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February 22, 2024 65 mins
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. 🌱 Try our new plant based wholefood supplement - Daily 30 *Naturally high in copper which contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism and the normal function of the immune system Learn how your body responds to food 👉 zoe.com/podcast for 10% off Timecodes: 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" Have feedback or a topic you'd like us to cover? Let us know here Episode transcripts are available here.
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