Humans have always strived to live longer and better. What makes that possible for some people with more ease than others is the subject of ongoing research. The issue came to the forefront when National Geographic’s cover story for November 2005 was “The Secrets of Long Life” by Dan Buettner which covered the regions now termed Blue Zones.
The term Blue Zone came about from research done by Michel Poulain, Giovanni Pes, et al. for the Experimental Gerontology on regions they circled in blue where longevity was higher than average. Initially, they were researching villages in Sardinia, Italy where there were high concentrations of male centenarians. Buettner went on to elaborate on this research and added an additional four locations.
In his books, Buettner expanded the Blue Zones to include five key locations.
Many of the residents of these places suffer less from common aging diseases like cancer, heart disease, and dementia all while being able to enjoy more years of good health.
People in these regions tend to live healthier and longer lives than those in other regions. According to Buettner’s book, there are four main things people in these zones do differently.
Creating a healthy lifestyle is about changing habits, not just about doing something once or twice. If you want to live healthier and incorporate many of the same healthy habits of blue zone residents you need to change your lifestyle to reflect that.
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Social aspects are essential to giving us community, purpose, and helping to maintain mental health. People feel supported and a part of a community where they have strong social ties. Family come first and is a central part of one’s life
Choosing healthy habits that limit our stress, keep us active, and don’t add toxins to our bodies helps us to maintain our physical and mental health. Strong physical and mental health makes it easier to fight off illnesses and often helps to prevent some of the negative aspects associated with aging.
You get out of your body what you put into it. Eating well makes sure you have antioxidants, manage cholesterol, and keep your sugar levels balanced. This can help to prevent a lot of diseases associated with aging like diabetes, heart disease, and others.
Take the time to explore more about the blue zones and their lifestyle with our special blue zone series. See how you can make healthier choices a part of your daily life!