I think I have figured out the key to health and longevity. It requires living 20,000 feet on the side of a mountain, and you will need to walk the slopes of this mountain everyday, not because you want to but because you must if you want to survive. You will need to feed and care for your animals, and work daily in the gardens which dot the mountainside.
In this oasis you will never watch television, or get on your computer, you will never see a phone or drive a car. There isn’t any schools, and no “free” school lunches. The food which you have you grow yourself without using pesticides and other chemicals. You would not know what a genetically modified crop is if you were asked. In this place money is non-existent.
Here there are no hospitals or ambulances, no cops, judges, or lawyers. In fact, there is no crime. There is no Burger King or grocery stores, and you would never see a twinkie. You would live in a community of people who work together for the greater good. No one is rich, no one is poor, and everyone is treated equally.
You are smiling by now, assuming that I am talking about a fairy-tale or some “make-believe” place. Or, is this place heaven? I ask you this, reader, would you trade your current lifestyle for the one I have described above if you could? Would you trade your boat, car, and wages for superior health? Would you like vibrant health clear to 110 or 120 years of age?
Could you care enough about your neighbor to assure that he had as much to eat as you did? Would you work hard to assure that your neighbor had a warm house to live in, a house as cozy as your own? Think about it, would you really want this lifestyle?
This lifestyle is one where your calories are limited because food is limited (The average man would only get about 1900 calories a day). There is only enough food for about eleven months out of the year, so one month the eating is slim-pickings, where the calories are very limited.
In this place water trickles down slowly from a glacier about 25,000 feet from the mountain. This water is pure, unadulterated and rich in mountain minerals. During this month long fast, the people subsist on this life-giving water. The air is so fresh and crisp you can almost taste it.
Well, guess what folks? There is a place such as this and I am going to tell you where. It is a place called Hunza, a tiny country secluded in the mountains of northwest Pakistan. http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/land_of_hunza.htm
If you ask a Hunzakut why they live such a long and healthy life, they simply will say “it is the water.” But lets examine the overall lifestyle of the Hunzakut.
1. Daily vigorous exercise
2. Nearly stress free lifestyle
3. Supportive community
4. Close-knit families
5. pure mountain water
6. Fresh air
7. No technology
8. low calorie diets
9. no junk food
10. No big government
11. A one month “fast” of pure water and minimal foods
12. No school, or home-schooled (the school of life)
13. Rich soil
14. Eat small amount of home grown meat
15. Go to bed when the sun goes down, get up when the sun rises (rich satisfying sleep)
This probably sounds “boring” to many folks, and there is a trade-off to be sure. But your trade-off for never driving a car, or getting on the internet, or talking on the phone is: 20/20 vision, no cancer, no cardiovascular disease, no gout, no appendicitis, no tooth decay and well…no disease period, not even so much as a cold.
It sounds like a wonderful way to connect to your creator and a perfect environment for spiritual enlightenment. I would say a wonderful place to read the Bible except, well…people don’t read or write. Is this the only place left on earth which mimics, to an extent, what the Garden of Eden must have been like?
The diet of the Hunzakuts consist of foods which we would consider average, in fact delectable such as fresh milk, fresh cheese, fresh butter, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, dried fruits, and a small amount of meat. They prepare food in the most natural state possible, without using salt.
The people of Hunza make a delicious bread called “chappati”, the grains for this bread are ground just before the meal, without yeast. Water is used to knead the bread, and then beat into a very thin flat bread similar to our tortillas. Then the bread is placed on the grill and cooked for only a moment. Wheat, barley, buckwheat, and millet are the different flours which are used. For special occasions they might mix the different flours together and bake into several different shapes.
Chappati might be new to you, but the grains used are familiar and easily purchased.
The Hunza’s eat a great deal of apricots, but this is a subject for another time. Apricots have such a rich array of nutrition that it deserves an article dedicated to them alone. I will give you a hint: The apricots may be one of the major reasons why disease is non-existent there.
Where are the genetic diseases of the Hunzakut? Could it be that lifestyle alone has beaten the genetic odds? The Hunzakut’s live this way for their survival not putting much thought into the effort. We can make choices to improve the quality of our lives, but I believe it would be difficult in our society to achieve the vast variety of lifestyle changes needed to be like the Hunza.
The changes we make, even if small all work toward the good of our families, our communities, and our nation. We may not be able to implement the exact lifestyle of the Hunzakut, but we can do what we can do. But one thing I am sure of, we need to look to those who are successful for the answers to our questions.
*I am not a doctor, please consult your doctor before you make major changes in your diet