Blue Zones and What We Can Learn From Them
You, your children and other people in your life are healthy, so why should you care about toxins and the quality of your food?
We can all learn a great deal from observing Blue Zones.
Blue Zones are the 5 areas in the world with the longest human longevity; where it is common to live over 100, and to remain healthy and vibrant until the end. Quality of life in these zones is very high. It is a project sponsored by National Geographic.
There are now 9 more communities across America that are electing to be Blue Zones. Fort Worth, TX, Manhattan Beach, CA and surrounding beach cities, Klamath, OR, Albert Lea, Minnesota, Southwest Florida, Iowa, Dodge County Wisconsin, and Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, have now elected to be Blue Zones.
What would motivate you to pay attention to the results in Blue Zones? Why would this matter to you?
Toxic load can take 20 years to build up in your body. Toxic load becomes inflammation. Inflammation becomes chronic disease. So long term, this information can save your health.
Convenience is trumping health, and our nation’s health is showing the result. No wonder the United States ranks 37th in the world in health, our healthcare system is broken and 53% of our children have chronic illness.
What good is it for you to grow old if you are uncomfortable in your body; if your body has cancer, or heart disease, or if you are one of the millions of people with autoimmune disorders? Or if, in old age, you have lost your mind to dementia?
Don’t you want to grow old and feel great? Don’t you want quality of life as you age? Don’t you want your children to grow old? For the first time your children may not live as long as you, and their last years will not be pretty.
This is important.
What have we discovered from the Blue Zones?
There are some key elements that contribute to long term health and healthy longevity.
All the Blue Zones have strong communities. Some are people that have been connected for life, most have a faith-based connection. Sometimes multi-generations live together. These communities share a sense of purpose with their members. They are people that support each other throughout life.
All the Blue Zones eat a healthy, toxin free diet. Most are vegetarian, with some fish, and sometimes very small portions of meat twice a week. Common foods that are eaten in Blue Zones are organic and include olive oil, lots of greens, coffee, chickpeas, legumes, green tea, tomatoes, turmeric, sweet potatoes, salmon, squash and avocados. Junk food is eliminated. You eat what you see, and you eat what is convenient so make the healthy foods easy to eat like freshly cut veggies and fruit.
Cook At Home
Eating out is celebratory only. Food is made in the home and eaten in their family community. Food is never eaten standing up, or in the car. People in blue zones stop eating when they are 80% full.
The Blue Zones drink water. They don’t drink sodas, with sugar or fake sugar. And at the end of the day they have one glass of wine.
Blue Zones have people with active minds. They are constantly learning: a new language, a new musical instrument, a new science. Often people in blue zones meditate.
People in Blue Zones get 7 or more hours of sleep. The bedroom is used for sleep or sex. No TV, No Phone, No clock. The room is kept cool.
People in Blue Zones move naturally. They walk everywhere. They ride bikes for transportation. They get up and down to change the TV Channel; they do outdoor chores; and they garden. They have pets that they walk.
To sum it all up, they have healthy social communities; they have strong family bonds; they have no time urgency; they eat a plant-based diet; they do not smoke; they eat legumes; they have low alcohol intake; they eat nuts. They garden. They have turmeric in their diet. They eat nutrient rich diets. They all pre-plated their food in the kitchen so that they did not overeat, and eat from smaller plates.
They have significantly less cancer, heart disease, autoimmune disease and almost no dementia. They are in places where it is common for people to live to 100; they suffer a fraction of the diseases that kill people in the rest of the world, and they enjoy many more years of good health.
They all have life purpose.
Their smallest meal is their evening meal. They all enjoy some natural physical activity. They live low stress lives. They all enjoy some type of faith.
They eat chemical free. They live in clean environments. They support each other.
Does this information resonate with you? Don’t wait until you are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Clean up your life now. You only have one body. Honor it and take care of it and it will serve you well. And by the by, don’t give me that bull that you have bad genes. You have the power to turn that switch on, or to leave it off. Having something in your genetics does not mean that you are going to get it. You make all the difference with your body. You hold the power. Own it and feel great for the rest of your life.