Recent Blogs

The End of Craving with Mark Schatzker

April 25, 2022

Dan Buettner: I’m coming to you live from Miami. And as many of you know, I am Dan Buettner. I’m the author of several Blue Zones books and made mostly my mark in identifying the areas around the world where people live statistically longest, and then trying to discern what exactly they’re doing that explains […]

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 […]

What Happened When Finland’s Unhealthiest Town Went on a Diet

April 15, 2022

When North Karelian residents discovered that their population was distinguished by health problems, they became indignant. The government responded by approving a small grant and tapping Pekka Puska, then 27, with a medical degree and a master’s in social sciences, to lead a five-year pilot project in the region. “I wasn’t hired because I was […]

Blue Zones Kitchen: 500-Year Old Recipes from the World’s Longest-Lived People

April 13, 2022

So Dan Buettner and National Geographic photographer David McLain spent two years traveling back to the blue zones regions to capture the recipes (many of them hundreds of years old!) and food traditions before they fade away. Blue Zones Kitchen captures the way of eating that yielded the statistically longest-lived people and explains, in some […]

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 […]

5 Easy Steps to Blue Zone Your 2017

April 7, 2022

For over a decade now, our team has studied the world’s longest-lived people. Their longevity has nothing to do with brute discipline, diets, exercise programs, or supplements. In blue zones areas around the world, longevity happens to people. It’s the result of the right environment that constantly nudges them into moving more, eating more plants […]

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 […]

A Greek Island’s Ancient Secret to Avoiding Alzheimer’s

April 3, 2022

If you are living in America and you hit 85 years, there’s a high chance you have Alzheimer’s disease. On Ikaria, you have a less than 10 percent chance. People are staying sharp and healthy until the end. How Are Ikarians Avoiding Alzheimer’s Disease? They are going wild. Ikarians eat the strictest version of the […]

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 […]

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