So, what does Okinawa, Japan – Sardinia, Italy – Nicoya, Costa Rica -Icaria, Greece and a group of Seventh Day Adventists in Loma Linda, California all have in common? They all live in geographic areas known as Blue Zones.
Blue Zones refer to a demographic or geographic area where its population, usually small, experience a healthier and longer life than rest of the world’s population.
For example, the citizens of Icaria, Greece have a 50 percent lower rate of heart disease and one-third of the Icarians live well into their nineties.
Researchers have discovered mountain villages in Sardinia, Italy where it is very common for men to reach the age of one-hundred.
In the United States, a group of Seventh Day Adventists living in Loma Linda, California are among America’s longest living citizenry.
The common threads running through these discovered Blue Zones seems to be; Living a life with little stress, an interactive family life with community involvement and a diet loaded with antioxidants along with fresh fish, whole grains and red wine. A lifetime of physical activity, such as walking, gardening, cutting firewood, all seemed to play a part in Blue Zone longevity and overall health.
These are a few of the Blue Zone lessons. Since we all can’t move to a Blue Zone, we at least can bring the Blue Zone to us.
If you had a choice between chemical or natural skincare products,
which would you choose? Well, you do have a choice and it’s most
likely already in your pantry or refrigerator.
Many of the commercial skincare products that market themselves
as “natural” are fibbing at the very least. By making your own products
at home you can be certain what you’re using is truly chemical free.
Castor oil, which has been around forever, is an all natural and inexpensive
product for cleansing your face. Apply the oil with your finger tips to
your face and gently rub , let sit, then after a few minutes rinse off with
warm water. Castor oil is also a great eye make-up remover.
Another wonderful natural face cleanser is honey. To remove make-up,
add a little baking soda to the honey on a wash cloth, gently rub in and
rinse with warm water. For dry skin, mix milk with honey for cleansing.
If your skin is especially oily, add a small amount of lemon juice to the
honey. The big plus with using honey as a cleanser is that it moisturizes
very well to keep skin soft.
Yogurt, surprisingly is also a very effective facial cleanser. Use the same
as honey or with a couple drops of essential oil for a sweet and fresh
By grinding oats and mixing with liquid, you can create a wonderful
exfoliate. For normal skin just mix oats with water. If your skin is oily
mix oats with a small amount of lemon juice, and for dry skin use milk,
cream or yogurt as the mixing liquid. Cornmeal or baking soda can be
used in place of oats if you wish. These cleansers should not be made
in large batches, only make what you need for immediate use.
Maintaining good health and keeping diseases at bay is important to all of us and antioxidants are the tiny entities that enable us to do just that.
Antioxidants enter our bodies with the food we eat and they diminish or prevent molecular oxidation. When this oxidation occurs it can create free-radicals. It is normal for the body to have a certain amount of free-radicals, but an overabundance can be harmful and damage healthy cells. Excess alcohol, smoking, pollutants, infection and high stress levels all contribute to the formation of free-radicals. Studies have shown an excess of free-radicals have a part in heart disease, diabetes, cancer and possibly premature aging.
Antioxidants have the power to neutralize free-radicals.
Research shows the most effective means to increase antioxidants in your body is simple….eat plenty of fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Five servings a day is recommended to maintain a healthy level of antioxidants.
Here is just a short list of great tasting foods high in antioxidants: chiles, garlic, grapes, almonds, berries, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, pinto beans, sweet potatoes, raw nuts and seeds and whole grain brown rice. With a list like this DO the right thing to EAT the right thing.
If you’ve been a student of yoga for any time at all, then the name Max Strom has certainly come across your radar.
The founder of Sacred Movement Yoga in L.A., Max now travels internationally teaching and lecturing on yoga and personal transformation. Scores of yoga teachers have accredited Mr. Strom with being one of the strongest influences in their teaching and personal yoga life.
The Still Point Yoga is conducting a very special workshop featuring Max Strom, Aug. 23, from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. This exclusive workshop will include an inspiring talk by Max founded on his teachings and books. Max will also lead the class in breathing exercises and yoga movements followed by seated breathing exercises to complete an evening designed to renew, regenerate and restore.
You can sign up now for this very special workshop online at The Still Point Yoga. This workshop may very well sell out early, so don’t hesitate!
If you’ve been curious about Hatha yoga, the Still Point is offering
a golden opportunity to learn more about yoga’s lifelong benefits
by presenting a free 2 hour introductory beginners workshop.
Don’t be nervous or apprehensive, this is a beginner class that will
move along at a relaxed pace and will answer any of your questions.
Your professional and experienced yoga instructor will demonstrate
and introduce you to basic yoga postures (asanas) that focus on
breathing and proper body alignment which gently stretch muscles
and release tension.
This free 2 hour Hatha yoga workshop is designed for people with
all levels of ability and especially those who yearn to learn more
about how to improve flexibility, lower stress levels and enhance
their overall health.
You can sign up now online or at the studio for the Aug. 11th workshop
at the Still Point. The free Hatha yoga workshops are presented on the
2nd Sunday of each month, and participants who are new to the studio will receive 10% off any
10+ class pass they purchase by September 11.