GET SOME SUN: Majority of the centenarians enjoy healthy doses of daily sun, enriching their bodies with Vitamin D. Getting at least 15 minutes every day can decrease the risk for osteoporosis and heart disease.
FAITH & FAMILY play a strong role in Nicoyan culture. So does Plan de Vida, or reason to live, which helps Nicoyan elders maintain a positive outlook and active lifestyle. Nicoyans eat little to no processed foods but plenty of antioxidant-rich tropical fruit. They also have one unique secret: calcium and magnesium rich water, which wards off heart disease and promotes strong bones. #costarica #longevity #bluezones #faith #family
LOVE TO LAUGH- Studies have found that a belly laugh a day may keep the doctor away. In 2005, researchers at the University of Maryland showed that laughter helped relax blood vessels, linking it to healthier function and a possible decreased risk of heart attack. Others have found that laughter may lower blood pressure and increase the amount of disease-fighting cells found in the body. #LiveLongerBetter #Laugh #Happiness #Italy Tag your friend that will keep you laughing into old age.
RIGHT TRIBE - Find your tribe. Love them hard. The world's longest lived people chose or were born into social circles that supported healthy behaviors. Surround yourself with the right friends and add years to your life. #bluezones #livelongerbetter #moai
At 102 Gozei Shinzato still lived independently in a tiny wood-and-rice-paper house. Her husband died after 51 years of marriage. She tended a vegetable garden daily and harvested three times annually - mostly garlic, bitter melon (goya), scallions, and turmeric. She read the comics her grandchildren gave her and loved watching baseball games on television. Her secret to longevity? Vitamin D and natural movement from daily gardening in the sun.
A recent study in Spain found that a healthy low-fat Mediterranean diet that includes at least four tablespoons of olive oil a day—a typical amount for these Greek islanders—reduces the risk of heart disease by 30%. In Ikaria, we found that people consuming at least 100 grams (about four tablespoons, or a quarter cup) of good olive oil a day had 50% lower mortality.