To stay fit and healthy, most people normally engage in universally accepted practices like exercising, eating a nutritious diet and drinking lots of water. However, every culture has its own way of maintaining a trim and healthy shape. The Japanese have four essential secrets that they have adopted over time to stay healthy. These secrets could be valuable to you too.

1. If You Eat Like a Sumo Wrestler, You Will Look Like a Sumo Wrestler


Your eating habits are extremely important when it comes to your weight. If we consider the case of sumo wrestlers who despite the fact that they do a lot of power training still end up being big, we’ll realize that if you don’t have the right eating habits you’ll most likely gain weight even if you exercise a lot. Sumo wrestlers don’t eat a lot of breakfast but they eat two large meals in a day including a gigantic lunch before bed. So it’s very important that you avoid excessively large portions of food and choosing junk food in place of healthy food as this will overshadow the time and effort you put into your workouts. A balanced diet, as well as exercise and the right sleeping patterns, are vital to maintaining a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle.

2. Warmth is Life


Food is a source of energy and warmth, and without food, we can’t survive. Different foods have their seasons, that’s why we get more of fruits and vegetables in the summer which help the body adapt to the heat and also cool our body. In the winter, foods that flourish contain more calories to keep us warm. While it’s ideal to eat fruits, greens, and raw vegetables most of the time, our bodies still need the warmer foods so it’s important to eat a variety of nutritious foods to stay strong and healthy.

3. Avoid Drinking Liquids During Your Meal


A lot of Japanese believe that drinking any type of liquid while eating is bad for digestion. Any time we take a liquid, it cools down our body thereby taking away the warmth we received by eating. Scientists also believe that water reduces the effect of the acid that the stomach uses for digestion, the body then requires more energy to complete the digestion process. Providing your body with liquids through fruits, soup, and vegetables is ideal.

4. A Hot Bath Prolongs Your Life


We all love a hot bath. Japanese people take a hot bath for improved digestion, clearer skin, and lengthy life. A hot bath improves blood circulation, relaxes muscles, and makes you feel stress-free and calm. Ensure you set the temperature of the hot bath to 100-104 degrees Fahrenheit.
Some of the ideas mentioned in this article may seem odd to a lot of Americans who believe that calories are mainly responsible for weight loss or weight gain. However, the Japanese must be getting something right because statistics supplied by the World Health Organization about countries where people live longest and in good health, showed that Japanese people lived the longest at 74.5 years.

Source: David Wolfe