Although I don’t watch Oprah very much, I do like to watch Oprah when Dr. Oz is on—and that cute interior designer, Nate.
I did watch part of a segment about “Blue Zones.”
Blue Zones is a project of a longevity researcher named Dan Buettner, who studies the regions of the world where people commonly live active lives—past the age of 100 years.
These longevity hot-spots include Sardinia, Italy; Loma Linda, California; and Okinawa, Japan.
In each of these communities, people have certain routines and peculiarities. Here are some of their lifestyle details:
In Sardinia, the indigenous people are culturally isolated, and they get constant moderate physical exercise. They eat fava beans, whole grain bread, they drink goat’s milk, and they also drink a special dark red wine that is high in polyphenol.
The people who live in Loma Linda have very active social lives—a lot of which are centered on faith. And they eat locally grown fresh nuts.
In Okinawa, they have no sense of time urgency. They consume a lot of soy. They don’t drink alcohol, and they eat a lot of tumeric.
Besides a common emphasis on family and eating a plant-based diet, guess what else they all share?
Yes. They all spend time in the sun and enjoy gardening.
Gardeners live longer!
We are so smart.