Boilerplate human interest fibs about the habits of peculiarly spry centenarians only don’t cut it anymore. Living a long, health, and happy living, we know, involves more than realise the privilege individual hand-pickeds. It makes are living below civilizations that make good choices readily available and support the individuals shaping them. Nutrition research has assume this out — time scan the most recent favourite meat book designations for the word “Mediterranean, ” for example, or input the same search term in an academic database, and you’ll pull up hundreds of results. Even fad diets have altered from promoting individual fames to celebrating whole regions.

Scientists have identified a handful of places around the world, in fact, where diet and other regular life-style and social factors have led to the outcomes authorities waste billions trying, and failing, to achieve. One of these regions is — yes — firmly in the Mediterranean, the Greek island of Ikaria, “named one of the healthiest locates on earth, ” writes Greek City Times, “a spot of remarkable longevity. Here, there are more healthy beings over 90 than any other place on the planet.” Ikaria is just one of five so-called “Blue Zones” — which also include Sardinia, Italy, Okinawa, Japan, Nicoya, Costa Rica, and Loma Linda, California — where inhabitants regularly live healthy lives into their 90 s and beyond.

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In the Vice video above, you can meet some of the residents of Ikaria, where 1 in 3 beings live past 90, and learn about some of the factors that contribute to long live in blue regions, and in Ikaria in particular. Great weather doesn’t hurt. Most important, however, is neighbourhood, fresh nutrient, and a lot of it. “The most important thing is the food, ” says an Ikarian concoct as she organizes a batch of fresh-caught fish. “Because you live with it. You chewed the right way, everything slogs the right way.” This is a much better way of saying “you are what you eat.” As Max Fisher points out in a bulleted list of the Greek Island’s “secrets to long life, ” things “working the right way” play-acts a huge role in longevity.

Not exclusively do older people in Ikaria walk everywhere and continue working into their elderly years- merrily but not under duress- they too report very healthy sex lifetimes, one of the purposes of a network of habits that socially reinforce each other, Fisher writes. Hear Ikarian tenants above comparison their lives on the island with their lives in fast-paced modern municipals where they sold health and wellbeing for more coin. Read Fisher’s full directory( excerpted below) at The Washington Post.

1) Plenty of rest.

2) An herbal diet.

3) Very little carbohydrate, white flour, or meat.

4) Mediterranean diet.

5) No processed food.

6) Regular napping.

7) Healthy sexuality lives after 65.

8) Stay busy and involved.

9) Yes, exercise.

10) Little stress of any kind.

11) “Mutually reinforcing” habits.

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Josh Jones is a novelist and musician based in Durham, NC. Follow him at @jdmagness

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