There are places on earth where, if you don’t make it to 100, it’s almost unusual.
These places have been studied by scientists for decades and have been given a name: blue zones.
As it turns out, blue zones exist only in a few places on earth:
- Sardinia, Italy
- The islands of Okinawa, Japan
- Loma Linda, California
- Nicoya, Costa Rica
- Ikaria, Greece
But there’s one reason why these people have been studied so much by scientists.
Beyond just living to 100 in much higher rates than virtually anywhere else in the world, these people suffer from a fraction of the health issues that most people suffer from in their 30s, 40s, 50s and later.
Dementia, heart issues and depression are almost non-existent among these people. What this means it that these people live a fantastic quality of life their entire (long) lives – not just at the end.
By living a certain lifestyle, not only do you improve your health NOW, this ensures you avoid the major killers later in your life.
So rather than just saying “okay, but what if I don’t want to live to 100?” these suggestions will help you live an optimally healthy and happy life now
Family is stressed as the most important thing in the lives of these people. It’s a priority to regularly see them, visit them, and interact with people part of their own tribe. Virtually everything in these cultures revolves around social interaction.
#2 No smoking (obvious)
#3 Plant-based diet
The major part of each meal was plants.
Note: this does NOT mean they didn’t eat meat or carbohydrates. It means that, the foundation of each meal is plants, followed by a smaller portion of meat or refined carbohydrates.
#4 Constant low level of exercise (maybe not what you’re thinking of)
When we usually think of physical activity these days, we usually think of going to the gym and hitting it hard.
In reality, the people that regularly live to be the oldest aren’t going through extreme workouts – they’re just getting regular physical activity like gardening, hiking, or other labor required for farming. And they’re getting this activity every day.
Regular low or moderate level exercise every day is their exercise.
#5 Social engagement
We see “social ties/family” as 2/5 key characteristics of people who live to 100.
Family and social ties make up an entire 30% of this “secret.” Pretty interesting, right?
But what I wanted was specifics. Having a social life is great, but what was it about the specific characteristics of each culture that was enabling them to live to an old age?
All these factors play much more into health and longevity than you might think. Eating right and exercise are fantastic tools and critical for health, but so is inner cultivation and the cultivation of friendships.
live long and care yourself as life is presious..
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