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Apr 6, 2018

What is the Blue Zone of Longevity?

Dan Buettner wrote a book called the Blue Zone of Longevity researching what centenarians have in common to live a long and healthy life.The people who live in the Blue Zones of longevity are the highest concentrations of centenarians in the world from five regions in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the U.S. What do these groups have in common? They all move their bodies a lot. They have social circles that reinforce healthy behaviors. They take time to de-stress. They're part of communities, often religious ones. And they're committed to their families.

And to qualify as a Blue Zone, these communities also must be largely free of afflictions like heart disease, obesity, cancer and diabetes. These chronic diseases are the #1 cause of death in the US. So, these centenarians are doing something right. Diet and healthy eating is the key to prevent chronic disease. Below are some of the most common eating habits of the centenarians.  
  • They are not overweight because they stop eating when their stomach is 80 percent full to avoid weight gain.The new anti-aging diet is to eat less.
  • They eat the smallest meal of the day in the late afternoon or evening.  Eat your largest meal of the day for breakfast or lunch.
  • They eat mostly plants, especially beans. And eat meat rarely, in small portions of 3 to 4 ounces. They eat portions of this size just five times a month, on average. When eating meat make sure it is Organic and grass-fed beef.
  • Drink alcohol moderately and regularly, 1-2 glasses a day. These are 4 oz glasses, not 8 oz. Woman should watch their alcohol intake because as little as 1 drink a day can increase your breast cancer rate by forty percent.