Why people in Greece live long and healthy lives

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By Asunta Simoloka

Apologies to all readers who follow my healthy living articles for my absence, well your guru is back with more health news.

Ikaria, Greece is a longevity hot spot, also referred to as a ‘blue zone’, because it has one of the world’s highest percentages of people living up to 100 years or more and staying very active and healthy even in advanced age.

Ikaria, Greece

Ikaria, Greece

The incidence of diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease and other lifestyle diseases in Ikaria is among the lowest in the world.

Whole grain wheat

Whole grain wheat

Researchers believe that lifestyle habits followed by Ikarians explain their long and active lives and interestingly, the Ikarian and rural African lifestyle patterns share many traits. Like is the case in rural Africa, exercise is a typical aspect of Ikarian life as people’s daily activities tend to be physically tasking.

In addition, food is eaten in its most natural unaltered state, straight from the earth, hence, supplying high amounts of fiber and antioxidants, nutrients that are essential for promoting optimal health.

To add even more goodness, diets are rich in legumes while extremely low in red and poultry meats. Beans, peas, and lentils are collectively known as legumes, super foods

Chickpeas

Chickpeas

that have been linked to a reduced risk for disease of any kind, especially heart related.

The Ikarian diet also contains high levels of healthy fats known as omega 3 fats, obtained from eating plenty of wild fruits and vegetables and moderate amounts of sardines and other low mercury oily fish.

Omega 3 fats reduce bad cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol and there is ample evidence to suggest that these healthy fats improve cognitive function thus preventing dementia and a host of other brain wasting diseases.

In rural Africa, omega 3 fats are available in a wide range of wild fruits and vegetable particularly amaranth, known as bondwe, and a variety of low mercury fish such as Talapia and achiovies or kapenta.

The Ikarian lifestyle is highly consistent with my mantra to live affluent while making healthy choices similar to the rural African lifestyle.

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