Average global life expectancy is 71.4 years, however in parts of Earth people may live all the shorter life and in areas, they may also live longer lives. Longer life expectancy depends on how the living conditions of the place were. Better the living conditions are longer the life of the people in that country is. In this article, we shall discuss these five places where people live a long and healthy life.
These regions are known as the Blue Zones, they were so named as the researchers drew blue rounds to locate the first such region on the map.
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People here live a long and healthy life and the secret of their long lives.
1. Ikaria, Greece
You may be pleased to know that one out of every 3 Ikarian lives beyond the 90s and that too without dementia and chronic illness. The reason for this is their daily naps and strictly following the Mediterranean diet that is lots of fruits, vegetables, beans, potatoes, olive oils, and whole grains.
2. Nicoya, Costa Rica
What you eat is what you are and the people from this region follow this saying very religiously. They avoid processed food and most of the calorie in their diet is from beans, squash, tropical fruits, and corn.
They strictly follow a plant forward, highly nutritional diet along with spending time outdoors in fresh air and light for a strong and nourished body. Guiding life purposes nourishes mind here and thereby they live mentally and spiritually fulfilled life beyond the 90s.
3. Okinawa, Japan
The importance of strong family and community relationships in leading long life can never be denied and this region from Japan proves it. The people from Okinawa are supported by their moai, a small tight-knit social circle that is there to support the people through all the thick and thins of life.
This reduces stress in the life of people there and makes the strong mentally thus most of the people here celebrate their 90th birthday and even beyond. The longest living woman in the world that is above 100 years is from this region only.
4. Loma Linda. Calif, USA
The only Blue Zone of America is this region, the people here live 10 years longer life than the fellow counterparts from other areas of US. The place is heaven for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Protestant denomination.
They have a shared set of principles, emphasis on community and adherence to Sabbath that is a day to rest, reflection and recharge. Many residents of the place avoid meat and consume plants, nuts, and whole grains.
5. Sardinia, Italy
Mostly because of the diet that is full of plants, daily physical activities and close bond in families has resulted in greater life expectancy for people of this region. In this region, it is seen that sheepherders who walk 5 miles a day and men who have daughters live longer as they receive special care in their old age.
A healthy diet, family bonding, daily activity and avoiding meat are the reasons that have got these places in the Blue Zone.