The Blue Zones Solution: Have We Finally Found the Fountain of Youth?

What Behaviors of the World's Longest Living People Can Teach Us about Health

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I always envisioned that by the time I turned 50 most of my adventures would be behind me.

Little did I know that life after 50 brings with it a multitude of new and mysterious experiences: lowered metabolism, softening muscles, flabby skin, hearing impairment, vision problems, and one other thing I can’t seem to recall. Ah yes, memory loss. At least I still have my hair, although it has relocated to my nostrils.

Not everything is on the decline for those of us fortunate enough to reach this milestone. There is the addition of age spots, skin tags, trips to pee in the middle of the night, mammograms and colonoscopies.  I blame it on Juan Ponce De Léon. Seriously, how much effort did he really put into searching for the Fountain of Youth?

The fact is, there is no Fountain of Youth or method to reverse the aging process. However, there are characteristic lifestyles that seem to have broken the “aging code,” making it possible for us to live longer, healthier, and happier lives.

These characteristic lifestyles have been researched and analyzed in depth by National Geographic Fellow and best-selling author Dan Buettner, who compiled them into a model called the “The Blue Zones Solution.” In his “Blue Zones” series of books, Buettner describes 9 secrets of the world’s happiest, longest living communities.

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The “Blue Zones,” or areas with a high concentration of the world’s longest living people, as identified by Dan Buettner in his books.

There’s also a website describing these secrets and the communities that live by this proven blueprint for a better life. Take the Blue Zones test online for yourself and discover changes in your lifestyle that you can apply to increase longevity, boost health and improve your happiness.

While we may not discover the Fountain of Youth in our lifetime, we can learn from the healthiest and happiest people on the planet. Consider trying these time-tested lifestyle practices. They won’t necessarily turn back time, but they will likely help you boost your health and happiness at any age.

What was your Blue Zones score? Share your results, thoughts and other impressions in the comments below!

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