Tips for Mindful Eating from Around the World

Health and Longevity: Tips for Clean Eating from Around the Globe

By Will Reid, 9:00 am on

The goal to live a long, healthy life is universal. This is evident when you consider some of the clean eating habits, defined as a diet free of foods that have been processed, artificially flavored and sweetened, or fried, common around the world, many of which are noted for helping extend the productive years of life. If you’re wondering how you can enjoy that same longevity, consider the following tips, presented by Cincinnati Home Care Assistance.

Eat More Fish and Seaweed

Fish consumption in Japan is twice what it is in the United States. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish have been attributed to numerous health benefits, including a reduced risk of heart disease. The Japanese also consume about 100,000 tons of seaweed annually. Available in more than 20 different varieties, seaweed is loaded with potassium and natural iodine. It’s also a dietary staple in Okinawa, a city known for its centenarians.

Have Red Wine with Meals

French women have the second longest lifespan in the world. Part of the “secret” may include the European habit of having wine with meals. An ingredient in red wine (resveratrol) that provides natural protection against heart disease has been identified as a possible reason why Europeans who enjoy a diet that includes the regular and moderate consumption of red wine tend to live longer.

Embrace Plant-Based Foods

An Australian study of the diets of people in the “blue zone,” identified as parts of the world, including Greece, Costa Rica, Sardinia and parts of Japan, with higher-than-average life expectancy rates, found that meals in these areas primarily include plant-based foods. People in the blue zone consume about a cup of beans per day and enjoy lower rates of diabetes, heart disease, and dementia.

Before making any dietary changes beyond what you normally eat, check with your doctor first to avoid possible health risks. For instance, certain medications don’t mix well with wine, which would negate any benefits you may get from moderate consumption.

Aging can make everyday tasks like grocery shopping and preparing healthy meals more challenging. If you or a senior relative could use help at home, don’t hesitate to reach out to Home Care Assistance. With help from a live-in or part-time caregiver in Cincinnati, you or your senior loved one can maintain a high quality of living in the comfort of home. To learn more, call a friendly Care Manager at 513.891.2273 and request a complimentary in-home consultation.