The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the “This book gives you practical tips for living long and well—the essential. The Blue Zones, Second Edition and millions of other books are available for . The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People. In this inspiring book, Buettner offers game-changing tools for setting up your life to be the happiest it can be. In these illuminating pages, you'll: • Meet the.
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The Blue Zones book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A New York Times Bestseller!With the right lifestyle, experts say. The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Blue Zones are regions of the world where Dan Buettner claims people live much longer than The five regions that are identified and discussed in the book The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the.
The author points out that none of the centenarians are grumps. Participate in a supportive community with strong social connections. Along the same lines, family is a priority.
Multiple generations lived together or were close by. The elderly were revered. There's more to the book than this, there's much more depth and the words of the centarians themselves.
For the most part, it's a way of life that is foreign to us in the U. There are no guarantees that if you do x, y and z you will live to a healthy ripe old age. But , if nothing else, these principles can certainly add life to your years. The author ends the book with tips and ideas to put the principles in place.
Mar 13, Go2therock rated it it was amazing. You may be aware of Okinawa. I have read the Okinawa Diet book a time or two. The other four places were a mountainous area of Sardinia, a remote area in Costa Rica, and a Seventh Day Adventist population in Loma Linda, California, of all places.
I was so grateful that we had the Costa Ricans in the mix - at least that added corn tortillas, rice, and beans into this magical diet. When they died, it might be from cancer or kidney failure or whatever, but it was much later and with more fullness of life until that day, and then simply because their bodies gave out.
We can live a shorter life with more years of disability, or we can live the longest possible life with the fewest bad years.
Dec 03, Christopher rated it really liked it Shelves: Fascinating look at areas in the world with long-lived people. 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. This book was given to me by my friend John Brieby, who knows of my interest in medical topics.
Dec 17, Jen rated it really liked it Shelves: Concepts in this more than ten-year old book are lauded by many of the podcast bio-hacking bros of today, and for good reason. Dan Buettner's study of communities with the highest number of centenarians reviews the diet, lifestyle, activities, relationships and spirituality of each community along with the impact and changes taking place due to encroaching development.
This is worth a read for those interested in longevity, though the book could have been better written, it's an easy read with t Concepts in this more than ten-year old book are lauded by many of the podcast bio-hacking bros of today, and for good reason. This is worth a read for those interested in longevity, though the book could have been better written, it's an easy read with tips from each community as to how to live a longer and healthier life.
Jan 02, Tex rated it really liked it Shelves: I generally say that this kind of information could be presented in a pamphlet and move on. However, to describe the Blue Zones required the anecdotes that Buettner provided. There were some pretty clear messages to be had here: It is making an impact to the start of my Aug 06, Ken rated it liked it Shelves: What's a "Blue Zone"? It's Dan Buettner's name for areas in the world where people live a long time: Dan and his team of experts determined that diet and certain activities make these people live longer.
There are many similarities and some differences. They eat a lot of homegrown fruits and vegetables. What they don't eat much of is meat. Maybe once a week or for celebrations. In some cases, yes. In others, no. None of these groups have much use for sugar and salt. They eat whole foods.
OK if whole grain, ixnay on white, sourdough OK, too. Many consume one or two glasses of red wine with dinner, but again, the Adventists don't drink alcohol.
As stated, some do more fish than others. Some Costa Ricans more corn and squash than others. These people see food as a gift, a blessing. They sit down together -- no electronics ever -- they give thanks, they eat slowly, they enjoy each other's presence and company.
They talk, by God! None of them go to gyms or go on diets, but all of them get plenty of exercise from everyday activities, which burn more calories in the long run: Fasts also play a role, whether religiously-based or not.
It might be weekly for a day or during special times of the calendar. Not eating some times is a healthy thing. Many of these cultures eat bigger meals earlier, smaller later. Some eat two meals a day instead of three.
In the Adventists' case, a lot of water is consumed 7 glasses a day. All groups get 7 or 8 hours of sleep a night. Go ahead. Match it.
I dare ya. So that's Part One of the book. Little magazine-article-like vignettes of the Zones. Part Two talks about trying to "make" blue zones, as is done in a small area of Finland, a town in Minnesota, three beach towns in California, and even a town in the Pig State, Iowa.
Part Three is about food rituals, menus, and everyday living. It's a blueprint for blue zones, a grass roots type playbook. Finally, at the end, we get 77 recipes, each inspired by the five original blue zone areas. Yes, pretty legit stuff, though it's not exactly a gripping read and the science is off and on. Eggs are not scary.
He'll dis cow milk by saying it's "a relative newcomer, introduced about 8, to 10, years ago. All together now: There are lots of little things like that.
Then, later in the book, in his list of Blue Zone foods, what does he list? You guessed it: Aye, Dios Also, there's more to this than diet and culture. Many of these places are enclaves outside of the super fast lifestyle we live.
In short, life before science began simultaneously saving and killing us. Life that's simple enough to make people say, "Stress? What's that? Great library loan book. Read, adopt with a friend. And family. Or church group near you. Dec 26, Anissa C. Loved this book Fascinating to learn how big a role lifestyle plays over genes in longevity So many lessons we can learn from our elders The best way to learn is from the example of others Really looking forward to reading the next book on my list, Thrive!
Joyce Suficiencia. Growing up, I have always been wishy-washy about my dreams. Reading D. Buettner's Blue Zon Growing up, I have always been wishy-washy about my dreams. Buettner's Blue Zones reminded me why that dream is legit to the core.
I think that the book, written by a National Geographic journalist, achieved everything it wanted to achieve: I like the way the author divided the book into four parts for four different "blue zones" Sardinia, Okinawa, Loma Linda in California, and Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. It was also helpful that 75 percent of the book focused on the culture of these blue zones and on the stories of the centenarians. Somehow, when Buettner gets to the last part wherein he suggests simple ways on how to imitate these year-olds' lifestyles, you have a specific idea of what you really want to be--and that is, to end up like them with long lives and less years--if any--of disability and suffering.
As you breeze through the stories which are like text counterparts of features on the National Geographic Channel by the way , there some non-obtrusive tips that you can take note of and practice in your own life for example, in the Sardinia part of the book, there is a small box embedded in the text that succinctly explains the benefits of drinking goat's milk.
I know that I will read this book again and again if only to inspire me again and again. I will recommend it to all my friends and loved ones, so they will have a concrete idea on why there is wisdom behind that trite health is wealth adage. Jul 22, Wren Fair rated it did not like it. This book was a huge disappointment to me. I am very interested in nutrition and have had my eye on this title for awhile. However, I was surprised to learn that the author is not a nutritionist, a medical professional or even an epidemiologist.
He has no credentials whatsoever and this book is based on very thin science. The book largely consists of narrations from his travels around the world to meet centenarians. While these are interesting, they are just that, interesting but not conducted i This book was a huge disappointment to me. While these are interesting, they are just that, interesting but not conducted in any kind of formal research methodology.
He will meet with people in the blue zone, drink wine with them and observe their life, and then wax philosophy about traditional values and other social factors that may contribute to longevity.
He spends a lot of time describing how people look and their personalities, so much so that it turned me off. Very little if any scientific literature is cited to support his claims, and clearly there was no research done other than to interview long lived people and make conjectures about what caused them to live so long.
Also, he frankly came off as sexist in some of his descriptions of women in the book especially younger women who traveled with him , focusing way too much on their physical appearances.
This book is sold as an authoritative source on health and how to live longer. Well, folks, correlation is not causation and I was deeply underwhelmed by the scientific evidence presented in this book. There is a reason registered dietitians have to pass years of hard chemistry and biological science classes, as well as learn formal research methodologies.
Basing nutrition advice off observational evidence or assumption can have dreadful consequences. Just look at what the whole "low fat" trend caused, a whole bunch of people replacing fats with sugars and simple carbs that have only exacerbated the obesity epidemic.
If you care about having real nutrition and wellness information, skip this book! Jun 09, Lisa Niver rated it it was amazing Shelves: I wrote about this book and my parents' 50th wedding anniversary for Women's Adventure Magazine. My article starts: Living to one hundred years old in great health sounds like a scam.
Why do some struggle through their years in poor health with little enjoyment, while others enjoy the adventure of life? 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 I wrote about this book and my parents' 50th wedding anniversary for Women's Adventure Magazine. 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.
They married in when they were both twenty-one years old. Read the full article at Women's Adventure Magazine. Enjoy more of my book reviews on travel, education, inspiration. Lisa http: Jul 07, Peter Neiger rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved this book. Unlike most diet and lifestyle change book this had a strong focus on science in both practice and theory.
Not much of the information is revolutionary, but I enjoyed the information and the advice. As someone who thinks we could cure death completely in my lifetime I am really interested in prolonging my life as long as possible to up my chances of being around when technology advances.
According to the Blue Zone research it really comes down to four things: My only complaint is really the push for religious practice, but that is what the data presented so I shouldn't be too annoyed.
Maybe future research will show that social networks of shared values are just as applicable even if there is no religion involved. Jun 04, Tony Jr. Interesting book documenting research into some of the longest living people on the planet and the probable causes of their lengthly lifespans. The author takes the reader on a journey around the world, meeting different people, in different cultures with in most cases similar lifestyles.
After reading this book I walked away with gratitude for the blue zone lessons I currently follow and a reminder of a few things I could definitely get better at.
Vitamin E was under study by the National Institute on Aging in the hopes that it would prove to be very valuable with Alzheimer's disease. But it was not. So I think, like so many things in nature, it's a matter of amount, what might be called proportionality, or just plain wisdom.
People used to think if a multivitamin was good for them, then more of it would be even better, but that's just not true, unfortunately. Most vitamin requirements are best achieved by eating six to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Very few people do that, so probably the cheapest, least expensive multivitamin you can download is not a bad idea to help achieve them. If you're an older man, you should not have a supplement with iron because iron accumulates in the heart and can lead to a condition called hemosiderosis.
Look on the market for vitamin supplements that do not have iron that are designed specifically for men. What's a smart diet for longevity? Robert Kane: Eating a reasonable diet makes a lot of sense. Again, it doesn't mean that I think you have to be a vegetarian. One of the goals to a healthy lifestyle is moderation in all things. What one is looking for is moderation, taking in a level of calories that is necessary and balancing those calories across carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
Taking in really what you need. There are some things we know that are just generally bad. Most fast foods are not necessarily healthy. We seem to like a lot of the things that are bad for us: salt, sugar, fat.
There is something about humans that is inherently self-destructive, at least when it comes to eating. The best diet is basically one of moderation.
You hear about all these people that live on legumes and plant foods and that's probably okay, but I don't think it's necessary. One certainly can metabolize a certain amount of meat, but again it's a question of are you eating European portions or American portions?
Are you eating meat a couple of times a week, or are you eating it every day for two meals a day? Are you eating processed meats that are filled with fat? Or are you eating good cuts of fairly lean meat? To me, I just come back to moderation.
Assuming that you were in pretty good shape in your 20s, if you could maintain that weight, you would be in good shape. The truth is at 20, you could for all sorts of reasons, eat all sorts of terrible things and maintain that weight, because you were more physically active, because your system was just more resilient.
As you get older, you lose that resilience. So you are more susceptible to lifestyle behaviors that can do you harm than you were when you were younger. What can add on more good years? Robert Kane: Rather than exercising for the sake of exercising, try to make changes to your lifestyle. Ride a bicycle instead of driving. Walk to the store instead of driving.
Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Build that into your lifestyle. The chances are that you will sustain that behavior for a much longer time. And the name of the game here is sustaining. These things that we try — usually after some cataclysmic event has occurred, and we now want to ward off what seems to be the more perceptible threat of dying — don't hold up over the long haul.
We find all sorts of reasons not to do it. The second thing I'd tell you is don't take up smoking. The biggest threat to improving our lifestyles has been cigarette smoking.
That trumps everything else. Once you're a nonsmoker, I would try to get you to learn to develop a moderate lifestyle in regard to your weight to build into your daily routine enough exercise to keep you going. Does going to the gym help? Robert Kane: Exercise has several quite distinct functions.
You have cardiovascular exercise, which we describe as aerobic exercise, which increases your body's capacity to process oxygen. That's where you go out and work really hard and raise your heart rate.
Swimming would be a good way to get that kind of exercise. There's also antigravity exercise. For example, if you're trying to prevent osteoporosis, swimming isn't the optimal activity, because it doesn't increase the strength of your bones. There, working against gravity, walking, standing does more to increase bone metabolism than swimming does. Then there are exercises designed to improve your balance.
Tai Chi is one people talk about, or yoga. Those are exercises that have been associated with reducing the risk of falls. Then there are strength exercises, which run all the way from weightlifters, who probably put themselves into a disadvantageous state from overdeveloping their muscles, to people who do some modest amount of weightlifting or antigravity exercise that strengthens their muscles. The data suggest that a moderate level of sustained exercise is quite helpful.
There are studies that show that people who run marathons tend to have much better cardiovascular systems than people who don't.
You could say that that says more is better, but those exercises generally take a toll on your joints. So marathoners have good cardiovascular systems, but they will probably have to have their joints replaced.
But in general, if somebody could do a minimum of 30 minutes — maybe we could raise it to 60 — of exercise at least five times a week that would help. And it doesn't appear to have to be all at one time, although that seems to be better. If you did that and you could sustain it, that would be good. How can we maximize the good years?
Robert Kane: Again, there are two issues here. How long can I live? The other is: How well can I live? And those are different questions. Living an extra two years on life support may not necessarily be your goal.
The question is: Can you delay the onset of disability? There are some things I'd certainly recommend for what people would call successful aging. One of them is, in fact, to have a sense of social connectedness. Most people enjoy the company of other people, particularly other people who they feel care about them.
That seems to give you a sense of well being, whether that raises your endorphin level or lowers your cortisol level. We don't know why. People have looked for biological markers, and they haven't been successful at finding them. So I appreciated this book, in that it definitely encouraged the reader to embark on a whole foods adventure, and mentioned how these long-lived "blue zones" communities included many other lifestyle factors as well.
But if you have already read a lot on the topic, there's nothing new here that demands you seek out this book as well. I did have a couple of quibbles. One is that it seemed a bit too meat-phobic. And at one point, the author said that "all" vegetable oils were okay and better than animal-based ones. Because if you're comparing lard versus olive oil, then OK, the Blue Zones thing is probably behind that. But I'll take rendered duck fat or ghee over refined canola, soy or corn oil any day.