Besides being known for their quirky anime and exquisite cuisine, the Japanese are deservingly known to live above their 100's as "super-centurions" . The World Health Organisation has awarded Japan with the highest life expectancy of 83 years. Some may say that their life expectancy all lie in coding of DNA and genetics, but numerous research has shown that it's complimentary to their blueprint of a healthy lifestyle and diet. The world's oldest man Yasutaro Koide died at age 112 and he said his secret to his long life was not smoking, not to over do things and to "live with joy". Sparked with utmost curiosity, we did a research on the Japanese lifestyle and see what us Malaysians can learn from them.
According to the U.N, it was reported that 100,000 tons of seaweed was consumed per year. Japan's southernmost island, Okinawa is known for breeding centurions and they were reported to eat more seaweed than anywhere else in the world. 1 cup of seaweed delivers 2-9 grams of protein and it has more protein than your regular banana. A fact that some people may not know is that seaweed regulates oestrogen and oestradiol levels hence, Japan is reported to have low rates of breast cancer.
DIFFERENT METHODS OF COOKING
From bento-boxes to chawan-mushi, the Japanese cuisine is mostly cooked in a different way than what us Malaysians are used to. We often forget that cooking vegetables at high temperatures will inherently kill their primary nutrients. Hence, most Japanese cuisine are eaten raw so all the nutrients are consumed. A distinct method that is used is fermentation. Miso soup is fermented soybean paste while pickled vegetables as well as sake are fermented too. The fermenting process requires certain environmental situations to begin with and thus, Japan's humidity levels is ideal for fermenting and breeding good microorganisms. The great thing about fermentation is that it strengthens the immune system thus, helps our bodies fight off diseases.
Are you a shower person or do you like taking baths? Fun fact, did you know that approximately 85% of Japanese end their day with a bath? This traditional bath is called Onsen and from ancient times, Onsen has been renowned to help maintain beautiful and smooth skin. Many Japanese scientists have sought out the truth about baths and it's correlation to benefits and they confirmed that a bath in mineral laden water can treat rheumatism, symptoms of skin disorders and ease neuralgia. The extremely hot acidic water is believed to relieve chronic fatigue and stress.
We all know that green tea reaps many benefits such as anti-oxidants, increasing the levels of cognitive function and the risk reduction of heart diseases and cancer. Thus, tea as an evident culture in Japan is proved to somewhat beneficial. According to research, 5 cups of green tea shows a decrease of 26% in the mortality rate. There you have it, 5 cups of matcha to prolong your life.