There is a haven in this world where there are people living a long healthy and happy life. In Okinawa, Japan, there are more than 450 people over the age of 100. In 2002, it was recorded that there were 34.7 centenarians (people older than 100 years) for every 100,000 inhabitants – which is the highest ratio anywhere in the world. This number earned the prefecture title of the ‘healthiest place on earth’.
Okinawa is the southernmost part of Japan, made up of hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain that is over 1000 kilometers long.
The beauty of the island is undeniable and it’s not just the ocean air. Japan’s Ministry of Health conducted a study in 1975. They found the locals not only “age slowly” but are 80% less likely to get serious diseases. It was also concluded that on average they spend 97% of their lives free of any disease or disabilities.
It’s suspected that the reason people are able to live like this is because of a combination of diet, low-stress lifestyle, caring community, activity, and the spirituality of the locals on the island.
Okinawans eat a primarily plant-based diet with lots of stir fry and sweet potatoes. They do eat meat, but that’s generally only on special occasions and not on a regular basis. Some of their staple foods include soy, mugwort, ginger, and turmeric. Most locals homegrown vegetables in their own garden. Plus, gardening also helps them exercise.
They love walking and basking under the sun to achieve optimal levels of Vitamin D.
In most Okinawan homes, they mostly sit on mats or on the floor. The action of constantly getting up and down off the floor to eat or relax every day actually helps the elderly build lower body strength. This contributes to the agility and flexibility of the muscles even as you age.
They also take care of their mental and emotional health. They embrace the principles of ‘ikigai’ which is essentially one’s purpose in life.
Many senior locals are able to recite the reason they get up in the morning. Knowing and driven by their purpose gives them a sense of responsibility and being needed well. This also allows them to focus on one thing at a time and reducing the stress of multitasking.
There is also a tradition of ‘moai’- a gathering of people that provides social networks. The gathering area for people in the community to lend financial and emotional support to each other. This gives people who are in need a sense of security and relief. The fact that they got each others’ back is inspiring.
With all these, it is proven that the Japanese lifestyle is worth practicing in our lives as well.
Source: Hello Care
Use These Healthy ‘Sahur’ Tips By A Certified Dietitian For Everyone To Practice
When the holy month of Ramadan arrives, many people definitely cannot wait to finally go to the Ramadan bazaar to buy their favorite food. Well, it is not often to see this kind of situation because the food that got sold in the Ramadan bazaar is actually difficult to get on a normal day and some of them are very popular during this month alone. Because of that, many people decided to buy a lot of them to be eaten during break fast and some others also eat the food that they bought at that time and eat it during ‘sahur’.
This kind of attitude usually will make them feel tired so much faster because they did not take the right type of food or even did not take the right amount of food that they need during ‘sahur’. In fact, calories are usually less so the nutrients are taken less when fasting. Let us see the healthy ‘sahur’ tips that have been shared by Salsabila Aznan who is a certified dietitian on her own Twitter page.
TIPS SAHUR SECARA SIHAT
Ramadan dah dekat jadi nak share tips sahur nutrient friendly gitu.
Almaklumlah bila berpuasa, kalori biasanya makin kurang jadi nutrien pun terambil kurang. So, ni thread utk sahur nutrient friendly.
— Salsabila Aznan (@SalsabilaAznan) April 11, 2021
1) Compulsory Intake Of Quarter Half Portion
Some may say that eating rice could make us becomes hungry even quicker. It is true if you only eat rice with egg, you will get hungry quickly. Make sure half of the plate is vegetables and not rice. Vegetable fiber helps to make you feel full longer when you are fasting.
2) Take Source Of Protein
Protein is also slow to digest. If you want to eat dates, add a glass of milk to get a minimum of protein and carbohydrates. If you eat rice, you can take fish, chicken, tofu, or even eggs.
3) Reduce Processed Foods
Avoid eating nuggets, sausages or even burgers during ‘sahur’. The one who loves to eat ‘budu’ and also ‘cencalok’, try to reduce the intake. Foods that are high in salt make you thirsty quickly.
4) Minimum 2 Glasses Of Water During Sahur
This is just a suggestion. You can drink more than 2 glasses of water if you want to. Make sure to drink enough water during ‘sahur’ so that you are energized during the day.
5) Variate ‘Sahur’ Every Day
Nutrients depend on the variety of food types. Don’t just take oats every ‘sahur’. Or salad every day. Diversify the intake of carbohydrates, proteins, and also vegetables.
Sources: Twitter Salsabila Aznan
Johnson and Johnson Jab May Cause Unusual Blood Clotting
BRUSSELS, April 21 – The European Medicine Agency (EMA) confirmed on Tuesday that there could be a link between Johnson & Johnson vaccines and very rare cases of blood clots, Anadolu Agency reported.
“A warning about unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should be added to the product information for COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen,” the EU regulator announced in a statement following the investigation of its safety committee.
But the EMA upheld its recommendation to use the jabs and confirmed that its benefits outweighed possible risks.
The investigation also concluded that “blood clots occurred mostly at unusual sites such as in veins in the brain (cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, CVST) and the abdomen (splanchnic vein thrombosis) and in arteries, together with low levels of blood platelets and sometimes bleeding.”
According to the EU agency, over seven million people received the product of the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company and it caused serious blood clotting in eight cases.
The cases were very similar to the side effects of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines.
In March, several European countries – including Sweden, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway – suspended the use of AstraZeneca jabs for a while after blood clots were reported in some vaccinated people.
The EMA’s investigation also concluded on Apr. 7 that there could be a possible link between AstraZeneca vaccines and very rare cases of blood clots.
Similarly, the EU regulator upheld its recommendation on using the jabs since its benefits outweighed the risks.
(Video) TikTok’s Latest Food Trend, Have You Tried It?
In this time of the pandemic, everyone is trying to practice a healthier lifestyle at home. There recently a new food trend circulating on TikTok that acts as a substitute for morning cereal.
Dubbed ‘nature’s cereal’ by its creator @natures_food it is a concoction of red berries, pomegranate seeds, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries with coconut water.
@natures_foodnature’s cereal ##fruit ##fruits ##share
Rather than sitting down to a bowl of sugar-laden breakfast cereal, the internet is going wild for this healthier alternative. To add more crunch, just add ice cubes.
@lizzoAnother s/o to @natures_food since y’all hoes can’t read lol AAAAAAND for the “unblended smoothie” hive — it’s not bussin Janelle 😏♬ Triple S – YN Jay & Louie Ray
The concept got a further boost from the singer Lizzo, which makes it gains more success.
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