Does the economic thrust of the local community push outward in a sprawl or does it turn inward to create a more sense of community, easier places to walk? I think that the book, written by a National Geographic journalist, achieved everything it wanted to achieve: feature inspiring centenarians, tell the story of different cultures that produced these centenarians, and generally spread the message that taking care of your health is of utmost importance without being preachy and annoying. I'm so interested in this because I grew -- I was born and raised on the Island of Okinawa as an army brat. Get regular, habitual physical activity. Now Okinawa imports about five million pounds of spam a year. Interesting book about the secrets of longevity based on the anecdotal observation of the world's longest living people. Africatrek: A Journey by Bicycle Through Africa. One thing I really enjoyed in this book is the interviews with the centenarians and the descriptions of their lives and lifestyles.
The conclusions that are drawn are sometimes hyperbole or not necessarily accurate, but when you look at common elements in various areas of the world some truth can be found. So it's this whole idea that you're constantly worshipping the generation that came before you. And you'd watch them throughout the course -- they don't have any furniture. This is not exactly a self-help book, but the last chapter does review the lessons learned in the blue zones. I told her about my new project in Okinawa and said I hoped she could join us. Multiple generations lived together or were close by.
Another issue I have is that the author recommends everyone to join a religious community. Even more befuddling, certain people manage only a few days of marriage, while my parents, Frank and Judi Niver, are celebrating fifty years of wedded bliss. And people who live in these zones share common habits: they eat mostly plants, are spiritual and have strong ties with family and friends. For none of these centurions, none of them said, you know, I'm going to try really hard and eat the right foods and live to be 100. Their goal is to determine first whether the people claiming to be very old are, in fact, as old as they claim, and second, to interview the super-seniors to determine t The blue zones are regions in the world where an inordinate number of people live healthy lives to very old age, often beyond 100.
It begins with good genes, but it also depends on good habits. Buettner recommends red wine in moderation , nuts, water, and vegetables as part of a healthy lifestyle and all are easy to come by in his studied regions. Brian Wansink from Cornell was found that that practice alone occasions eating about 20 percent fewer calories, no diet, no exercise program, just hara hachi bu. I'd appreciate more of the research and statistics behind recommendations the author makes. One of the courses I remember most was not physiology, biochemistry or anatomy but it was whole person care.
And most importantly there was a lot of emphasis on happiness, fulfillment and community as well as diet and exercise. Historians now know there was more to the story. He learns about their past and their present, what they do, what gets them out of bed each morning, what they eat, who they socialize with, what experiences have shaped them, and what clues and insights they have as to why they have reached these ages. Naps are good for you. And if you Google something called the Adventist Health Study, Gary Frazier out there at Loma Linda University, he keeps the best track on the lifestyles of Adventists. I could give you, Susan, the absolute Blue Zone diet. It is making an impact to the start of my 2019.
To me immediately this pointed my attention to Buddhism, which for people, like me, who are deterred by the main mono-theistic religions can find all the positive aspects of participating in a spiritual community I'm yet to find anything, including drugs, to be as truly stress relieving as Buddhist meditation without having to adhere to blind faith. That the genetic role -- you think -- we have about 30 trillion cells in our bodies and there's so many things that can kill us. And once in a while I will have a baked potato with lots of butter. Well worth the read, and no doubt I will use the tips, and read some parts for fun, again. I was determined to delve deeper into the lifestyle of Okinawans as part of a new online expedition—the Blue Zones Quest.
The other 75 percent is determined by our lifestyles and the everyday choices we make. Good well rounded advice that I found really inspiring and informative. What keeps people doing the right things for a long time and you're right, it is, I feel like I belong, I have a sense of purpose, I have a faith in my life. Colin Campbell's work The China Study that anything more than 5% of your calories coming from animals is not conductive to good health. About The Blue Zones, Second Edition Bestselling author, longevity expert, and National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner reports on health, fitness, diet, and aging, drawing on his research from extraordinarily long-lived communities—Blue Zones—around the globe.
They would rest -- I think what they do is the Okinawans take time to rest every day, but not necessarily cuddle up and really, you know, cut the Zs for two hours. These are the places where people reach age 100 at rates significantly higher, and on average, live longer, healthier lives than Americans do. Leriadis mentioned wild marjoram, sage fiaskomilia , a type of mint tea fliskouni , olive tree leaf infusions, rosemary, and a tea made from boiling dandelion leaves and drinking the water with a little lemon. Dan, she replied, you know I loved Quest, and for me it was really something quite powerful in my life. But people with really bad genes and people with really good genes, they're outliers. There are no lifestyle changes, surgical procedures, vitamins, antioxidants, hormones, or techniques of genetic engineering available today that have been demonstrated to influence the processes of aging.