In 1984, one of the Hunza man, whose name was Said Abdul Mobud, arrived at London Heathrow Airport. He confused the workers of the immigration service when he presented his passport. In accordance with the document, that Hunza person was born in 1823 and his age was 160! A Mullah, who accompanied Mobud, the mullah noted that Mobud was considered to be holy in the country of Hunza, famous for its long-livers. At the time of his arrival to London, Mobud possessed excellent health and sanity. He perfectly remembered events since 1850.
The Hunza Valley is located on the border of India and Pakistan. It is also called the “oasis of youth”. Why? The life expectancy of local residents is 110-140 years.They almost never get sick and look young. Their longevity still is puzzling researchers.
According to a legend, the soldiers of the army of Alexander laid the Great the miniscule mountainous state during his Indian campaign. The inhabitants of the Hunza Valley, unlike the neighbouring nations, are outwardly very similar to the Europeans.
Their lifestyle is unique and maybe explains a mystery of their longevity.
Hunza bathe in icy water even at – 15Celsium. They love outdoor games with 100-year olds participate happily. Hunza 40+ women look like girls, and they are able to get pregnant and give birth at 65.
Their diet is also very different.
In summertime, they eat raw fruits and vegetables.
In winter season they eat apricots dried in the sun, germinated grains and sheep cheese.
At the period when the fruit has not ripened yet, which they call “hungry spring” they eat almost nothing and drink water brewed on dried apricots only once a day. That lent period is strictly observed.
The Scottish physician McCarrison, who first described Hunza Valley as Happy Valley, emphasized that protein consumption there is at the lowest level. The daily caloric content of Hunza averages 1933 kcal and includes 50 g of protein, 36 g of fat and 365 g of carbohydrates.
In the book “Hunza – a people who do not know diseases” R. Birher emphasizes the following very significant advantages of the nutrition model in this country:
– First of all it is vegetarian;
– In the daily diet is dominated by vegetables and fruits;
– Products are natural, without any chemicals, and prepared with the preservation of all biologically valuable substances;
– Alcohol and delicacies are rarely consumed;
– Very moderate salt intake;
– Products grown only in native soil;
– Regular periods of fasting.
The locals believe that the secret of their longevity is in physical activity and work, healthy vegetarian food, and being constantly on the move. They also say one shall not change the rhythm of his life.
According to McKarison the following lifestyle feature and habits allow Hunza people to live up to 120-150 years old age.
- High performance in the broad sense of the word. That manifests itself both during work and during dancing and playing. For them to walk 100–200 kilometers is just a normal walk. They are extremely easy to climb steep mountains to convey some kind of news, and return home fresh and cheerful.
- Hunza are always in a good mood, they laugh a lot, even if they are hungry and suffer from the cold.
- Their durability is exceptional as well. “Hunza’s nerves are strong as ropes and thin and tender as a string,” wrote McKarison. “They never get angry and do not complain, do not get nervous and do not show impatience, do not quarrel among themselves and endure physical pain, trouble, noise, etc. with complete peace of mind.”
How far is our reality of our modern ‘civilised’ world from those people that live in compliance with their Human Nature?