“Blue Zones: Lessons For Living Longer From The People Who’ve Lived The Longest”
By: Dan Buettner
The “Blue Zones” are areas in the world where people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the United States. These zones are where cancer and heart disease are suffered at a fraction of what we face here in the United States.
Here are the hot spots:
- Loma Linda
- Nicoya Peninsula
According to the author of the book, “Blue Zones”, there are nine lifestyle characteristics that may help you live a longer healthier life:
1. Make regular activity intrinsic to your daily routine.
2. Have a “Plan de Vida,” i.e. a mission or purpose that gives meaning to your life.
3. Take your life out of the fast lane: work less, slow down, rest, take vacations.
4. Eat less by following the “80% rule.” (Stop eating when you are 80% full)
5. Shift your diet to more vegetables and fruits, less protein, and fewer processed foods.
6. Drink red wine in moderation.
7. Create a healthy social network.
8. Cultivate spiritual or religious beliefs and participation.
9. Make family a priority.
Taken from IDEA Fitness Journal (May edition)
So we promise this is not like a Facebook quiz where you register only to discover that your true celebrity identity is something extremely inaccurate as Will Farrell’s pet squirrel. The truth is that we all like these little web quizzes and this one can actually help you have a better understanding of environmental hazards in your home. Plus there is some really cool flash animation, pet dog included.
The “Body Burden” test comes from the site of Sloan Barnett’s “Green Goes with Everything.” You walk through a step by step tour of a virtual home where you answer questions and identify areas you can improve your home’s environment in order to make it safe for you, your children and yes even your non-virtual pets. Your body shaping goals with MAX10 might even be impacted by some simple changes you can make in your home environment.
On the site you identify common things you may not consider but might have extreme impacts on your health. Some examples include how do you clean your home? What products do you use on your body? What do you eat, drink or even feed your lawn?
Take the quiz here: http://greengoeswitheverything.com/quiz.html
It’s no secret, MAX10 is fond of foliage. So what’s the best choice when inviting one of these fresh friends into your home? Houseplants are our often-overlooked helpers in ridding the air of pollutants and toxins, counteracting outgassing and contributing to balanced internal humidity.
Find out which houseplants are our most effective allies in
keeping your household air clean and pure.
It is suggested that one plant should be allowed for approximately
10 square yards of floor space, assuming average ceiling heights
of 8 to 9 feet. This means that you need two or three plants to
contribute to good air quality in the average domestic living
room of about 20 to 25 square yards.
Research has shown that these 10 plants are the most effective
all-around in counteracting offgassed chemicals and contributing
to balanced internal humidity.
- Areca palm
- Reed palm
- Dwarf date palm
- Boston fern
- Janet Craig dracaena
- English ivy
- Australian sword fern
- Peace Lily
- Rubber plant
- Weeping fig
Although many plants like light, they do not all have to be placed near windows. Many indoor plants originated in the dense shade of tropical forests and have a high rate of photosynthesis. These are ideal for the home and can be placed in darker corners. When positioning plants, try to strike a balance between light and ventilation because the effect of plants on indoor air pollution appears to be reduced if they are set in a draft.
If this topic really hits home then check out “How to Grow Fresh Air” for tips on 50 houseplants that purify your home: http://www.amazon.com/How-Grow-Fresh-Air-Plants/dp/0140262431