12 Basic & Natural Habits To Enhance Longevity
Enter Dan Buettner, author of the book “Blue Zones”. Buettner’s goal while writing his book was to discover certain populations in the world with the highest number of centenarians (people who live over 100) and to then teach the world how to use the lessons learned from these populations. The five blue zones where Buettner and his team of researchers discovered the longest-living people on earth include: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Icaria, Greece and the Seventh-day Adventists in Loma Linda, California. Buettner discovered several shared characteristics that seemed to overlap in each of these zones, including:
-Lack of smoking
-A high intake of wild plants
-Legumes, usually prepared ancestrally using methods such as soaking, sprouting or fermentation
-Constant moderate physical activity, not as “canned” exercise sessions or gym workouts, but as a natural part of life (gardening, yard work, walking, bicycling, etc.)
-Family relationships and social engagement (despite less use of the social media, people are extremely socially active and integrated into their communities in the same ways you learned in my recent article on the growing epidemic of loneliness.
Other key characteristics Buettner identified were low to moderate alcohol intake (especially wine and other fermented beverages), caloric moderation and fasting, a strong life purpose, low amounts of stress, and engagement in a spiritual discipline, religion or belief in a higher power. So how can you practically implement these habits into your own life? Here are a 12 of my favorite potent and highly effective strategies, and some of the more common Blue Zone strategy “roadblocks” I’ve seen people run into during my own consulting and coaching.
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