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The Secrets Behind Long Aged People in East Asia

Updated on June 24, 2009

Countries like Japan, China, and Korea have been known have many long aged people. There are people who are more than 100 years old. Why ? What is the secret ? The oldest person in my family was my great grandmother. She died at age 90 in 1994. Until now, I never meet any person who are older than her. I still have my grandmother, she is now 78 years old. I learn that my grandmother is not as healthy as her mother. When my great grandmother still alive I never found her ill seriously, she just complaint about her knees and demand massage very often. But my grandmother has a high blood pressure and diabetes.  So, what is their secret anyway ? I like to have one long age live that healthy and be blessed

Old java woman
Old java woman

Extend The Life With Fasting

For years, Asian people especially in Java, Indonesia love to fast for tradition and religious purpose. But actually, fasting is a good and healthy habit for physical, mental, and spiritual condition. Fasting is a physical detoxification. If the poison is clean from the body then the circulation of oxygen and food to all networks and cells in the body will increase. Healthy and strong cells will work optimal for regeneration cells.

Healthy and full fiber food are also the main ingredients for long age live. Yogyakarta in Central Java Indonesia has many elder that have long age. In fact, the live expectancy of Yogya people are the most highest in Indonesia (74.62 years in 2008). I have been live in Yogya for about 4 year and I learn that the simple and humble life of Yogya people is one reason why they have such long age.
What about the live expectancy in the world ? From the data of World Health Organization in 2006, Japan is the country that has the highest live expectancy it's about 82.6 years old.

miso soup from
miso soup from

The Japanese Anti Aging Soup

Most oldest people in the world is live in Japan. The latest one was Mrs Kaku Yamanaka (she died in the age of 113 in May 2008).But beside Mrs Yamanaka, there are Mr Yukichi Chungaji and Kamato Hongo both in their up 100 years old age. What make they live in such long age ? According to the riset that held by the Medical Faculty in Okayama University, the Japanese people habit in eat miso soup has successfully cut a third chance fell ill in stomach cancer. Miso is a result of fermentation of soybean rich with antioxidants. Miso is able to neutralize free radicals and protect the body fat so it won't clog the arterial.
One of the island in Japan that has the most oldest people is Okinawa. People in Okinawa consume calorie 20 percent less than most people in Japan and the Japanese consume the calorie 25 percent less than American people. The blood vessel of Okinawa elder are "young and clean", beside their homocystein and cholesterol are lower than most western people at their age. This condition may reduce the heart disease risk and cancer like breast cancer, prostat cancer, and colon cancer
Okinawa people are small and thin but very strong and use to take herbal tonic for their daily health care.

Korean dishes contain a lot of vegetables -
Korean dishes contain a lot of vegetables -

The Spiritual Life of Chinese People
In Bama, a little village in Guangxi Province are live many people with long age. Like in Pinghan in Bama village, you will find 50 people in age of 100 years and in the same time about couple hundreds people in age 90 years or more. What is their secret ? They are showing optimistic but not too over character in everything. The elder lady are showing very spiritual and love to have social interactions.They love to walk, practice light martial art like Tai Chi, gardening, praying, meditating, and keep doing phisical activities. They are so positive in social interaction. Those are the reasons why people in Pinghan are so long age live.

Healthy Eating Habit of Korean People
Korean people really love vegetables. Vegetables are everywhere in their menu. They eat meat less and a lot of veggie. In Sunchang, Korea the main menu of their people are rice and steamed vegetables. According to Dr Park Sangchul-the head of elder riset the secret of their long age live is "low fat menu for daily meal".Beside, they do not drink alcohol, they love dancing, playing music, and have very strong spiritual beliefs.


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      Chirangi 6 years ago

      Thanks for the common sense tips that we tend to ignore but are so helpful to improve and maintain our good health. Yes I was recently in Indonesia and I see what you write about. Good dieting and healthy socialization are crucial exogenous factors that we need to consider.

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Sid_candid, you're so kind Sir, thank you so much. I've browsed to some of your hubs and I found that you have a series of informational hubs with interesting subjects too, love to read them!

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      sid_candid 7 years ago

      Hi febriedethan, You have written a wonderful hub with quality advice on longevity. Even I have written a hub on a similar topic but your hub is far better. Well Done.

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      febriedethan 8 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi Money Glitch, thank you so much for your generosity :) I just come back from my vacation I just reply your comment now. I hope you don't mind.

      And I think one to added on longevity life is just enjoy your life and give thanks haha..Thank you.

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      Money Glitch 8 years ago from Texas

      Hi febriedethan, I found your hub while doing research for my hub titled, "Need a Healthy Diet: Eat Blue Zones’ Superfoods." I have added a complimentary link to your hub on mine. This should generate some traffic to yours. Thanks so much for sharing your insight on longevity within Okinawa! :)

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      febriedethan 8 years ago from Indonesia

      revitawellness, thank you for your nice comment, I'm glad if this hub may help to gain a better health condition! Have a great day!

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      revitawellness 8 years ago from Mecklenburg

      That's really very informative and I am sure that after reading this hub, usa people will try some of the things and they'll control their irregular food habits. Yes, simplicity is a great thing and there should be a proper balance in everything specially in the food habits.

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      febriedethan 8 years ago from Indonesia

      chezfat, you're right, eat fewer calories are great for the health. I never read the book but it sound interesting. Thank you for the info :)

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      chezfat 8 years ago

      The centenarians of Asia and the rest of the world all seem to eat fewer calories than the normal population. This offers a lot of credibility to the Longevity diet: CRON. There was a lot of good info discussed on this topic in Dan Buettner's book "The Blue Zones". He talked specifically about the centenarians of Okinawa.

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      febriedethan 8 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi Kate, thank's for your comment, I love raw food so much but I still do not have gut to eat raw fish :) Just veggie and the fruits ha..ha

      Fasting is great too, I've tried it and I feel lighter and fresh.Thank's.

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      Kate521 8 years ago

      Great post, love this topic. I agree that fasting periodically is great for us. I also had a naturopath tell me once that the key to longevity is to eat smaller meals, and eat more natural, unprocessed foods. Digestion (especially of large meals and/or those which are highly processed) takes more energy to digest than the nutrition it gives the body. This all makes sense to me.

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      febriedethan 8 years ago from Indonesia

      nms, thank's for stopping by. Ok, I will learn about Indian and pakistani's healthy life style. thanks

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      nms 8 years ago from Cochin

      Indian and pakistani's also have long-life.....

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      febriedethan 8 years ago from Indonesia

      Flavinho, thank's for your nice comment.

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      flavinho 8 years ago

      Thanks for your contribution to every hubers health. It is a fact that Africans die mainly from diseases from our unhealthy eating habits. That is also responsible for the low mortality rate.

      As an African,I will personally learn a lot from your blog.


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      febriedethan 8 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank's for reading my hub Pastor, I love your hubs too, I'm so blessed with most of yours :)

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      Pastor_Walt 8 years ago from Jefferson City, Tennessee

      A very good hub and very interesting. I am a new fan. Thanks for becoming one of mine. USA could learn a lot from Asian eating practices.God bless you and thumbs up!

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      febriedethan 9 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank's for visiting my hub sir, wow..give my regard to your mother (Eyang Putri). You are very blessed sir, you still have your mother with you in a good condition :)

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      Bbudoyono 9 years ago

      Hi ! My mother is now 90 years young. She is in good condition although she cannot walk anymore.


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