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Update: 2024-02-227


Do you want to live to 100? Dan Buettner may be able to help. Dietary patterns, community, environment, and stress management play pivotal roles in longevity, and he’s studied the longest living people on earth.

From Sardinia's matriarchal villages to Okinawa's garden-rich diets, this episode takes us on a tour of insights. It's not just about living longer, it's about thriving.

In today’s episode, Jonathan is joined by Dan Buettner and Prof. Tim Spector to discuss the secrets of a longer, healthier life. Together, they journey through the world’s blue zones, rare global hotspots where celebrating your 100th birthday is common. The guests also address the threats to these longevity havens and the decline of traditional diets.

Dan Buettner is an American National Geographic fellow and New York Times bestselling author. He’s also an explorer, educator, and creator of the Netflix series “Live to 100,” which discovers five unique communities where people live extraordinarily long and vibrant lives.

Tim Spector is a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, director of the Twins UK study, scientific co-founder of ZOE, and one of the world’s leading researchers. He's also the author of Food for Life, his latest book on nutrition and health.

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00:00 Introduction

01:09 Quickfire questions

02:33 What are Blue Zones?

04:43 Why do people in Blue Zones live longer?

06:48 What is a Centenarian?

09:00 What are Blue Zone diets?

11:49 Foods for longevity

15:03 Why are these foods good for us?

19:15 Why Blue Zone diets are seasonal and inexpensive

22:30 Is eating meat 5 times a month healthy for us?

27:42 Why are the Blue Zones disappearing?

31:25 Blue Zone tactics to reduce stress

36:02 Can stress reduce life expectancy?

40:36 Why unconscious physical activity is best

45:07 How can we make our lives more ‘Blue Zone’ like?

47:23 The number one thing you can do to add years to your life is…

48:53 Dan's stress reduction techniques

51:39 What is Dan’s daily diet?

53:16 Summary

Mentioned in today's episode:

Telomere shortening and the transition to family caregiving in the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study from PLOS One

Books and series from Dan Buettner:

The Blue Zones Challenge: A 4-Week Plan for a Longer, Better Life

The Blue Zones Secrets for Living Longer: Lessons From the Healthiest Places on Earth

The Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100

"Live to 100"

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Episode transcripts are available here.

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Jannat Natsheh

thank you🍀

Feb 24th
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