8 Things Japanese Do to Ensure Long Life

Ever wondered why the Japanese have a higher life expectancy? Here are their secrets. How many of these habits do you already practice?

Cherry Blossoms, Sake, Sushi. These are just a few things Japan is known for. But what’s really most impressive is the fact that the Japanese live long. Their secret? Healthy lifestyle.   

They are tea drinkers.

While coffee is a known antioxidant, nothing compares to tea, especially green tea and the now famous matcha. Tea has an anti-aging component that helps the Japanese stay strong.

They love their seafood

Seafood is a necessary part of the Japanese diet. Sushi. Sashimi. MakiThey even eat them raw. Seafood is rich in protein, which helps rebuild the body.

They eat vegetables—a lot!

As doctors say: The more colorful your plate is, the better. Eating veggies should be so easy and inexpensive but few people actually do it. No matter how healthy veggies are, only a handful actually eat them religiously. Japanese people are part of that select few and they are reaping the rewards of their healthy habit.

They eat in smaller plates.

The Japanese control their portions. That is why they eat in small plates or bowls. In fact, locals attribute longevity with the way they eat food: “Hara Hachi Bu,” which means “Eat until you are 80% full.”

They maintain an active lifestyle.

In Japan, people walk. The government even encourages whole communities to go on communal walks. In Matsumoto, residents can be found regularly walking on the streets and in the parks.  

They cook light.

The Japanese use only fresh ingredients and they don’t do deep-frying. Japanese dishes are often stir-fried, steamed, sautéed, or simmered.  Then, of course, there dishes that are raw. In an interview with Time Magazine, Japanese centenarian Misao Okawa shared her secret to long life—sushi and a good night’s sleep.