Okinawans Teach the World a Lesson on Longevity

February 23, 2009 1 min read

Okinawans Teach the World a Lesson on Longevity

There is a saying that Okinawans utter before eating: "Hara Hachi Bu", or "Eat until 80% full".

Okinawans are the oldest living society on the planet and many are centurions. What is the key for their longevity and excellent health quality? Many reasons are attributed for their long, prosperous lives. Following are some of their secrets:

  • High level of physical activity.
  • Small portions of food with multiple meals each day.
  • No processed foods.
  • Diets consist of copious servings of vegetables, fruits, grains, soy products, green tea, and fish.
  • They work into old age, thus feel they are a useful part of society.

In general, they are happy, respected people – yes, the elders are respected.

One doctor has become quite wealthy selling coral calcium, which he claims is the secret to Okinawans’ long life span. So, if you consume only his form of calcium, you will live a long life and reduce your risk of cancer and an array of diseases. Oh, if it were that simple. If it sounds too good to be true…