What are your thoughts on why these are the longest living places in the world?
Something they have in common:
- Good Health Care
- Clean Environment (Although Japan is the 5th biggest polluting country in the world; Hong Kong and Singapore are pretty urban as well)
- A Mediterranean diet or a vegetable and rice diet (which happen to be in the urban locations)
To me it seems like a Mediterranean diet where people are exposed to Sun, I whole heartedly believe in doing physical activity out in the sun is key to good health (of course within limits though), or a vegetable and rice diet if you live in a urban area are the common trends (Maybe this is because they walk outside more too for transportation).
What's your take?
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The 'Blue Zone' book really left me feeling that attitude and socialization are possibly the most overlooked contributors to longevity and health in general.
And just clean diets. No chemicals or processed foods.
Fish, sunshine, and love are the common ingredients to long life !
Predominately tiny tiny countries. Some of those countries were pretty much established by banking industries and where huge amounts of wealth are concentrated. There's a direct correlation between $$$ and life expectancy and 2 of the countries on there (Japan and hong kong) are also the highest per person fish consumption in the world.
There is one thing all of these places have in common.... Very low consumption of processed sugar.
My take: These kinds of studies and attempts at unifying some kind of diet data have been going on for years. If there were any hard data that one could extrapolate from this "study", then we'd all know exactly what to eat. Varying cultures, varying diets, varying life expectancies... all over the globe. And there really is not very much to take away. We are all so individually genetically put together.
Basically, give it up and tune in to your own organism.
You should watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to9rhIwWJg0 as well as maybe look into the book by the researcher in this video/documentary. As far as I know, Japan's life expectancy and various health markers differ through the country, Okinawa being the only place where they typically live that long. Those on Okinawa do eat plenty of rice, but take it in the broad context. They also are very active, in this video there are people 80yrs old doing yoga/daily walking and even working fields. They also eat little to NO processed food, as well as consume large amounts of fresh, WILD fish. They also drink plenty of green tea which is linked to a plethora of health benefits (http://examine.com/supplements/Green+Tea+Catechins/), and have a very strong sense of community and family. I would also assume from the looks of Okinawa in the video, they receive plenty of sunlight year-round, get more RESTFUL SLEEP due to their environment, and the amount of nature surrounding them most likely benefits their quality of life and cleans the air.
Yup, lots of sunshine is vitamin D, there's also a lot less stress in their life style, likely very little commute time to work, walking or biking everywhere instead of driving, relaxed attitudes towards life, far less processed foods, more fish in the diet, healthier fats, probably less TV/radio commercial exposure pushing lies (i.e. "heart healthy" grains), etc. Certainly genes have a lot to do with it, but epigenomic switches turned on by environment and low stress trump this.
Basically all the stuff we're trying to do by going against the grain.