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Hi Everybody,

Do you like to eat Japanese food?

If so, you are doing a good thing for your health and skin 🙂

Japanese foods are now known as one of the very popular and healthy foods.

A lot of research has been conducted over Japanese foods, and the studies show that Japanese foods contribute to the longevity of Japanese and their beautiful skin.

One of the healthiest Japanese food is Miso Soup, that is very easy to make at home.

Miso has been eaten in Japan and China for many centuries and has various health benefits such as anti-aging.

Miso is categorized as a fermented food.

Japanese have known that fermented foods are very good for your health.

Fermented foods can help to reduce high cholesterol levels in your blood, help to strengthen an immune systems and help to prevent diseases, like cancer.

In the last blog (http://wp.me/p1NJvq-s9) , I spoke about how fanatic Japanese are over healthy foods.

Now, Shio koji (another fermented food) is booming in Japan. (I will talk about this another time.)

Back to Miso Soup – apparently, Miso Soup can help people maintain their youthful and healthy appearances.

Miso has linoleic acid, which keeps skin soft, help reduce pigmentation and lighten your skin.

Other essential fatty acids in the miso create high antioxidant activity and help slow the aging process.

More benefits from miso are:

  • Help the body maintain nutritional balance
  • Help reduce menopausal complaints – the isoflavones in miso have been shown to reduce hot flashes
  • Help protect from radiation

In the past, Japanese traditionally had miso soup with each meal,

but I imagine that Japanese do not have miso soup often as before because they have adopted a Western style diet.

Even for me, having a miso soup 3 times a day is not realistic.

I feel it would be good for us if we could have miso soup 3-5 times a week.

Also, Miso soup is great when you come home late at night and do not want to have heavy meal.

Hope you can adopt Miso Soup in your diet from today (^_^)v

Thank you for reading and ciao for now.

Yoko xoxo

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Hello Everybody,

Recently, I feel it is getting harder and harder to tell the actual age of Japanese women.

I know people say that Japanese women look younger.

But now they look, so-called, “Ageless (cannot tell how old they are by their look)”

A lot of articles have spoke about the reasons why they look younger, and they have a flawless skin too.

They say, it is because “They eat a lot of fishes and vegetables. They eat wakame (a kind of seaweed). They use skin care products with ingredients such as rice bran and azuki beans etc…”

It is true, but I think there are other important factors why Japanese women look ageless.

Womens’ Magazines that target Bimajyo…!

Use a Parasol to protect your skin from the Sun

Many Japanese women use parasols and put on makeup with SPF to protect their skin from the sun.

They know the UV is one of the biggest causes of age to their skin.

As I live in Sydney, I feel it looks a bit silly if I use a parasol 🙂

So, I wear a hat when I go outside and try to walk in the shade as much as possible.

I think a little care like this can help keep younger-looking skin.

Remember the Glory of the Bubble Economy?

The current ageless women are mainly in the age of 40s and 50s, who have experienced the “Bubble Economy” in Japan.

They used to spend a lot of money to buy brand clothes, shoes and bags when they were young.

It seems that women in the age group of 40s and 50s still cannot forget the time they were sparkling under the Bubble Economy and refuse to grow old like their mothers did.

So, they spend a lot of their time and money to maintain their health and beauty.

I think these constant efforts can make them achieve the current ageless beauty they have.

Health & Beauty Fanatic

When I was working in Tokyo, there were a lot of TV programs about health and beauty. (Now too!)

I remember one of the health programs said “Bulgarian Yogurt is great for your health”.

Next day, all the Bulgarian Yogurt disappeared from all grocery stores.

It was unbelievableビックリマーク

I think that Japanese women are always searching  for what can make them healthy and beautiful, and they love to try whatever they can to contribute to their health and beauty.

Now, it is common sense for Japanese women that using skin care products alone will not make their skin beautiful.

They know they cannot achieve the ageless skin without healthy food and healthy lifestyle.

So, women who have a flawless skin practice many things that are good for their skin.

Womens’ Health Magazines that Targets Women in the Age of 40s

In fact, some research has showed people looking younger tend to live longer.

Yes, your face is a reflection of how you have lived and looked after yourself.

Thank you for reading and ciao for now.

Yoko xoxo

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Hi Everybody,

I have to tell you a bit of some scary stats…

It is said that we are exposed to about 60,000 kinds of chemicals everyday through our environment and foods.

Among them, we are exposed to about 400 kinds of chemicals everyday at home.

This article in the Telegraph says,

“Women put 515 chemicals on their face and body every day by using beauty products that contain dozens of ingredients, some of them potentially harmful. ” (Source: Women put 515 chemicals on their face and body every day in beauty regime released on 19 Nov 2009 from The Telegraph)

It seems like we are exposed to many chemicals just by breathing in?!

This could be the reasons why a lot of children are suffered from allergy and a lot of people have skin troubles and even often become sick.

I was once suffered from eczema on my legs and had to go to a dermatologist periodically.

I used steroid and also creams recommended by my dermatologist, purchasing them at a chemist.

Unfortunately, my legs were always itchy and had rush somewhere on my legs.

However, my eczema started disappearing when I removed “chemicals” from my life.

Also, at the same time I reviewed and improved my lifestyle such as skin care, diet and exercises, etc…

Surprisingly, I have a bonusビックリマーク

My face skin looks clear and healthy, I always feel energised, and I do not catch colds anymore.

Experiencing this great result, I cannot stop practising, so-called “Natural Life” anymore.

But, it is impossible to live without having chemicals around since we live in the modern world.

Also, there are many different kinds of chemicals which range from very harmful to less harmful.

I believe what we can practice is “Sensible Natural Life“, that is to refrain from the products and foods containing harmful chemicals to our health, and we coexist with chemicals wisely.

It is hard to change products and foods containing chemicals at once, so we can do it a little by little.

Even though we try very hard to replace many products to non-toxic products, we would still be exposed to a tonnes of chemicals anyway.

That’s why it is important to do the best we can do 🙂

Thank you for reading and ciao for now

Yoko xoxo

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Hi Everybody,

It is autumn in Sydney, and we’ve had comfortable weather lately.

When the weather is nice, I feel more appetite, craving for yummy food!

“But WAIT for a moment…! (talking to myself)”

Actually, there is a relationship between anti-aging and hunger.

In Japan, there is a book called “Being Hungry Makes People Healthy” written by Mr Nagumo.

He is 55 years old, but the age of his blood vessels is 26 years old, and the age of his bones is 28 years old.

He actually has one meal a day (about 515kcal), and he has never gained his weight since he started this eating habit.

 ONE MEAL A DAY ?!

I don’t think I can do this although it could be a healthy lifestyle choice, and plus I feel one meal a day is a bit of an extreme measure.

However, I believe we tend to eat more than we are actually supposed to do because we are surrounded by so many foods.

“Various studies have shown that cutting calories by 20 to 40 percent significantly both extends life and, with a little exercise, leaves old animals in better shape.” (Source: Live Longer: The One Anti-Aging Trick That Works

“Eating fewer calories also reduces age-related chronic diseases such as cancers, heart disease, and stroke in rodents. ” (Source: Live Longer: The One Anti-Aging Trick That Works)

Eating less could prevent us from diseases, that is so important as we can age more gracefully healthwise, not only making us live longer.

So, how can we apply this mechanism to our life ?

1. Skip dessert – You can cut 300-500 calories

2. Substitute fast food for a vegetable sandwich.

3. Reduce 30 % of the amount of food each day (Eat 70% full)

4. Have a salad or a soup before meal

5. Chew food well and spend more than 20 minutes for one meal

6. Do not watch a TV Food Show

7. Do not drink alcohol much with meal – alcohol promotes more appetite

Recently, I have reduced my food intake amount by 10-20% per meal, and I actually feel lighter and better.

However, I must say I become hungry especially at night.

So, I go to bed early, so that I sleep before feeling hungry

Going to bed early is good for your health and skin too anyway.

I know hunger is painful, but if you think this would make you age slower, would you not feel so bad about it?

Thank you for reading and ciao for now.

Yoko xoxo

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