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The Blue Zones
Author Dan Buettner's shares his research on the robust health, fitness, diet, and aging, of impressively long-lived communities -Blue Zones- around the world. In his book, entitled; Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, Buettner and a group of distinguished scientists, backed by National Geographic, travel the world and find five places that have a disproportionately higher population of centurions, up to fifty times the US average.

 

Among the five areas they found that fit the strict Blue Zone criteria were the Italian island of Sardinia, the Greek island of Ikaria, Nicola Peninsula, Okinawa Japan, Costa Rica, and Loma Linda, California, where, not surprisingly, the majority of the population are Seventh Day Adventists.

 

Across cultures and continents, definite patterns emerged.  Almost all of the Blue Zones eat a diet rich in beans and legumes.  They share a sense of community and a feeling of cohesion. Exercise plays a natural part in their daily lives, whether tilling their fields, working their gardens, tending to their sheep, or walking over hilly terrains to visit a friend. All of the subjects eat mostly a plant-based diet.

 

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