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The Basics of Hunza Superior Health
The people call themselves the Hunzakuts and the land where they live, Hunza, is what has come to be known the roof of the world (the northern point of India where the boarders of Kashmire, China, India and Afghanistan meet). With a population of about 60,000 and residing in an inaccessible valley about 3000 meters (9000 feet) above sea level, they remained a separate and intact society into the 20 th Century. Although now changing and being encroached upon by the outside world, there are still remote villages where their endless energy, and long happy life span still exists.
In the beginning of the 20 th century, studies were made and they were found to be in amazing health. The Hunzas not only have an absence of disease (quite an accomplishment) but they also have lots of energy and enthusiasm, and were surprisingly serene. A fit Westerner would seem quite sickly compared to a Hunza.
At the time of the study, a one hundred year old Hunza was considered neither old nor even elderly. They remained surprisingly youthful in all ways, no matter what their age. Men fathered children at 90 years old and an 80 year old Hunza woman looks no older than a Western woman of 40.
So what is their secret to Superior Hunza Health? What can we do to copy it?
Air : The Hunzakuts live atop a mountain range that is tens of thousands of feet high. It is unpolluted. While we canít all move to a place like Hunza, we can get to the mountains, deserts and seasides or the large parks with lots of greenery as often as possible. Give your body a break, let it breath clean fresh air as often as is possible. You can also purify, refresh and revitalize (enhance the oxygen) in your house and office with plenty of plants.
There are also available air purifiers that will give you healthier air to breathe indoors.*
Pure & Live Water: Water is vital to our health. Most water available to us has chemicals used to counter-attack harmful bacteria that we dump into our water supplies in the form of wastes.
While it is hard to get any good water, we can at least get spring water that is closest to the kind of water that has nourished humans. Spring water if USUALLY purified in a natural way as it sinks through layers of granite and into the water-table. If you canít get the ultimate, get a good substitute.
Wholesome Hunza Natural Food:
So what do the Hunzas eat? Unlike most Westerners, Hunzas eat primarily for the health rather than pleasure. They do have delicious food.
Here is an outline of the specific diet of the people of Hunza. It can be used as a guide for a balanced, natural and healthy diet.
Hunza food is completely natural, containing no chemical additives. Everything is as fresh as it can possibly be, and in its original unsalted state. The only "processing" consists of drying some fresh fruits in the sun, and making butter and cheese out of milk.
No chemicals or artificial fertilizers are used in their gardens. In fact, it is against the law of Hunza to spray gardens with pesticides. The Hunzas eat as they live Ė organically.
The Hunzas do not eat a lot. But what exactly do they eat?
They eat fruits and vegetables on a regular basis. For the most part they are raw, uncooked and live food including every kind of sprout, although some vegetables are cooked for a short time.
Their preferred fruits and vegetables include lots of green leaves, fruits, grain and some nuts. Their grains consist of WHOLE GRAIN wheat, barley, buckwheat, corn, millet, alfalfa and rye Their vegetables are potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, string beans, peas, turnip, squash, spinach, lettuce. Their fruits are mulberries, apricots, grapes, apples, pears, peaches, apricots, cherries and blackberries.
Milk and cheese are important sources of animal protein. Meat, although not completely eliminated, is consumed only very rarely. This may be one of the reasons why the Hunzas have such healthy digestive systems. Even when meat is served, portions are very small: meat is cut into small pieces and stewed for a long time. The important thing to remember is that although the Hunzas are not wholly vegetarian, meat forms a minimal part of their daily diet.
Like grains, fruits and vegetables, yogurt is also a staple of the Hunza diet. Yogurt, which replenishes intestinal flora, is extremely beneficial for the human organism.
Walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, beechnuts, etc. also comprise an important part of the Hunza diet. Along with fruit, or mixed into salads, nuts often constitute an entire meal.
Exercise: Another great Hunza health secret concerns the considerable amount of time each day devoted to physical exercise. Due to their mountainous environment, they do a great deal of hiking up and down.
Most exercise is done outdoors in order to take advantage of the pure mountain air, which in itself has a beneficial effect on health. But one thing the Hunza life-style does prove is that exercise is very important for health.
Walking is the simplest, and most accessible form, of exercise there is. And contrary to what you may think, it also provides you with a complete workout.
Moderate Sunshine: Sunshine is the only source of natural energy for every living thing upon this earth. All life Ė plant or animal, needs the energy of the sun. The human body also needs this energy. The sun supplies our bodies with a number of valuable nutritional elements in the form of vitamins. It is noted that people who are deprived of sunlight are more depressed than those who get their fair share. It helps you sleep at night. Get a moderate amount of sunshine.
Adequate Sleep: Sleep is when your body gets revitalized and ready for another day. This is when your body repairs itself.
Fasting and Relaxation: Fasting will give your digestive system a rest and your body a chance to cleanse itself. To the Hunzas, knowing when to take a break and using the time to relax is instinctive. Living in the present moment is a good way to live.
The Hunzas have their own special bread which is eaten along with every meal. This bread contains all essential elements. I can be made from wheat, millet, buckwheat or barley flour, but what is most important is that the flour is whole. It is not refined and has not had the germ removed (a common practice in the west). The germ is the part of the grain which gives it its brown color and has many nutritive properties. .
Typical Hunza Bread is made fresh each day from stone ground grains. These delicious flat unleavened breads are an important part of a nutritious diet.
The Hunza Bread is a delicious, dense, chewy bread that's very nutritious and almost impervious to spoilage. The Hunzas will not eat any other type of bread.
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