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Nine principles of a Blue Zone

Nine principles of a Blue Zone

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People who live in a Blue Zone have nine characteristics in common, according to researchers. For the Blue Zones Project, these are called "Power 9 Principles."

Move naturally - Get more physically active by walking in the community, do manual labor around the house and yard, and grow gardens.

Know your purpose - People who know why they get up in the morning live up to seven years longer than those who don't.

Down shift - To reverse inflammation related to every major age-related disease, find time each day to meditate, nap, pray or enjoy a happy hour.

80 percent rule - It takes the stomach 20 minutes to tell the brain it is full, causing most people to accidentally overeat. Stop eating when 80 percent full.

Plant slant - Eat a mostly plant-based diet heavy on beans, nuts and green plants. This is consistent with U.S. Department of Agriculture recommendations.

Wine at 5 - For those who have a healthy relationship with alcohol, 1-2 glasses of wine daily can add years to a life, especially when combined with a healthy diet.

Family first - Living in a thriving family is worth six extra years of life expectancy.

Belong - Recommit, reconnect or explore a faith-based community. No matter which faith, studies show that people who show up to their faith community four times a month live an extra four to 14 years.

Right tribe - Friends have a long-term impact on well-being. Expand a social circle to include healthy-minded, supportive people. This could be the most powerful way to add years to a life.

Source: Blue Zones Project,


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