If you have ever visited Japan, you have surely wanted to know the secret of Japanese women, who remain young, slim, and beautiful all their life.Apparently, their youthful appearance and body are due to their cuisine and lifestyle.
The Japanese people live and eat healthily, and that is their secret to longevity. Actually, it is home to the highest proportion of people who live more than 100 years in the entire world.
They do not focus on taste only, but they also consider the health benefits of the foods they consume. These are the top 10 reasons why Japanese women look young and slim.
1. Green tea
Green tea is one of the staples of Japanese cuisine. It’s an ancient ceremony and cultural activity including the preparation of the matcha tea. Besides tasting great, green tea is also very beneficial.
It is full of bioactive compounds and phytonutrients like flavonoid and catechins, which are strong antioxidants that can reduce inflammation created by free radicals that can cause premature aging and various diseases.
One specific catechin found in green tea is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which has been a popular focus of study due to its potential health benefits. EGCG is thought to support healthy arteries, lower ‘bad’ cholesterol, reduce platelet activity that can cause blood clots, and even protect the cells against cancer by suppressing the production of tumors.
To maximize the benefits of green tea, aim to drink 2 to 3 cups per day. Green tea extract is also available in supplement form, and if you choose to ingest it this way, it’s recommended not to exceed 750 milligrams each day.
2. Consuming fermented foods
Fermented foods go through a process of lacto fermentation, which keeps the natural nutrients in food and creates beneficial enzymes, B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and various strains of probiotics. Thanks to this process friendly intestinal bacteria is being promoted, the food is easily broken down making it more digestible, which aids weight loss and digestion, then it removes the harmful toxins from the body and as well as heavy metals from cell tissue.
According to the findings of a 2014 study released in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology fermented dairy products stimulate the growth of beneficial intestinal microbes. Frequently consumed fermented foods in Japan are kefir, kombucha, miso, sauerkraut, tempeh, and kimchi.
3. Popularity of seafood
The Japanese prefer seafood over meat, and thus prevent numerous health issues like high cholesterol levels, obesity, and inflammatory diseases. People often eat rice or noodles with seafood, like salmon, tuna, mackerel, and shrimp. Seafood relieves inflammation and supports the health of the nervous system.
Fish is high in high-quality proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, and numerous nutrients, which support the health of the heart, brain, and organs. Omega-3 fatty acids help in the elimination of body fat, especially in the abdominal area, promote smooth skin and prevents skin conditions, like psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, acne vulgaris, non-melanoma skin cancer and melanoma.
The Japanese consume fish in various ways, grilled, fried, steamed, baked, poached, and believe that the more fish you eat, the healthier you will become.
4. Eating smaller portions
The Japanese believe that smaller portions of food are better for their health and figure. Eating less means intaking less calories and prevents overeating and weight gain.
They serve small plates of food which aren’t full, and the food is arranged nicely in order to showcase its beauty. The Japanese enjoy fresh food the most and never serve big portions.
5. Walking is a ritual
People in Japan walk a lot, and in that way they remain fit, thus preventing heart issues, relieve stress, increasing their body energy levels, and boost their mood.
Since there are high concentrations of people in the cities, Japanese frequently walk or use their bicycle to the train or subway station and back.
6. No walking lunches
The Japanese people respect their meal time, so they believe it is rude to eat on the go. While they eat, they do not do anything else, no TV, no work.
They eat slowly, which is also helped by the use of chopsticks, so they stomach has more time to process the food, and the brain gets the signal that it is full.
7. Healthy cooking methods
The Japanese usually eat raw or simmered food and they rarely eat fried food – even when they serve deep-fried foods such as tempura, they are served with other raw and fermented foods which provide balance to the meal.
8. Practicing martial arts
Many people in Japan practice some form of martial art, like judo, karate, and aikido, which improve heart health and the muscle flexibility, boost endurance, build muscle strength, slow down aging, and help weight loss.
According to a 2013 pilot study published in Clinical Medical Insights: Women’s Health, martial art exercise lowers inflammation in obese premenopausal and overweight women, improves body composition, and favors bone turnover biomarkers, by increasing bone formation and decreasing bone resorption.
9. Hot spring baths
The Japanese believe that hot spring baths improve their longevity. The so-called “onsen” springs can be found all around Japan and are very beneficial for the overall health thanks to the presence of minerals such as calcium, silica, niacin, and magnesium.
These minerals are absorbed through the skin and increase the hydrostatic pressure in the body, resulting in better circulation and oxygen flow. This helps the Japanese relax and resolve any kind of sleeping problem.
10. Healthy desserts
Japanese ladies commonly avoid the consumption of sweets and instead of them eat fresh fruits. Their sweets are made of refined flours, contain far less caramel, and do not have numerous harmful, fattening ingredients. In fact, Japanese eat sweets made of healthy ingredients, such as sweet potatoes, fruits, and buckwheat flour.