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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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Layover in Luxury: The Best Airports for Layovers and How to Make the Most of Them3 min read

Layover Munich Internation Airport

When most of us fly, we do everything we can to avoid a layover. Spending endless hours in some dreary airport terminal sounds like an absolute nightmare. But in some airports throughout the world, the experience isn’t always so terrible. In fact, some are so swanky that you might find yourself looking for flights with a layover on purpose. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most luxurious airports in the world so you know where to go to make the most of your next layover.

Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)

Rooftop Pool Layover Singapore Changi AirportConsistently at the top of the list of best airports, Changi Airport takes layovers to an entirely different level. With full service spas, a rooftop swimming pool, 24-hour cinemas, cultural activities and even a butterfly garden, Singapore’s major airport is a travel destination in itself. If all they have still isn’t enough to occupy you, the airport offers free tours of the city center for passengers with 6+ hour layovers. Don’t forget to take a picture with the Merlion, Singapore’s national icon, on your excursion.

Incheon International Airport (ICN)

The world’s biggest duty-free shopping spot, this South Korean airport is yet another great destination for layovers. Visitors can pass the time between flights by taking laps around the ice skating rink, seeing a live play or concert, playing a few holes of golf, or exploring the Korean Cultural Museum. And once again, if you’re sick of being stuck within the confines of an airport and want a taste of life in South Korea, you can sign up for ICN’s complimentary city tour and go see Seoul’s most famous sites like Yonggungsa Temple or Myeongdong market.

Zurich Airport (ZRH)

Layover Zurich International AirportSwitzerland’s largest airport, ZHR is an ideal layover location for the adventurous traveler. Stay active
between flights by renting sports equipment like bikes, skates, or Nordic walking poles, or watch takeoffs and landings up close from one of the many observation decks. If you have time to spare, head to the city center just eight miles away and check out the Swiss National Museum or Lake Zurich. If you’re on a time crunch or would rather see the sights from a bird’s-eye view, sign up for the airport’s sightseeing flights instead.

Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)

The Chinese capital’s airport is on this list for a few reasons. Built on an artificial island off the coast of Hong Kong, HKG is home to the country’s largest IMAX Theater, an aviation discovery center, a nine-hole golf course, and a variety of sports simulators. If your layover allows enough time to visit the city, the Airport Express will take you directly there. We suggest then hopping on a bus to Victoria’s Peak, where you can get an Instagram-worthy view of the entire city before catching your next flight.

Munich International Airport (MUC)

In true German fashion, Munich International Airport’s biggest claim to fame is Airbräu Biergarten, their on-site beer garden featuring beer from an in-house brewery (pictured above.) Not a big beer fan? Not to worry. There are plenty of other things to do, including a helicopter ride, mini golf, and even surf lessons. If you’re there around the holidays be sure to check out their annual Christkindl Market. And if you have time to leave the airport, the city center is just 17.7 miles away and filled with plenty to do including the shopping and restaurants at Marienplatz, Munich’s central square.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - May 30, 2017 at 20:34

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