A Blue Zone... Pura Vida Blue
The Nicoyan’s recipe to live a 100 years.
and pacifist society, a large and well preserved biodiversity, a country
without an army since 1948, with ¼ of its territory maintained as wild life
preserves and a country selected for the second time as the happiest country in
the entire planet, add up to a series of positive and very unusual values in
the present day world, all converging in a small country called Costa Rica.
As if all
these illustrious distinctions were not enough, Costa Rica also posses one
other outstanding distinction: Nestled within its territory is the only Blue
Zone in all of Latin America.
Blue Zones? The
Blue Zones are a few, small portions of the planet where people live much
longer than the norm; areas where persons over 100 years old abound.
(You can read
more about the Blue Zones concept in this prior article: RevistaUtopia.com/Guanacaste-Blue-Zone.aspx or by visiting the website of the authors of the study: BlueZones.com ).
Dan Buettner, Blue Zones researcher.
study is an ongoing process, so far very few Blue Zones have been identified in
the world, so few in fact that they can be counted with the fingers of a single
hand, a widely open hand where the Nicoya peninsula would probably be the
thumb. The other 4 Blue Zones are
smaller areas found in California, Japan, Italy and Greece. Long, satisfying lives are abundant in Costa
Rica’s Blue Zone, an area almost as extensive as the other 4 Blue Zones put
all of Guanacaste and doubly so in the Nicoya Peninsula, one can see an unusual
number of young kids in their 80s, 90s or 100s, completely lucid and active,
riding their bicycle, doing their shopping, fixing their home, cooking the
meals for the family or even chopping firewood for the stove. And they are
The Nicoyan recipe for a long
and happy life.
are no major secrets to the unusual longevity of the people of the Nicoya
area. Rather exist a group of clearly
identified physical and social elements that together make the magic happen.
· The rich
mineral content of the subterranean water of the province – particularly its
high content of calcium and magnesium – fortify the bones and muscles. In
addition, the water also contributes a daily supplement of other minerals and
ions essential for better functioning at the cellular level, especially for
· A diet
rich in beans and corn have been identified as a beneficial and very healthy
physical activities, along with doing at least a little work each day without
· A dry and
sunny climate, which is especially beneficial for the elderly, guarantees fewer
respiratory illnesses and higher levels of vitamin D.
Nicoyan prescription is not complete until we add the social and philosophical
vision that guides the life of the centenarians.
· Having a
life plan that has been thought out and customized for each individual.
· Living a
life free of stress and free of negative thoughts.
Cultivating solid social and family relationships.
Appreciating life and living it with an optimistic outlook.
(and never forgetting) how to enjoy, how to listen, how to rest and how to
isn’t it? Put like this it does not
appear to be complicated at all!
like to try this recipe? Just put all these ingredients together and mix them
well. Then add a huge smile, several photos of your family and friends and a
short list of the things most essential to your happiness. Knead all this
slowly, cut it in small pieces, bake it for a while under the sun and it’s
ready. You can start adding a bite of these healthy Nicoyan biscuits to each
and every day!
longevity recipe that these chefs of life have prepared in Nicoya has proven to
be an effective formula, which – without a doubt – at least merits a try.
None of the
ingredients are hard to find or things that you can’t cultivate yourself.
appreciation for life, drinking plenty of water, a diet rich in nutrients and
minerals, good social, positive feelings, daily physical activity and a life
plan to suit the individual – these are things that we can all start doing
within a short time.
for a long life has already come out of its mold and is served on the
Those wise Nicoyan centenarians have lovingly unveiled their secrets for
us and are inviting each and every one to learn from their experience so that
we too, can achieve the benefits of their discoveries.
ready to reach triple digits? If so,
adjust the colors on the canvas of your life and begin to include in your life
some more of those Nicoyan hues, a little more of that life enlarging and
positivist pigment called PuraVidaBlue!
Then watch this video about ‘The secrets of Nicoya’s
We now invite you to read the other articles of this issue on the virtual version of the magazine.