⛩Have you heard of the Blue Zones? These are areas of the world where it’s common to live to be 100 years old (and not be confined to a nursing home).
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🏞The 5 Blue Zones that have been verified by birth and death certificates, as well as researchers visiting these areas to speak with the centenarians and see how they live.
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🏝These areas are: Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Loma Linda, California; the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica, and Ikaria, Greece.
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⛰The people living in these areas who live to be healthy centenarians typically eat a low-fat, plant-based, whole-food diet based on locally grown foods. These centenarians remain physically active, walking up and down hills on a daily basis and tending to their own vegetable gardens and fruit trees.
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🌄Although the exact foods consumed varies in each of these populations, the one food staple they all eat on a daily basis is beans!
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🏄🏻‍♂️For this reason, scientists believe that beans may contain a specific set of phytonutrients that promote longevity, though no specific compound in beans has been isolated as a causal factor for promoting longevity.
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🤾🏻‍♂️What researchers do know at this point, however, is that animal-based proteins tend to shorten lifespan and plant-based proteins tend to lengthen it. So, the specific amino acids found in beans (which our bodies use as building blocks for protein) may be the factor that promotes longevity.
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🧗🏻‍♂️Most likely, it’s a combo of these things (specific bean phytonutrients plus the amino acid composition) that promotes longevity.
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🏋️‍♀️Either way, eating beans on the regular might lengthen your “healthspan” as well as your “lifespan.”
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