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The blue zones: the secret of longevity

The blue zones: the secret of longevity

Have you heard about the "blue zones"? The blue zones are places in the world where the population has a very high life expectancy, exceeding 100 years. People who live in these areas tend to live 10 years longer than the rest of the inhabitants of Europe and America. The 5 zones currently known as “blue zones” are Sardinia (Italy), Ikaria (Greece), Okinawa (Japan), Nicoya (Costa Rica) and Loma Linda (California). These regions were studied by scientists under the command of Dan Buettner with the aim to understand the specific characteristics in the way of life of these people that could be related to longevity.

The good news is that these areas are not genetically prone to longevity, so any area in the world could become a blue zone. The criterion to become a "blue zone" is to have a centennial rate that is three times higher than the national average. In this article, we reveal the results of these studies in order to discover the secrets of a long life.

Today, there are thousands of diets to adopt a healthy life. But how to know which one is really effective? Without a doubt, going to the roots by observing the diet of the oldest people in the world could be a solution. They may have the key to offer us the best advice to eat healthy and live better.

Diet

People who live in the "blue zones" tend to follow a diet very similar to the popular Mediterranean diet so they give priority to vegetables and they eat meat, fish and dairy products moderately. The secret is to prioritize foods coming directly from the earth and seasonal foods (legumes, vegetables, fruit, nuts, rice, etc). They haven’t eliminated alcohol but they drink mainly red wine and in a moderate way. They eat enough to feel good and they avoid overeating.

Activity

Although they don’t practice any sport, they are moving continuously thanks to the daily tasks (garden work, taking care of the children, cleaning the house, visiting the neighbours, etc). They don’t spend long hours sitting and they use digital devices very little. They have a real connection with families and friends.

In addition, within their daily habits, people living in the blue areas usually grow their own garden, take a nap for half an hour once a day, go for a walk daily, stay sexually active, find a vital purpose that keeps them busy and spend a lot of time with family and friends.

And you, is your lifestyle similar?