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HEALTH TIP: BE A HUNTER GATH­ERER

The Tsi­mane peo­ple live in the Ama­zon jun­gle and have the health­i­est hearts in the world. Sci­en­tists be­lieve this is be­cause they live as hunter gath­er­ers. Men spend an av­er­age seven hours a day hunt­ing, fish­ing, farm­ing and for­ag­ing. Women are ac­tive for up to six hours. Al­most 90 per cent of the adults have ar­ter­ies that show no sign of hard­en­ing and nar­row­ing and lead­ing to heart dis­ease – even into their 70s. “Among the Tsi­mane, peo­ple live into old age with lit­tle to no risk of coro­nary ath­er­o­scle­ro­sis, the prin­ci­pal cause of heart at­tacks,” says Hil­lard Ka­plan, pro­fes­sor of an­thro­pol­ogy at the Univer­sity of New Mex­ico. “The Tsi­mane life­style sug­gests that a diet low in sat­u­rated fats and high in non­pro­cessed fi­bre-rich car­bo­hy­drates, along with wild game and fish, not smok­ing and be­ing ac­tive through­out the day could help pre­vent hard­en­ing in the ar­ter­ies of the heart.”

‘Green spaces pro­mote phys­i­cal and men­tal well­be­ing’

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