Keeping health simple in Japan,
Video by Samurai Matcha, 7 Healthy Habits in Japan. Supports clean air, good lymphatic flow, a functioning circadian cycle, and a polyphenol rich diet.
Keeping health habits simple is lower for our overall stress. Having a daily routine that you don’t have to think about can save time and reduce stress as you flow from one habit to the next each morning or throughout the day. Samurai Matcha shares his personal routine which is based on traditional Japanese customs in the video 7 Healthy Habits in Japan.
When we link habits together, we are reducing the number of tiny decisions that we have to make about the next thing on our To Do list. This can reduce mental fatigue. We tend to have a maximum amount of cognitive effort before we need a break. Streamlining the basics of life can save that mental effort for creative work or interpersonal communication from a more relaxed starting point.
Summary of the traditional Japan habits: Good sleep; arise early in the morning; greet the sun with gratitude and an aerobic stretching routine; clean the home daily - more exercise and a feeling of spirituality - cleanliness is holy; bathe in a bathtub or hot springs daily; prepare fresh foods that include a variety of trace nutrients and probiotic foods, drink matcha tea, a good source of catechins.
Pomegranate peel tea would also be a source of catechins.
Samurai Matcha is correct - the traditional Japanese routine would be supporting good circadian health and good detoxification ability.
Nrf2 promoters are helpful polyphenols and other phytonutrients for reducing inflammation and supporting growth, immune function, and repair of damaged DNA.
Delphinidin may be particularly helpful for preventing misfolded protein conditions. Dandelion root or leaf tea may also be helpful and like the pomegranate peel tea or green or black tea, is a diuretic. Drink extra water too and the diuretic effect can also help with detoxification. Water is our life fluid and keeps the blood and excretion systems functioning well in addition to helping our joints and muscles stay fluid and comfortable.
Magnesium may be needed topically for some chronic inflammatory conditions. Hot springs or adding Epsom salt to the bath water helps provide magnesium and sulfate in a way that would bypass any problems with absorption in the gut.
Early morning sunshine does help give our circadian cycle a kickstart to switch from our night-time mode of growth and repair and Nrf2 activity; to our day-time mode which is more action oriented and inflammatory with NfKb activity. That balance is the norm. Modern life tends to keep us in the NfKb day-time mode all the time.
Black out curtains or an eye cover at night would also be helpful for circadian cycle function.
Good night! May peace find you in your dreams.
Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.
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