Japanese women are known to be looking particularly younger than their age and have a slim figure. Japanese are known for their healthy lifestyles, but what are exactly their secrets to looking slim and youthful?
According to Medical News, here are 9 reasons why Japanese women can stay slim and youthful.
1. Drinking green tea
Green tea has strong antioxidants that can reduce inflammation created by free radicals that can cause premature aging and various diseases. It can also aid digestion, regulates body temperatures and improves mental and heart health.
2. Consuming fermented foods
Aside from adding good bacteria to the gut, fermented food can increase levels of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and make foods more digestible. Japanese enjoys natto, a kind of fermented soybeans that contains powerful probiotic called Bacillus subtilis which is good for the immune system and contains cancer-fighting properties.
3. Seafood consumption
Japanese enjoys seafood like fish, squid, eel, octopus, and shellfish in most of their daily meals. Seafood is a rich source of nutrients, full of protein, vitamins, and minerals like Vitamin B and D, and omega-3 fatty acids. As it is low in saturated fats, one of the greatest health benefits of a seafood-rich diet is it promotes a healthy heart.
4. Eating smaller portions
In Japanese culture, the phrase ‘ichiju-sansai’ or ‘one soup, three sides’ is applied during meal times. They serve each dish on smaller serving plates. They also never heap their food onto the same plate as the portion size is an important factor in maintaining weight.
5. Walking is a ritual
As known by many, the Japanese is all about walking. Most of them walk and ride bicycles to avoid traffic. They took walking seriously as it is not simply going for a slow walk but paying close attention to each movement. Walking can increase heart and lung fitness, and improve the management of conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and muscle and joint pain.
6. Healthy desserts
When thinking about dessert, ice cream, cake and all sorts of unhealthy dishes come to mind. But Japanese desserts are different—it’s just used as a chance to cleanse and freshen the palate after a meal rather than enjoying a heavily sweet snack. Popular Japanese dessert like mochi and dorayaki are stuffed with fillings that are low in sugar such as sweet red bean paste and strawberries.
7. Hot spring baths
Hot spring baths are hugely popular in Japan and were believed to have a relaxing effect on the body and the mind. The therapeutic effect has been used for healing, relieving stress, pain, skin issues and increase blood circulation and oxygen flow to the muscles.
8. Skincare routines
Japanese women make sure that they remove their makeup as the first step of skincare routine. They use an oil-based cleanser as they believe that it not only get rid of dirt particles but also keep a balance of moisture to the skin. Japanese women also include massage as a technique to keep their skin looking younger.
9. Eating wasabi
Wasabi is low in calories and saturated fat but rich in fiber and protein. It contains minerals zinc, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and sodium. If eaten in moderation, wasabi has many health benefits that can make you look and feel younger.
Japanese women have healthy habits in general, but they added healthy food and healthy lifestyles to that, which makes it easier for them to stay slim and look youthful.