Blue Zones: How to live to be 100+

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To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and team study the world’s “Blue Zones,” communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. A long healthy life begins with good genes, but it also depends on good habits. If you adopt the right lifestyle, experts say, chances are you may live up to a decade longer. So what’s the formula for success?

National Geographic Explorer, researcher and writer Dan Buettner has been traveling with teams of researchers across the globe to uncover the secrets of Blue Zones—geographic regions where high percentages of centenarians are enjoying remarkably long, full lives, and where people actually live the longest. They observe how lifestyle and environment come into play.

The recipe for longevity, Buettner has found, is deeply intertwined with community, lifestyle, and spirituality. You won’t find longevity in a bottle of diet pills or with hormone therapy. You’ll find it by embracing a few simple but powerful habits, and by creating the right community around yourself. In his book The Blue Zones, Buettner has blended his lifestyle formula with the latest longevity research to inspire lasting behavioral change and add years to your life.

In addition to eating a healthy Mediterranean diet (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, healthy fats and fish and seafood), there are other key habits and values embraced by the Ikaria inhabitants. He has seen those same habits in the other four Blue Zones: Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; Loma Linda, Calif.; and Okinawa, Japan. The Blue Zones get their name from the blue pen used to draw circles on a map locating the areas.

In this talk, Dan Buettner shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits that keep the communities in the Blue Zones spry past age 100.