Indonesian President Jokowi's recipe for staying healthy: ginger herbal drink and coconut water

Indonesian President Joko Widodo revealed that he likes to stick to natural foods to stay healthy, as well as watching the amount of food he eats.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo revealed that he likes to stick to natural foods to stay healthy, as well as watching the amount of food he eats.PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo has revealed his recipe for staying fit and healthy despite his busy schedule - a herbal beverage made from combining Javanese ginger and turmeric and drinking coconut water.

Three years into his term, the Indonesian leader, better known as Jokowi, has become well known for his stamina in carrying out his duties in his busy daily schedule, fulfilling multiple appointments in a single day.

Speaking to the Antara news agency on Monday (Oct 16), the president revealed that he likes to stick to natural foods to stay healthy, as well as watching the amount of food he eats.

His jamu, or Indonesian traditional medicine, is an herbal beverage that has been previously credited as being one of his sources of strength.

Made from eight pieces of temulawak (Javanese ginger), six pieces of turmeric and three pieces of ginger, the drink's recipe had also been shared by his personal chef, Tri Supriharjo, on Joko's official Facebook account.

"I'll just add to that: (I drink) young coconut water three times week for detoxing," Joko said in an interview at Merdeka Palace.

"Young coconut water without sugar, without anything, just as it is. That's my jamu. I actually don't exercise much. I usually run two to three times a week," he added.

The President also said he didn't avoid any particular foods in his diet, but that he took care not to overindulge.

"I eat all foods, but indeed, I eat just enough. If there is a lobster, (and it's very good) I wouldn't eat ten. No, I eat just half of one, that's enough," Joko said.

The President also revealed that during a recent visit to Sumenep, Madura, he had come across particularly delicious chicken satay. While others traveling with him ate 10 skewers, he said he ate only four, as that was enough for him.

The 56-year-old also shared his preference for natural hair care.

"I also use candlenut (hair tonic). I still use all-natural candlenut (tonics); those traditionally made and bottled ones that are sold in markets - not store-bought, but the traditional bottled ones," he said.