Blue Zones: Secrets of the World's Longest Living Women

Blue Zones: Secrets of the World's Longest Living Women

It is no secret that most of modern society's attitude on aging has been geared toward  the marvel of anything "anti-aging" or perpetuates claims associated with the fountain of youth...

In contrast, women in Okinawa aren't concerned with claims or creams: "the islands at the southern end of Japan have historically been known for longevity, once called the land of immortals... women there live longer than any women on the planet." 

Buettner writes that arguably, their longevity secret, "is a strong dedication to friends and family. They maintain a powerful social network called a "moai" a lifelong circle of friends that supports people well into old age. Okinawans also have a strong sense of purpose in life, a driving force that the Japanese call "ikigai." 

In addition to this, Okinawa natives consume eight or more grams of Serine as part of their daily dietary intake. In comparison, the Western diet delivers on average two to three grams of Serine per day.

Read the full article here to discover more ways we can adopt practices exhibited by the Okinawa population. This post summarizes info from Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest by Dan Buettner. 


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