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While women in western culture tend towards having their anti-aging strategies based on the amount of products they put on their faces, Asian men and women have long known that the secret to having a more youthful appearance rests somewhere else other than going skin deep. Primarily focused with a different mindset than western minds, Asians typically apply these following areas to a winning anti-aging strategy:
1- Green Tea
Green tea particularly is enjoyed by those of Chinese extraction for its many health benefits. Loaded with antioxidants and metabolism-boosting properties, green tea is experiencing a rising popularity in western cultures.
As such, green tea is known for its propensity to improve brain function- hence, a reduced rate of dementia in Asian cultures. Likewise, improved mood, alertness and memory have been consequently reported in various studies.
The most widely consumed legume in Asiatic countries, soy has been used for centuries in China, India and virtually all of Asian and Indochinese cultures. Today, it is used primarily for its high protein content and as an alternative for those adhering to a vegetarian-based diet for those who are lactose-intolerant.
3- Ginger Root
This commonly used herb is used fresh, dried and powdered, or as a juice or oil extract. Typically used to treat various types of stomach ailments, ginger is also a superb herb commonly found in stir-fried foods, soups and as a delicious ginger tea and lemon juice concoction. In the west, we primarily use ginger to make pretty, sugar-laden Christmas gingerbread houses.
4- Minimal Meat Use:
Having rich soy-based diets, the typical Asian diet is one that uses meats in minimal amounts. While fish, pork, poultry and beef are consumed in well-known Asiatic dishes, the primary diet is one that is high in rice, noodles, millet and veggies.
Perhaps the next most commonly used spice in Asia after ginger, ginseng is said to nourish the entire five-organ system: the heart, lungs, spleen, kidneys and the liver.
6- Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Instead of attacking an illness and its symptoms primarily through surgery and medications, TCM focuses on attacking the illness at its root cause- the food one consumes. Heavy emphasis is placed on pH balance: the right combination of acidic and alkaline foods and healing through herbs.
7- Ayurvedic Health Care
Practiced throughout India for almost five thousand years, this form of health care remains the primary medical care system in India to this very day. Being entirely holistic in nature, its focus is on creating a balance between the body, mind and spirit.
8- Feng-Shui, Zen and Tai Chi T’uan
Essentially, whether it’s practiced in arranging furniture in a house as in Feng-Shui, keeping things simple as possible as in Zen or even if practiced in the Chinese martial arts discipline known as Tai Chi T’uan, Asiatics believe in maintaining a holistic, minimalist mindset. Simplicity is better, and clutter in one’s life tends towards clutter in one’s general well-being.
Basically, these are the eight Asian secrets to an anti-aging process that are practiced throughout all of Asia and the Far East. They work, and have worked well for thousands of years.
Are there any of these that you now incorporate in your daily lifestyle or diet? Do you have any others you’d like to share?