Young - the Japanese Way
The Land of the
Rising Sun outweighs all other countries with regards to the
proportion of the elderly. About 22% of the population in Japan is 65
or older. It has been estimated that by 2020, the ratio of the elderly
to the children will be approximately 3 to 1. The Japanese are, in
fact, the most long-lived people on this planet. With that said, Nihon
Jin must have placed a fountain of youth
in their backyard. Well, at the dining table perhaps.
competitive lifestyle that they have, they still are among the
healthiest people in the world- ‘coz after a hard work is a healthy
meal. It is well-known that a Japanese meal is one of the healthiest
among regional diets. Meals include
the kind of foods that Japanese eat everyday to stay slim, healthy,
and youthful while epitomizing a successful, on-the-go lifestyle.
The Japanese have
the pleasure of eating nutritious and satisfying foods without guilt,
getting, fat, and looking old. Every day they eat at least seven
servings of vegetables, including sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens,
seaweed, onions, and bean sprouts; at least two servings of
anti-oxidant rich fruits; and two or more servings of soy foods. The
Japanese also sip several cups of tea every day. They eat a serving of
fish, consumed at more than 150 pounds in a year. Who would look old
with that kind of meal?
A research of
double Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling pointed out that almost all
diseases and the body’s ability to fight them can be directly or
indirectly linked to what humans eat or not. Statistics about the
Japanese and other nationalities can prove this right.
Only six in 100,
000 Japanese women acquire breast cancer. That’s about 20 times less
than the British women.
96% fewer Japanese
men have coronary heart disease than the British male populace.
(Breast cancer and heart diseases can be attributed to eating lots of
that Japanese have less Western diseases like diabetes, obesity,
cancer, heart diseases, atherosclerosis, etc.
These are truths
about the relationship between diet and disease in Japan.
Page #2 Staying Young the Japanese Way
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Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate
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