It's often observed that Asian women tend to age more gracefully than their contemporaries in the West. Here are some top anti-aging tips from Asia:
They drink a whole lot of green tea. They believe green tea super-charges your metabolism. And they eat a lot of soy, tofu, miso, soy sauce, edamame, etc. They are a great source of plant-based protein, and very much in line with current advice on eating healthy.
Asian people walk a lot. Especially those living in crowded cities where it's inconvenient to travel by car. They start young by walking to and from school and they continue the habit into adulthood. All of that daily walking adds up.
And when out and about, they are fanatic about minimizing exposure to the sun. They carry umbrellas and wear hats with face shields that block UV rays. They also wear sunscreen and moisturize religiously. This timeless Asian secret was recently backed up by science. According to a dermatological study published in 2013 by L'Oreal Research and Innovation, exposure to UV light appears to be responsible for 80 percent of the visible signs of aging seen on the face.
With regards to the secrets of Asian diets, they tend to eat and drink plenty of ginger. They believe it stimulates the immune system and even the libido. Dessert usually consists of fresh fruit, nuts and tofu with very moderate consumption of processed sugary confections. They aren’t exactly dairy-free, but milk and cheese have never been a staple of Asian diets. We in the West think of milk as building bones, but they tend to associate it with fattening calves.
The Japanese culinary art of sushi has become very popular throughout Asia. The health benefits of eating fish rich in omega 3 fatty acids are many. Two of those essential fatty acids – EPA and DHA—contribute to the normal function of the heart and help maintain normal blood pressure and normal blood triglycerides. Furthermore, DHA contributes to the maintenance of normal brain function and vision. The beneficial effect for brain function is obtained with a daily intake of 250 mg of DHA. The beneficial effect for the heart is obtained with a daily intake of 250 mg EPA/DHA.
Did you know ?
The Chinese believe that healing comes from within. While Western medicine is often over-focused on treating symptoms, the Chinese take a more holistic, long-term view on health and wellness.