The average life expectancy in the United States is 78.74 years.
Mormon women have a life expectancy of more than 86 years, and men lived to an average of more than 84 years. According to the Washington Post.
But, In parts of the five parts of the world known as “blue zones” the average age is 100 years old these zones include:
- Sardinia, Italy
- The islands of Okinawa, Japan
- Loma Linda, California
- Nicoya, Costa Rica
- Ikaria, Greece
What differentiates most people’s life from the Mormons and the people that live in these five zones?
Most American follow a diet known as the Standard American Diet also known as SAD. Which is “A diet loosely defined as one high in saturated fats, red meats, ’empty’ carbohydrates—junk food—and low in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, seafood, poultry. Health effects The Western diet has been linked to hypertension, heart disease, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, obesity, and colorectal cancer.” According to the medical dictionary.
There is more than just living to be 100 years old. In addition, these people in the “blue zones” deal with a small fraction of the health issues that most westerners suffer from such as dementia, heart diseases and depression.
So what is it about western, that we are lacking?
In studies on these “blue zone” there are a handful contestant behaviors that these people live by.
First, Family. Healthy relationships are shown important to one health time and time again, Harvard Health said: “Good connections can improve health and increase longevity.”
They also mentioned that the quality of our relationships has a component to this. “For example, one study found that midlife women who were in highly satisfying marriages and marital-type relationships had a lower risk for cardiovascular disease compared with those in less satisfying marriages. Other studies have linked disappointing or negative interactions with family and friends with poorer health. One intriguing line of research has found signs of reduced immunity in couples during especially hostile marital spats.”
In addition, the family proclamation to the world draws our attention to this concept of the importance of families by saying, “is essential to His eternal plan.”
As well as Mormons set apart every Monday night as a time to connect with their family and draw closer to one another.
Second, no smoking. Diseases like throat cancer, mouth cancer, bladder cancer, lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and heart disease are all caused by smoking.
Which is against the “word of wisdom” followed by the Latter-Day Saint faith.
Thirdly, consistent moderate activity. Such a walking, riding a bike, gardening and just be active throughout the day. Contradictory to our belief in hard-core working out for an hour a day these peole spend the majority of their days on their feet.
Fourth, plant-based diet. Youtubers rave about them, your best friend who lost 30 pounds lives by it, and many of the diets such as the 17-day diet, paleo, vegan and so on follow this concept in one way or another.
“A significant convergence of evidence suggests that plant-based diets may help prevent and even reverse some of the top killer diseases in the Western world and can be more effective than medication and surgery. Many of the scourges of modern living might be prevented, including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and Parkinson’s disease, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, Crohn’s disease, gallstones, kidney stones, diverticulosis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis and vaginal infections.” Said Nutrition facts.org
So maybe there is more to the “word of wisdom” than no coffee and no beer.
But a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and grain with the use of meat “sparingly”.
One’s health is a combination of elements and has much to do with relationships, and the small details then one might ordinarily think.
Will you make your body a “blue zone”?