Secrets for Living Longer...and Better

by Raymond David Salas

Are you confused by all of the conflicting health information out there?

Do you feel lost with nowhere to turn and no one to ask?

Are you ready to learn the real secrets for living longer...and better?

If so, Dan Buettner may have some of the answers for you.

In 2007, he was part of a National Geographic expedition that searched the globe for the longest-lived people and the possible factors contributing to their longevity.

His findings were published in the book “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest.”

Here’s what he and the other explorers found:

Discovery of Blue Zones

First, they identified what they called “blue zones,” which are regions on our planet with “the longest life expectancy, disability-free life expectancy or concentration of persons of persons over 100.”

These regions included Sardinia, Italy, Okinawa, Japan, the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, and Loma Linda, California. Recently, Buettner discovered a new blue zone, an island where people forget to die.

Secrets for Living Longer...and Better

Here are some of the proven secrets for living longer...and better that they discovered in these blue zones:

- Move naturally.

“Longevity all-stars don’t run marathons or compete in triathlons; they don’t transform themselves into weekend warriors on Saturday morning. Instead, they engage in regular, low-intensity physical activity, often as part of a daily work routine.” - Dan Buettner

In fact, it's been proven that the benefits of walking are powerful. It is the one activity that all of the centenarians studied participated in and most, did it daily.

- Don’t overeat.

In Okinawa, the elders practiced hara hachi bu, which is a reminder to eat until 80 percent full. The residents of the other blue zones also ate smaller portions.

Interestingly, none of centenarians researched were ever on a diet, and none of them were ever obese.

- Avoid meat and processed foods.

Most of the longest-lived people grow at least some of their own food and eat meat rarely, only on special occasions, if at all. In general, they made healthy food choices daily, avoiding processed food and meat.

- Have a strong sense of purpose.

In other words...know why you wake up in the morning. Know your purpose. Find your true calling, how you choose to add value to the world. See the big picture.

Buettner and his team found that having a strong sense of purpose often acts as a buffer to stress and may reduce the chances of suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, and stroke.

- Get rid of your stress.

The longest-lived people find healthy ways to eliminate or reduce stress daily. Most practice meditation or find other ways to slow down every day.

- Make family a priority.

For the longest-lived people, family is very important and a regular part of their life, often daily.

If the idea of being closer to your family is a challenge for you, find a way to get along with your family better. If you have issues with them, find a way to forgive them and move forward with your life. Otherwise, you won’t.

- Find your tribe.

Surround yourself with positive people who support you and share your values.

Buettner points out that this may be the single, most powerful thing that you can do to change your life for the better. He found that the people who live the best and longest do this naturally.

“Who you surround yourself with, you become.” - Amy Chan

The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longestby Dan Buettner is filled with strategies on how to easily incorporate each of these powerful principles into our daily lives. I highly recommend it.