Three places on earth where people live the longest

There are a few unassuming communities on earth that are home to an uncommonly high number of centenarians (people that live past 100 years old). These areas became known as Blue Zones and have piqued the interest of demographers and doctors alike as they race to study what it is that makes people living within blue zones live abnormally long lives.

Sardinia (Italy)

Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, and one of the 20 regions of Italy. Residents of this island live a traditional healthy lifestyle. To this day, the residents of Sardinia still fish and harvest the food they eat. The Sardinian diet consists of wholegrain bread, fruit and vegetables, with only 5% of the Sardinian diet being meat. Most notably, Sardinians eat a lot of pecorino cheese which is high in omega-3 fatty acids.

Okinawa (Japan)

Okinawa is a prefecture of Japan located on the Ryukyu island chain southwest of the island. Once known as the land of immortals, the island has built a reputation for being home to the world’s longest living women. Okinawans have eaten an almost completely plant-based diet for their entire lives, with a particular emphasis on sweet potato and soy bean. The fermented soy foods often eaten in Okinawa have particularly contributed to healthy intestinal ecology and long lifespans amongst the island’s population.

Ikaria (Greece)

Ikaria is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. The island has historically been the target of invasions by Roman, Persian and Turkish forces which has driven the island’s native residents further inland from the coast. This resulted in an isolated culture that is rich in tradition and unique lifestyles. 1 in 3 Ikarians live to their 90s. Ikarians eat a variation of the popular mainland Mediterranean diet, which mainly includes vegetables, whole grains and olive oil. When the Ikarians do eat meat, it is nearly always fish which is high in omega-3 fatty acids and great for gut health.

4 Ways to use Emu Oil inner health

So, what are the common threads between lifestyle and longevity..?

All of the people living in the above mentioned blue zones live a slow and easy going lifestyle where small, tight-knit communities spend time together. Their diets are each made up of 95% vegetables with a particular emphasis on meat and dairy that contains high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids (such as fish and goat’s cheese).

Although most Blue Zone cultures live isolated lifestyles – away from the busy 9-5 work schedules and tempting fast food drive-throughs – it doesn’t mean that you can’t change your daily diet in small ways in order to improve your lifespan. There is one simple way you can incorporate a healthy habit into your routine – add a teaspoon of 100% Pure Emu Oil to your breakfast cereal to boost your omega 3 intake!

Foods that promote gut health

Did you know that the human body contains trillions of microorganisms, outnumbering our own human cells 10 to 1? We know it sounds scary, but it is actually good news. This is because the vast majority of the microorganisms within us actually play an important role in maintaining our physical and mental health.

Most of these microorganisms reside within our gut as a complex ecosystem of bacteria. A healthy gut contains mostly good bacteria, helping your body to digest food comfortably, properly absorb nutrients and ward off cancer.

Here are 4 foods and supplements that promote the growth of good bacteria and a healthy gut:

Wholegrain Bread

Wholegrain bread contains a lot of fibre, which is something the human body is unable to digest as we lack the enzymes needed to break it down. When we eat something fibrous (such as wholegrain bread) the fibre passes through the gastrointestinal tract intact. When it reaches the large intestine, it’s fermented by the gut microbiota which produces short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs). SCFAs are beneficial to gut health because they provide our intestinal cells with a source of energy as well as maintaining the integrity of the gastrointestinal tract which is important or keeping harmful bacteria at bay.

Yoghurt

Probiotics are a combination of live bacteria that live in your body. Bacteria is often viewed as something negative that makes you sick. However, you actually have two different kinds of bacteria – good bacteria and bad bacteria. Probiotics are made up of good bacteria which helps to keep your body healthy and working well by supporting your immune function. Yoghurt, alongside other fermented foods is a great source of probiotics and should not be overlooked during your weekly grocery shop.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Much of our food today is cooked in seed oils that have only been part of the human diet for the last 100 years. These oils are but not limited to Canola oil, Peanut Oil or Soybean Oil. Needless to say, none of these oils are particularly good for your health and are a big contributor to the rise in obesity and cardiovascular disease around the globe.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) on the other hand is about as healthy a fat as you can get, and has been a dietary staple to people within the Mediterranean for thousands of years.

Studies link EVOO to lowering risk of stroke and cancer to decreasing inflammation and indigestion. It also has a naturally high polyphenol content which feeds the good bacteria in your gut.

Emu oil can easily be incorporated into your daily diet. A few drops can provide an added immunity boost so you get double the benefits.

Emu Oil

Used by the Australian Aborigines for thousands of years as both medicine and a food source – Emu Oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. People who eat a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids have a greater bacterial diversity in their guts which can help lower cholesterol and reduce blood pressure, as well as reduce bowel inflammation and discomfort.

Take full advantage of the health benefits of emu oil by incorporate a spoonful of 100% Pure Oil of Emu into your daily diet.