Nobody really knows the secret for a long and healthy life. Instead, there are places around the globe that are so called ‘blue zones’. Sure, we read a lot of articles and blogs on the Internet about having a healthy lifestyle, but we never seem to apply it real life.
According to research, a lot of factors are involve for having a long and healthy life. Statistics say that in the ‘blue zone’ areas people live longer and healthier. We’ve summed up the best ones and we found out their secrets.
Once called ‘the land of immortals’, Okinawa is an original ‘blue zone’ area. These islands are located in southern parts of Japan. Historically, that’s the place where people with the longest life span are. According to health statistics, Okinawans have less heart diseases, dementia and cancer. Women on these islands live longer than any other women on the planet.
They say that the secret behind this amazing fact is the strong bond to family and friends. Social life is extremely important to them. They use the term ‘moai’ to name their lifelong group of friends. These people have a powerful perspective of purpose in life. Here’s a few secrets to their eternal bliss:
Okinawan’s meals are based on sweet potatoes, tofu and lots of veggies that are high in vitamins and low in calories. Their most favorite food is the Goya, a fruit that is filled with antioxidants and particles that regulate the blood pressure.
It is a tradition to these islanders to grow their own food. Not only that gardening is a great socializing activity, it’s great for exercising. Gardening is also a great way to reduce some stress.
Along with homegrown food, they love adding soy, miso soup and tofu to their diet. The particles in tofu help the function of the heart and fights against breast cancer. They also consume soy foods for a healthy intestinal flora.
They love the sun! Vitamin D is an amazing agent that promotes healthier body and spirit. Vitamin D is especially essential for your bones. So, try to spend more time under sun like these sun loving islanders.
We all know that exercising is extremely important, but to the Okinawan people it is like breathing. They are a living proof that you don’t need all kinds of tools and devices for exercising. They exercise through gardening and walking along the sandy Japan beaches.
Going centuries back throughout history, this amazing tiny island in Greece has been a bulls eye for Romans, Turks and Persian. No wonder why… It’s an isolated wonderland that promises long and happy life. Just ask the islanders there. They will tell you that there’s no place on Earth like Ikaria. That’s why we list this as another amazing ‘blue zone’.
Did you know that Ikarians are almost dementia-free. Statistically, one in three Ikarians make it to their 90s. That’s very rare. Thanks to the lifestyle, outlook, diet, culture and geography. These ‘blue zone’ islanders enjoy late-night domino games along with some delicious red wine. They hate clocks, adore clean air and nourish their plants. In addition to these things, they also:
Goat’s milk is rich-filled with potassium, calcium and a hormone that relieves stress called tryptophan. This type of milk can be consumed by lactose intolerant people.
These islanders enjoy a Mediterranean based diet, filled with veggies and fruits, beans, olive oil, potatoes and whole grains. Olive oil is a better alternative for cooking.
Napping helps lower stress hormones and lowers the risk of dying from heart diseases. Ikarians love taking midafternoon nap breaks.
Ikarians absolutely love drinking herbal teas with their loved ones. Research has shown that they are filled with antioxidants. Every single type of herb has its own health benefits. Maybe your favorite tea is the healthiest one. Who knows?
They put everything aside and make time for the things that really matter, loved ones. So, make sure you set your priorities straight and make time for your friends and family.
These Central American people are not very fat from the US, but they are way ahead in terms of longevity. This amazing country is economically stable and has amazing health care system. In addition, there are more factors for these people’s ‘immortality’.
Costa Ricans have the urge to have a sense of purpose. They live to contribute.
This country’s water is filled with calcium. This helps lower the risk of heart diseases, hip fractures and stronger bones.
Nicoyans put a lot of emphasis on spending time with their loved ones, families, grandchildren and children. This helps them have the sense of belonging and purpose.
They avoid calories before bed, that’s why they eat fruits or veggies for dinner.
They love hard work and engage in physical activities.
All in all, what’ve summed up from this rundown of the world’s best blue zones is that you should watch what you eat, what you do and what you feel. That’s why eat a lot of good food like fruits, veggies and organic products. Try exercising more. Spend time with loved ones, while you still can. Hydrate! And most important, love yourself and keep your stress levels at bay.