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A Japanese Diet May Hold The Key For Anti-Aging
Links Between Diet and Longevity
When it came to serious diseases like cancer, heart disease and stroke, the link between a healthy diet wasn’t as clear cut as other factors. Of course, a diet that took a healthy approach had its benefits. For those who kept themselves in good physical shape, the new dietary standards seemed to really produce the most results, but if someone already had poor habits, the new changes had less of an effect. More research is needed to examine all the variables that impact the dietary guidelines and their effectiveness at maintaining a healthy population.
At the very least, the take away is that all things should be consumed in moderation with an emphasis on natural, organic foods. Sugars should be avoided and water should be consumed regularly. In doing so, health can be improved and terminal diseases can be prevented altogether.
Japan as an Example for All of Us
When it comes to a healthy diet, Japan’s guidelines can be a great model for the rest of the world. For the most part, consumption of meats, such as fish versus beef, did not make as much of a difference as one would have thought, but the main impact seemed to come from portion size. With an emphasis on equal but small portions, the Japanese have tapped into a way to live longer but still eat foods they enjoy.
The real take away from this study and the dietary guidelines of Japan is that we need to eat less and move more. When we combine healthy foods in modest portions, then add an active lifestyle into the mix, we reduce the likelihood of heart conditions and other serious ailments.
The good news is that are health can be changed by making changes to our lifestyles. We don’t have to be burdened by our genetics when it comes to our health. Our family histories do not have to be a death sentence either, we can prevent disease by living modestly. As Americans, there is a lot we can take away from the Japanese way of life and dietary guidelines and looking to Japan may be a great alternative for preventing disease in the US, in the future.