Top 16 Stories of 2020—COVID-19, Fasting, Friendship, Gut Health, Hara Hachi Bu, Dementia, and Beans


This round-up is a collection of the most-read and most-shared articles, stories, and posts of 2020. This year’s top posts were, to no one’s surprise, on topics of COVID-19, community, friendship, dementia, fasting, and beans. Enjoy!

COVID-19 Straight Answers from Top Epidemiologist Who Predicted the Pandemic 

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For people under age 55, obesity is the number one risk factor for severe COVID-19. Click To Tweet

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Fasting for Health and Longevity

Fasting activates autophagy, which helps slow down the aging process and has a positive impact on cell renewal. Click To Tweet


Wine & Longevity: How Wine Helps You Live Longer

We know from blue zones centenarians that this is true: People in four original blue zones areas drink alcohol moderately and regularly. Click To Tweet


Top 10 Best Blue Zones Breakfast Ideas

There’s an old saying: “Breakfast like a king; lunch like a prince; dinner like a pauper.” Make the first meal of your day your biggest, and only eat three meals a day. Click To Tweet


Fasting for Longevity

In fact, a high protein diet is bad for you. Growth hormone pathways, including TOR and IGF-1, are controlled by proteins and they are accelerators of the aging process. So, if you have a low-protein diet you might live longer and… Click To Tweet

Moai—This Tradition is Why Okinawan People Live Longer, Better

Loneliness can decrease your life expectancy by eight years. In Okinawa, members of a moai experience the stress-shedding security of knowing that there is always someone there for them. Click To Tweet


6 Ways to Improve Gut Health

It turns out, you can get many of the good bacteria your gut needs to move things through properly by changing things in your environment. Click To Tweet


Hara Hachi Bu: Enjoy Food and Lose Weight with This Simple Japanese Phrase

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to eat with an Okinawan elder, you’ve invariably heard them intone this Confucian-inspired adage before beginning the meal: hara hachi bu. Click To Tweet

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COVID-19: One Thing We Should Stop Doing Now from Top Epidemiologist Who Warned of Pandemic

As powerful as this virus is and what it does to us, we still have a great deal of power in our own control. I have boiled it down to one simple thing: Stop swapping air. —@mtosterholm Click To Tweet

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The Truth About Lectins—Why Beans Have Gotten a Bad Rap

Hailing from all parts of the globe, the healthiest people in the world share a common pantry staple—beans. Click To Tweet


A Greek Island’s Ancient Secret to Avoiding Alzheimer’s

On the Greek island of Ikaria, there is a population of 10,000 people living eight to 10 years longer than Americans with half the rate of heart disease, much less cancer, and most extraordinarily, almost no cases of dementia. Click To Tweet


Why COVID-19 Hits Some People and Places Differently

'Your ZIP code is more important than your genetic code,' suggests genetics are not primarily responsible for COVID-19 susceptibility. — @AllenWeissMD Click To Tweet




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