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People Living In This Valley Are Longevity Warriors

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Posted on Feb 19, 2024, 2 p.m.

There is a little-known remote mountainous area called the Hunza Valley which is located north of Pakistan where people live longer and seem to defy medical odds. This area is primarily home to the Wakhi and Burusho people who have survived and thrived for centuries in these remote villages with minimal amenities and rudimentary health facilities; despite the odds studies have found that the average life expectancy in this area is approximately 100 years young.

The people living here live what some may call a simple life, but it is far from simple, the people of Hunza benefit from this by living longer, and they have a few habits in common with each other. 

For starters, their diet is different from what you would find in more modern cities. In this valley, apricot trees are one of the most important local crops. Apricot seeds have been shown to help fight cancer and other sources of inflammation with a compound called amygdalin. Almost every Hunzai dish has apricot oil in it or used to prepare it. 

There are very few sedentary people here. In this area people are very active, even well into their later years, grazing their livestock, collecting wood, and doing household chores. People spend a lot of time outside for work and leisure, and they enjoy it. Community activities are also very important, such as rajaki which involves cleaning out water canals when spring arrives. The people of Hunza are healthy and like to keep moving throughout their entire lives, they enjoy skating, cycling, and playing sports every day, even during winter.

Hunza water has been of great interest to scientists for decades as it is unlike other water sources. This area is filled with glaciers that melt in the warmer months, the runoff water is naturally filtered by layers of ice and rock which contains precious metals and may contain potent antioxidant quartz silica minerals in colloid form. 

The vast majority of meat in Hunza comes from local sources that have been freshly killed, and it is rare to find processed foods here. Meals here are prepared freshly at home where almost every household grows some kind of vegetables. Spinach, tomatoes, and potatoes are especially popular, and they are grown both locally and organically in this valley. 

The people of Hunza take pride in taking care of each other in tight-knit neighborhoods and villages. Special care is given to the older members of the community, elders are highly respected and attended to, and there are no retirement homes here. The strong community collective bonds and values lead to virtually zero crime. Even at young ages, it is safe enough for children to wander around. Children of all ages play outside here all year long, and it is rare to see mobile devices in anyone’s hand, let alone a child. 

Modern cities despite the advancements and so-called advantages seem to have lost a lot of what is important in the name of convenience. Perhaps it is time to look back and incorporate what has been forgotten and regain some of this vitality.

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