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Flourish: What can we learn from the Blue Zones' centenarians?

8/15/2022

Did you know that 90% of longevity is determined by lifestyle, and just 10% is determined by genes? Source: BlueZones.com

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A “Blue Zone” is a term for regions of the world where people tend to live longer and healthier lives. The five identified regions are: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece and Loma Linda, California. We can learn a lot from those who live in Blue Zones.

Try out their healthy habits:

  • Move naturally: They don’t rely on mechanical devices for house and yard work.
  • Purpose. They have a sense of purpose.
  • Down shift. They have routines that help them reduce stress, such as praying, meditating, taking naps, being grateful and being social.
  • 80% rule: They stop eating when their stomach is 80% full.
  • Plant slant: They eat more plants than meat.
  • Wine @ 5: They drink alcohol regularly and moderately with food and friends.
  • Belong: They belong to faith-based communities.
  • Loved ones first: They invest time and love in their family and relationships.
  • Right tribe: They are part of social circles that encourage healthy behaviors.

Source: BlueZones.com

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