Research On The Blue Zones Essay

840 Words Jun 4th, 2016 4 Pages
Dan Buettner, longevity coach and explorer, joined the National Geographic team, and the National Institute on Aging to conduct research on the lifestyles of individuals in three main areas: Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; and Loma Linda, California. Researchers discovered that people in these areas live longer than expected. Due to their findings, these areas were named Blue Zones. The main objective for researching the Blue Zones was to find the aspects and actions in their lives that allowed for their community’s longevity. A lot goes into living a healthy lifestyle, and it’s not an easy task. It’s highly unlikely for my peers to adopt the lifestyle of the older people mentioned in the Blue Zones; many Americans have adapted to a more modern way of living, where convenience usually trumps health.
The primary reason people in Blue Zones live such long lives is due to their healthy eating habits. The inhabitants of Okinawa eat a plant-based, proportioned diet. “[The] diet is known as the Hara, Hatchi, Bu diet. The name comes from a little saying [Okinawa natives] say before their meal to remind them to stop eating when their stomach is [80] percent full”, leading them to avoid overeating (8:56-9:06). Like the Okinawans, Sardinians also have a diet full of plants, as well as Omega-3 fatty acids. Such acids benefit individuals by lowering their risk of obtaining illnesses such as, heart disease, high cholesterol, and more health related problems.
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