IN the island of Okinawa, a Japanese prefecture, it’s not uncommon to hear of people growing old to be a hundred. What’s their secret?
To the natives of the province, the traditional Hara Hachi Bu diet is no secret at all. The so-called Okinawa Diet is a model for healthy eating and healthy aging. Its emphasis is on eating a good amount of vegetables, whole grains, fruits, soy foods and fish.
Okinawadiet.com says such a diet reduces cardiovascular disease, minimize free radicals production composed of cell damaging molecules.
The principle is simple. One must eat until he is 80 percent full.
Other tips from the same Hara Buchi Diet: Stay away from obesity.
Based on a study of 100,000 Okinawans who moved to Brazil and later on adopted local eating habits, it showed a life expectancy that is 17 years lower as compared to eating habits in Okinawa.
Low-calorie, plant based diet is best. Then there’s regular, life-long exercise.
Simple walking and gardening are common forms of exercise.
Stay lean and fit.
TRIVIA PA MORE (Various Sources): Goiter, or enlarged thyroid, is a very obvious symptom of severe iodine deficiency in one’s diet.
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