Live 2019 Rejuvenated ~ Tips from the people who have lived the longest !
A few years ago, I was traveling through Costa Rica and ended up spending most of my time in a "Blue Zone" yet I didn't realize the importance of it at the time. I did, however, notice how incredibly healthy - [both mentally and physically] the elders were. I would lay on the beach and watch men and woman well into their 90’s carrying fruit baskets on top or their heads, pulling coconut from palm trees and netting fish. It was incredibly impressive that people were so active and living so well into their 90’s and over 100.
So how is this possible?
Blue Zones are a region of the world where people commonly live active and healthy lives past the age of 100 years. According to National Geographic, there are five "Blue Zones" in the World #1- Ikaria, an island in Greece. #2- Okinawa, an island in Japan. #3 -The Barbagia region of Sardinia, Italy. #4 -Loma Linda, a small city in California and #5 - The Nicoya peninsula in Costa Rica.
Dan Buettner, author and explorer, spent over a decade studying these areas in the world. He writes "besides having a large percentage of people that live to 100, the aging population also remains active well into their 80 and 90s, and typically do not suffer the degenerative diseases common in most of the industrialized world". Dan and his team of medical researchers, anthropologists, demographers, and epidemiologists, found the common denominators of all the Blue Zones regions. And today we have put this list together for you in a quick and easy top 8 -
Tip #1 - Stay Active, from Sun up to Sun down:
“In America, there has been a decline in biking and walking cities, but in these five cities it was the norm—people were able to walk and bike to their school or friend’s house,” Buettner explains.
Tip #2 - Strong Sense of Purpose :
" The Okinawans call it “Ikigai” and the Nicoyans call it “plan de vida;” for both it translates to “why I wake up in the morning.” Knowing your sense of purpose is worth up to seven years of extra life expectancy". - Buettner says.
Tip #3 - Find a way to de-stress :
“As we all know, stress is linked to chronic inflammation which is tied to most age-related diseases,” he explains. “Between napping, ancestor veneration, or other religious ceremonies, people knew to take time for themselves every day.” Buettner recalls.
Tip #4 - Eat a diet similar to a Mediterranean diet:
"Beans, including fava, black, soy and lentils, are the cornerstone of most centenarian diets. Meat—is eaten on average only five times per month. Serving sizes are 3-4 oz., about the size of a deck of cards. And they only eat until 80% full." Buettner explained.
Tip #5 - Red Wine:
"Filled with antioxidants and heart healthy benefits, red wine was never off the table for the long-living residents in these communities." Buettner adds.
Tip #6 - Belong to a Faith based Community:
"All but five of the 263 centenarians we interviewed belonged to some faith-based community. Denomination doesn’t seem to matter. Research shows that attending faith-based services four times per month will add 4-14 years of life expectancy." Buettner explained.
Tip #7 - Strong Family Ties
" Successful centenarians in the Blue Zones put their families first. This means keeping aging parents and grandparents nearby or in the home. They commit to a life partner and invest in their children with time and love ". Adds Buettner
Tip #8 - Strong Social Ties:
"The world’s longest lived people chose–or were born into–social circles that supported healthy behaviors, Okinawans created ”moais”–groups of five friends that committed to each other for life. Research from the Framingham Studies shows that smoking, obesity, happiness, and even loneliness are contagious. So the social networks of long-lived people have favorably shaped their health behaviors." Buettner explained.
Thank you for taking the time to read and Happy 2019 everyone !
Much love xx