Keywords: Bathing, ONSEN (Hot Spring), Green Tea, Self-Rated Health, Longevity
Introduction and Objectives
Life expectancy of Japanese is longer compared with other countries. It is presumed that some life-style factors may be in part related to Japanese good health status. Among lots of life-style factors, we focused on bathing in hot water (over 40 centigrade) in daily, utilizing ONSEN (hot spring), and drinking green tea as we think these are mostly particular in Japan. It has been showed that bathing in hot water augments blood flow. It has also reported that daily consumption of green tea may inhibit LDL oxidation followed by preventing the incidence of atherosclerotic diseases. In this study, we used self-rated health (SRH) as an indicator of...
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