A new series titled "Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones," now available for streaming on Netflix, brings to life the concept of the Blue Zones, regions in the world where people experience longer lifespans.
Dan Buettner, an explorer and renowned author with over 20 years of research on Blue Zones, takes viewers on a captivating journey to Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Ikaria, Greece; Nicoya, Costa Rica; and Loma Linda, California, areas known for their high concentration of centenarians.
Through personal home visits and insightful interviews conducted by Buettner, the series uncovers the dietary habits that contribute to the remarkable health of these populations, as well as other lifestyle factors that influence their longevity. The key principles observed across all Blue Zones are wise eating choices, natural movement, strong social connections, and a sense of purpose in life.
Buettner highlights that the longevity observed in Blue Zones does not stem from dieting, exercising, or taking supplements, but rather from the overall lifestyle practices of the inhabitants. People in these areas do not actively pursue health; instead, their health manifests naturally due to their conducive surroundings. Buettner emphasizes that these ideas can be adopted regardless of age.
He states that adopting a Blue Zone lifestyle at any age can significantly increase life expectancy. For example, starting at age 60 can potentially add six extra years, and for males at age 20, it may increase life expectancy by an impressive 13 years compared to a typical American lifestyle.