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Have you ever heard of a ‘blue zone’? The term was coined by National Geographic researcher Dan Buettner. Blue Zones are remarkable in that they contain an abnormally high percentage of people that live well into their 100’s. And their lives are healthy and vibrant.
It doesn’t take a psychologist to realize what our #1 fear is: death. Everyone would like to live longer.
Americans tend to think of themselves as healthy, but the truth is there are pockets around the world that have mastered the art and science of living longer, healthier lives.
According to Buettner:
“The big aha for me, having studied populations of the long-lived for nearly a decade, is how the factors that encourage longevity reinforce one another over the long term.”
The most surprising fact of all might be that these folks are not wealthy. Blue zones have higher poverty rates than many areas in the United States. People in Blue Zones found a way to live longer on a very meager income.
The top five blue zones, according Mr. Buettner’s research, are:
So what makes these places so special? Is it great genetics or something that folks like you can actually control? The answer might surprise you.
The researchers studied hundreds of different factors trying to isolate what these Blue Zones had in common. All 5 Blue Zones have these common traits:
Now that you have discovered the key to a long, healthy life, what is your biggest challenge to living longer? Click on the option below to vote and see the results of our reader poll:
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