The Blue Zones
Keys to living to 100 Years old from communities that continuously do.
Hello everyone, Recently I just finished reading a great book called the “THE BLUE ZONES” by Dan Buettner. Dan and a group of National Geographic scientists traveled around the globe for about 10 years studying unique villages and towns where people continually lived to 100 years old. Not just one or two people in each particular town, but almost the entire community lived well into their 90s and 100s without all of our American lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and strokes. These communities had none of these diseases.
This group of scientists wanted to find similar clues from villages across the globe and see why these particular people didn’t have the diseases that the rest of the world does and why they lived so long. In short, what is the key to Great Health and Longevity. They traveled everywhere from Greece, Costa Rica, Okinawa, California, and Italy.
Here is what they found:
1. Diet – This one is a no-brainer. Most of these communities ate a plant-based diet with smaller portions of meat and fish. Lots and lots of salads and greens. No refined carbohydrates or sugars. Everything was locally farmed and eaten as soon as it was harvested. They also consumed lentils, nuts and seeds on a daily basis.
2. Social Connections – The communities were very open and close with each other. They spent time each day eating dinner together (no tv) and talking and laughing together on a daily basis. Their homes were always open to neighbors and they frequently visited with neighbors every night.
3. Rest – Seven to eight hours of sleep each night, but also napping for 30 to 60 minutes every afternoon.
4. Tea – Herbal teas was also a staple in these communities. Herbal teas are know to lower blood pressure naturally, help you relax, and is also a potent antioxidant.
5. Wine/Alcohol – Every day!! They didn’t over do it, but they all enjoyed one to two glasses while socializing, relaxing and laughing every evening with friends and neighbors.
6. Religion – Most of these communities are very deep into their religions. The religions were all across the board. It didn’t matter which religion, but each community worshipped on a daily/weekly basis with an emphasis on family time too.
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