Have you ever heard of the Hunza People? Learn how to live longer by separating myth from fact, and utilizing natural solutions.
There are many myths and stories about people, such as the Hunza people, who lived happy and healthy for a long, long time. Some of these myths are just that, a hoax, and that’s why separating these ideas from facts are important.
So, what is the secret to a long and healthy life?
To answer that question, I went through the most amazing life stories of those centenarians who were willing to share their wisdom on the net. To be honest, many of those stories were different and I was not able to make any final conclusion at first about the “secret” I was looking for. I found many different answers and they confused me even more.
For example, Emma Morano from Italy lived 116 years, and she explained that the reason for her long life is staying single. She said:
“I didn’t want to be dominated by anyone”
So, after her divorce at the age of 38, she spent the rest of her life single. She even won the battle against anemia by eating two raw eggs a day her whole life.
Another life story about Mushatt- Jones tells about eating fried bacon every single day. A California centenarian said that his secret was eating one donut a day…Then I found out about the life story of Clarice Emley, who was born and raised on a farm.
She explains that her entire family ate only what they grew and caught. She is still physically active, working out every day together with her friends. Then, I found out stories about centenarian twins and their secret of getting older together and that being close to each other was the main reason for their long life.
Hunza people and the secret of longevity
The myths like the one about the Holy Grail, or the Fountain of Youth are still found quite interesting even after all these years. But, it is no secret that there are myths that many people live longer than the rest of us.
Confused as I was, I continued searching for the “secret” of longevity. An article about the Hunza people grabbed my attention and I thought that I was closer to my answer. The people or Hunzas are a population in a mountainous valley in the region of Pakistan.
Unfortunately, there are myths and truths interwoven to create a unique picture of these people. One assumption was that the Hunza people are descendants of Alexander the Great, which is the only speculation. Anyway, I am here to separate the truth from fiction.
First of all, let’s debunk the myths.
- Hunza people do not generally live to be anywhere near the age of 150 years old. This is a myth. In fact, the Hunza people are only documented at living around the age of 100. Speaking of documents, how do we know how old these people are? The Hunza people do not even keep birth certificates!
- Yes, the Hunza people can give birth after the age of 60, and this is because the people aren’t considered adults until after 50. This would make the act of older birth quite normal.
- The Hunza lifestyle is simple. They catch the own fish, hunt their own meats, and raise their own vegetables.
- The Hunza people do not eat processed foods. They also eat lots of apricots which is said to have cancerous tumor eradication properties.
- They also work hard on their lands in the valley, usually all day long.
- The literacy rate is rather outstanding with a 90% rate. Most Hunza people have a high school education.
- The Hunza region is home to people of four ethnicities.
- The Hunza people are of two different religions and divided because of them.
With these myths and facts, you can clearly see how to live a longer and healthier life. Here are the basic longevity tips learned from simpler people.
1. You do need to get an education in life
You can start developing a healthy mind during your youth, and you should never stop reading and thinking actively. Clarice Emley was a teacher, almost all Hunzas are educated, so we can say, we need a healthy developed brain to have a healthy life.
2. Maintain healthy relationships
A “Healthy relationship” can sometimes mean a good connection with yourself, knowing and acknowledging all those hidden feelings, and helping them dissolve into healthy energy, no matter how contagious they can be. Using self-learning techniques and meditation can help you develop a better understanding of your needs and wishes, which can lead to a bigger and wider loving atmosphere for yourself and everyone around you.
Don’t hesitate to express your feelings, for suppressing them can sometimes lead to an abyss. Expressing your feelings can make your relationships “grow in a healthy direction. So don’t stay away from marriage, but be able to “jump out” of an unstable and unhealthy one. At the end, it is your life that matters most, and the lives of those you love.
3. Avoid stress!
Yes, stress is a silent killer, the modern “exterminator” of your life force. Nowadays it is hard to ignore those stressful situations like hard working days, paying the rent etc. But, if you somehow manage to survive these modern obligations and complications, you can retire and slow down in a peaceful place. Here, you can reconnect with nature and try to live a calmer life.
4. Try to eat organic, natural food, and grow it yourself!
Maybe this is something you hear every day or even think of it often, but look at the Hunza people -they eat only what they grow, and they are healthy! They don’t even know what cancer is! Although they don’t live to be 150, like previously thought, they do live a long life.
Maybe they don’t know what pizza is, but they appreciate nature and raw foods. They may even get to witness things that some of us don’t get to see. So think about that the next time you reach for a fast food snack!
5. Don’t skip the physical activity!
Think of all the working hours on the fields that Hunza people endure each day! It’s hard but keeping your muscles “warm” can never be a bad thing. Clarice Emley (we mentioned before) exercises every day, and she is 105! So, if she won’t give up her regime to be sedentary, why should you? You will not get younger, only older!
Ignore the myths~ there are many inspirational things we can learn from the Hunza people.
Getting older is hard. Sometimes we have to give up things to change our life’s direction, but we do it for ourselves. Why not try these things? Maybe they will help you after all? Perhaps you will live longer than anyone in your family. Who knows, maybe you will be the first one that can live for 200 years! One day you could be telling us your secret. But till then, let’s continue to be inspired by great stories of people who truly lived life to the fullest!
Good luck, and have a long and healthy life!
By Sherrie H.
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