Having a healthy diet, regular exercises and consuming plenty of water are the primary rules when it comes being fit and healthy and fit. But, each culture has separate tips and rules regarding how to be healthy.
For example, the Japanese people follow four essential rules to be healthy.
1. If You Are Eating Like a Sumo Wrestler, Then You Will Look Like One Too
The sumo wrestlers do not consume breakfast because they start begin their intense workouts right after they wake up. But, they have an abundant lunch during the afternoon, and then they go to sleep. They often have two massive meals, twice a day. This means that regardless of the intensity of your exercises, if you consume a lot of food, you will gain weight. So, if you have large meals or eat junk food, this will be prevailing over the time you spent working out. So, consume a balanced diet, regularly exercise and follow normal sleeping patterns.
2. Warmth means Life
Basically, food is the energy we consume in order to survive. Vegetables and fruits that grow during summer cool down the body, adjusting it to the heat. And vice versa, the food that grows during the winter has greater calorie count and so maintains the warmth in our bodies during the winter. Although raw fruits, greens and veggies are especially important regarding a healthy diet, our body still requires warmer foods from time to time. So, maintain a nutritious diet in order to supply your body with all needed nutrients. Avoid consuming Liquids while you eat.
3. During the Meal
Most Japanese do not consume water or any liquid while they eat because they believe that this has a negative impact on the digestion. The rationale behind this belief is that liquids cool down the body and eliminate its warmth. Some scientists claim that water can neutralize the stomach acids, which forces our body to spend much more energy to complete the digestion. You can give your body liquids through the food by consuming soups, fruits and veggies.
4. Hot Baths will prolong your life
Hot baths are extremely beneficial, since they improve the circulation of the blood, relax the body, and reduce stress. People from Japan claim that having regular hot baths improves the digestion, clears the skin, and prolongs life. It is believed that 101 degrees Fahrenheit is the perfect temperature.
Americans believe that the calories are the main reason for weight gain or loss, so most of these ideas seem unusual for them. But, if we have in mind that the WHO reported people in Japan have that longest lifespans it seems like they are doing something right.