Guanacaste BLUE ZONE...Longer & happier lives.
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Photos courtesy of Dan Buettner and Sigrid Schneider
ever heard of a Blue Zone?
the name given to a few special areas of the planet where people live much
longer than average.
Only 5 such areas have been identified so far in the
world: The Province of Okinawa in
Japan, the Loma Linda area in California, the Italian isle of Sardinia, New
Scotia in Canada and the largest of them all, the Nicoya Peninsula in
Guanacaste, Costa Rica. This Peninsula, in addition to being the largest of
these zones, also contains the largest number of people over the age of 100.
this is not just a matter of a longer lifespan. These areas are unique due to the greater quality of life
one enjoys in their later years. Here, elderly people enjoy extraordinarily good health, fewer
limitations, a much lower frequency of geriatric illnesses, a low obesity
index, and they are generally happy with their lives and have notable physical mobility.
summary, it isn’t only a matter of a longer lifespan, but of existence that is
long, healthy and happy.
Blue Zones are places where the elderly breathe
life with fulfillment and enjoyment…
these 5 Blue Zones embody very different lifestyles, there are some common
factors found. Such factors
include a diet abundant in vegetables, fruits and cereals with little to no
meat; having enough time for rest and recreation and quite importantly, living in harmony and with strong relationships
with family members.
old people of Sardinia are also quick to include in the recipe for longevity,
drinking two glasses of wine a day. In Loma Linda they recommend as a basic requirement, a life free of
excesses, while for the octogenarians
of Okinawa, it’s crucial to have meaning and purpose in one’s life.
Costa Rica, the key to the unusual Guanacastecan longevity, along with the
relaxed lifestyle of Ticos, is thought to be that the drinking water of some
could be an elixir of health, due to the heavy content of minerals beneficial
to the human body.
Buettner, author of ‘The Blue Zones:
Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest’, point
that Costa Rica also benefits from having guaranteed access to good medical
services and also by being a country with its own philosophy of life which has
not fallen into the grasp of the crushing race for status nor of an exaggerated consumerism.
example, a 60 year old person in Costa Rica has four times the chance of
reaching their 90’s than a sexagenarian in the United States. In an incredible paradox, Costa Ricans spend 15 times less in
health care per person than North
Guanacaste, a place to live a longer and happier life...
we add the fact that the Guanacaste Blue Zone is located within the “Happiest
Country in the Planet” (First place in the World
Happiness Index), then we can conclude that Guanacaste is a great place for those who
are seeking a longer, more satisfying live.
the best part is that this is a hospitable, friendly country where everyone is
keep in mind…There is one requirement: To be able to partake in all the benefits that Costa Rica has to offer
and to be able to fully enjoy this country, one must discard some of the
traditional concepts of success, well-being and efficiency.
those values are appraised within different parameters, being more closely
linked to the social and familiar aspects than to material achievement.
you understand this, you will be ready to really ‘get into’ the special and sometimes misunderstood
philosophy of Pura Vida, the Tico
secret for both a long and happy life…
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