Give the Blue Zone a Try: Experience Maximum Healthy Living
Okinawa : Japan |
By Debbie Nicholson
Learn the Secrets of living like those in the blue zones
Journalist Dan Buettner and National Geographic uncovered the long held claims of people living easily to ninety years old or more.
The places where people actually achieve this without the use of medications contaminating their bodies are called blue zones. Several legends were created based on the long-life secrets of these areas.
The inhabitants of the blue zones seem to have a special life recipe.
Did they discover some long hidden secret among ancient scrolls of the past? Or was it some kind of scientific discovery they kept silent for years, only to be passed on to future generations?
Journalist Dan Buettner in cooperation with National Geographic and a team of world’s top experts in longevity have set out on the pursuit of the hidden truths of the blue zones.
They have identified five blue zones in the world:
- In Italy, the Island of Sardinia
- In Japan, the Island of Okinawa
- In California, the city of Loma Linda
- In Costa Rica, the Nicoya Peninsula
- In Greece, the Island of Icaria has
A glance into the Costa Rica Blue Zone
The Nicoya Peninsula is located very deep in the rainforest.
Here are some facts about this area: The water there is very harsh. However, since it contains a lot of calcium and magnesium, it helps making bones stronger.
Drinking water is a fundamental fact of life.
In Nicoya Peninsula, they do not have nursing homes for their elderly: they remain at home with their families, due to the importance of strong family bonds.
In this area, people just go to their backyard, pick a fruit off a tree and eat it (we can do the same thing in certain areas).
Many people have fruit trees in their backyard. They grind corn by hand using stones. No food processors here. This is a natural exercise.
We have become lazy to the point that I really do not remember the last time anyone I knew used a flour sifter, it’s just easier to go to the store and buy it pre-sifted. The people of this area eat a big breakfast and then just have small meals throughout the day.
The greatest secrets of this long healthy living have now been uncovered.
The great secrets that enable this unbelievable rate of living years and health are the following:
Family is first
- No smoking at all or at least, a vast majority does not smoke.
- Food is from plants: hardly any meat is consumed.
- Remaining physically active is a must.
There is a high consumption of legumes and nuts, including clover, lentils, soy and peanuts. Let us not forget the Wisteria and Kentucky Coffee tree, which are also legumes.