Today, we would like to draw your attention to a documentary series that explorer and writer Dan Beuttner has created for Netflix: “Living 100 Years. The Secrets of the Blue Zones“. We find this program on longevity truly eye-opening.
After many years of research, Dan has realized that there are five specific areas in the world where there is a very high percentage of the population that lives 100 years in an active and healthy way.
During the documentary, Dan travels to these places and talks to real subjects and their families to find out the secrets to reaching this age in such good physical condition.
Despite the distinctive cultural traits of each area (Japan, the United States, Sardinia, Singapore or Costa Rica), all these places share some elements in common that are key to a good physical and mental health.
The documentary subjects have always had a sense of purpose. Goals help them have a reason to wake up feeling happy and motivated and keep their minds busy and active.
They engage in everyday physical activities, such as tending to livestock, gardening, or walking and climbing, rather than driving everywhere. Their social life is active. They feel loved, supported and valued by family, friends and neighbors who would never leave them alone or helpless.
But of all the elements in the life of these long-lived people, one that stands out is food. It is very interesting to watch the full series to learn about the peculiarities and specificities of each area in terms of the food they eat, but a healthy diet is common to all five blue zones. They use natural, local products which have most been shown to have health-promoting properties. There definitely are not ultra-processed products in their diets.
The series release could not have come at a better time, as next month we will be celebrating seven years of the launch of the GreenVita project. A project that has evolved with you, from honest restaurants committed to our healthy kitchen gastronomic concept, to events, catering and menus for companies.
Our offer is based on tasty, healthy, seasonal dishes, cooked in healthy ways to take care of you.
We look forward to seeing you in our restaurants, at our events or in your online order.
Until our next blog, greenviter!
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