​Longevity Zones Outline Healthy Habits

Author: Kara GilmourBy:
Staff Reporter
Aug. 5, 2014

Longevity Zones - “The Blue Zones” is a research team led by Dan Buettner, who is studying human longevity in various cultures around the world. Buettner outlines the healthy habits, the diets and the cultural and familial values that each society upholds. The name for the project was coined after Buettner’s team.

In fact, the researchers just happened to be using a blue marker to circle areas with high rates of human longevity on a map. A blue zone is specifically a geographical region somewhere in the world that has exceptionally high rates of longevity. For example, Okinawan longevity is the best in the world, per capita.

One in 2,000 Okinawans can expect to make it past 100, whereas the average American has a 1 in 100,000 chance (according to statistics from 1990).

Buettner’s book covers four different Repeated Wordazureblue zones across the globe to combine both longevity statistics and facts fortoabout the people, their lifestyles and the histories of their regions.

The team visited the island of Sardinia, Italy; the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; Loma Linda, California; and Okinawa, Japan.

The lives of the blue zones peoples are brimming with deep reverence for every aspect of life. They know the secrets to longevity, happiness and satisfaction. They live in harmony with their families, their communities, the Earth and most importantly, themselves.

Some might think it’s not worth becoming a longevity society if you have to be poor. Three out of the four blue zones happened to be less-developed areas around the world in terms of material affluence, but that has absolutely nothing to do with the human longevity of those regions, except they didn’t surround themselves with the temptations of greed. In fact, having the opportunity to live in a richer part ontoof the world is a blessing and can be used for the greater benefit of all.

The problem western culture has had to deal with is the temptations that come along with the abundance, not the abundance itself. Material abundance when channeled with the proper intent can add to the lifespan development of any longevity society.

Many people believe that there will soon be a modern-day renaissance in the west. As old barriers fall away and modern society decides to change bad habits and disentangles itself from the sadistic and self-defeating lifestyles people follow, a free world order will emerge that will have borrowed many concepts indirectly and perhaps even directly from influences such as the blue zones.

Perhaps one day we will be able to see every single nation and the entire planet Earth as one giant blue zone where there is no poverty, no famine, no global warming and people living to be centenarians is the norm.

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