The author of "The Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100" explains that "Blue Zones" are areas in the world where people live longer and happier lives and where diseases are rarer. He says it's not possible to turn the clock back on aging, but is it possible to get more years out of your life and more life out of the years you are alive.
"Most of how long we live is in our control," Dan tells Dr. Ian Smith and Dr. Andrew Ordon, explaining he studied what a centenarian ate in order to live to be 100. He notes that 90 to 95 percent of their diet comes from whole plant-based foods, including:
- Whole grains
In fact, Dan says eating a cup of beans each day is worth around 4 extra years of life expectancy. He also notes these Blue Zone residents have lower rates of heart disease, dementia, and diabetes.
He goes on to note lifestyle choices like regular exercise (90 minutes per day) lowers the chance of death by 33 percent. A committed loving relationship lowers the chance of dying by 50 percent. Additionally, eating a proper diet lowers it by 25 percent, and having a healthy social network of loved ones lowers the risk of death by 40 percent.
Additionally, Dan says finding the right partner, creating a supportive circle of friends, and having a sense of purpose will help someone have a longer life. The Doctors add that lowering stress levels and getting proper sleep will also drastically benefit someone's overall health.
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