As I stated in Bodyweight Training and Stretching, in Chapter 14, we have a different perspective on being fit in Japanese natural health. Being fit means having flexible muscles and joints, not necessarily having big muscles.
While bio-hacking is more science and technology-oriented, bio-harmonizing in the Ikigai Diet is keeping a balance between ancient wisdom and modern science. I incorporated many aspects of Japanese natural health into the Ikigai Diet. Zen Shijin diet, ancient Japanese martial art, healing methods such as Shiatsu, Seitai, and acupuncture are all part of Japanese natural health, which was initially influenced by ancient Chinese medicine.
In the last post, I shared with you that fermented foods such as natto, miso, soy sauce, and cheese, as well as mushrooms such as shiitake contain a polyamine called spermidine, which activates autophagy, according to Dr. Tamotsu Yoshimori, who was a co-researcher of Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi, the 2016 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine by discovering and elucidating the mechanism of autophagy.
So, spermidine is one of the keys. Are there any other foods that can activate autophagy?
Maybe I should go to a hot spring every weekend so that I can create a good balance sequence of stress and break. Alternating stress and break is a method recommended by Yu Suzuki, the author of Furo Choju Method, A Method of Immortality and Longevity, another best-selling book on the topic of longevity.