Live Longer: Eat Soy & Drink Green Tea

Sheri Reed

soybeans, live longerAccording to the Women's Health article "Secrets of the World's Healthiest Women," the U.S. doesn't even rank in the Top 5 countries where women live longest.

What can we learn from women in the Top 5 ranking countries with the longest lifespan for women? How can we make changes in our lives in order to live longer?

The five countries where women live longest are (in order): Japan, Monaco, Andorra, Australia, and Spain (can you say siesta?).

Some of the most obvious differences between the U.S. and Japan are nutrition based:

  • Eat soy to live longer: The Japanese eat diets with regular doses of soy and soybeans. Eating natural Japanese staples like edamame, tofu, soy milk, or miso once a week can help you resist cancer cells. Take note: processed soy products may actually do more harm than good.
  • Drink green tea to live longer: Over 50 percent of the Japanese population drinks green tea every day, which is believed to ward off disease and cancer and lower cholesterol.

Click on over, for a little healthful trip around the globe, and find out where women rarely have heart attacks, where women don't get fat, where women rarely get colon cancer, and where women are happiest. Take a look at some healthy lessons—some nutritional, some lifestyle-based—we can learn from women globally.

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