Friday, July 19, 2013

The happiest people on Earth

A tiny population known as the Hunzas (pronounced Hoonzas)said to be the healthiest, longest-lived, and happiest human beings on Earth.

The Hunza people, who’re also known as Hunzakuts are inhabitants of the Hunza valley, which is a remote & mountainous region in Pakistan, have received the attention since the 1970′s when National Geographic published an article on the ancient people.

It’s not unusual for these people to live to 130 or even 145 years. They also enjoy near perfect mental and physical health—practically untouched by cancer, heart disease, heart attacks, high and low blood pressure, diabetes, obesity or other ailments common throughout the rest of the world.

The Hunzas demonstrate an extraordinary mind over matter principle.

Contrary to some beliefs, longevity has more to do with the lifestyle choices we make than the parents you’re born to. The Hunzas of Pakistan and the Okinawans of Japan regularly live long, productive lives and stay healthy throughout their elder years. Hunza people live to an impressive average age of 90 and remain vigorous until death. The manner in which they have achieved their long and healthy life span, has been the use of organic farming techniques and eating unprocessed foods, which contain no synthetic chemicals. They practised a Spartan form of agriculture, returning all organic matter to the soil. 
Their food consisted chiefly of raw fruits and vegetables, sprouted pulses, whole grains, nuts milk products from goats, and occasionally a small portion of meat, usually during holidays and weddings. They also eat most of their food raw, due largely to a lack of available fuel, and participate in a ritual yearly spring fast. Eating raw ensures that the natural enzymes remain undestroyed – as happens when cooking and processing is carried out – meaning that the maximum health benefits are gained from they foods they eat.

The Hunzas eat just 2 meals a day—despite their active lifestyle filled with demanding physical labor. The first meal is served at twelve noon, although the Hunzas are up every morning at five a.m Actually, the Hunzas rise with the sun, and go to bed at nightfall. The reason for this is simple: they possess no artificial means of illumination - no electricity, no gas, no oil. On the other hand, they are completely in tune with nature. Of course it would be impossible for us to live that way. But you should be aware of one important point: your deepest hours of regenerating sleep occur before midnight.

The Hunza people live in a mountain region that is more remote than most inhabited regions on earth. One proposed explanation for the long lives of the Hunza people lies in the mineral content of the glacier water they drink, which is always on tap thanks to nature and their geographical location. Also, the apricot fruit forms an important part of the Hunza diet and is used simply as a source of food, while they are also pressed to create cooking oil and fuel, for when cooking and heating is necessary.

Every spring the Hunzas fast for a number of days.

Another great Hunza health secret concerns the considerable amount of time each day devoted to physical exercise. Most exercise is done outdoors in order to take advantage of the pure mountain air, which in itself has a beneficial effect on health. Although a large part of their day is spent outdoors, working the fields, the Hunzas do a lot more than that. For one thing, they take regular walks - a 15 or 20 kilometer hike is considered quite normal. Of course they don’t walk that distance every day, but doing so does not require any special effort. You should also keep in mind that hiking along mountain trails is a lot more demanding than walking over flat terrain.

In addition to daily physical exercise, the Hunzas practice certain basic yoga techniques, notably yogic breathing, which is slow, deep and rhythmic, and which makes use of the entire thoracic cavity. Relaxation is the key to health, and the Hunzas, both young and old, practice it regularly, doing short meditation sessions a number of times a day.

Although they work very hard for long hours each day, the Hunzas are familiar with the art of relaxation and energy management. In addition to working slowly, the Hunzas take short but regular breaks, during which they practice various meditation and relaxation techniques. Although these exercises take only a few minutes, they are incredibly effective for recharging energy. During their pauses they do not talk, but instead focus inwards, listening to the silence of their soul.

The Hunzas do not seem to worry about the future, nor are they burdened with concerns about the past. They live in the present moment. And it is only in the present that eternity exists.Self doubt and the fear of failure, which tend to undermine the well-being of so many people, are unknown to the Hunzas.

Is there some secret technique that allows these people to live so long, and stay so healthy? The answer is yes – the Hunzas do know something we don’t. But there isn’t just one secret, there are many.

The first, and certainly the most important of these secrets concerns nutrition. Interestingly enough, the Hunza approach resembles that outlined by Hippocrates, father of modern medicine, who lived over 2000 years ago in ancient Greece. The basic precept of their common notion of what constitutes a proper diet is simple: the food you eat is your best medicine.

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