Blue Zones are regions around the world in which people have low rates of chronic disease and live longer than anywhere else.
✳️ They share some common overarching factors which are thought to be the reason behind their exceptional health and longevity.
The 9 key elements to a Blue Zone include:
They incorporate physical activity and movement naturally into their day.
They have a sense of purpose or “why” they wake up each day.
They take time out in the day to decompress and reduce stress.
>Stress can lead to chronic inflammation, which can further increase risk of disease.
They stop eating when they’re 80% full.
>They also typically eat their smallest meal in the late afternoon or early evening.
Their diet is predominantly made up of plant foods.
>Legumes play a large role in their diet and meat is eaten on average only five times per month - with serving sizes being about the size of a deck of cards.
Wine at 5:
They share a glass of wine with friends or food.
They find a healthy social circle or a small group of close friends.
Loved Ones First:
They show love and support for relatives and loved ones.
They join and belong to a community.