Want to know where to look to live a long, prosperous, healthy life? It’s simple. Just look East, here are a few things Japan can teach you about living a long,  healthy life.

Japan offers what may be the world’s best blueprint for a healthy  life. We bring you a few ancient  Japanese  secrets for staying slim, healthy and happy,

1) They gorge on seafood —  The Japanese love fish and eat a lot of them. The consumption of fish lowers the risk of death by heart disease by 36 percent. Diets heavy in fatty fishes are also proven to elevate mood and prevent certain types of cancer and inflammation. They also consume several kgs of seaweed per year. Japanese use over 20 species of seaweed in their cuisine. Seaweed packs between two and nine grams of protein per cup and some varieties deliver exponentially more potassium than a banana. It’s also  the rare food to contain natural iodine — a useful thing for  regulating thyroids. Additionally, seaweed’s ability to regulate estrogen and estriadol levels may explain the island nation’s significantly low rates of breast cancer.

Singing is a national pastime –—  Visitors might be shocked at just how prevalent karaoke is in Japan. Well, here’s some good news for all the singers out there. Karaoke is good for you. Researchers say that “Singers use deep breathing, which is good for the nervous system. After singing, they usually receive applause. It is good kind of social support and helps in the face of adverse occasions or stressful events.” So gather some friends and belt out a few notes.

Japanese go green —  Given its beauty, it’s not surprising that reverence for nature has rooted its way into Japanese culture. Furthermore, they are pioneering forest therapy, which consists of recuperative jaunts to local green spaces. Time spent in nature provides serious health benefits. Almost every organ in your body is a battery  for Vitamin D and not getting enough of the wonder nutrient leads to cancer, autoimmune disorder and arthritis.

They have the best baths —   Japan has the best hot springs and also accounts largely for the tourism. Japanese scientists confirm that a bath in mineral-laden water can treat rheumatism, skin disorders a nd neuralgia. And if, like us, you use bath time for your daily meditation, that has health benefits too. Two-thirds of patients who meditate showed significant drops to blood pressure.

They cherish tea time —   Despite the many and specialised ritual, tea consumption is an integral part of the everyday Japanese lifestyle. Most tea consumed in Japan is given. Studies have connected drinking green tea to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer and higher levels of cognitive function. And Japanese citizens who drank five cups of green tea per day had 26 percent lower mortality rates.

Fermented foods —   Japanese cuisine is rich in fermented foods from the colorful tsukemono or pickled side dishes, that point every meal to the ubiquitous soysauce, of which the Japanese consumes 6.8 litres per year. Japanese staples like soy, miso and bean paste natto are all achieved through fermentation. Researchers suggests that fermentation not only eases digestion but also strengthens the immune system.



  1. They swear by soup.
  2. They eat until they are 80 percent full.
  3. Japan has smaller food portion sizes as compared to other countries.
  4. Rice compared to potatoes or bread is eaten without butter so it tends to be lower in calories.
  5. They consume more of seasonal and local produce.



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