What if I tell you that the secret to longevity is in a remote region in China?
Many attribute their longevity to their natural environment and lifestyle.
Bama is located in a remote mountainous area in the Guangxi Zhuang province, it is a place untouched by the pollution of modern development, the ground and water are rich in micronutrients that are essential for a healthy body, such as zinc, strontium, and magnesium. They have a truly “organic” diet.
Their lifestyles include:
- Walking long distances
- Tons of physical work
- Waking up early, going to bed early (having plenty of sleep!)
- Cooking from scratch (no packaged food!)
- Drinking alcohol or smoking is not common
- Producing almost no waste
Meat, salt, and oils are scare in the region, making their diets low-fat, low-sodium, and their food is boiled with a small amount of ginger and spring onions rather than fried.
Polenta is a popular food, boiled and mixed with locally produced maize, sweet potatoes, and or pumpkins. The Bama’s call it “the centenarian rice” because it looks similar to a traditional ‘Chinese rice pudding’.
Lightly poached fresh vegetables are part of every meal, accompanied by a dipping sauce. The dipping sauce is made with the water the vegetables were cooked in, baby shallots, cilantro, and a few drops of sesame oil and/or soya sauce.
In summary, the Bama people’s diet is:
- Fresh, locally grown ingredients
- Low-fat, Low salt
- High in whole grain food and less meat
- No deep fries and cooking by boiling or poaching
- Drinking lot of water and eat in moderation.
Longevity is something that we can build up to every day by living in a clean environment, having physical activity, a healthy diet, and a grateful heart. It seems like a simple answer, but putting it into practice is the hard work of changing ourselves from the core.
Would you be willing to work for a long happy life like the Bama people?
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