Science proves that Asians in general are much healthier and live longer than representatives of Western civilization. Here are 12 habits of the eastern people you should adopt.
The truth about meat, rice and soybeans
First of all, Asians eat less meat, so they have a longer life expectancy. Marketers launched the thesis that it is possible to reduce the risk of heart disease if you switch from meat to tofu (despite the fact that the Japanese, for example, do not eat too much tofu – less than 13 grams per person per day).
Recently, scientists have linked the healthy state of Asians with rice – based on studies comparing the typical diet of Western man and Asians. However, rice is not the only product that makes a difference. But the results are obvious when it comes to similarities. Along with the penetration of Western culture (and Western fast food in particular) the number of cases of obesity and diabetes in Asia is growing.
Let’s go back to the traditional eating habits of Asians, which are associated with a higher level of health and life expectancy.
Asians eat fish much more often
The fish have more protein per 1 pound than meat, many useful nutrients including omega-3 fatty acids. This substance helps to prevent infections and maintains immunity.
They eat the whole animal
We often associate it with poverty, however, the eating all organs of the animal is common for Asians, they eat bones, tails, beaks, skin, head, neck, eyes, liver. By-products are full of collagen, fat-soluble nutrients, beneficial bacteria.
They eat soups
Eating a variety of soups allows better control of saturation, which is a reason oflow level of obesity in Asia.
Algae isadded in a huge amount of traditional dishes, Japan person consume an average of about 5 milligrams of iodine each day, while the average diet of the US resident contains 15 times less.
They rarely eat wheat-based products
Asians traditionally do not grow wheat and rarely eat flour based products – bread, pastries or muffins. And the traditional noodles are made of buckwheat or rice and eggs. Flour is not so popular as in the Western civilization. Products made of wheat are fast carbohydrates in its essence (which can cause a high blood sugar , obesity, diabetes). They are replaced by the rice, which is slow carbohydrate.
They eat a lot of fermented foods
The fermentation process is associated with the appearance of beneficial bacteria in the food. Asians have diversified their diet with the help of various fermentation processes: making miso, natto, tempeh, soy sauce out of soybeans. They even ferment cabbage and tea.
They usually avoid sweets
Up to 21 century in Asia, people ate very little sweets, they also drank tea without the addition of syrups and sugar. The main source of fructose was mainly fruits.
Healthy eating is their priority
The food is an event, but not a race in Asian culture. A calm and measured absorption of food is a common practice. Traditionally, they drink tea 30-60 minutes before the main meal to prepare the stomach. Eating with chopsticks occurred for a reason – you just can not grab more than is necessary. As a result, the process of eating is slower.
They walk a lot
North America residents are the owners of the huge number of vehicles per capita and at the same time they walk less than the rest of the world. Chinese (at least until the 90s of the last century) preferred physically demanding jobs. This fact not only allowed them to make a living, but also to be more healthy and strong. And high levels of spending calories allow them to fully indulge in carbohydrates, enters “through” forced rice diet.
Asians defecate fast, clutching their knees to the stomach
More frequent defecation among Asians is a healthy option dictated by the conditions of life and traditions.
Their medicine focuses on prevention rather than treatment
Western medicine is all about to fight the effects of imbalances, Chinese medicine deals with reason of the problem, using healthy habits, diet and other things to prevent the appearance of problems.
They have a complex approach to fitness: work with the body and the consciousness
The Western approach to fitness has a physical direction while Asians start from the head – they work with consciousness: a lot of meditation and inner workings.