Why Do People Live Longer In Certain Parts Of The World?

Healthy 4 Life eNewsletter | September 2017 | 2nd Edition

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Stacy D. Fehlinger
Certified Health Coach
Owner ofHealthy 4 Life, LLC

(678) 719-2283

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People over 100 are the
fastest-growing group in America

People soon will be working ’til 100 – some because they have to – and living ’til 125 or even 135. What do I know, I’m just a weatherman, but I’ve made a hobby of studying this, and it’s phenomenal.” — Willard Scott

Why Do People Live Longer In

Certain Parts Of The World?

I am particularly fascinated by this subject.  I want to see my 100th birthday and still be in good health.  I want my mind and my body to still be working.  My hope is that I am still able to workout six days a week at that time in my life.

Have you heard of the Okinawans who are known to be the oldest, yet healthiest people in the world?  There are a few other places in the world known for longevity. Dan Buettner, wrote a book called The Blue Zones. This term refers to the geographic areas where people have low rates of chronic disease and live longer than anywhere else in the world.

Buettner and his colleagues called the areas Blue Zones because as they were searching these areas, they drew blue circles around them on a map.  Not very scientific, but it worked for them. In The Blue Zones book, Buettner describes five known blue zones:

    1. Icaria, Greece: This Mediterranean county eats a diet rich in olive oil, red wine and homegrown veggies.
    1. Ogliastra, Sardinia (Italy): This region has some of the oldest men in the world! This is a mountainous region where the men typically work on farms and drink lots of red wine.
    1. Okinawa, Japan: Okinawa has the world’s oldest women! They eat a lot of soy-based foods and practice tai chi for exercise.
    1. Nicoya Peninsula (Costa Rica): People living in this region eat a diet based around beans and corn tortillas. They also regularly perform physical jobs into old age and have a sense of life purpose known as “plan de vida.”
  1. The Seventh-day Adventists in Loma Linda, California: This is a very religious group that is strict vegetarians. They also live in tight-knit communities.

These “blue zones” contain extremely high rates of nonagenarians, those who live over 90 years and centenarians, those who live 100+ years. Another interesting fact that Buettner and his colleagues found was that genetics only played about a 20-30% role on longevity. 

Lifestyle seems to have the biggest influence on longevity. Buettner found a few characteristics that were common among the people living in the blue zones:

    1. People living in the blue zones eat a diet full of whole plant foods: 95% of their diets are comprised of whole plant foods including vegetables, legumes, whole grains and nuts.  Although most of the groups weren’t strict vegetarians, most only eat meat about 5 times per month. The people living in Icaria and Sardinia also eat fish often.
    1. People living in the blue zones practice calorie restriction: As an example, Okinawans tend to follow the 80% rule, which they call “hara hachi bu.” This means that they stop eating when they feel 80% full.
    1. People living in the blue zones typically practice fasting: As an example, Icarians are typically Greek Orthodox Christians, a religious group that has many periods of fasting for religious holidays throughout the year. Intermittent fasting which involves fasting for certain hours of the day or certain days of the week has been shown to reduce weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and many other risk factors for chronic disease.
    1. People living in the blue zones consume alcohol in moderation: There is mixed evidence about whether moderate alcohol consumption reduces the risk of death. However, many studies show that drinking one or two alcoholic drinks per day can significantly reduce mortality, particularly from heart disease.  Red wine may be the best type of alcohol, since it contains a high concentration of antioxidants from grapes. Sardinian Cannonau wine made from Grenache grapes, has been shown to have extremely high levels of antioxidants when compared to other wines.
    1. People living in the blue zones build exercise into their daily life: Along with a healthy diet, exercise is a very important factor in aging. People living  in the blue zones, don’t necessarily hit the gym, but its part of their daily life by gardening, walking, cooking and other daily chores. A study of Sardinian men found that their longer life was associated with raising farm animals.  They also live on steeper slopes in the mountains and walked longer distances to and from work.
    1. People living in the blue zones get enough sleep: Getting adequate rest is very important for living a long and healthy life. People in the blue zones get sufficient sleep and oftentimes take daytime naps. Typically, people living in the blue zones get seven hours of sleep at night and nap no longer than 30 minutes during the day.
  1. People living in the blue zones also have the following traits associated with longevity:
    • Being religious or spiritual
    • Having a life purpose
    • Older and younger people living together
  • A healthy social network

It appears that what you eat, how active you are, how much quality sleep and good social connections are the keys to living to an old and healthy age. People are living longer today in all areas of the world, but many times people are “existing” and not truly living. Instead, they are being kept alive by medicine.

I wish that you have a long and healthy life. By practicing some self-care we should all be able to live to 100+ years.  I am looking forward to my golden years and hoping to be healthy as I age.

Here’s to your longevity!
Source: www.healthline.com – Why People in Blue Zones Live Longer Than the Rest of the World

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Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class
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Healthy 4 Life’s Recipe of the Month

Lemon-Herb Salmon with Caponata & Farro

A great recipe for longevity!

2 cups water
⅔ cup farro
1 medium eggplant, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 summer squash, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 small onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
1½ cups cherry tomatoes
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
¾ teaspoon salt, divided
½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and chopped
1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
1¼ pounds wild salmon (see Tips), cut into 4 portions
1 teaspoon lemon zest
½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
Lemon wedges for serving


    1. Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 450°F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil and coat with cooking spray.
    1. Bring water and farro to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until just tender, about 30 minutes. Drain if necessary.
    1. Meanwhile, toss eggplant, bell pepper, squash, onion and tomatoes with oil, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Divide between the prepared baking sheets. Roast on the upper and lower racks, stirring once halfway, until the vegetables are tender and starting to brown, about 25 minutes. Return them to the bowl. Stir in capers, vinegar and honey.
  1. Season salmon with lemon zest, Italian seasoning and the remaining ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper and place on one of the baking sheets. Roast on the lower rack until just cooked through, 6 to 12 minutes, depending on thickness. Serve the salmon with the farro, vegetable caponata and lemon wedges.
Tips: Most wild salmon—and now some farmed—is considered a sustainable choice. Get more info about sustainable seafood at seafoodwatch.org.
Prep TimeActive 30 minutes / Ready in 50 minutes  YieldServes 4

Nutrition Facts: Serving size: 1 cup vegetables, ½ cup farro, 4 oz. salmon
Per serving: 450 calories; 17 g fat(3 g sat); 8 g fiber; 41 g carbohydrates; 35 g protein; 77 mcg folate; 66 mg cholesterol; 12 g sugars; 3 g added sugars; 1,738 IU vitamin A; 55 mg vitamin C; 112 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 562 mg sodium; 1,109 mg potassium


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