8 Simple Secrets to Living Longer
After spending 9 months in Costa Rica, Dan Buettner and the Blue Zones team discover the Nicoyan lessons for living longer.
Watch this short video and learn 8 simple secrets that will add years to your life. We’ve summarized the eight secrets of Nicoyan longevity below.
8 Secrets to Nicoyan Longevity:
1. Chorotega Factor
Modern Nicoyans are heavily influenced by the indigenous Chorotega, their stress-free lifestyle, and their diet of lye-fortified corn and beans
2. Hard Water
Nicoya water has the country’s highest calcium content.
3. Family Focus
Centenarians tend to live as a couple, with children and grandchildren, or with other family members.
4. Light Dinner
Eating fewer calories is one of the surest ways to add years to your life.
5. Dry Climate
More vitamin D and fewer respiratory diseases.
6. Social Networks
Frequent visits from neighbors and friends makes life better.
Centenarians have done regular physical activity their whole lives—whether it’s heavy-duty chores, gardening, farming, or other manual labor.
8. Plan de Vida
Successful centenarians have a strong sense of purpose—they feel wanted and needed and contribute to the greater good.
January 3, 2012