When it comes to health goals, many of us automatically think of weight loss, or going vegan and gluten free. But what about focusing on longevity as the ultimate end goal?
Certain places, like Eastern Asia, have embedded the value of longevity into their cultures for centuries. And it’s not surprising that there are some regions in these countries that have the highest population of healthy longest-living citizens.
Is it coincidence? Or maybe genetics? Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones Solution, argues not. He believes that the Blue Zones way of life is responsible for an extended life span.
Let’s dive in.
According to the Blue Zone source, Dan Buettner has spent over a decade researching and identifying places around the world with the highest populations of centenarians (people who live to 100 or more years) without major health problems like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or obesity.
He designated these regions, the Blue Zones.
After studying the lifestyle and eating habits of the people living in Blue Zones, Dan and his team set out to start the Blue Zone project across America to create healthier, happier, and longer living communities.
And here’s some of what they found:
Okay, so now that we covered a little background, let’s talk how it works.
Dan and the Blue Zone team claim that the success of the Blue Zones is found from a set of behaviors and principles that contribute to not just longevity, but vitality.
Here are the Blue Zone behavior principles to a healthier happier life:
TL;DR Relax, get outdoors, be social, and don’t indulge too much (just enough).
According to the Blue Zones rules, here are the foods to eat and avoid:
The Blue Zones solution is an excellent example of how a balanced lifestyle incorporating all 3 pillars of health (nutrition, physical activity, and mental well-being) can actually lead to a longer and happier life.
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