The Blue Zone

We’re constantly aspiring to be our healthiest selves– that’s why we’re always reading the newest literature, and evaluating health tips that float our way. The Blue Zone is a lifestyle guide, based on observations of the longest living communities in the world. Read below for our condensed overview, check the links at the bottom if you’re interested in learning more!

What is a “Blue Zone”?

A term coined by researchers, the “Blue Zone” describes clusters of communities scattered across the world with the commonality of being the longest-living people. These communities were evaluated and researchers attempted to understand why and how these people lived into their 100s without suffering from many of the chronic diseases that commonly afflict our society.

Where are the Blue Zones?Blue-zones-map

  • Ikaria, Greece
  • Okinawa, Japan
  • Sardinia, Italy
  • Loma Linda, California
  • Nicoya peninsula, Costa Rica

Conclusions?

Researchers discovered these communities shared several overarching commonalities: positive outlook on life, eat wisely and find belonging.

Apply this research to your life

Researchers developed the ‘Power Nine’ guidelines:

  • Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 12.13.46 PMMove Naturally – Get out and move! Remember, a body in motion stays in motion (according to Einstein at least)!
  • Know Your Purpose in Life – Try to look at every day as a new day as you work towards seeking your purpose in life.
  • Down shift – Find and practice stress relieving strategies that speak to you.
  • Eat only until you are 80% full – Take smaller portions. This helps avoid mindlessly clearing your plate.
  • Plant-based Focused Diet – Less meat and more veggies on your plate! Finding plant-based protein sources does not mean replacing all meat protein sources. Enjoy your steak when you do have it, just don’t eat one every day!
  • Drink Wine – A glass or two of wine with your friends each day is healthy, enjoy your life! This does not necessarily mean drinking a bottle of wine at home alone every night. Part of the benefit is enjoying a glass in the company of your family and friends thus strengthening your connection to your community.
  • Right Community – Purposely surround yourself with people that support healthy behavior. Iron sharpens iron. Surround yourself with positive and life-giving people who provide a supportive community.
  • Find Belonging – Either through a faith-based community or a community of your choosing, having a sense of belonging is important for your long term health and happiness.
  • Family First – whether your family is biological, adopted, a childhood friend, or friends and neighbors, invest your energy in those relationships that matter most.
    • If you’re short on time and feeling distant from your family, try this app: uKnoMe (free!). Great for couples, siblings, and best friends. Download from Apple or Android.

 

References:
“Blue Zones – Live Longer, Better.” Blue Zones. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 July 2016.


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2 comments

  • Amy

    August 19, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Thank you for this informative summary. I appreciate articles with high content, yet concise. Keep them coming.

    1. Digestible Wisdom

      August 22, 2016 at 11:18 am

      Thanks Amy! Don’t worry….we have so much more to share 🙂

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