Blue Zones Diet: Food Secrets of the World’s Longest-Lived People

April 23, 2022

It starts with food choices. Most of the blue zones residents I’ve come to know have easy access to locally sourced fruits and vegetables—largely pesticide-free and organically raised. If not growing these food items in their own gardens, they have found places where they can purchase them, and more affordably than processed alternatives. They have […]

Creating a Blue Zones Retreat

April 11, 2022

A few weeks ago, while delivering a speech in Monterrey, Mexico, a researcher leaned over to me and said coyly, “With all the travel you do, your life sounds just as stressful as anyone else’s. Aren’t you supposed to be Mr. Blue Zones?” The answer is no, actually. I am able to keep a relatively […]

Why Japan’s longest-lived women hold the key to better health

April 5, 2022

It took me two days to convince Gozei Shinzato to show me her arsenal of longevity supplements, but, in the end, she delivered. Before me lay at least five compounds that could explain how the spry centenarian had eluded the diseases of aging to reach her 104th year with the flexibility of a yogi and […]

Secret to Longer Life is Low-Tech

March 23, 2022

Several longevity hotspots surfaced through my expeditions — the Barbagia region of Sardinia, Italy; Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica; and Loma Linda, California. People in these blue zones regions not just live longer, but they live better. Besides having a large number of centenarians, people in these areas remain active […]

Hara Hachi Bu: Enjoy Food and Lose Weight With This Simple Japanese Phrase

March 19, 2022

Okinawa is one of the world’s blue zones regions, or exceptional hot spots where people live extraordinarily long and healthy lives. I started exploring and identifying the blue zones regions of the world more than 20 years ago, and my November, 2005, National Geographic article on longevity, “The Secrets of Living Longer,” put these blue […]

The Blue Zones Solution: Secrets of the World’s Healthiest People – 9 Questions for Dan Buettner

March 17, 2022

1. Why did you write The Blue Zones Solution? The first Blue Zones book reveals the lessons from the world’s longest-lived people. This book takes the science a step farther to reveal what individuals can do in their own lives and communities. The first book was the “what” of longevity; Solutions is the “how.” 2. […]

20 Habits For a Healthier, Happier Life

March 11, 2022

Instead of focusing on an outcome like “lose 20 pounds” or “exercise every day,” focus on acquiring life-enhancing new habits. We are creatures of habit and products of our surroundings, so optimizing our environments and routines will yield a much higher rate of success. Don’t try all of the things below at one time. Choose […]

Okinawa’s Longevity Lessons

March 7, 2022

Embrace an Ikigai Older Okinawans can readily articulate the reason they get up in the morning. Their purpose-imbued lives gives them clear roles of responsibility and feelings of being needed well into their 100s. Rely on a Plant-Based Diet Older Okinawans have eaten a plant-based diet most of their lives. Their meals of stir-fried vegetables, […]

Loma Linda’s Blue Zone Secrets

March 5, 2022

Find a sanctuary in time. A weekly break from the rigors of daily life, the 24-hour Sabbath provides a time to focus on family, God, camaraderie, and nature. Adventists claim this relieves their stress, strengthens social networks, and provides consistent exercise. Maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI). Adventists with healthy BMIs (meaning they have […]

100 Recipes to Live to 100 THE BLUE ZONES KITCHEN

The Blue Zones Kitchen fuses scientific reporting, National Geographic photography and 100 recipes that may help you live to 100. The Blue Zones’ food tradition is going the way of the dodo bird, thanks to the encroachment of the American Food Culture.

The Blue Zones Kitchen