With all the science and technology we have at our disposal here in this country, you’d think we would’ve figured out how to live FOREVER by now.
But just the opposite is happening…
Our life expectancy keeps inching DOWNWARD.
Obviously, whatever we’re doing isn’t working.
Because not only are we living SHORTER lives…
We’re eking out those last few years sedentary… disabled… and dependent.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
We can learn from the LONGEST-LIVING people on earth – the inhabitants of an isolated island in the Pacific Ocean, whose physiological age DEFIES their chronological age.
They follow a diet that doesn’t just extend their lifespan, but improves their health… making them IMMUNE to disability.
There’s one thing that UNDERMINES their successful foray into the long haul.
And that’s the AMERICANIZATION of their diets!
Here’s the “back to basics” approach that practically IMMORTALIZES these island elders… and can help their offspring avoid the fate of the elderly in the U.S.
Live to 100 in 5 easy steps
You might’ve heard some buzz about “The Okinawa Diet,” named after the largest island in the Ryukyu Islands in Japan.
It’s credited for Okinawans living a really long time…
Now, we already know that Japan has the longest life expectancy in the world.
But FIVE TIMES as many Okinawans hit the 100-year mark as do the rest of the Japanese people!
These island people have figured out how to delay the physical signs of aging… and the majority of them continue to live independently FAR into their 90s.
By contrast, the life expectancy in the U.S. is 78.6.
And American influence on Okinawa culture has begun to drag their people down to our level!
But we’re not doing them any favors…
You see, after the Battle of Okinawa was fought during World War II, the U.S. administered the island’s government until the 1970s.
They imposed the U.S. dollar as currency… and while the rest of Japan continued to drive on the left side of the road, the Americans had Okinawans drive on the right.
During those decades, our troops ALSO introduced a few American “delicacies” to the Okinawans – namely ultra-processed canned food (like SPAM) and fast food (not just burgers, but also fried chicken, and tacos).
And that’s when the “island immortals” of Okinawa began getting fatter… and dying sooner.
Okinawa eventually gained political independence from our country (although thousands of U.S. troops are still stationed there)…
But it hasn’t shaken off our American cultural influence.
Some Okinawans – especially younger generations – seem to have forgotten the prevailing concept that “food is medicine.”
And while the Okinawan diet becomes a dying breed, the American-style approach to eating is literally KILLING the healthiest people on earth.
It’s time for the Okinawan elders to take back their traditional diet…
Its main staples are:
- fermented soy (a.k.a. natto)
- kelp (a.k.a. kombu)
- bitter melon (a.k.a. goya), and
- purple sweet potato (a.k.a. Satsuma potato).
They also throw in some turmeric for extra flavor.
But if those foods don’t sound appealing, you can still reap the benefits of the Okinawa diet.
Just follow these five life-extending underlying principles:
- low calorie: As of the early 21st century, Okinawans are the only human population to impose calorie restriction on themselves. Through practicing “hara hachi bun me” (a.k.a. “hara hachi bu”) they stop eating when they are only 80% full.
- slow eating: It takes time to experience satiety and feel “full,” so Okinawans are mindful over every bite so they don’t overeat.
- low in sugar and grains: Unlike rest of Japan, Okinawans skimp on the rice. That means they consume 30% less sugar and 15% fewer grains than folks in the rest of Japan.
- no dairy
Even if you don’t extend your lifespan… you’ll lengthen the span of your good health!