Blue Zones – Places In the World Where People Live to 100 and Stay Healthy

Blue Zones – Places In the World Where People Live to 100 and Stay Healthy

They are called blue zones – places in the world where people live longer and healthier than anywhere else on earth. Several of these blue zones exist, and in each of these places people living to 90 or even 100 years is common. And they aren’t just living long either—these people are living healthy—without medication or disability (see video later in this post).

Five blue zones have so far been identified and thoroughly researched by journalist Dan Buettner in a partnership with National Geographic during more than five years of on-site investigation. So what is the secret to longevity and health underlying these fascinating communities? Do they possess modern technology, do they take massive amounts of supplements, do they run on treadmills, do they have special genes? As you may have guessed, the answer is none of these.

The five blue zones are as follows:

  • The Italian island of Sardinia
  • Okinawa, Japan
  • Loma Linda, California
  • Costa Rica’s isolated Nicoya Peninsula
  • Ikaria, an isolated Greek island

Its Lifestyle, Stupid!

So lets cut to the chase instead of building up the suspense any further. After more than five years of investigation, what has Buettner discovered about why people in these places are living so long? The secret is lifestyle. Quite simply, these people live a lifestyle that includes a healthy diet, daily exercise,  and a low stress life that incorporates family, purpose, religion, and meaning. Sure we can go into more detail, and we will, but at a high level it really is this simple.

Although it may seem hard to achieve this lifestyle, the absolute simplicity and power of it should actually be refreshing and uplifting. People are always thinking that complicated medicine and expensive modern technological therapies are required to live long and healthy. But it simply isn’t so. The gift of a long and healthy life is already in the hands of each and every one of us. It is up to each of us to choose the lifestyle of health, and sadly most of us are choosing not to live that lifestyle. To each his own.

Pollute Your Body And It Suffers – Imagine That!

So lets get into a bit more detail. First off, what do we mean by a healthy diet? A healthy diet, according to mountains of literature, and now supported by blue zone investigation, is one that is loaded with vegetables, fruits, fish, and nuts and low on meat, sugar, fat, and the toxic processed foods of modern civilization. Buettner actually goes into even more detail, highlighting red wine, goats milk, local teas, and several other aspects of blue zone diets that seem to be beneficial. Sure you can get all precise about it if you want, but my take is that the exact details, such as red wine, are not so important. What is most important is the high level theme of generally eating good stuff (fruits, veggies, fish) and cutting out the bad stuff (meat, fat, sugar).

Your body is a living biological machine. Is it surprising our bodies suffer when we stuff them with inflammatory, chemically destructive diets high in saturated fat and sugar? The literature shows that heart disease and diabetes can often be almost 100% attributed to a lifetime of obesity and poor diet. It has been documented in thousands of trials and scientific studies that the incidence and severity of several major diseases, including cancer and Alzheimer’s, can be severely restricted by a healthy diet.

People in blue zones eat healthy diets, and not surprisingly they suffer from these major diseases either less frequently or not at all. That means they live longer and healthier. According to Beuttner, in blue zone Ikaria the people suffer from one half the rate of heart disease and 20% less cancer than Americans and there are more healthy people over 90 than anywhere else in the world.

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Hmmmm....interesting but why Loma Linda? Maybe a Seventh Day Outpost where they did have not only their beliefs but manufactured some great food products as I recall from past lives now.

I lived near there for 30 years and never figured it out either!  Loma Linda is located between Redlands, Colton and San Bernardino....all hot spots for shorts lives and elderly suffering.  There were no liquor stores there and no liquor in the local markets. You had to go a mile away to get meat or liquor. Perhaps those who have a genetic tendency for long life also are drawn to off beat religions.  Or maybe they give better elder-care.  

I have a cat that I'm experimenting on.  Most of my previous cats died around age 12.  My grandmother had cats that routinely lived to over 20.  My cat eats about half mainstream cat food and half organic meats and fish.  Every day it meows at me in a very loud voice until I spray it down with a light misting of Miracle II Neutralizer and brush it.  Sometimes it wants me to do this two or three times a day. She's become a total pest, actually.....but is now 17 years old and looks and behaves like a much younger cat.

That's fascinating info on Loma Linda VL.

After watching dogs and cats reach less than half their expected age, we too are experimenting on our guardians.  All on raw food now and NO kibble/sugar wheat biscuits for the vet... serious cancer ingredients regardless of if they are from the vet or supermarket.

The Miracle II Neutralizer - can I have more info? Is this a product we discussed back in the day?

A 17 year old cat is impressive today when 20+ was doing well back in my cat days.

Thanks for the comments.  Always food for thought.

Hi Rose:  YES....Miracle II neutralizer is one of those things we spoke of back in the day.  It appears there is a distributor in NZ: Click here  The 3 products are the spray neutralizer, the gel and the soap.  I still use the soap every day.

A friend swears by the gel for skin problems, mosquito bites and joint pain relief.  The whole story around the Miracle  II products is pretty strange but compelling.  See story here  I'm always suspicious when something comes "directly from God" whose only condition is that "you give the glory to me." Now that we know there are many unseen creatures inside this reality, it begs the question "Where did this really come from?" Any god worthy of worship would not crave glory.

Hope this helps!

All that aside, it's worth checking out.

Just in the nick of time too - been searching for an answer for a family member with Psoriasis.  I think I might write to him and tell him God said you should give the ingredients to folk in the Southern hemisphere so us poorer folk down under don't have to pay $42 for 240mls of gel!   I didn't think God was a capitalist.

LOL Rose...maybe put some MMS drops in aloe vera gel and you have it anyway. 

if only.

NZ not on the map I see. One of my grandpa's younger sisters (out of a family of 11kids)made it just shy of 107 by a few weeks. She was sharp as a tack, lost her only son in WWII but invested alota time in her numerous nieces and nephews. When I was young the old man frequently took us over to visit her and help ourselves to her bountiful orchard overlooking the harbour. After she was widowed by her grumpy old husband she stayed on in their cottage for quite a few yrs till over 100 before retiring to rest home. Everyone liked to raid her flower garden too which was always an all yr round picture.

Where  was you great Aunt living RC?

up north here at Mangonui.

I was almost too late learning those lessons.You are what you eat and if you want to keep moving,KEEP MOVING!!Thanks for the reminder.

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