FOOD, FACTS and FADS

Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health


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More Blue Zone Wisdom

 

Health is not just about what we eat diet and how much exercise we get but how we eat and exercise and a host of other inspiring lessons.

Applying the principles of longevity and health learned from the Blue Zones to our present lifestyles is not easy but for a lot of them doable. There are two more books available by Mr. Dan Buettner that give us solutions and ideas  in addition to the original The Blue Zone: Lessons for Living Longer.

His investigations into these five zones were not clinical trials; however, they reflect the lessons of life using data from people who have actually lived and aged successfully.

Here are few quotes from the books:
“A doctor may know more than a peasant, but a peasant and a doctor know more together.”
—Dan Buettner, Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way
“Drink without getting drunk
Love without suffering jealousy
Eat without overindulging
Never argue
And once in a while, with great discretion, misbehave”
—Dan Buettner, Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way
“The average American now consumes 46 slices of pizza, 200 pounds of meat, and 607 pounds of milk and other dairy products, and washes it down with 57 gallons of soda pop a year. We consume 8,000 teaspoons of added sugar and 79 pounds of fat annually. We eat 4.5 billion pounds of fries and 2 billion pounds of chips a year.”
—Dan Buettner,  The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People
“Integrate at least three of these items into your daily diet to be sure you are eating plenty of whole food. 1. Beans—all kinds: black beans, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, black-eyed peas, lentils 2. Greens—spinach, kale, chards, beet tops, fennel tops 3. Sweet potatoes—don’t confuse with yams. 4. Nuts—all kinds: almonds, peanuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, cashews 5. Olive oil—green, extra-virgin is usually the best. Note that olive oil decomposes quickly, so buy no more than a month’s supply at a time. 6. Oats—slow-cook or Irish steel-cut are best. 7. Barley—either in soups, as a hot cereal, or”
—Dan Buettner, The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People
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Eating Less for Longevity?

A new study says that eating less can contribute to a longer life and even more importantly, a longer healthy life. Previous research with many species has supported this hypothesis.  Additional support can come from the “Blue Zones”, a study of five cultures around the world with the greatest number of healthy centenarians in their populations. An example is the Okinawan practice called “hara hachi bu” that promotes eating only until you’re 80 percent full.

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A Lesson from the Blue Zones

The Blue Zones give us many perspectives on the lessons of health and longevity;  however, one example shows us what  can actually occur when real life populations adapt many of the principles found in the longest-living areas of the world. A famous case is found in Finland.

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How to Live Longer?

It’s not just diet but other lifestyle habits as well. The results of a recent study were  quite impressive in the number of years gained by adherence to five simple guidelines. Now the challenge should be how to get people to adhere to the recommendations.

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Alcohol and Longevity ???

NEWS: Drinking a Glass of Wine and Taking a Walk May Be Key to Longevity

Two Types Of Wine White Wine Glass Grapes

Centenarians from the “Blue Zones” regions of the world often drink up to two glasses of wine every day as a way to “downshift” from the stressors of daily life. Drinking a glass of wine with a plant-slant meal and a group of your closest friends can only enhance the experience and the benefits.  Read the link HERE.

Ever heard of the glymphatic system in the brain?  I never had even with about 20 years of  teaching Anatomy and Physiology. I first thought it was a misprint but after some searches found out it is very new concept (actually around for a hundred years, but apparently no one had the tools to study it. ) You can read about in more depth HERE.

So a new study found HERE caught my attention and may shed some light on why it may be beneficial – wine drinkers rejoice??? And it may have something to do with the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease since theories often describe that disease is associated with toxin -induced inflammation that builds up as amyloid plaques in certain parts of the brain involving cognition and memory functions. But this may be all conjecture?

There are many cautions about studies like this. Many people can read a headline and misinterpret its message. The title of the article is “Low levels of alcohol good for the brain, study shows.” The key here is “low levels” which is a moderate intake defined in the study as about 2 glasses a day. In other words, a higher intake did NOT curb inflammation but rather added to the problem. In addition this was an animal study (sorry, volunteers for the next study).  Of course, the results cannot be applied to humans as everyone should realize. There have been some studies, however, that modest amounts of alcohol have shown some cardiovascular health benefits, but again, these results always are accompanied by the common sense cautionary warnings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Looking at Lessons from the Blue Zones

 

Check out this 28 minute video that tells us what the author of The Blue Zones found out from his experiences with the longest living people of the world. Some interesting lessons emerge (it’s not so much about food).

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Coffee and Longevity

Have another cup of coffee and enjoy.  Too much can cause a caffeine addiction with withdrawal symptoms according to some reports.  But in the present study, decaf was just as effective.  They drink it in the Blue Zones where many people live long lives. Read about it HERE.