Blue Zones: The Secrets to Living Longer

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What makes you live longer? Is it freezing yourself in a block of ice, or is it drinking the nectar of a secret flower in a far corner of the world? As far as we know, it isn’t either of those things. Living your life a certain way, however, can help you improve mental acuity and keep your body healthy.

 

Do we live longer now than we did 100 years ago? The short, simple answer is: yes, we do. Life expectancy from birth 100 years ago was about 45-50 years, and now the average person lives to be 75-80. This longevity is not really attributed to healthy lifestyles, though; it is primarily due to medical advancements. Most people rely on these medications and such to keep them alive, rather than focusing on being healthy to help them live longer.

 

Let us introduce you to blue zones. As part of a large-scale anthropologic and demographic project, Dan Buettner visited five areas all over the world to document people, who were most likely to live over 100 years. What did he learn from these five areas? He learned that the people are much happier, healthier, and have a more positive outlook on life.

 

The most impressive thing about these blue zones is that the quality of life does not diminish as people age. These people aren’t decrepit vegetables, who can’t be active and need round the clock help to go about their days. They grow older in a healthier way, having decreased risks of developing cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, osteoporosis, and heart disease.

 

The Five Blue Zones Include:

  1. Ikaria, Greece
  2. Okinawa, Japan
  3. Loma Linda, CA
  4. Sardinia, Italy
  5. Nicoya, Costa Rica

 

What can we learn from the people in these regions? Check out the key lessons, below.

 

Maintain A Healthy Weight By Listening To Your Body:

Americans have developed the habit of overeating. People in Okinawa, Nicoya, and Sardinia have not had the chance to develop this habit. They have been careful not to overeat or waste food because that takes away from what other family members can eat. People in Okinawa actually practice eating until they are 80% full, and they eat 3-4 times more vegetables than the average Americans. Most blue zone residents get a full night’s sleep (roughly eight hours), which helps them control stress and hunger cravings.

 

Learn To Appreciate Whole, Real Foods:

The people, who live in these blue zones, are not typically vegetarians, but they do follow a diet rich in plant-based foods. Additionally, most of these fruits and vegetables are grown locally or homegrown and free of genetically modified organisms. The protein source tends to be fresh fish or high quality, grass-fed meat, and these aren’t eaten every day. The foods that are popular in blue zones include:

  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Herbs
  • Legumes
  • Olive Oil
  • Fermented Products (kefir, tempeh, miso, and natto)
  • Whole Grains (barley wheat or durham wheat)

 

Spend More Time With Family And Go Outside:

In Loma Linda, CA, there is a large Seventh-day Adventist community and they dedicate a weekly 24-hour Sabbath to spend time with family and focus on God, nature, and friendships. This helps to relieve stress and strengthens familial and social ties. It is recommended to do activities with the whole family, be they board games or hikes, to help you live longer.

 

Exercise, But Make It Enjoyable:

People get so self-conscious in gyms, making exercise unproductive or unsatisfactory. In blue zones, on the other hand, people don’t exercise in gyms. They lead active lives, walking most places and doing chores with their hands instead of using machines. They also enjoy outdoor exercises like yoga, Tai Chi, or engage in outdoor sports with friends.

 

Avoid Processed, Packaged Foods:

One of the most notable findings in blue zone diets is that they are incredibly low in pesticides, artificial ingredients, and sugar. The Standard American Diet, duly named SAD, is full of all of those things and more. While most people have been conditioned to eat packaged and processed foods, try to go for fresh foods to live healthier and longer.

 

Sources:

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/books/features/5-blue-zones-where-the-worlds-healthiest-people-live/

https://draxe.com/blue-zones/

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    Q: Dear Yogi, I read an article on your site about reverse Kundalini (anal sex). I don't know if you can answer my question or not - originally I was going to pose it to "Ask the Guru", but in my limited understanding, Kundalini is tied into yoga. I have been trying to get balanced by meditating, living my passions, writing, art, and belly dancing all unprofessionally, except for the first one (on a very small scale). I have been doing guided chakra meditations and other things, including yoga, and some dietary modifications. I feel I am gradually growing and living my purpose. However, incrementally starting in my mid forties. Anyway, I have been on this path for a couple of years now, and have more happiness and peace than I ever have. I don't want to get into a lengthy essay about my limited understanding of Kundalini, and the possibility of what I perceive is going on with my body (though I am very healthy) right now, so I will attempt to get to the point. I am grateful for my life. I have much more than many people if I were to measure. I feel like I am still blocked, though. About three years ago I dated a guy who sodomized me one time. He was a rapist, long story short and an error in judgement on my part. Though my intuition was screaming at me the whole time. I look at the experience as pushing me further along my path and teaching me to trust, love, respect myself, and defend my boundaries. What concerns me is that I feel that experience is still trapped within me to a degree, and I am worried that it will manifest into a disease. Often when I meditate on my root chakra I start crying. Part of me believes that I can't force anything, just have to let the process unfold in its own time. There is so much info out there that I find it overwhelming, and it is hard to know which to trust. So I have just been going with what resonates with me as far as technique. If you could offer me any advice, I would be grateful.

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    Hello, I would like to first thank you for sharing your story and your experience. It sounds like you are devoting time and attention to the many things, that will help foster a sustained health and healing for you in life. As you have recognized, it is very helpful for us to take intuition very seriously and to honor this innate ability to discern whether a situation will be harmful or beneficial to our growth and experience as humans. Very often the circumstances and challenges presented to us in life, as happened in yours, serve as great teachers in allowing us to witness our own great strength, compassion, and value. I am glad to hear that you have been able to take the very difficult situation you found yourself in and use your experience to create a better understanding of yourself in the process. While it is true that we tend to develop patterns of holding and habitual ways of holding tension within the body; this does not mean that there are not steps you can take to move through such a body, mind, and spirit experience. The fact that you are crying upon meditating on your root chakra is a sign that you have made yourself available to the grief that naturally accompanies traumatic situations such as the one you experienced. Keep in mind that when we deeply grieve, our bodies are able to express the energy that may have potentially been repressed during this experience. The energy of the root chakra is all about our ability to feel safe, strong, and supported. The violation of this energy can leave one feeling ungrounded and striving for our self-preservation. Try not to become fixated on the worries you are having about the experience arising as disease in your body, as worrying can lead to increased levels of chronic stress, which will potentially create an internal environment more vulnerable to disease - which is what you are trying to avoid. It might be nice for you to meditate on your right to be here, to exist on this planet, and to be valued. It may also be very nice for you to take some restorative yoga classes, which can be grounding and stimulating to the parasympathetic nervous system (assists in the healing process). Recognize that the body may be holding energy in a direct response to a real threat, but begin to create a safe, loving and supportive environment to allow yourself to begin to be able to let go of this holding as you feel safe. When working to heal the first chakra, it is helpful to get in touch with the direct experience of the sensations of the body and become aware of the physical experience of the body. This can be done with the assistance of an expert, to help you change the physical expression of your felt experience. We could also do something called "body dialogue" to put you more deeply in touch with what the physical expression you are experiencing has to teach you about how you are inhabiting the world you are in. There are also many forms of grounding exercises which can help to balance the first chakra. If you are interested in being lead through a series of guided meditations, please contact me at megan@ritualwellbeing.com. Namaste, Megan

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    Q: Hi it's me again. I just read what you said about meat and what I don't understand is if meat was not good for us why in the Bible people eat Lamb. How would you explain back in the Bible times during Abraham and Moses when they use to offer sacrifice and kill a lamb were they cruel and going against God. And those who couldn't afford animals like Lamb would use bird eggs. In the book of Exodus chp. 12: 11,21,27,43,48 and Lev. 23:5 and 12:3, Deut. 16:7and Exodus 34:25 when the death Angel was passing and God told them to kill a Lamb and put the blood on the door post and gave the command for them to roast it. How would you explain that because up until this day the Jews still eat Lamb. Even fish, it was fish that God used to feed the 5000 people. Are you saying I can't eat fish at all. I would like to know some of the things you eat in the place of meat , fish and chicken. I really want to change my eating habit.

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    All meat consumption came AFTER the Fall of Man (Genesis Chapter 6). Man can eat meat while in a degenerate state but to return back to Eden he/she must go back to plant foods. Also, meat today is greatly TAINTED unlike meat 4,000 - 6,000 years ago! It's not the same. Jews are not the healthiest people, by the way! Health conscious people are!