If you haven’t heard about the trending series Blue Zones on Netflix yet, you are bound to soon enough. Blue Zones, a term coined by National Geographic’s Dan Buettner, are a captivating and enigmatic concept in the realm of health and longevity- these are geographical regions where an unusually high percentage of people live much longer, healthier lives than the global average. These longevity hotspots producing disproportionate numbers of people living past 100 are scattered across the globe, such as Sardinia (Italy), Okinawa (Japan), Nicoya Peninsula (Costa Rica), Ikaria (Greece), and Loma Linda (California, USA). These places are known for their low rates of chronic diseases, strong community bonds, and a zest for life that seems almost ageless.
As the series explains, the centenarians may be from distinctly different places, but there are some common threads that may be worth exploring when searching for an answer to improving the length and quality of life simultaneously. With four essential pillars, Blue Zones draws great points about certain commonalities, it also raises questions as to the validity of other factors. Whether you have already seen the docu-series, plan to watch it later, or just want to understand what everyone else is talking about, get the key takeaways to unlock the secrets of a long, healthy, and fulfilling life.