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Blue Zones: The Healthiest Places on Earth and What You Can Learn from Them3 min read

People live longer in Blue Zones like Okinawa, Japan

Ever wondered what it takes to live longer? Certain populations around the world dedicate their lifestyles to doing just that. Known as “Blue Zones,” these communities have some of the healthiest people who live the longest. They focus on values that reinforce healthy behaviors, like taking time to de-stress and spending time with their families. These Blue Zones are found in Japan, Italy, Costa Rica, Greece and even the United States.

Here’s what you can learn from the Blue Zones around the world.

Okinawa, Japan

The islands of Okinawa are a tropical getaway with beautiful beaches and great weather. As if living in a place like Okinawa isn’t enough, the islands also have a highest ratio of centenarians, or people who are 100+ years old. The secret to their long lives? A low-fat, low-salt diet that includes lots of vegetables, legumes, and seaweed. Okinawans also form regular moais, community social gatherings where they offer each other financial and emotional support to help combat everyday stress.

Sardinia, Italy

On this island in middle of the Mediterranean Sea, the ratio of centenarian men and women is one to one. This is unique compared to the rest of the world, where five times as women live to 100. The Sardinians credit their longevity to clean air and locally-produced wine. However, a key factor for Sardinia being a Blue Zone is their ancient tradition of shepherding livestock from mountains to the plains. These shepherds consume roughly 15 pounds of goat’s milk and sheep’s cheese a year. Sardinians balance out these heavy dairy products with moderate carbs and plenty of fennel, beans, chickpeas, tomatoes, almonds.

Nicoya, Costa Rica

For Blue Zoners in Nicoya, the secret to a long-life life is their diet, which focuses on what is known as the “three sisters” of Mesoamerican agriculture—beans, corn, and squash. Eating these three staples along with papayas, yams, bananas and peach palms are just some of the ways the peninsula produces long living citizens. While this diet may not sound the most enticing, adding in some of these foods to your diet couldn’t hurt for a healthier—and maybe longer—life!

Ikaria, Greece

The key to a long, healthy life on the small island of Ikaria is preparing the right foods in the right way. This may not sound like much, but the people of this island stick closely to a Mediterranean diet, which promotes brain and physical health while keeping diseases at bay. People of Ikaria also eat potatoes, goat’s milk, beans, lentils, honey, wild greens, and small amounts of fish.

Loma Linda, California

Loma Linda is home to a number of Seventh Day Adventists who take some of their lifestyle choices from the Bible. They take time to focus on their faith and avoid activities like smoking, drinking, and watching TV. They also follow a “biblical diet” that focuses on eating nuts, grains, fruits, vegetables and drinking only water. Some people also eat small amounts of meats and fish. When it comes to sugar, the community relies on only natural sources like fruits for their diet. Top choice foods in the community are avocados, oatmeal, nuts, beans, soy milk and whole wheat bread.

Each Blue Zone has something unique to offer. Whether you are looking to change up your current lifestyle and make healthier strides or if you want to live a longer life, taking tips from the cultures of Blue Zones is can be a great starting point.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - October 4, 2017 at 20:19

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Four Places to See Before They Disappear from Earth Forever

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The world is filled with spectacular sights just waiting for you to discover them. But don’t delay too long before taking that trip, since some of the most impressive natural wonders are in danger of disappearing forever. Global warming, deforestation and the ever-expanding human population are changing the face of the earth. Coastlines are slowly eroding, rainforests are shrinking, and the underwater world is dying off. If you’re a healthy traveler with a passion for the environment, add these destinations to your must-see list.

The Great Barrier Reef

Last year, Outside Magazine posted an obituary for The Great Barrier Reef in Australia, lamenting the death of this natural wonder after more than 25 million years. And in fact, the reef does seem to be on life support after suffering at the hands of global warming and ocean acidification that has killed off almost half of the corals that make up the reef. Sadly, over 60 percent of the coral deaths have happened in the last 20 years. However, there is still hope for the reef and the Australian and Queensland governments have dedicated $ 2 billion toward the recovery effort. If you visit, choose tour operators who are eco-certified. They’ll help you enjoy the reef responsibly.
Great Barrier Reef

The Maldives

The Maldives in the Indian Ocean are known for their pristine beaches and spectacularly colorful coral reefs. The reefs themselves are suffering from many of the same problems plaguing The Great Barrier Reef. However, the bigger problem is that most of the country’s 200 inhabited islands may soon be underwater due to rising sea levels caused by global warming. It’s gotten so bad that the president of The Maldives has announced plans to buy land in neighboring India, Sri Lanka, and Australia where residents can live if their homes become uninhabitable. Visiting The Maldives helps, since your tourist dollars go into a fund to purchase this new land.

The Maldives

Madagascar Rain Forest

Ring-tailed lemurs, flying foxes, geckos and tomato frogs – the Madagascar rain forest off the coast of Africa are flying, crawling and swimming with species found nowhere else on the planet. In fact, 75 percent of the animals found here are unique to Madagascar. Unfortunately, they are quickly disappearing, many before they’re even discovered. These rainforests have dwindled from 120,000 square miles to about 20,000 square miles due to deforestation, wood burning and logging.

Madagascar Rainforest

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is where the Mojave and Colorado desert ecosystems meet. It’s filled with coyotes and jackrabbits, pitch-black night skies perfect for stargazing, and of course the eponymous Joshua tree. This unique tree thrives here – and only here – or at least it used to. The recent California drought, which is finally easing, and decades of higher-than-normal average temperatures have taken their toll on the Joshua tree. Ecologists predict that the area where they are able to grow will be reduced by 90 percent in the coming century. Visiting Joshua Tree National Park is a great way to learn about the area and conservation effort. If you go, follow the Leave No Trace principles to reduce the impact of your visit.

Joshua Tree National Park

If you’re looking to explore a destination that may not be around forever, book your trip now. It may inspire you to join the fight to save these natural resources.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - February 7, 2017 at 21:20

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Scariest Job On Earth [Amazing!]

Thats the Scaried Job On Earth.
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Posted by Lustige Bilder - June 9, 2012 at 05:32

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