There are 5 places called Blue Zones. New York Times columnist Dan Buettner discovered five so-called “Blue Zones” where people in the world live the longest and are the healthiest. It has been observed that people living in these areas live up to 100 years old. The whole world wonders how these people can live so long. Long-lived people have common characteristics. It is possible to live longer and healthier by making these features a habit of life.
WHERE ARE THE BLUE ZONES?
Sardinia’s Barbagia region – Highlands of inland Sardinia. The region with the oldest men in the world
Ikaria, Greece – An Aegean Island. It has the world’s lowest midlife death rate and the lowest dementia/dementia rates.
Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica – The region with the second oldest men in the world
Loma Linda, California – Seventh-day Adventists (A Christian sect) living here.
Okinawa, Japan – The region with the longest living women in the world.
LONG LIFE SECRETS OF BLUE ZONE PEOPLE
People living in the Blue Zones do not run marathons or go to the gym and do heavy workouts. They have a constantly and naturally active lifestyle. They live and work – with little help from tools – in gardens, environments that push them to act constantly and without thinking.
The Okinawans call it Ikigai and the Nikolays call it plan de vida. Both mean knowing why you wake up in the morning; to wake up for the day! People with a purpose have been found to live an average of 7 years longer.
Even Blue Zone people experience stress. Stress is a factor that impairs quality of life and causes some diseases. The world’s longest-living people have habits that reduce stress. Okinawans take a few moments each day to remember their ancestors, Adventists pray, Ikarans sleep a little in the afternoon (siesta), Sardinians have fun.
The 20% gap between not being hungry and feeling full can be the difference between losing or gaining weight. In other words, getting up from the table before you are full. People in the Blue Zones eat small meals in the afternoon or early evening and do not eat more for the rest of the day (3 main meals, no 3 snacks).
NUTRITION WITH HEIGHTS OF VEGETABLES
The diet of the people in the blue zone is as follows: Whole grain foods are consumed, goat’s milk and cheese are among the foods consumed, herbs specific to the region are used in their meals (Indigo, Fennel, etc.), there is plenty of fluid consumption, mainly water, fish is frequently preferred. red meat consumption is low.