The Centenarians

Talking about centenarians, it cannot be separated with Blue Zone. Blue Zone is entire communities of centenarians. Those who are one hundred years old and counting and somehow remains as sharp as tack. In 2012, the United Nations estimated that there were 316.600 Centenarians worldwide.

There are 5 identified regions of the Blue Zone. The first are provinces of Nuoro and Ogliastra which located in Sardinia (Italy). The second is Greek Island of Ikaria in the Aegean Sea. The third is Okinawa which called also Japan’s Hawaii. The fourth is Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica then the last is Loma Lindu in California.

5 ‘ Blue Zones’ by Dan Buettner

1. Nuoro and Ogliastra

Located in eastern Sardinia, Italy. Ogliastra was the most mountainous province in Sardinia. The least populous province in Italy only about 57.642 inhabitants. The capital city of Ogliastra is Tortoli.

Ogliastra has strong Mediterranean flavors, genuine and tasty. Typical appetizer are ham from Talana, Villagrande or Urzulei, but also sausage and bacon.

This place is perfect for people who want to spending quiet and relaxing night. It’s a natural paradise with the most incredible water you will ever see. Ideal destination for you who loves adventure.

This place is the highest concentration of male centenarians in all the world. Well, women typically live longer than men, that’s why it’s rare.

Cala Biriola Boat Trip Golfo Orosei
Santa Maria Navarese

2. Greek Island of Ikaria in the Aegean Sea

Courtesy of Business Insider – Ikaria : The Island where people live forever.

Greek Island of Ikaria

According to tradition, it derives its name from Icarus, the son of Daedalus in Greek Mythology, who was believed to have fallen into the sea nearby. In 2011 there are 8.423 people inhabits in here.

The Ikarians have different concepts of time than people in Jakarta. The Ikarians tend to live at their own pace, for example, if a shop owner wake up at 15:00 and open the store at 18:00, so be it. No stress on obeying other people expectations.

Ikaria have beautiful coves, rocky cliffs, steep valleys, olive groves and many more. Ikarian’s dining table always have a jug of homemade red wine and dishes made from garden-grown vegetables. Nearly everyone here grows their own food and many produce their own wine.

The Island Where People Forget to Die, that’s what it’s nicknamed. The people here is very social, at the heart of the island, there is a series of 24-hour festivals every year, known as paniyiri, which all groups attend.

3. Okinawa (Japan)

Okinawa is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. Naha, Okinawa capital is located in the southern part of the island. Okinawa is a bit different than the mainland Japan due to the environment of the land. Okinawa is more tropical in climate, labeled as a subtropical island.

Okinawan words reflect people’s mindset. They are open-minded, live together with nature, keep a comfortable rhythm of life and have strong sense of community. This mindset has a positive effect on health and mind-body balance.

There’s 9 of world heritage in here. Nakijin Castle Ruins, Zakimi Castle Remains, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Nakagusuku Castle Remains, Shurijo Castle Park, Tamaudun Royal Mausoleum, Sonohyan-utaki Stone Gate, Shinikaen Royal Garden, Sefa-utaki. It varies from castle, park and sacred place of prayer. It’s on their greatest form at mid-15th century and now registered as a combined UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Okinawa or Japan’s Hawaii is home to the world’s longest living women and to as much as 15 percent of the world’s supercentenarians (110 plus-years).

The Wonderful Nature of Okinawa

4. Nicoya Peninsula

The Nicoya Peninsula is a peninsula on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It is divided into two provinces: Guanacaste Province in North, and the Puntarenas Province in South.

Home to 100.000 mestizos with a lower-than-normal rate of middle-age mortality.

Nicoya Peninsula famous of their water sports, considered the best place to surf in the world and sailing sunset is really something in here. Also eco-tourism is popular. People can explore caves, spot wild birds, and visit the Cabo Blanco Reserve.

Nicoya Peninsula boasts Costa Rica’s oldest colonial church. It is the land of cattle ranches.

5. Loma Linda

Loma Linda (Spanish for “beautiful hill”) is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States, that was incorporated in 1970. The population was 23,261 at the 2010 census.

The Seventh-day Adventist community a boasts life-expectancy that exceeds the American average by a decade. People in Loma Linda not only live longer but they remarkably full lives with a very low incidence of heart disease, obesity, cancer and diabetes– not to mention dementia.

They have these tactics to live measurably longer:
A weekly break from the rigors of daily life, spend time focusing on family, God. Second, maintain body mass index, live active and eat meat sparingly. Third, Snack on nuts at least five times a week have about half the risk of heart disease. Fourth, give something back, joining volunteerism and help people. Lastly, put more plant in the diet. Genesis 1:29: “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” 

Similar Lifestyles:
1. They move a lot like gardening and walking and farming even shepherding. Low stress and keep a slow pace of life and regular naps.
2. Strong family connection and often belong to religious communities. Strong life’s purpose and socially active.

Similar Diets:
Largely based on plant sources (Moderate caloric intake and small portions). Confucian ideals is eating only enough food to feel 80%. Start day with large breakfast followed by good lunch and a small often early dinner to facilitate sleep.

Nutritional perspective :
consume a high-carb with moderate-to-low level of protein and fat legumes such as beans are a a staple dish. Meat is consumed rarely on average five times a month and in very small portion by western standard.
Alcohol intake modest with nom ore than two or one glasses a day most often wine.

Our life is ours. What we decide to do today, reflects on our future self. If we want to live longer, we can do it starting with managing our lifestyle.

Start today toward the Happier life. Be the best version of us tomorrow.

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