it to be impolite if you eat while you’re walking.
People just eat. They don’t do anything while they’re eating. They don’t work, talk or watch TV. It’s also very important to present the food and area where you eat as clean.
These people consider that eating slowly will give more time for their stomach to process the food, so it sends a signal to the brain that it’s full. Chopsticks are an essential part of Japanese cuisine as they help people to take smaller bites and control the speed which they use to eat.
Slower eating is better because your stomach has enough time to tell you you’re full unlike fast eating, when people often overeat.
Healthy Cooking Methods
People in Japan use healthy ingredients, as we said it previously, but they also use healthy cooking methods.
The techniques they use are simmered, raw and grilled food. In this way, you avoid the excess of oil. You also manage to preserve all the healthy nutrients and preserve the taste of the ingredients.
People use fried food, but very rare. One example is tempura which is added into other dishes. In this way, they balance the meal.
Practicing Martial Arts
Martial arts are extremely popular in Japan and they aren’t only practiced by men, but by women, too.
These exercises and various styles which include judo, aikido karate etc. improve the health of Japanese people as well as their fitness level.
Most of the martial arts people use improve their muscle flexibility, help build muscle strength and also improve their cardiovascular fitness and endurance. You’ll also manage to lose weight by practicing them and also slow down your aging process.
Martial arts can especially be beneficial in obese women in the period before their menopause as well as overweight women.
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.
Sweets and desserts are not something that is used in Japanese cuisine often. Japanese women don’t eat much sweets, so that’s why they’re slim.
People there mostly prefer fresh fruit when they finish their meal. As we all know, sugar is the main reason for increased obesity in the USA.
Japanese sweets don’t contain a lot caramel, refined flours and all other unhealthy ingredients. They make their sweets of fresh fruits, buckwheat flour and sweet potatoes.
When they eat some of the desserts made in Western-style, they serve them in noticeably smaller portions.
Aritcle and image source: thehealthawareness.com