Life in The Blue Zone
Discover the blue zone to create a superior state of health for longevity
Their diet is low in processed foods and animal products. Such a nutritional approach has been associated with numerous health benefits, including reduced risk of chronic diseases and increased lifespan.
Those living in Blue zone communities prioritize social connections and support systems. They often live in close-knit neighbourhoods and engage in regular social interactions, which promotes mental well-being and a sense of belonging. There is often a close family connection where family cares for them rather than living in nursing homes. This really adds to their feeling of contributing in that they participate in family daily routines like spending time with young children and being part of meal time prep.
Physical activity is an integral part of their daily lives. Engaging in natural movements like walking, gardening, and manual labor and hobbies like sports or music, singing and volunteerism.
In recent years with the discoveries around neuroplasticity, keeping the brain active is part of preventative in matters related to alzhiemers and dementia. These lifestyle factors synergistically create a conducive environment for longevity
and overall well-being in blue zones.
Foods that are high in phytonutrients like Japanese blue sweet potatoes, beans and corn have all been part of a diet that is a main theme with people in blue zones like Costa Rica, Okinaw, Japan and Sardinia, Italy. Whole foods, high carbs and little or no meat products combined with regular body movement are at the heart of longevity for these people.
All the centurions say how important it is to be happy.
So why not start creating your own blue zone? It's quite easy to implement and the earlier the better.
On a personal note, my husband and I started over a decade ago, not intentionally, as we hadn't heard of the Blue Zones yet.
We're average North American's and were living a typical Canadian lifestyle that into our forties, we were feeling sluggish and old before our time.
It inspired us to look at how we were eating, what our daily lifestyle routine was and how we could switch it up.
We did a lot of easy to apply experiments like a hydration challenge. Based on studies and current research, we did a routine of extra hydration and the results were incredible, from great looking skin to increased memory.
We added more sleep time. We realized we had been robbing ourselves of so many benefits that getting eight hours of sleep a night bring. We started going to bed earlier and less snacking in the evening.
When I say it lowered anxiety levels this is downplaying a deep truth we discovered about ourselves.
We both hadn't realized how we were so short tempered with ourselves and others and how
sleep was the one thing that changed that. We continue to see benefits and now when the grumpy feeling comes back
we recognize were not getting enough sleep.
We got busy moving our body. This has been a key factor to seeing aches and pains go away plus
finding a new way to access energy.
We have reversed bodily complaints and have experienced repairing
our body from injuries and some self induced atrophy and weight gain from our long winters.
That was over a decade ago.
I recently saw a documentary by Dan Buettner a National Geographic journalist and adventurist
He's been researching the Blue zones for over twenty years.
Sound intriguing? Something many down play is how we all have a greater say in our own health.
Gain more sovereignty over your body through lifestyle changes like:
-switching up your eating style
- adding more movement
- spend more time with an uplifting and caring community
-find more reasons to feel joy.
I hope this has served you today.
Here's to your good health and long life
Why you want to live in a blue zone
Blue zones are specific regions in the world where people have remarkable longevity, living to be 100 years or older. These areas are characterized by a unique combination of lifestyle factors that contribute to their high life expectancy. Key elements are their dietary habits and they have daily activities that engage their body mind and spiritual connection.Activities like gardening that allow for easy movement and provide a sense of joyfulness. In blue zones, people consume a predominantly plant-based diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes and enjoy a close connection to family and community.