Know Japanese Secrets to Good Health   The Hidden Keys to Vitality

By Nidhi Singh

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Ikigai

Ikigai, a Japanese philosophy, embraces joy and purpose through fulfilling activities, prioritizing self-acceptance, finding joy in the present and small moments, nurturing a meaningful life beyond mere survival.

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Seaweed

The Japanese diet brims with nutritious elements, with seaweed standing out as a staple. It offers vital nutrients like iodine, iron, zinc, copper, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, and antioxidants.

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Practice mindful eating and physical activity

The principle of 'hara hachi bu' promotes treating our bodies as temples, avoiding harmful substances like alcohol and cigarettes. The Japanese diet, primarily comprising fresh fruits, vegetables, and legumes, isn't very calorie-dense.

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Drink Green Tea

Green tea, though gradually gaining global popularity as a beverage, has been an integral part of daily Japanese life for centuries. Rich in polyphenols, it's a potent plant compound known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

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Eat slowly

In Japan, sharing meals as a family is a daily tradition, fostering stronger bonds and social connections among friends and relatives. Hence, individuals take their time eating meals and aren't rushed to depart from the table.

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Eat until you are almost full

In Japan, a well-known philosophy advises eating until you're about 80% full, promoting mindful eating to prevent overindulgence. To follow this approach, ask yourself before a meal: 'How hungry am I?' or 'Do I need a few more bites?'

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Walk everywhere

Every day, Japanese individuals stay active by walking, opting for stairs, and incorporating squatting into their routines.

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Build robust social networks

The Japanese culture's emphasis on social connections contributes to better physical and emotional well-being for elderly individuals.

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