The life expectancy of the average Hunza is 120 years.
Some have been known to live quite a bit longer than that—up to almost 150. That is absolutely unheard of in any other part of the world.
Many Hunza women have children well into their 60s.
When 60 is middle age, that’s equivalent to our 40.
Hunza people have adopted a positive attitude, living with nature and without fear. When you are healthy and don’t experience fear and anxiety over the basic necessities of life, there’s not a lot to worry about.
Fasting is part of Hunza culture.
One of their primary food sources is apricots; there are more than 50 varieties that grow in the Valley.
It is customary to fast for 2-4 months in the spring, drinking only dried apricot juice until the apricots are harvested in summer. Once ready, every bit of every apricot is eaten from seed to skin. Plenty of them are sun-dried to store for winter.
The nutrition of the apricot is impressive, with anti-inflammatory antioxidant carotenoids in beta-carotene (vitamin A), B complex and C vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, calcium, and fiber. The seed of the apricot is in the pit—Hunza people eat the seed, too (not the hard outer shell). The apricot kernels contain vitamin B17, known to prevent and cure cancer.
A traditional drink (especially during the time of fasting) is tea made with the medicinal plant tumuru—it smells like oregano. The extract of this deciduous shrub has been found an effective anti-spasmodic and moderator of blood sugar. (1)
All parts of the plant are used:“The bark, fruits, and seeds are extensively used in indigenous system of medicine as a carminative, stomachic and anthelmintic.
The stem has exhibited hypoglycaemic activity in the preliminary trials. The bark is pungent and used to clean teeth. The fruits and seeds are employed as an aromatic tonic in fever and dyspesia.
An extract of the fruits is reported to be effective in expelling roundworms.
Because of their deodorant, disinfectant and antiseptic properties, the fruits are used in dental troubles, and their lotion for scabies. The essential oil is said to possess antiseptic, disinfectant and deodorant properties.” (2)
There is virtually no disease in the Hunza Valley.
- Practically zero pollution of the air, earth, and water. The water used for cooking, drinking, and bathing is snow run-off from the Himalayas—no fluoride or chlorine. No pesticides or chemicals used in growing natural (not genetically-modified) food. No toxic waste from manufacturing. No harmful chemicals used in the home or on the body. No plastic. No chemtrails up there, either.
- Children are physically active, educated and supported. No video games. They are not vaccinated against anything and they don’t get seriously ill or suffer neurological damage.
- Constant movement and activity is a day-long affair. No television. No cell phones. No sitting on the couch eating potato chips out of a cellophane bag.
- All of life’s basic needs are covered and there’s no need for more.
- Hunza communities are closely knit, with constant social interaction—no depression or feelings of isolation and alienation but support and comfort from family and friends. Socially, there are no violence, no gangs, no weapons under the seat.
- The food they eat is in moderation, taking in only what they need. No obesity. No artificial colors, preservatives, or flavorings. No chemicals at all in their food. No processing that strips the ingredients of their nutrition. No antibiotics or growth hormones in their animal products. No leaching of metals or plastics from packaging. No refined sugar.
The Hunzas’ lifestyle and environment are the polar opposite of those of the West. They live much longer, healthier, and more content. Hmmm…