cultural health secrets

every culture has its own secrets to better health and longer life. here are a few

Panama

The Kuna, an indigenous tribe on the San Blas Islands who drink five cups or more of unprocessed cocoa a day, reduced risk of cancer, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease to less than 10 percent. the cocoa’s flavonoids, powerful antioxidants with a host of cardiovascular benefits. For a heart-healthy beverage, stir a touch of honey and a tablespoon of pure cocoa powder into a cup of warm milk.

Japan

The Japanese live longer than almost anyone else on the planet – and this may be largely because their country has one of the lowest obesity rates in the world. One of their cultural practice known as hara hachi bu, which means eating until you feel about 80 percent full. At that point, your stomach is likely 100 percent full; your brain just doesn’t know it yet. Try to chew your food 20 times before you swallow. Slowing the pace of your eating makes it easier to recognize that 80 percent full feeling.

Russia

Golden root, or Arctic root (a.k.a. Rhodiola rosea) is a traditional Russian herb used to treat ailments ranging from infections and altitude sickness to depression and nervous system disorders. The extremely resilient plant can help the body adapt to stressors and can indeed boost endurance and mood while lessening stress and fatigue. Use it to brew a cup of tea whenever you need to de-stress.

Netherlands

The Dutch ride bicycles as a form of everyday transportation. Dutch drivers found that they’d live up to 14 months longer by switching to cycling for short trips on a daily basis, thanks to the extra exercise. Cycle to work a few times a week, run errands on your bike, or just go for a joy ride. 30 minutes of this kind of moderate physical activity at least three times a week can slash your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.

India

A large percentage of Indian meals contain curry powder, and curry contains turmeric – a spice that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Turmeric may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action and immune-boosting properties – all of which may help to block or remove plaque from the brain. Incorporate more vegetable and chicken curry dishes into your diet – at least one a week. And go heavy on the turmeric.

Greece

A 2007 study of more than 23,000 Greek adults may have revealed a surprising key to their legendary vigor – the siesta. Adults who nap for a minimum of 30 minutes at least three times a week have a 37 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease. Pencil in a snooze, if not during the weekend, then on weekends – every little bit helps.

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read article by Dr. Mehmet Oz from Oprah.com: 6 Health Secrets from Around the Globe

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