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Seven Health Secrets For Longevity
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Today we would like to talk with you on an interesting topic: as we all know, chronic diseases are diseases of affluence. But why people living in developed areas such as Japan and Shanghai have a higher average life span?



As we all know, Japan is a country with the greatest longevity in the world. Data shows Hong Kong and Shanghai of China also enjoy a high reputation with high longevity, which is very closed to Japan for Shanghai, and even beyond Japan for HK. 



People are always talking that living in big city suffers a great pressure and bad natural environment. However, data tells us that the average life span for many big cities is even much higher than others. For one hand, these areas possess good medical resource. For the other hand, these areas have developed a set of healthy lifestyle. Let us take a look at their secrets of longevity.  



Having soup before meals



Hong Kong diet is similar to that of Guangdong Province, known as loving making soup and drinking soup. 


Friends who have been to Hong Kong and Shanghai have a deep understanding of it. They usually drink soup before meals. When inviting relatives and friends or entertaining guests, a soup would be ordered first. The Japanese are also famous for their love for soup, such as Japanese miso soup, which is very popular in Japan, even when the Japanese eat ramen, they would drink the soup first.


It is just the opposite of the habits of mainland China drinking soup after meals. The Chinese saying  “Taking a bow of soup before meal is better than medicine” does make sense. There needs liquid to moisten the path from oral cavity, throat to esophagus and stomach. Soup makes the role as moistener. Moreover, drinking soup before meal can produce overstuffed feelings which restrict food-intake so as to keep in shape and lose weight. 



Bland diet: steaming more, frying less



Based on healthy diet principles, Chinese diet guidance suggests steaming, boiling, stewing and salad more than frying, roasting and baking.


The Japanese have done a good job at this point. They like to mix lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, etc. into the seasoning juice and eat them directly. In addition, many of their dishes are cooked in the way of steaming, and finally a little oil is applied so as to reduce the damage of nutrients by high-temperature of hot oil and to reduce oil intake, which is surely beneficial to cardiovascular health.


Hong Kong's mainstream cuisine is Cantonese cuisine. It is often cooked by steaming, less frying, etc., thus it is lighter and less oily. Shanghai people pay much attention to nutrition, nourishment and taste in the diet. Compared with people in other parts of China, Shanghai cuisine uses less salt.


Greasy and spicy for diet is the main cause of chronic diseases and gastrointestinal diseases. Therefore, it is highly recommended that everyone should try to minimize oil and salt, stew and steam more, fry and roast less, more vegetables and less meat.



More seafood, less meat



There is a saying in nutriology: it is better to eat two legs than eating four legs, to eat those without legs than eating two legs. In other words, eating meat is not as good as eating poultry. Eating poultry is worse than eating fish. Pig, beef and mutton are high in calories and high in fat, and relatively hard to digest; chicken, duck and goose are high in protein and low in fat; of course, the fish is better, the meat is tender and delicious, nutritious and easy to digest. 

日本、香港、上海都临海,海产品丰富,都喜欢吃鱼虾。尤其是日本,这是世界上国民吃鱼最多的国家之一,人均每年吃鱼 100多公斤,是世界平均值的5-6倍。

Japan, Hong Kong, and Shanghai are all coastal and rich in seafood. People living there all like to eat fish and shrimp. Especially for Japan, it is one of the countries in the world where the nationals eat the most fish. Each person eats more than 100 kilograms of fish per year, which is 5-6 times as much as the world average.



Eating less but more delicate



Many people who have been to Japan have the same feeling that they are not eating enough. Yes, most people feel that eating is not enough when eating Japanese food. This is the important point of Japan's longevity secrets - the amount of food is small and refined; similarly, Hong Kong people also pay attention to the small amount of exquisite food.


In Shanghai, you will also find that their tableware is small: small bowls, small dishes... the smaller bowl is only as the same as the size of the glass. Using smaller utensils help s to control intake and avoid over-stuffed. 


There is an old saying in Chinese medicine: If you want to be physically fit, stay a little hunger and cold. Professor Hong Zhaoguang, a well-known health expert in China, once stressed that eating 70%-80% of the fullness is best. Remember this sentence helps you to prolong life, which is also known as “low-calorie diet”.


Eating less and exquisite is a manifestation of the quality of life. Less ensures that you do not eat too full; exquisite ensures the quality of the dishes.



Keep a good balance between work and leisure under life pressure 



In modern society, I am afraid that few people are under little pressure. The most important thing is to learn how to keep a good balance between work and relaxation. 


Japanese, Hong Kong, and Shanghainese all admire dedication so their work pressures are very large. On the other hand, they all know how to combine work and rest. They work hard when they work, and relax when they are at rest. Among the people who love to travel, Japanese, Hong Kong, and Shanghainese have a large proportion. Similarly, they all attach importance to physical exercise, running, golf, swimming, badminton, which become the main way to maintain their body and relieve stress.



Late retirement or funny senior life



There is no strict retirement age in Hong Kong. Many people are still working in the 70s and 80s. There are many taxi drivers in the 70s on the street. The Japanese Cabinet Office has investigated that 89% of Japanese people choose to retire at 65 years old and 37% chose to retire at 70 years old. Older people continue to participate in social activities after retirement, and maintaining adequate exercise is one of the reasons for their longevity. The most popular thing for Shanghainese after retirement is tourism. The proportion of 60-70-year-old citizens who go out to play each year is as high as 77.8%. The purpose of their travel is to "have fun."


Many people do nothing after retirement, and their lives suddenly lose their focus and their bodies deteriorate rapidly. The news of old people suicide by lonely is more and more frequent. This is not to persuade everyone not to retire, but even if you retire, you should find something for yourself and have some fun. For those elderly people who are not short of money, and staying at home alone every day, why not go to travel with a few old friends together?



Advanced health awareness and health care system



The medical technology level and medical security level in Japan, Hong Kong and Shanghai are relatively higher. Needless to say, the social environment cannot be changed easily, but we need to say that their health awareness is high. For example, on the streets of Hong Kong, there are more pharmacies than restaurants, and the popularity of Chinese medicine in Hong Kong far exceeds that of the Chinese mainland. Similarly, Hong Kong people attach great importance to physical examinations, and regular physical examinations in Hong Kong seem to be part of their lives. Therefore, it is also important to enhance health awareness and pay attention to body maintenance as far as possible.