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'Hara Hachi Bu' for longevity

Today I wanted to not only bring a taste of the outside world into your life, but also show you some learnings from people who have lived the longest & healthiest.

In 2015 a National Geographic expedition lead by Dan Buettner went to uncover the secret to living longer. His team explored 5 regions of the world where people consistently lived to over 100 years of age.

  • Sardinia, Italy

  • Ikaria, Greece

  • Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

  • Loma Linda, California (community of 9,000 Adventists)

  • Okinawa, Japan

They were astounded by their findings and Dan published a book - Blue Zones: Lessons from the World’s Longest Lived. He discovered 9 common denominators he labelled the Power 9©. Of these regions, one of the biggest commonalities being the relationships they have with one another and their community.

Here are the 9 Factors to living longer that he uncovered in his research:

  1. Move Naturally - most who lived to over 100 weren't gym junkies or marathon runners. They participated in activities that kept them up and moving like gardening and walking.

  2. Purpose - According to Beuttner having purpose/ meaning in your life will increase your life expectancy by 7 years.

  3. Stress Management - Stress is a known factor associated with a number of age related conditions. Sardinian's had happy hour, People of Loma Linda prayed, Okinawans took moments to remember their ancestors. Ikarians took regular naps!

  4. 80% Rule - Stop eating when you are 80% full. 'Hara hachi bu' is a Okinawan 2500 year old mantra with generally translates to 'stop eating before you are full'.

  5. Plant Based Diet - generally areas where people lived the longest they had a diet of legumes and plant based products, meat is consumed infrequently throughout each month.

  6. Moderate Alcohol - Surprisingly there was a moderate consumption of alcohol 1 -2 glasses day preferably with friends/ family.

  7. Community - The research showed that of the centenarians interviewed 258 of 263 all attended regular faith-based services. The religion did not matter.

  8. Relationships - Family relationships played a significant role in all centenarian's lives.

  9. Social Circles - All centenarians has strong social circles that participated in healthy activities. In Okinawa people created groups called 'moils' which is a group of 5 people who committed to each other for life.

His research has influenced policy makers, local businesses, schools and communities across the world. He has help to shift their focus to creating environmental changes based on his work that have helped to reduce obesity, increase life expectancy and help people to make healthier life choices.

Now thats called living!

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