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It is a fact, that Okinawa, leads the world, in health and longevity. Let's make a study of the elderly Okinawan men and women's "secret of longevity". We can all benefit from a healthy and long life.
The Secret of Okinawan Longevity - by Yukio Yamori, Kyoto University Professor
◎There are several recipes in Okinawan cooking requiring the use of pork, which is far greater than anywhere else in Japan. Often, the pork is boiled to remove the fat.

◎Okinawan kelp consumption is the greatest in all Japan. Kelp is very nutritious, containing dietary fibers and several minerals that is good for health.

◎The intake of the salt is the least in Japan, which prevents apoplexy and stomach cancer.

◎There are various food dishes which contain soybeans, which is high in vegetable protein.

■Yukio Yamori
An inventor of the hypertension rat. He joined the study team of WHO to analyzed in detail about the diet situation in 58 areas of 25 countries.
Yukio Yamori is convinced that longevity is not hereditary. The Okinawan diet shows that being considerate about your diet and your method of food preparation, is beneficial for a long healthy life. The Okinawan traditional diet, promotes longevity. Additionally, study results of the world longevity, reveals as follows.

The ten secrets of longevity.
1.Reduction of the intake of salt.
Salt causes hypertension, arteriosclerosis, and myocardial / cerebral infarction. The diet of the Masai in which rarely use salt, is extremely healthy.
2.Reduction of the intake animal fat.
In the longevity regions, like the Caucasus or Okinawa, people tend to avoid ingesting great amounts animal fat, since the meat is either roasted on a skewer, or boiled. The ingestion both salt and fat together quickens arteriosclerosis. (It can be said that the salt tea and butter tea in Tibet and Nepal are "the foods of short-lives.")
3.Eating plenty of vegetables and fruits.
People in the longevity regions, like the Caucasus, the Mediterranean Sea, and the oasis in the Silk Road eats plenty of raw or dry vegetables and fruits. On the contrary, there are many people with shorter lives in Nepal and Tibet, where poor harvesting for vegetable and fruits reduces the length of their lives.
4.The intake of dairy products such as milk and yogurt.
The yogurt in the Caucasus or the milk in the Masai tribe contains good protein. These proteins are the origin of longevity. Fermented milk, like yogurt raises good bacteria for the intestines.
5.The yogurt in the Caucasus or the milk in the Masai tribe contains good protein. These proteins are the origin of longevity. Fermented milk, like yogurt raises good bacteria for the intestines.
In Mediterranean area, the trace elements such as taurine from fish, unsaturated fatty, iron, and copper, are impelled to a healthy life. Tofu cuisine using soybeans are important protein source in Guiyang of China and Okinawa. On the contrary, small consumption of fish reduces the length of peoples lives in Tibet, Nepal or Finland.
6.Having variety of foods and a well-balanced diet.
There is not, one magic food for long lives.
It is not very good idea to eat only one food, even if this is a healthy food. Too much of one food is not recommended. Eating a variety of healthy foods is beneficial to a balanced diet.

7. Keeping regular exercise.
To maintain fitness and to stay healthy, you had better have exercise that breaks you into a sweat. Continue hard work even you get old.
The elderly person in the Caucasus is very fine, because of their hard working nature.

8.Thinking the nutrient of food and leaning positively about what kind of eating method is good for the health.

9Belief in the importance of social and family networking.
Dining socially together with your friends and family is of great importance. In longevity regions, people always eat happily together in a large gathering.

10.Stress free living. Not worrying about petty things, thinking positive, and enjoying the pleasures of life.
The people who affirm the present situation and think yourself has full of energy, will live longer. Promoting a positive attitude toward to your life is of great importance.

("The Secret of Logevity" by Yukio Yamori)

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