The Healthy Hunza People

The Healthy Hunza People

The Hunza People Live To 100 – 150 Years Old!

still in their prime

 

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Reasons Why?

1. Their diet is as about as healthy as it gets, consisting of whole grains fruit and vegetables and very little eat and dairy. To top it off everything was eaten fresh so no chance of loss of micro nutrients due to food that has been sitting around for too long and of course their diet is completely organic and unprocessed.

2. Regular exercise, due to the land that they inhabit they have to walk long distances on uneven ground, ever tried setting a treadmill to incline? Well they are doing it all the time and top of that they do a lot of manual labour – keeping active is important for your health.

3. The hunza tribe are very relaxed, they practice yoga and meditation and they are isolated from the rest of the world so they don’t have to worry so much about foreigners bringing in disease and making trouble for them.

4. The Hunza people drink glacial water, also known as ‘glacial milk’ which is  alkalized and rich in minerals and of course it is free from things like health hazards of fluoride and chlorine (just to name a few of the nasties found in tap water)

5. They were optimistic and happy about life, many people don’t realize the connection between healthy mind and healthy body.

The People Of Hunza Did Not Have A Word In Their Language For Alzheimer’s And Seldom Used The Word Tired!

Because Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease, diabetes etc, are primarily first world diseases….

Hunza is part of Pakistan in the northern section that borders Afghanistan, Russia, China, Kashmir, and India. The Kilik Pass leads to Russia and the Mintaka Pass to China.  To reach Hunza from Gilgit, Pakistan you must travel a pass of 13,700 feet high, a difficult and treacherous trail.

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When the British entered the valley they found steep, rock sides of the valley lined with terraced garden plots, fruit trees and animals being raised for milk and meat.  The gardens were watered with mineral-rich glacier water that was carried by an aqueduct system that runs for over 50 miles from the Ultar Glacier on the 25,550 feet high Mount Rakaposhi.

The aqueduct system was hung from the sheer cliffs by steel nails hammered into the rock wall.  Silt from the river was carried up the side of the valley to form and replenish the terraced gardens. There is only an average of less than two inches of precipitation per year.  The terraced gardens of the Hunza were extensive up to 50 cascading levels.

The people lived below in communities.  It was quite a long distance to walk to work in the fields.  There were no roads or wheeled carts.  All of the produce and grains were carried into the homes on the back of the men and animals.  The animal dung was used for garden fertilizer instead of for fuel for fires like it has been done elsewhere.  The Hunza people had very little land, there was never enough space to provide plenty.  The glacial silt that had formed the terraced gardens was ground rock, the Hunza had no soil.

They spread animal manure on the gardens to fertilize crops and trees.  The Hunza people defecated on the garden as well and the soil was lacking lime and phosphates which caused the trees and plants to suffer.  The gardens did not produces as much as other places where the soil was available.  It has been said that this small group of people, residing in an almost inaccessible valley, which is about 9000 feet above sea level are pretty much cut off from the outside world and that they are the happiest people on earth.

The health of Hunza people is not just because they have an absence of diseases even though that is a wonderful accomplishment.  The Hunzas have endless energy and enthusiasm.  In comparison to a Hunza, a person who is considered fit in the western civilizations would seem ill.  At the age of one hundred years old, a Hunza is not considered elderly, at that age Hunzas remain youthful in many ways.  It is not uncommon for a Hunza man to father children at 90 years old and a Hunza woman in her 80s looks similar to an extremely fit 40 year old woman in the western civilizations.  So, what is their secret?

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The modern saying, “You are what you eat”, applies to the secrets of the Hunza.  The Hunza are frugal which means sparing and thrifty with the foods they consume and their time.  They avoid waste and use barter and trades of most resources.  Hunzas only eat two meals a day, their first meal served at noon, even though they are up around five o’clock every morning.  They work all morning doing physical labor on an empty stomach.

Unlike the Western Civilizations, the Hunza people eat to maintain health instead of for pleasure, they are very particular when preparing food.  Hunza food is 100% completely natural or organic because it has no chemicals, fillers or additives.  Unfortunately, our foods are highly processed, chemical ridden with additives, fillers and preservatives.

Everything the Hunza people eat is fresh and unsalted.  Drying some fresh fruits in the sun, making butter and cheese out of milk is the only process their foods endure.  It is against the law to spray the Hunza gardens with any pesticides, there are no chemicals or artificial fertilizers used.  There are no refined sugars, milk is not pasteurized and their animals are not injected with growth hormones.  There is no chlorine or fluoride added to the water they drink.

A large part of their diet is grains, such as; barley, millet, buckwheat and wheat.   Meat is only eaten on special occasions like marriages or festivals, which is possibly why they have a healthy digestive system. They did eat dairy but very rarely and mostly in the form of goat cheese and raw milk.  Chicken is their most common source of animal protein.  They make a special bread, called ‘chapatti,’ that is eaten with every meal, it is an important factor to their amazing longevity.  The chapatti could be the reason that the Hunza men are still able to father children at the age of 90 years old.  The bread is made with unrefined flour, the germ has not been killed and it provides reproductive powers.

The germ of grains has astonishing nutritive properties, it holds all of a grain’s Vitamin E content.  Vitamin E is important for maintaining sexual functions in both humans and animals.  It is vital for overall health to have sexual activity, which is connected to the proper operating of the hormonal system.  Another important factor of longevity is exercise that is done outdoors whilst benefiting from the pure mountain air, which is also beneficial to health.

Most of their day is spent outdoors working in the fields.  They take regular walks, about 10 mile hikes through mountain terrain which is a lot more demanding on the body than flat land.  Relaxation is a very important key to a healthy life, they practice basic yoga techniques and notably yogic breathing.  Hunzas also do short meditation sessions a few times a day to relieve stress, most westerners do not even know they are living in a constant state of stress.  Stress cause damage to our organs and causes our quality of life to diminish.

You can overcome disease, stress and depression and ultimately add years to your life as well.  It takes willpower to make perfect health, happiness and serenity in your life.  By following the examples set by the Hunza people it is possible.

 

 

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